Tuesday, March 2, 2010


For the last couple of days, I’ve been getting email messages from a church in Illinois. Seeing as how I neither live nor attend church in Illinois, I figured it was some kind of transcription error where someone with a similar email address wanted to be on the list, but my email address was entered instead. So I sent the following email to the sender:

I really don't know how I got on your mailing list, but please remove me.

I got this response:

I will do one better than that....




I chuckled at the playful response and liked that someone had a sense of humor about it. I sent this in return:

Thanks. I imagine someone from your congregation with a similar email address wants to be on the list, but I'll leave it up to you to try to figure that part out.

To which she responded:

I have to extend my deepest apologies!  You are right, actually our PASTOR has a similar (one character difference) email address and I assumed that he was being funny by sending me that original reply!  I am so embarrassed that I assumed that, and I hope you are not offended by my response....I was trying to be funny :)  I hope you have a fantastic day and that you can forgive my error!

No need to ask forgiveness for making someone laugh (as long as the laughter isn’t too loud). The scary thing is that I went to the church’s website, and not only does the pastor have the same name as me, but we also kind of look alike. I wonder if he’s preached any sermons about Noah’s Ark lately.


  1. Yes, but no time to blog about it today. Hoping to have a trip report up tomorrow.

    It was awesome.

  2. Sorry I couldn't attend, but it looks like I gave you a good suggestion anyway.

    Look forward to the post.

  3. So I wonder if we ought to start using lol instead of LOL?

  4. I went back and read your Noah's Ark post. To be fair to literalists, you should've assumed that each arkie could've been sedated for the duration and thus needed only a sleeping quarter (like those new "rent a bunk" hotels in Tokyo). As a result, there could be very little, if any, wasted volume. Insects, for example, could've fit into a massive tackle box type set-up.

    Also, you should've assumed babies/adolescents, rather than adults (especially for the larger mammals). Also, if manna rained later for Moses, why couldn't it have rained for Noah and his arkies too? Alternatively, if each was placed in a state of suspended animation, then no food or poo would be required/created.

    Very clearly you created a straw-man and should go back to redo your "research." Inquiring minds want to know.


  5. Adam: you're right. Only lol instead of LOL hereafter. And I've probably already crossed the evil speaking line with Noah.

    Jaska: you're right. The adolescent, suspended animation, tackle box, rent a bunk explanation is so much more plausible than the alternative.

    I was at the Grand Canyon on Sunday, and all I could think of as I looked at it was that it was clearly formed in just six days. No way it took longer than that.

  6. GC clearly formed in the deluge, not six days.

  7. Sheesh. Tongue in cheek. You gotta relax. or get out of Utah. and take a break from church. or both.

    I did. It works wonders.

  8. Jaska: I'm trying to figure out who made a comment that wasn't tongue-in-cheek.

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