Monday, June 12, 2006

Alarmed

This weekend, while staying in an out of town hotel, Alison and I were awakened by the hotel fire alarm going off. It was about 3:30 a.m. and we both had a big day ahead of us, including about 7 hours of driving. I cannot stress to you how loud this alarm was. I swear there was buzzing and beepeing. I have heard alarms before that buzzed and I have heard alarms that beeped, but this was doing both.

After about ten minutes of waiting for the alarm to go off, it finally dawned on us that we might need to go and see if there might actually be a fire, hence the fire alarm. We made our way to the lobby and saw a large gathering of groggy, bed-headed people standing outside the hotel's glass doors. We made our way outside, and the fire alarm was quieted somewhat between two walls of glass. The fire department were there and I am never unimpressed when I see a firefighter in full gear. I suppose that is the little boy in me that still wants to grow up to be a hero.

After a few minutes of standing outside, the buzzing/beeping was hushed and we were allowed to go back to our rooms. But the next morning, I began to wonder why it is that we always assume that it is a false alarm. Perhaps because of the sheer frequency of these we experienced in elementary school. Well at 3:30 Sunday morning, I didn't think that my life might be in danger, I thought of how inconvenient it was to be awoken by such an annoying buzz/beep. I am assuming that I have been socialized to think that I am safe in my bed at night and that the fire alarm does not pertain to me, surely it was meant for others.

As we made our way back to our room when the alarm was turned off, a few people stuck their heads out their doors to see what was going on. One man asked what happened. I told him I didn't know, but they told us we could go back to our rooms. He laughed, said it was probably a prankster that pulled the alarm. As he said this, a little girl, about 3 or 4 years old stepped from behind the door. I was surprised and a bit taken aback that her father had not taken her outside with the rest of us bleary eyed. I don't know, this might be a rant, but I think if I had a daughter, I might not have taken my chances that this was a false alarm, but maybe I would have. Who knows?

For any who read my blog, what do you think this says about our culture?

Friday, June 02, 2006

What is your theological worldview?

I took a quiz provided by Quiz Farm.

here is the link http://quizfarm.com/test.php?q_id=43870

I took this que from my wife's blog (http://www.alisonfrenzel.blogspot.com/) and saw her post on this same subject. I was curious as to how I might test on this quiz, being a recent seminary graduate. Alas, it appears that I am completely unoriginal and have been vastly "indoctrinated" by my time in the Asbury community.

Here is how I tested:

You scored as Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan.

You are an evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition. You believe that God's grace enables you to choose to believe in him, even though you yourself are totally depraved. The gift of the Holy Spirit gives you assurance of your salvation, and he also enables you to live the life of obedience to which God has called us. You are influenced heavily by John Wesley and the Methodists.

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan-93%
Emergent/Postmodern-82%
Roman Catholic-68%
Neo orthodox-68%
Classical Liberal-43%
Modern Liberal-43%
Charismatic/Pentecostal-43%
Reformed Evangelical-36%
Fundamentalist-14%


I assumed I would test high in the Emergent/Postmodern though, but was taken by surprise by my Evangelical/Wesleyan thought. 93%! My new found appreciation for liturgy and my family roots with the German Catholic community boosted me on the Roman Catholic section. I thought of leaving off the last on the list, but I though that would be unethical. It is my blog though, so I can do what I want. I think the 14 percenter comes from my rich heritage of growing up in small Baptist churches in Texas. You can take the boy out of the Baptists, but you can't...oh nevermind. In all seriousness, I am baffled by the results.

I think I took this quiz a few months ago and scored highest as a Quaker, so I wouldn't place too much value on this quiz. A lot of it is based on how well you understand the question. If you take it, you'll see what I mean.

For all three of my readers out there, how did you do?