Tuesday in our men’s Bible study we had a great thought. It stemmed from our discussion of Acts 9:36-43.FullSizeRender.jpg

First, let’s just talk about how much prettier the name Tabitha is than Dorcas. I mean, seriously. Tabitha is a great name. Dorcas is unfortunate. Click here for more about Tabitha.

But that was not our thought. Our thought came from imagining what Tabitha said or did right after she came back to life. I put forward the hypothesis that Tabitha might have slapped Peter. She was in heaven, with the Lord, perfect bliss, love, and joy. Then she is yanked back to 1st century Palestine. I think I’d hit Peter too.

That was when one of our guys said something like, “Look, guys, if I die, don’t bring me back. Leave me be.”

We laughed.

Then another man said, “I already have one of those, its called a DNR–Do not resuscitate. If I die, no heroic actions to save me.”

That is when I said, “If we really had deep faith, we’d file a spiritual DNR too. The medical DNR for our doctor, but then a spiritual DNR for our church.”

Consider this blog post my spiritual DNR. Don’t bring me back to life. Leave me with Jesus. I’ll see you guys on Resurrection Day.



I am finally getting around to reading the Fall Leadership Journal.  I know, I better hurry because the Winter copy will soon be here.  I’ve tried to read them on my iPad, but there is such a lag time between the release of the print version and the digital one.  I don’t know why that is so.  My administrator and I are certain it is Lifeway’s fault.

But, back to the topic.  I didn’t get very far before I found an interesting article on possible location changes for church services and/or Bible studies.  The main article was about having Bible studies in bars or pubs.  Not a bad idea all around, I think, but the main question I have is who is going to pick up the tab?

The article went on to list possible venues and locations for studying different books of the Bible.  Here was their clever list:

The Zoo: Genesis

County Jail: Exodus

Butcher Shop: Leviticus

Courthouse: Judges

Burger King: Chronicles

Dairy Queen: Esther

Hard Rock Café: Psalms

Aquarium: Jonah

Doctor’s office: Luke

Community Theater: Acts

Stadium: Romans

Synagogue: Hebrews

The Beach: Revelation

Now, their list got me thinking, so I made my own list that was specific to the Pacific Northwest.

  • Hoh Rainforest: Genesis
  • Moses Lake: Exodus
  • Microsoft: Leviticus
  • Chateau St. Michelle: Judges
  • Seattle Downtown Library: Chronicles
  • Queen Anne: Esther
  • Experience Music Project: Psalms
  • Orcas Island: Jonah
  • Amazon Headquarters: Luke
  • Pike’s Place Market: Acts
  • The Space Needle: Romans
  • Starbucks: Hebrews
  • Mt. St. Helens: Revelation

I made a bonus one, Ezekiel: Boeing.  I’d like to hear some of your ideas . . . so comment away!