Twenty-five Things

I was tagged by a small handful of people on Facebook to write a note listing twenty-five facts about me, my habits, my goals, and so on. I’m fairly certain I’m actively boycotting using Facebook as any sort of a content host (outside of hosting photos uploaded from my mobile phone, at least until I figure out a way to text message them to my blog), so I’m joining the meme here at Kingdom Geekery.

This is exactly the kind of fun-loving randomness you can expect, so be sure to subscribe so that you don’t miss anything.

Now, without further ado about nothing…

  1. I have been saved since the summer of 2001. In that time, I have learned how to critique teachings using the Scriptures as a rule; I’ve critiqued myself so much, my most firmly held convictions of my first year of salvation are convictions which I now believe to be dangerous to one’s spiritual well-being.

  2. My favorite band is Metallica, and I’m not ashamed of songs such as “The God That Failed” or “Leper Messiah.” Actually, I find their honesty and openness refreshing; the church would do well to be so honest with its doubts, taking a lesson from Thomas the Apostle. (I prefer not to refer to him by the disparaging “Doubting Thomas.” He was an apostle, a pillar of the faith which has been passed down to us even today.)

  3. I have a habit of reading multiple books at one time, a little bit at a time. Different books at different strategic places throughout the house facilitates this. Rarely, though, do I actually finish a book. Current reads? The Reason for God (Timothy Keller), Brave New World, Lord of the Flies, The Elements of Style (William Strunk, Jr.), and a couple of others.

  4. I love tinkering around on websites and earn a respectable part-time wage from various website-related jobs. Despite this, I hate design; I’m much more comfortable at the markup or programming level.

  5. At one point, I would have questioned the validity of your salvation if you used versions of the Bible other than the King James Version. Today, I consider King James Onlyism a dangerous cult-like set of beliefs and have determined that the King James Version is not only out-of-date for today’s readers but is also flawed on the translation level. Nowadays, I prefer the English Standard Version, New American Standard Version, or New King James Version (in that order).

  6. I love sci-fi and fantasy, but I think things like cosplay or even conventions are ridiculous; being a big fan of Star Trek, Star Wars, Transformers, and so on means treading a fine line between geekery & dorkery. I’m a big enough dork without heaping cosplay onto the pile!

  7. I believe that women’s lib is utterly unbiblical and that the churches would be in much better shape today if the elder women were teaching the younger women to dress modestly and to love their husbands.

  8. Likewise, I believe that the churches need their elder men to teach their young men to be strong leaders both in the church and at home. Young men should be taught that divorce is not an option and that someday in judgment they will give an account for the goings on of their home.

  9. My music tastes are quite diverse. Setting my media collection to random would result in guests being treated to everything from Ricky Skaggs to Pantera, Bob Dylan to the Smashing Pumpkins. I also listen to quite a bit of contemporary Christian music and don’t really see where people get the idea that it isn’t of the same caliber as secular music — Casting Crowns, Skillet, MercyMe, Kutless, Decyfer Down, David Crowder Band… These are all top-notch bands with unique sounds which are a joy to listen to.

  10. Reality shows are the biggest waste of television ever devised. Not only are the premises ridiculous, but that they try to pass their tripe off as “reality” is an affront to, well, the real world. Almost as bad as reality television are game shows. Today’s game shows are for saps — what’s this “If you get $25,000, you get it even if you lose” crap? I like that on Jeopardy!, Cash Cab, and similar trivia shows there is a degree of risk; building up to a huge amount of cash on either of those shows means nothing if you wager wrong in Final Jeopardy or get three strikes, respectively. Now that’s a good game show. Oh, and hour-long spectacles like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? What a waste of time. Give me a game show where I don’t have to wait through five minutes of faux-suspense for the next question. Trebek pwns Regis.

  11. I say things like “pwns.”

  12. Sarcasm is not a sin, and I use it liberally.

  13. I’m a self-described cynic. As I understand it, this world and all who inhabit it are tainted with sin and are inherently bad evil. I can’t help but distrust people’s motives or view the world negatively. I lose nothing from having this outlook, but I gain the ability to rejoice that much more in the Father of lights. I gain a feeling of detachment from this world feels perfectly natural to me; as the song says, “This world is not my home / I’m just a-passin’ through.”

  14. I use a Mac, but I’m by no means a fanboy. I hate how inconsistent the arrow keys are within text boxes (why isn’t there a universal way to jump to the beginning or end of a lineā€½) and that there doesn’t seem to be a quick and consistent means of maximizing windows. These are things which Windows does better than Mac, and I consider them to be big deals.

  15. I’m on Twitter (@KingdomGeek), and you’re welcome to follow me. I’m becoming more discriminate as to who I follow back, though; frankly, I’ve grown tired of hearing everyone’s “Twitter grade” and other tripe. It’s gotten to the point where I read probably 10% or less of the tweets that show up in my twitterstream if only because so little of it has any application or interest to me.

  16. Unless politicians are hypocritical about them, I believe it is absolutely appropriate and necessary to judge elected officials and candidates based upon their personal beliefs. I will not vote for someone who values choice and convenience over life. To me, such politicians are little better than murderers.

  17. I am a Calvinist, I believe that God is sovereign over the affairs of man, and I believe Christianity is defensible against any objections raised against it.

  18. I love video games, and on a few of them, I’ve managed to become quite the expert — notably the Nintendo 64 titles Mario Kart 64, Star Fox 64, GoldenEye 007, and of course, Super Mario 64. Most other games — especially modern ones — I tend to be only mediocre at, and my favorite game for over a decade is still Final Fantasy VII. It is truly a diamond in the rough.

  19. I own two guitars (an acoustic and an electric) as well as a mandolin, but I’ve never dedicated anywhere near enough time to any of them. Consequently, I can only play simple rhythm on them (mostly the acoustic guitar). I can, however, pick up just about any instrument and play from memory the basic melody “Ode to Joy.” I originally learned it for the mandolin.

  20. My favorite color is cerulean.

  21. I’m asthmatic.

  22. If I never wear a suit & tie again, that’s just fine with me. I hate formal attire and can’t believe we still put stock in attire. We are who we are; no amount of fancy wear is going to change that.

  23. Government of, by, and for the people is a somewhat frightening prospect to me in light of the total depravity of man.

  24. I once had an article featured on Dial-the-Truth Ministries.

  25. I have seen what I can only assume to be an unclean spirit (read: demon), an experience which forced me into a state of profound fear, a fear which I hope to never have to experience again.

4 thoughts on “Twenty-five Things”

  1. I had to respond to your number 2. Many a young mouths are left gapping wide after they present this question to me. REALLY? METALLICA?!? I as well can not break away from the musical mastery of James and crew. One of my favorites being ‘King Nothing’. It pretty well sums up my life pre-Christ. I listen to it often, lest I forget.

    Enjoyed your post!
    Rock on

  2. Hank, thanks for your comment, and yes, “Really, Metallica!” During my pre-Christian life, for a couple years I was a huge fan of Metallica. One of the first decisions I made (or was talked into, depending on how you view it) was to ditch all of my secular music, so into the fire (literally) went all of my Metallica (along with a substantial amount of other music).

    I’ve since come to the conclusion that I can listen to Metallica for the music of it without allowing them to contort my worldview. I also understand that that isn’t true of everyone, so I respect that some people think secular music is for the heathen. I just think they’re wrong. :)

  3. I enjoyed reading this, have been a lurker for awhile but loved how this told me more about you. I sent a request on your twitter, I too got tired of all the extra stuff so now my is locked so I can monitor who I accept or don’t. Blessings.

  4. I followed you back, Lori. At this point, to cut down on the noise, I’m only following people who do more than just follow me. Anyone can click a “Follow” button; it takes more to actually seek someone out our initiate a real connection or friendship or whatever. It’s those people that I tend to follow back now.

    Thanks for reading my 25 Things. Good to know even the goofy just-for-fun posts are enjoyed. :D

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