Thank you to everybody who shared their answers to the “A Few Questions…” blog. My turn…
- Name a phobia that makes your palms sweat.
Public Speaking. This is what might call “ironical” if ironical were a word. I do a minor freak-out before every time I preach or speak. It’s not as bad as it used to be–I was sick to my stomach my first year of preaching–but it’s still there.This is one reason I’m so prepared. I figure that even if my brain turns pasta fagiole, I can still read a sermon manuscript. Sometimes I have bad dreams about being unprepared in the pulpit. Back in my Chicago days, our church helped out at a big Christmas Feed–probably 1,000 street people eating and 150 serving. Pastor Jim Queen grabbed my arm and said, “Why don’t you preach a little, Bill.” Panic gripped me. I slapped his hand off my arm and said, “No way!” He looked puzzled. I smiled cordially and said, “I’m not prepared.” Impromptu speaking feels like death to me.
Click here to read my first mind-dump on public speaking.
Also, fear of heights and fear of long, high bridges with low guard rails.
- What’s your favorite coffee and how much do you spend on it, and what would you do with the money if you weren’t gulping in down?
That’s easy: “Sugar-free, blended mocha, extra shot, decaf, breve, plus one pink.” Got all that? My local coffee shop, YAKS, has it memorized. Some people say I’m picky. I say I’m self-aware.
I don’t spend money on this drink because I get it free. I have incriminating information about the owners, and they agreed… Kidding. Mike and Nan are wonderful people and gave me a drink card. If I weren’t spending coffee money, I’d put it toward my kids’ college funds.
- What is one of your guilty pleasures?
Dan Brown’s books (he wrote the DaVinci Code and a few others). The guy’s as anti-Christian as they come, but he writes page-turners. Never mind the factual inaccuracies.
I also think Punk’d is funny. Desperate Housewives too. Janet Evanovich wrote a book on how she writes, and it’s hilariously profane. Sorry.
- Pick only one and tell why: the unlimited use of a personal chef, housekeeper, masseuse, or landscaper.
Landscaper. Our house is 2 years old, and it’s still 75% not landscaped.
- What part of your body hurts most?
Right shoulder. Wanna hear all about it? Sure! Thirty years ago, I had one of those surgeries to correct chronic dislocations (hundreds of full dislocations in the R shoulder). That worked fine, and no more problems. Last summer, in preparation for Africa, I got a bunch of vaccinations. One in my right shoulder, eleven (or so) in my left. I got the normal soreness in my shoulders, and on the right side, it never went away. Dr Dave Thompson (medical missionary in Africa) told me that the antibodies my shoulder produced 30 years ago, lay dormant all that time. The shot I got woke them up. Great! Sometimes it keeps me up at night. So, if I wave at you and look like I’m imitating John McCain, I’m not. My shoulder won’t go that high right now.
- What do you do with the retirement account statements that come in the mail?
I shred them unopened. Too depressing. I look online at my statements at least quarterly.
- Name a worship song you’d like to sing this week at church.
Long Live the King, by Aaron Shust… the louder the better. Great lyrics. Great energy.
- Would you walk naked down a busy street in your home town, 1/2 mile, for $1,500? Explain.
Nope. Streaking is so 80’s. Plus, I have to “Golden Rule” this situation. Would I want my kids to see some dude walking naked down the street? No. Would I want my kids to, as adults, walk naked down the street for money? No. Would I want my kids to fail to learn about appropriate boundaries and privacy? No. Would I want my kids to ever sell their bodies, or views of their bodies, for money? No. Modesty is a function of self-respect. Plus, I’d have to lose about 30 pounds before I’d even consider it. (Please file your complaints here).
- When you write your first book, what will it be about?
A pastor who thwarts a third murder by a psychopathic judge, without violating priest-penitent privilege.
Oh wait… it will be about the rowdy forces in the human heart that sabotage the life of our dreams, and make us miss God’s best. A lot like this one… click.
Anyone else ready to jump into the pool? Use the numbers. Be brief. Thanks.