Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pretty fly for a Rabbi




I've had a few nicknames over the years. Most of which I've liked. Dr. K (hence the blog url) was one of the first that stuck fairly strongly. I still don't know why the creator of that nickname chose it but it does inspire me to someday make the Dr. part official. Special K is another new nickname given to me at one of my churches from some amazing youth. It has stuck in that circle and last night one of the 6 year olds said, "Special K? Can I talk into the microphone?"

Usually I'll get called a holy nickname. Rev. Mother. Pastor SKarafanda. Holy Mom. None of which are particularly descriptive. My favorite though is Rabbi. I've only been called that a couple of times but it always gives me a chuckle. Despite the faith and gender issues, I do like to use my gifts of teaching so the translation of Rabbi as Teacher gives me a bit of joy.

The other day I was listening to XM 151 - laugh radio and caught the oldie but goodie Weird Al's "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi". So in honor of the song and the nickname here are the top three ways you can be a fly Christian Rabbi:

1) Know your subject. It's really embarrassing when the teacher doesn't know the basic information. I was once in a pastor's meeting where a pastor said he was paraphrasing the Bible, when he was really paraphrasing Milton's "Paradise Lost". So not fly.

2) Know yourself. Make sure you're authentic. If your social media profile is all crosses, robes, and stoles and you are in a contemporary, new church setting, then ask yourself who you are trying to reach or impress.

3) Know the lingo. You don't have to be Mark Zuckerburg to know that those internets that Al Gore invented are really coming around. Don't be fooled into thinking that MILF is an acronym for Man I Love Father-God, cause its not.

Its not that I'm an expert on today's pop-culture but I'm just trying to help you out as I've embarrassed myself way too many times by being very "unfly." So as you go out and transform the world know who you are and know whose you are and you'll be about as fly as you can get.

Until Everyone Hears,

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

What I learned on summer vacation



Its been a while since I've had to write the famous "back to school" essay - complete with picture. So I thought I'd let you know what I discovered on our end of summer getaway.

Since Big John was traveling so much this summer we weren't able to take a family vacation together until Labor Day weekend. In Georgia this means that the boys were already back in school, so we pulled them out for a couple of days and made an extra long weekend at the beach.

Here are my insights:

1) My daughter might actually live to her third birthday. She is currently two and displays this fact to everyone around us by asserting her independence in creative ways. In other words, I'm sick of the tantrums and ready to throw one myself. On this trip however she was as cute as a button. Cuddly. Sweet. An angel. She reminded me why we were stupid, I mean, smart enough to have a third child. I think we'll keep her.

2) Being together matters more than where you go. My kids favorite night of the trip was our frozen pizza and Camp Rock 2 celebration. Had we been at home we would have done exactly the same thing, but for some reason I didn't worry that the kitchen was still dirty (it wasn't my house after all) and I didn't have a laptop to constantly check. It was really quite nice.

3) The occasional side trip can be educational. On our way home we made a few stops. We RARELY stop but for some reason our driver (John) was in a good mood and made three. The first one was to an "Indian River Fruit Stand" ie orange stand. But there are no oranges this time of year in FLA. But we could get Vidalia Onions or peaches (both of which come from GA). The next stop was to Doughnut King in Eufala, AL. While they aren't really King in comparison to Krispy Kreme, they are in the Duke, Lord, or Baron family. Worth the stop if you pass through. Finally we stopped at Shelton's Fireworks. We learned the difference between shoots sparks and sprays sparks (height vs width). New Year's Eve party at our house!

4) Cha-cha really knows her stuff. For those of you who don't know cha-cha go to chacha.com. Ask any un-philosophical question and you'll get a good answer. We are now addicted to it.

That's about it. It was good to get away. Now back to transforming lives.

Until Everyone Hears,

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