Posted: September 24, 2008 in Miscellaneous

Jody & Hillary were watching “Biggest Loser” last night and noticed that the waterslide challenge was filmed at Pepperdine’s Alumni Park! Pretty cool…

Tonight, I will take a rare study break to go see Garrison Keillor at Smothers Theater here on campus. Pretty cool two times in a row…


Funny, but I just went to Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion” website (a longstanding link from my blog) and noticed the following “letter-to-the-editor” style interaction featured on the home page:

“Mr. Keillor, when you come to Abilene Christian October 18, you might like to know that hundreds and hundreds of your auditors will be members of Churches of Christ, who practice four-part a cappella singing in their worship assemblies. This tradition is still strong in Abilene. So ask us to sing with you. I think you’ll be delighted at the result.” – Carisse B.

“I’ll be planning on it, Carisse. The Abilene audience will be up against some stiff competition, though. I remember a Mennonite audience in Indiana that sang a capella a gorgeous four- or eight-part “Doxology.” I just said, “I understand that you people have your own version of ‘Praise God from Whom all blessings flow'” and I pointed at them and they sang. And then there was an audience of Lutherans at St. Olaf who, when I pointed at them, sang four verses of “Children of the Heavenly Father” in four-part harmony. We don’t have many Church of Christ people up here and I understand that you don’t allow musical instruments in church — neither did the Sanctified Brethren whom I grew up among — so I will have the band hidden behind a screen. What shall we sing? “Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing”? “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross”? Whatever we do, we’ll get complaints from the humanist crowd, but hey — complaint is an art form and it’s good for people to get some practice. In the Church of Christ, you probably call it witnessing.” – G.K.

(I’m wondering if we’ll get to sing tonight? Since lots of CofC folks don’t think Pepperdine is a “real” CofC school, I doubt it.) 🙂

  1. J D says:

    That is so cool. I love G. K. (Name too hard to spell!)

  2. alsturgeon says:

    You would have LOVED it! If you ever get the chance, take it!

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