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Monday, May 05, 2008

Meet and Greet

Last week Rev. Mommy introduced a lot of new bloggers to the RevGals community. This week we only have no new members to introduce...so instead we will have an interview-a-thon with three of the Rev-Guys:

Please Meet:

Rev. Scott
Where do you blog?
I’m at nachfolge.

What are your favorite non-revgal blog pal blogs?
Real Live Preacher

LutherPunk

Heather Armstrong

The Questing Parson

What gives you joy?
My beautiful, loving wife – my precious little girl, Ainsley – great music like Storyhill, Peter Mayer, Peter Mayer (yes, there’s two of them), The Wailin’ Jennys, Rich Mullins, and too many others to mention – those days when I feel like my being a pastor actually makes a difference for someone’s faith and life.

What is your favorite sound? My daughter’s laughter.

What do you hope to hear once you enter the pearly gates?
“Scott, you’re here! Someone go tell Rich to grab his dulcimer, and as soon as we hammer out the Lutheran understanding of grace, we’re gonna have ourselves one helluva concert!”

You have up to 15 words, what would you put on your tombstone?
“O sing to the Lord a new song, sing to the Lord, all the earth.”


Write the first sentence of your own great American novel.
“David Monaghan was born November 10, 1975, the same night the Edmund Fitzgerald sank off Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior, taking all hands with her; the story of the great ore ship was, in some ways, the story of his life.”

What color do you prefer your pen? Black UniBall Rollerball.

What magazines do you subscribe to?
Runner’s World, The Christian Century, The Wittenburg Door, Newsweek, dialog, Word & World, Consumer Reports, and Mental Floss. The last makes for great throne reading.

What is something you want to achieve in this decade?
I’d love to get our daughter out of diapers before the decade is out. If we’re thinking “the next ten years,” then my goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

Why are you cool?
Wherever I travel, I start to pick up the local accent. Thus, even though I lived in Nebraska for 25 years before living in Minnesota the last eight, it is the Minnesota accent that people notice about me these days.

What is one of your favorite memories?
Enjoying a delicious dunkel bier with my wife at a café teeming with blooming flowers, just down the hill from the Kaiserburg in Nürnberg, Germany:

Anything else you've always wanted to be asked?
“Mr. Johnson, would you like your free Mini Cooper S in black or red?"

Tripp
Where do you blog?
I blog most at anglobaptist. But I also have a facebook and a myspace page. No, I don't get a whole lot of work done.

What are your favorite non-revgal blog pal blogs?
Real Live Preacher Real Live Preacher
AKMA's Random Thoughts AKMA
Janeism janeism

What gives you joy?
This is, happily, a long list. My wife and friends give me joy. Music gives me joy. I started singing in earnest in college and have not stopped since. And somewhere along the way I picked up the guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, and tenor banjo. As my wife is also a joy, I try to keep a balance. I have achieved only varying degrees of success there. Heh.

What is your favorite sound?
I don't know. I like a lot of things. Rain is lovely. The muffled silence of snow is tremendous. A congregation that KNOWS how to sing is incredible.

What do you hope to hear once you enter the pearly gates?
With great joy: "Damn, son, what the hell was that!?" followed by lots of laughter.

You have up to 15 words, what would you put on your tombstone?
"With an undaunted heart and singing
with a bold, strong voice,
you will cross over. "
It's from a poem I love. I hold on to this at all times.

"Don't die fearfully
While you hold dreams of happiness
tightly in your embrace.

In order to take your fill of life
You will have to sustain
the blows of death."

I know I'm only allowed fifteen words...so, that first stanza will do nicely.

Write the first sentence of your own great American novel.
At some point in life it helps to come to terms with your own insanity.

What color do you prefer your pen?
Black.

What magazines do you subscribe too?
Fast Company, Christian Century, Domicile, ESPN

What is something you want to achieve in this decade?
It's 2008, so I think I'm good. Some where in the next decade there may be a PhD. But the jury is still out on that one. Kids would be a welcome addition at any time.

Why are you cool?
Who said I was cool?!


Gord
Where do you blog?
Following Frodo

What are your favorite non-revgal blog pal blogs?
Bene Diction -- I like his reflections on news items

Prairie Preacher -- a colleague in Manitoba who reflects on life, the universe, the brokenness of church and society...

Locusts and Honey -- how can you not like someone who chooses a blog title from a description of John the Baptist? while I certainly have many theological and ideological differences with John, it is important to read people with whom you can disagree, and his blog has lots of fun too

What gives you joy?
walks with the dog, cuddles with the girls

What is your favorite sound?
No contest, the excited DADDY!!!!! from the youngest whenever I walk in the house (even if I have only gone out for 30 seconds). Apparently daddy coming in is a very exciting thing to have happen

What do you hope to hear once you enter the pearly gates?
Truly I don't believe in the whole pearly gates thing, but if I am wrong: "Welcome! The bar is over there, the dance floor is there, the library is there, if you need anything just picture it and you will remember where to find it"

You have up to 15 words, what would you put on your tombstone?
He loved, he was loved, what higher praise is there?

Write the first sentence of your own great American novel.
Heart pounding with excitement, Heath drew his sword and stepped out into the bedchamber.

What color do you prefer your pen?
Many days I'll settle for a pen that works and is handy. But most of the ones I use are boringly black.

What magazines do you subscribe too?
We are supposed to have time to read magazines??? WHEN? Anyway, the United Church Observer is about it. Oh and a couple of journals but I actually read the Observer...

What is something you want to achieve in this decade?
With three daughters currently under 5 I will settle for getting through it with what little sanity I have intact.

Why are you cool?
Unless I am under dressed for the temperature I am decidedly NOT cool. Never have been. I wasn't even cool or good looking enough to be a cute geek... (mind you the Beloved might say I got this answer totally wrong, but I think she is biased)

What is one of your favorite memories?
Well once we get past the three births, and the wedding day (although that included some unfortunate memories too) let's see...
I would have to say walking along Hadrian's Wall and looking out over the countryside (among other travel memories). Well that and the first time I met the Beloved of course--that will always be a great memory (even if she might rather I didn't remember it quite so clearly)

Anything else you've always wanted to be asked?
nothing comes to mind...

17 comments:

  1. Loved all of these--thanks, guys!
    But Gord made me laugh out loud, raucously, disturbing someone in the office obviously waiting to see the wrong pastor--no seriousness here today.
    He pulled out his sword???

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  2. Thanks guys for agreeing to be interviewed, I appreciate it!! ....now I've used up my entire surplus of interviews in reserve. The Revmommy, I think, has all the others....

    so. If haven't already been interviewed and would like too...drop by my blog and leave a note. OR if we somehow missed you in our last request for interviews stop by seekingauthenticvoice. I like to keep a few on hand for occasions just like today!

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  3. Hey, Scott, Questing Parson is one of us, too!
    Great answers, guys!!!

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  4. That was good! I LOVED the tombstones and I LOL at all the genteel swearing that is evidently happening in Heaven.

    Scott, I want to read your novel. Can you tell us who is Rick? And please look me up, because I'd love to listen to whoever is playing the dulcimer. I'll sing if you'll let me.

    :-)

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  5. I always figure the goal of a good opening sentence is to make people want to read farther. ANd really I was envisioning a long sharp steel weapon, possibly a jealous lover?

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  6. ROFL, yes THAT sword.

    Honestly, most of my double entendres are totally unplanned--and often I don't notice them until far too late.

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  7. Genteel swearing is a must for it to be Heaven. Thanks for the opportunity to be interviewed. It was fun.

    Now, someone better call me when that celestial concert kicks up!

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  8. great work, guys! and mompriest, too!

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  9. Mompriest, this was great. RevDudes - I have only this to say... you ARE cool! ALL of you! so there.

    Deb

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  10. Great meet and greet!

    Don't listen to Gord saying he's uncool. Not. True. He's highly cool.

    Just sayin'...

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  11. This was a very fun Monday post.
    Thanks to all.

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  12. SO--unless there's another tremendously cool hammered dulcimer-playing Rick in heaven, I suspect Rick=Rich Mullins. Amazing. One of the people I need to look up when I get there.

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  13. Ah, yep I think you are right. :-)

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  15. RevScott forgot to mention that he and I share a brain. I must have had it the day he completed the meet and greet questions. =)

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