Saturday, June 11, 2005


Footnotes added on the occasion of Kyla’s 21st Birthday
By Chris Halverson

THE stress, of the shift, of the blue back of the black bird flashes (2)
A snap, through the twelve titans at attention, clothed in rumpled brown (3)
Their green swords are bowed low, a procession of swordsmen
Branches inviting in second

TWO old and new mirror dogs(4) kneel (5)
At the granite feet of the bridegroom’s marriage arches (6)
Three synoptic squires(7) , brothers, chatter in the afterglow
After them, one monolith, states aloud, what the three euphemized in private (8)

WHAT, even low, the groundsman has greater glories than the titans (9)
He dwells with punchy grey squirrels (10), full of faith (11)
He bows lower still, to press ahead
What is dying for a day, three, a month, ten, or even a year (12)

HE (13) continues ahead, ahead, here, and then
Where are the graves, sepulcher?
All that remains, concrete squares
Empty (14)

1. This poem was written while walking through the graveyard across the street. I saw things; they connected with biblical things extremely well.
2. The Black Bird is Christ. The three years of his known ministry is a flash compared to the time after his death. It was an ineffable flash that caught the attention of the whole world.
3. The twelve titans being the twelve disciples of Christ.
4. Upon writing this I had not noticed that the “dogs” were really lambs.
5. The Old Testament and the New, two documents that face, and mirror, one another.
6. The Bridegroom being Christ.
7. The Synoptic Gospels, Mt. Mk. Lk.
8. The Gospel of John, which is much more explicit about many things about Christ, such as his divinity etc.
9. This is Paul, who ended up, having more influence than the disciples.
10. Goyim
11. Faith not works etc.
12. His first letter is about this subject, people dying before the return of Christ.
13. This is a different he, the Church universal, the church of these present ages.
14. Oh no, I’m being weird and mysterious. Am I talking about the “rapture,” or am I talking about Churches being empty, or am I talking about the epiphany of the empty tomb?

I'm cleaning out my computer

and I found a set of quotes I liked. Some pretty cool stuff.

“God has given thee twenty-four treasures; take heed lest thou lose any one of them, for thou wilt not be able to endure the regret that will follow such loss.”—Al-Gazalli

“All things implement.”—William Falkner

“I endeavored to lead a different type of life, to interest myself in practical work, to know and love the human material which had fallen into my hands, to feel the long-wished-for joy of no longer having to deal with words but with living men.”—Zorba the Greek

“We educated people are just empty headed birds of the air.”—ZTG

"As soon as you start expecting a politician to be the answer to all of your problems, that's when you're really in trouble."

Parties may make policy, but people make a nation, a signal fire of democracy lit from the individual torches of the hearts of many.
--Chris Halverson

In the words of Jesus, "It is finished"

Okay, an undergraduate degree is nothing like crucifixion, I know that. None the less, I am done! I walked this morning!
Also, I'm writing this on my new laptop my parents bought me for graduation!
PS I'll have pictures for you guys soon, my mom is going to be putting the ones she took online.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

I'm done

All assignments are done. I wrote 41 pages for Creative Writing. It is titled Testaments, which are four differant accounts of the death of Jason Clay, a medic in Iraq. I used Source Criticism of the Gospels to construct a similar structure. If anyone wants a look at it just email me.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

An interesting letter

Dear Dr. Laura Schlessinger,

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's law. I
learned a great deal from you and your radio show, and I try to share
knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend
homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind him that Leviticus
clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific
and how to best follow them.

When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a
pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is my neighbors.
They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. How should I deal with

I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as it suggests in Exodus
21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for

I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her
period of menstrual uncleanliness (Lev. 15:19-24). The problem is, how
do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

Lev. 25:44 states that I may buy slaves from the nations that are
us. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans but not
Canadians. Can you clarify?

I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2
clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to
him myself?

A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an
abomination (Lev. 10:10), it is a lesser abomination than
I don't agree. Can you settle this?

Lev. 20:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a
defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does
my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you
can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal
and unchanging.


A Concerned Crusader

Monday, June 06, 2005

The Questions

The Questions
1. How much choice do we have in spiritual matters?
2. What are some traits of a “Christian relationship”?
3. Who should take communion? Is it a community thing? If so how big is that community?
4. Motivational speakers in Japan can get people to break down sobbing and asking their parents for forgiveness, this is done to make employees think of their boss as a parent. What does this suggest about experientialism in Church? About the Trinity? About the very idea of God?
5. If God is love what is hate/fear/etc?
6. Most of the Biblical characters aren’t all that great of people. What does that suggest about God?
7. Are dreams spiritually significant? How? Why? Why not?

As you know I'm a leftist who believes in global warming, but you have to admit this is ironic

These two guys
had hoped to make the crossing to call attention to global warming and the receding polar ice cap
but it was too cold to go. As I said, ironic if nothing else.