7 Quick Takes Friday!

7 Quick Takes Friday! January 30, 2015

New quck takes


It has been a kajillion years since I’ve done quick takes, so long that I had to get the new picture from Kelly since quick takes are now at This Ain’t The Lyceum.

You read Kelly, don’t you? I mean, of course you do. But she’s hysterical and I love her.


One of the reasons I remembered to do quick takes today is because Jen is on my mind. She’s in Naples speaking at the Legatus conference, but I shanghaied her into slumming it with the locals for bit.


By “slumming it”, I mean hanging out at the Ritz and having a few drinks with the Ogre and I. I’m betting she’s anticipating elegant cocktails and erudite conversation, but I’m going to surprise her by bringing a beer bong and my portable karaoke machine.


Not really. I don’t have a portable karaoke machine, but I’m realizing right this second what an oversight that is. At least now I know what to ask Santa for next year.


I was going to tell y’all a funny story about the time my roommates and I tried to make a beer bong in college, but then I remembered my mom reads my blog. Hi, Mama! I have never seen a beer bong in my life. And everything I know about beer I learned from reading Shakespeare, so blame that guy.

He really is a destructive influence.


You know who is not a destructive influence? The unparalleled Kathryn W., who has started a new blog project at Patheos! I let out the most undignified squee when she told me, and then like ten more when I read her introductory post at Love Amongst the Ruins.

One year ago today, I published a post on my own blog (Through a Glass Brightly) which was titled “Good Clean Fun”: The Theology of the Body in Groundhog Day. It went as viral as my posts do, mostly thanks to Kevin Knight over at New Advent and Elizabeth Scalia here at Patheos. Several months later, I learned that a professor of the Theology of the Body at Hillsdale College in Michigan had assigned to his students a final project which cited my Groundhog Day post as the example they were to follow. The prompt read,

The Theology of the Body, at its deepest point, is intended to provide a fundamental framework for thinking about and interpreting all of reality. The task of your paper is to bring the insights of the Theology of the Body to bear upon some aspect of culture (contemporary culture, pop culture, or “high” culture). You may choose a work of fiction or drama, film, music, or some other form. Your interpretation, at its best, should help to illuminate your subject through the Theology of the Body, as well as the Theology of the Body through that subject.

Happily, I was invited to attend the oral presentations of these papers. I was floored by the quality of many of them, and I kept thinking, “These need to be published. Where? How?” Then the professor turned to me and said, “Wow! We need to take this show on the road!” Then I realized that I should be the one to do it, and that Patheos would be the perfect platform for spreading this good news.

(Read the rest here)

Seriously, go check it out. She’s completely brilliant, and I am ridiculously excited about this.


I should probably put on something other than yoga pants, though, before I go. Speaking of yoga pants, this guy is giving his up. For the immortal souls of women everywhere.

Women can’t resist my legs. But, really, we all know women can’t resist any part of the male body that shows its form or reveals any skin. They’re created by God way, so it’s hard to blame them. They see an attractive man with athletic legs and they can’t help but stare. Their eyes were made for staring just as my legs were made for walking. It all just really comes down to the varying purposes in creation.

Still, as a man, I’ve never really understood this attraction women have. I mean, to me they’re just legs. I’ve got two of them, they’re symmetrical, functional, and tend to be rather pragmatically beneficial for lifting children…and sofas.

But since my youth group days, I’ve heard that women have this insatiable desire that they can’t deny. And my pragmatically perfect legs arouse and encourage evil thoughts and behaviors in the ladies. Therefore, I must do my part to make sure they don’t stumble. These supple legs may be just too much for young, unsuspecting heroins.

(Read the rest here – it’s hysterical)

Happy weekend, everyone! I’ll be back later with selfies, unless they’re unflattering, in which case I’ll tell you I forgot. It’s not really lying that way, see.

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