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2 different church views in one weekend

This weekend I attended the wedding of one of my cousins at a Catholic Church in Milwaukee on Saturday, the following day I attended Sunday services at the nondenominational Christian Elmbrook. In most aspects Elmbook is just about the same as Appleton Alliance Church – only larger.

The differences between the 2 (“Catholic” and “nondenominational Christian”) are incredible, being reminded of that fact is even more humbling. I grew up in the Catholic tradition and until college had no idea of anything but the Catholic tradition.

The first major item I noticed was that the Catholic church still has Jesus nailed to the cross. Front and center was a massive cross – with a Jesus body nailed to it.
Every non-Catholic church I’ve been in, that I can recall, just uses a plain cross. I’ll avoid any discussions on why, but it is a nice transition to the next major difference I observed-
The Catholic church lacked life! The towering walls of stone were dark and cold. The singing we garbled and mumbled. People simply followed along, everything was as it always has been – a routine. It seemed … dead.

The Christian church, on the other hand, was bright and vibrant. The singing was loud and impressive. People were happy to be there. The Pastor told a joke or two. The message was alive with reason and clear instruction – and application.  It was Alive!

I thought it was an interesting item to notice – that in one place it seemed dead, and indeed – Christ was still dead nailed to the cross.
In the other it was alive – and so was Jesus, as a body, was nowhere to be seen.

I’d rather be alive!

Updates and Stuff

So it’s about time I updated the site a bit with current happenings.
I’ve been spending some time in my basement building my workshop/”man cave”.

So far I’ve;

  • Added a wall (along the foundation)
  • Built a great 8 foot workbench off the wall
  • Installed 4 new lights (CFL’s of course) in the ceiling
  • Modified existing shelving for use as a PC/server location
  • Installed a new circuit for the workshop itself.
  • Cleaned (alot) of old crud up and tossed a few bags worth of trash out

And thats just the basement area alone. I’ll get photos up someday hopefully!

Around the rest of the house I’ve been working on smaller projects and tasks-

  • Installed new lights on the outside of the house
  • re-sealed most of the existing windows for air leaks
  • Installed a handful of new light fixtures in the house (they finally all match! [well, I have a few left])
  • Fixed a nice former homeowner ‘fix’ in the attic that lead to water leaking into the house this winter… (will need to permanently fix when it gets warmer on the roof).
  • Put in some energy saving items around the house (power strips, CFL’s, LED lights (yes, I have some LED light bulbs, $5 a piece at Sams Club. I’ll never have to change them again, only useful as accent lighting though, about as bright as a 20w incandescent light)
  • Rewired the entire garage. The existing electrical was just plain bad.
  • Installed a new electrical outlet on the front of the house – no more running an extension cord 150ft from the back to the front now!
  • Replaced 3 windows with brand new ones. Installed estimated that the old ones were at least 40+ years old.

Starting to get a list of projects to do this summer too.

  • Add shelving to the garage (needed badly!)
  • Figure out a way to lift the bikes up into the rafters so they are out of the way of the cars
  • More new windows (still have some 40+ years old ones left!)

Anyhow, always a list of stuff I’d like to do, Angie has a completly different list of hewr own for me!