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Church and Law Notebook

I benefit from always having my iPad with me except when I lose it. I guess that’s what Captain Obvious would say. I now have lost 2 iPads by the usual forgetfulness. I left one on top of my car roof and drove off. The other got mistakenly thrown out at a gas station. while on a trip (at least that’s how I think that I lost them)

I say that I benefit because I can always save or bookmark things quickly and come back to them for blog ideas. Sometimes, I realize that I have items that have been with me for a while. So, here’s from the “notebook”.

This  blog is basically a collection of things that you might classify as church humor or might hear as a joke from the pulpit. I know what you are thinking, “how is this in a legal blog?”. My reply, “if you classify it from the notebook… anything goes!”.

The church decided that it needed to call a meeting to vote on some church business. The deacons got into a heated discussion over buying a chandelier for the church. So, one man stood and formally made the motion by saying, “I move that we buy a chandelier for the church”. Then, a second man stood and seconded the motion.

     One of the members then stood to address the motion. He said the following, “I’d like to speak against this motion. First, no one knows how to spell it to even order it. Second, no one knows how to play it. Third and most importantly… what this church really needs is some lights.” Boom!

And here are the pic o’s…

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And this would be considered dating advice?

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I suppose she might answer something like, “That is quite a Revelation… and I guess that’s a signal for my Exodus”.

Law and Proverbs 23:4-5

Proverbs 23: 4-5 has two opposites. The Bible tells us in these verses:

4. Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

     5.  Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

Now, how do you compare those two verses? Does it sound like those new Directv commercials with Rob Lowe? You know, the ones where Rob Lowe is playing multiple parts. In one, he tells you not to be like the creepy Rob Lowe and you are thinking, “But both Rob Lowes are creepy”. Hard to tell the difference?

These verses basically tell us to react to the circumstances Sometimes we ignore the fool. Other times we challenge.

Sometimes, I think that the practice of law is a bit like that. Not the “answer a fool part”. Instead, each case is a little different. There is no special equation or chart to rely on for every circumstance. I feel it’s a little like life. Prepare, React and Adapt.

In facing the circumstances, Coach Bear Bryant said that, “You never know how a horse will pull until you hook him to a heavy load”. Facing the circumstance! And, that’s my Monday blog of metaphors!

DID YOU KNOW that the expression sweating like a pig is actually not true. Pigs can’t actually sweat. Another of those opposites.

And for pic o’ day, here’s a good speller:

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A Bible Employment Story

In 1791, Philadelphia carpenters went on strike to demand that their employers reduce their work hours to 10-hour workdays. Their banners read “from 6 to 6”. In 1864, the eight-hour workday became a central part of demands of the Chicago labor movement.

Ford Motor Company became the symbol of a caring employer when, in 1914,  it took the radical step of doubling its workers’ pay to $5 a day and cutting their work shifts from nine hours to eight.

This brief bit of history shows that a fair wage and a good working environment has been on the mind of employees for a long time. Thursday’s devotional in “Our Daily Bread” recites the Bible passage of Matthew 20:1-16 , which is the story of employees agreeing to a wage, and then being angry about their agreement.

The story is about an employer who hires employees to work in the vineyard. They agree to work for a denarius, which was considered to be a day’s wage. They were happy for the work and happy for the fair wages.

The landowner/employer went into the marketplace and found more potential workers. He hired them on the spot and they immediately went to work, which was a few hours after the others had already begun working. They so wanted employment that they went to work without a firm agreement on their wages.

Later in the day, the landowner hired more looking for work, and they basically worked a half-day. At the end of the day, it was time to be paid. The first group were paid their agreed full day’s wages. They were happy. They were happy until the second and third group of employees were paid the exact same amount… a full day’s wages.

I enjoy that story because from a legal perspective, it is a Biblical story about an employment contract. It’s also a story about being happy with your state of affairs, until you start comparing to everyone else. An old story with modern lessons.

For pic o’ day, I went with a picture that makes me appreciate what I have. I don’t enjoy flying… but at least I’m not flying with Amish Airlines!

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