Friday, February 15, 2013

Wine Dinners #3 and #4

Wine dinner #3: Oregon Wines, August 24th

Course 1: Champagne toast and Hors d'oeuvres
Course 2: Chilled crab cocktail salad, paired with pinot gris
Course 3: Summer tomato basil bisque and goat cheese crostini, paired with "Remy Red" 
Course 4:  Filet mignon, pan roasted wild mushrooms and mashed potatoes, paired with pinot noir and zinfandel
Course 5: Apple crumb tart, caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream, paired with reisling

Wine dinner #4: Napa Valley Wines, March 14th

Course 1: Roasted asparagus and herbed goat cheese, paired with sauvignon blanc
Course 2: Snow crab bisque, paired with chardonnay
Course 3: Cremini mushroom tart, paired with pinot noir
Course 4:  Filet mignon, creamed spinach and sweet potato casserole, paired with cabernet sauvignon
Course 5: Cheesecake brulee, paired with sauvignon blanc

Tuesday, February 05, 2013


I've struggled with the evangelical flavor of Christianity that was a part of our lives for a number of years, partly because of internal conflicts and partly because I don't want to be associated with a lot of what I see that also identifies with the evangelical flavor of Christianity (read: a large part of the GOP, for starters). But experientially I remain convinced that there is something bigger than myself and this world. I read Rob Bell's book "Love Wins" when it came out and was really drawn to the idea of Christian Universalism; unfortunately there are very few churches that openly teach this and after my negative experience with a local non-denominational church when we first moved to Virginia, I more or less gave up on actually finding a church.

Anyway, that's just a bit of background for this next bit. I had seen one of those silly Facebook share pictures today that said "Type yes if Jesus has forgiven your sins" and I immediately thought "Why does anyone need permission to forgive someone?" If you hurt me, I can choose to forgive you whether you want me to or not. I don't need to go to you and say "I'll forgive you if you say it's okay for me to forgive you." Or "I'll forgive you if you ask me to." Forgiveness isn't an expression of the person who has done something wrong, it's an expression of the person who has been wronged.