Every pastor knows perfectly well that the majority of men sitting in church on Sunday morning were dragged there by their wives, that the average man has no interest in listening to some pissant preacher berate him — especially if that man has done the hard work of getting himself a gen-u-ine education and knows for a rock-solid, bolted-down fact that most of what the preacher says is excruciatingly stupid nonsense.
Well, what do you know? It turns out — to their inestimable credit — that fewer men are willing to glorify Jesus these days by going to remote pestholes where the people eat bugs. Let those National Geographic characters figure it out for themselves appears to be the attitude.
The irreverent phrase that not-so-gently stepped on the little twinkies of our young, single, male seminarians was, “SNIVELING WIMPS.” How impolite, and impolitic of Plodder to call the few, the called, the proud, the chest thumping, set-the-world-on-fire young male Southern Baptist seminarians ‘sniveling wimps’. Why do that?
Here’s why: You can’t get these guys to go overseas and serve the Lord in some of the more difficult places where the Gospel is needed the most…but you can get girls to do it.
Interesting, no? Every plausible explanation that I can come up with to explain this entails the word ‘delusional,’ so I guess I’ll keep my speculations to myself. But you braver, and single, sorts are welcome to use the comments.
As most of you probably know by now, the huge snowfall in Buffalo has caused many roofs to collapse. Let me digress for a few minutes to explain how engineers design for this problem.
Engineers do NOT design roofs, and the beams and trusses that hold up the roof, to accommodate the heaviest possible snowfall; they design to accommodate some experience-based fraction of the heaviest possible snowfall. This is because there is usually a lot of wind associated with an epochal snowfall like the one that just plastered Buffalo, and the wind blows most the snow right off.
If the 100-year storm — I’m just picking numbers here — is 48-inches in one day, then the local code might require design for 18-inches of snow, because experience has taught that a blizzard like that is usually accompanied by a lot of wind that blows most of the snow off a pitched roof.
Engineers do not design for some nightmarish ‘worst case.’ Engineers design for what experience has taught is the worst that can reasonably be expected.
“Engineering is the application of scientific principles to the economical solution of real world problems.” That is, word-for-word, the definition of engineering that was drummed into my head decades ago at Michigan Tech, and the key word in that definition is ‘economical.’ Engineers could easily design a house with a roof that would support 72-inches of snow — but you couldn’t afford to live in it.
There are no easy answers in engineering design, just hard choices.