Tuesday, January 29, 2008

7 Things You Might Not Have Known

Tokyo Jennifer tagged me with the 7 disclosures meme. So, I think I'm supposed to give 7 things you might not know about me. Here goes:

1. There was a time that I wanted to be an interior designer. You can't tell it by looking at our place these days, but I do like design. And on many nights, a good date with me and the wife is a long night watching HGTV. Which reminds me... DO BETTER WITH DATE NIGHTS!

2. Related to the above (maybe this is cheating), there was I time I also wanted to be a fashion designer. I'm no clothes horse, but I like nicely cut suits and a well-built shoe. I'm not a real fan of "What Not To Wear," however. Most of what they recommend is either too trendy or too immodest.

3. If I were not a pastor, my career of choice would be high school basketball coach. I was an assistant for 3-4 years and I loved it. There was nothing quite like the opportunity to mold those young fellas into better men and basketball players.

4. I'm actually quite shy. Really!

5. I like to read (okay, binge on) Dee Henderson romance novels about once every couple of years. I really enjoyed the O'Malley series. I thought the concept was great... seven orphans who band together to make their own family, all of whom have fabulously exciting careers, each novel focusing on one of the family member's conversion, including some major apologetic theme running alongside the action of the story. Good stuff. No Fabio nonsense.

6. Related to the above, I once accidentally took my wife's multi-vitamins for about a 2-week period. During that time, I had an uncontrollable urge to rent "chic flicks" and cried at everything. I was an absolute mess! Then, one day, straining to see through teary eyes, I looked down at the vitamin bottle I was trying to open only to realize that they were her vitamins.

7. I like country music. Now, that will get a brotha's ghetto pass revoked. But, hey, what can I say? It's good story telling. I also love the blues for the same reason.


Tim Challies said...

I like to read (okay, binge on) Dee Henderson romance novels about once every couple of years.

Are you trying to get your invitation to T4G revoked? Because I'm pretty sure this is a good way of doing so...

Anonymous said...

That was hilarious to read! Isn't God's handiwork and the diverse way He has created us interesting?

I would have never pegged you as a HGTV kind of guy! I really miss American television.

Thanks for playing along!

Doug Smith said...

On #7, I bet a conversation between you and Russell Moore (isn't his Ph.D. in country music? just kidding!) could be quite interesting! (I've never heard someone quote - in a strangely fitting manner - from so many country lyrics in preaching.)

Anonymous said...

7. I like country music. Now, that will get a brotha's ghetto pass revoked. But, hey, what can I say? It's good story telling. I also love the blues for the same reason.

This may be an automatic DQ from writing anything with the title African American. Oh, wait there is the rapping Cowboy though. That my friend is an oxymoron!

Anonymous said...

Did 1, 2 & 5 happen during 6?


My wife & I also enjoy HGTV. There is something about that door bell on "House Hunters".

Gail said...

i loved the o'malley series too!

pastor justin said...

Funny stuff.

The Downtown Boutique said...

My husband listens to your sermons all the time, has a couple of your books, and reads your blog nearly every day. So he's the one who told me to check out this post.

Why? Because there was one time when I wanted to be a fashion designer too? Well, yes, that is the case, but no, that's not why he wanted me to see it.

I have really gotten into Dee Henderson's books, since I started reading her books about 6 months ago. I never used to read mysteries, but I LOVE The O'Malley Series! I am currently reading "Truth Seeker". This is after I started off with the one about Marcus, not realizing there was a series!

God bless and keep reading!

GUNNY said...

#7 ... Some good (pastoral) theology there. E.g.,

"Sometimes I thank God, for unanswered prayers. Remember when you're talkin' to the Man Upstairs, that just because He doesn't answer, don't mean He don't care. Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers."

"You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away and know when to run. You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table. There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.

Now every gambler knows that the secret to survivin' is knowin' what to throw away and knowin' what to keep. 'Cause every hand's a winner and every hand's a loser,and the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep."

Well, that last part could have been written by Solomon, I guess.

*Disclaimer: My knowledge of this genre of music is purely for educational purposes only.*

Laura said...

Lionel, LOL, seriously. LOL at my desk at work.

Doug, you may know that Russ Moore ALSO uses country star names and country music lyrics to great effect in his famous "hypothetical situation" test questions for Systematic Theology classes. He's a riot.

Anonymous said...


This bars you from my office for at least a month!

I knew about the vitamins - ok, you get a one-time pass on that one. But romance novels and interior decorating???? C'mon man!?!?! That just ain't right, bro!

But the deal breaker is the Country Music - that just crosses the line. Don't you come in to my office any more talkin' about Clifford or Miles, man. Any guy that has an affinity for country music should be banned from even mentioning country music and Clifford in the same room! Come to think of it, using the words country and music in the same sentence should also be banned - at least in the offices downstairs!

Man... you think you know a guy!

Don't be gettin' any ideas - I'm not rewriting "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" so Sophia can sing it with a twang and a steel pedal guitar. As Tim Adam would say - "ain't no way, no how!"

Anonymous said...

Wow, man. Wow. No wonder you preach so much on the grace of God! Course with a name like Ronjour, I once thought that I was cursed to a life of fragrances or fashion design (Who wants Sean John when you could have Ronjour?!) But hey, even if you could be on probation for the country music thing, at least you did a good job explaining the Elements to Jonathan Leeman. So we'll keep you around for a little bit longer!

Brian G. Hedges said...

Thanks for making me laugh - out loud - today! Hilarious, especially the bit about the vitamins!!

Perfectly His said...

Hi there,

First time here and what a way to introduce! Very funny.
I love #6. Maybe that will work with my hubby? LOL. What woman doesn't like a sensitive dude?


Beams of Light Ministries said...

Pastor Thabiti,

I wish you could have heard me HOWL when I read the post about the vitamins! I've got tears in my eyes from laughing so hard!

GREAT Post!Nice to see you are "keeping it real" down in the Caymens.