selective reading

On my way home from Harry Potter at 3am, I drove past this Bible church that always has annoying signs out. They write things that are apparently supposed to make you want to come into their church. I can’t remember specific past examples, but they did spell Matthew with one T recently. The one this morning just got to me though. “The wages of sin is death. Romans 6:23” Um, sure. Yes, that’s partly correct. One word (“for”) missing at the beginning, but the next six words are right. However, the majority of the verse is missing: “but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Perhaps I focus on grace too much (isn’t too little law, too much Gospel a criticism of the ELCA?), but that part of the verse seems exceedingly important.

You can’t scare people into believing something. That isn’t faith. And selective reading bugs me.

studying for the Bar Exam

I’ve been working on Wills and Trusts today. I won’t have much time to read tomorrow, so I actually read ahead… And I had a thought. Trusts for animals (pets) are exempt from the Rule Against Perpetuities, at least in Missouri, and they last for the life of the animal, or the last surviving animal if the trust is for more than one animal.

When I took Estates and Trusts (one class) in law school, my friend and I had talked about ways to get into the casebook, whether by naming our children C1, C2, C3, and so forth, or by creating an exceptionally complicated will with all sorts of procedural problems. What I want to do is adopt some animal with a long lifespan, like a turtle or a lake sturgeon, then put a massive amount of money into a trust for said animal, and then watch from my cloud while the litigation ensues after I die. I figure someone will make the Rule Against Perpetuities argument, especially since it’s for such a long time, and there will be an issue of what a pet actually is, and the trustee will be completely greedy and breach fiduciary duties. It will be fun.

Is it bad that when I study, I think about ways to get around the law? Don’t worry, I won’t be breaking any laws knowingly or willingly.


1. bought plane ticket home for September 2nd

2. bought tickets for the midnight showing of Harry Potter

3. wrote practice essays

4. lazy day