Little Lunchtime Mysteries

So Dad and I went to Mandarin House today for lunch. It’s just off the southeast corner of West Esplanade and Severn–er, the non-lake-side of W. Esp. and the New Orleans side of Severn. Anyway. This is one of my parents’ favorite dining experiences. The exceedingly varied buffet makes it a great place to bring picky eaters and large groups, for one thing, and the fresh boiled shrimp and crawfish on that $8/person all-you-can-eat special is an exceedingly economical way to get your seafood fix. So that’s what we did.

But it’s not just that I feel it’s my duty to publicize yummy lunch spots that brings me to report this. It’s also that I saw this sign upstairs of Mandarin House that sorta puzzled me:

Believers' Remnant

Two questions occur to me:

  1. What is this “remnant” thing? Google has been of no conclusive help; what hits I’m getting are imperfect matches at best. “Remnant” seems like a weird word to describe Christians in a country where Christianity is the definite majority. Does anyone know what this is? Is it just that they feel that their church is the only real remnant of Jesus’s following? I guess I could call the church and ask them, but for some reason I’m reluctant.
  2. And what the heck are they doing with Metairie Park Country Day’s seal? Seriously, take away that sword, and the remaining shield with the red and blue quadrants is the exact heraldic symbol on all the alumni foundation post cards. Or pretty darn similar, anyway. Getcher mitts off my alma mater, you!

9 Comments so far

  1. Tyler Curtain (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 7:43 pm

    “Remnant” is the theological concept of the gold that’s left over after the dross has been burned away by the fire of trial or tribulation. The Christians took the concept from the Jews, who themselves believed that no matter what punishments were meted out by YHWH or G-d, some portion of the Jewish people would be left to carry on and fulfill the destiny of Israel.

    Christians use it to mean those believers left behind after a tribulation (say, a flood), and in some contexts have used it to refer to those left after the Rapture.

    Here endeth the lesson.

  2. Robert Sutton (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 12:31 pm

    Conceptual G-ld is the best Jerry, the Best!

  3. Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 1:49 pm

    Tyler – Thank you! My Google-fu was inexplicably weak on this one. You are more patient than my ignorance deserves.

    I’m fascinated by the idea that a premillennial dispensationalism tenet (unless it’s postmillennial dispensationalism; even my regular reading of the Slacktivist blog hasn’t made the difference clear to me and I obviously could stand to do some research) could be coopted into a strain of post-Katrina hope. That seems like a move towards the good.

  4. Jack Ware (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 2:22 pm

    Silly Superstitions.

  5. paulp (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 2:28 pm

    premillennial dispensationalism tenet


    The invisible man in the sky has struck again. Notice the “B” and “R” are colored differently to stand out. “B-ig R-ip off.” The shield and sword crest is a symbol of the ancient “Ninjas for Christ”. It also symbolizes the fact that any meat wad can open a church and live tax free for the rest of their lives. Jesus paid taxes too.

  6. Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 3:55 pm

    Notice the “B” and “R” are colored differently to stand out. “B-ig R-ip off.” The shield and sword crest is a symbol of the ancient “Ninjas for Christ”.

    …which only goes to demonstrate humanity’s tendency to find meaning in anything, even typography. We’re fun that way.

  7. Jack Ware (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 4:54 pm

    I’m a fucking reverend and I still have to pay taxes! I need me a flock. Though technically I’m not sure if that would qualify as a church or a cult…..hhhmmm…. Better research that since cults still have to pay taxes. Running a cult seems like kind of a hassle if I still have to pay taxes; what with the budgeting for Kool-Aid and building big-ass fences…. Ever notice that the only real difference in a “Campus” and a “Compound” is which way the barbed wire faces? Maybe it’s just me.

    eh, probably be better to just pay the taxes than to have the ATF trampling my landscaping.

    “Landscaping: the anti-cult”

  8. Jack Ware (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 5:22 pm
  9. Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2007 @ 11:08 am

    OK, I have to admit that gave me a giggle.

    But am I just a total geek, that my first thought was, “So how exactly did Prometheus manage to get away for a weekend con?” I wonder if it was like the arrangement under which Loki got to accompany Thor and Odin to visit Morpheus in that one Sandman story arc. I hope it doesn’t end as badly.

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