Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Opus 2021-106: Infinite Possibilities

Does infinity exist?

I concede the concept but I can’t grasp it.  Every time I think I am making progress I realize I am putting a limit on it just by thinking about it.  

Does it really exist or is it just a figment of the imagination?

It is useful in certain scientific and mathematical computations.  So is the square root of -1 and that is impossible.  In case that gets you shaking your head, think about some laws of math.  When you multiply two positive numbers the answer is always a positive number.  When you multiply a negative number and a positive number the answer is negative.  And example would be, if I am going into the hole one dollar a day then after five days I am five dollars in the hole.  When you multiply a negative times a negative the answer is positive.  I am not sure I can wrap my head around that with an example, but it is one of the rules of math.  So if you take the square root of -1 and multiply it by the square root of -1, you end up with a positive one.  

But it works in equations because you don’t need to really know what it is worth.

So, does infinity really exist?  What does that say about the concept of the God of the Bible?  If we can’t understand a concept like infinity how could be expect to understand a God Who is by definition, infinite.  If you can’t explain infinity why should it bother you that you can’t explain God?

Something to think about to pass the time.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Opus 2021-105: Ode to Old: Education Opportunities

Will I need to go back to school, study law and pass the bar?

I am really tired of saying, “I’m not a lawyer, but...”  It seems more and more that common sense and common decency have been purged from our culture and everything now is down to law suits and fine print.  One of the common comments I used to get from my middle school scholars was, “I’m going to sue you.”  

Of course I also think I need to go back to school and become a doctor and to trade school to be able to fix my own car.  The list goes on.  I am so glad that I will never do any of them.  The thought of sitting under the supervision of teachers fills me with horror.  

Retirement and old age have their benefits.  

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-104: Realize the Dream

I keep coming across phrases and comments that run in the direction of the America we knew is no more.  The inference is that we can never get it back.  It might be a good idea to take that to heart and build on it.  I don’t want to go back to America as we knew it.  I don’t want to go back to a country where the Progressives have been undermining the Constitution, infiltrating the churches, propagandizing the media and making mush out of children’s minds.  I don’t want to go back to a country where the Progressives have been cheating on elections for years.  The only difference is that this time they had to overcome Trump and so they became obvious.  

We have been living in a Fantasyland.  

I don’t want to go back.  I want to go forward.  I want to go forward by abandoning all the false trails that have been laid by the Progressives*.  The first attempts at building heavier than air machines focused on the fact that birds flapped their wings.  You have probably seen the old movies of people strapping on wings or “airplanes” that flapped.  If the inventors had not switched gears and looked at the shape of the wing we would still be stuck on the ground.  Sometimes you have to ditch the phoney science to move into the real science.  The same applies to how society works.

Socialism has been tried by many people.  It eventually becomes communism.  It was tried by the Pilgrims.  It was tried by the Jamestown Colony.  Neither one was able to feed themselves until they went back to personal property and individual responsibility.  It fails.  It destroys.  It kills, people and dreams.  There is no way it can be reformed, it must be discarded.  

I want to see the republic rebuilt as the Founders dreamed it could be.  Actually we need to go beyond their dreams because they did not dream big enough.  Don’t be afraid to change the clock.  If it is really 6:00 and your clock says 12:00 you can turn it either way on an analog but on a digital you may need to go forward to make it accurate.  I know when I set my alarm I need to be careful to check if it is AM or PM.

Maybe the goal should be America as we thought it was rather than as it was.  Dream big and move forward.

homo unius libri

Monday, March 1, 2021

Opus 2021-103: Megan and Maher

I was browsing the headlines of The American Thinker and saw one that seem to reflect Bill Maher having a moment of lucid thought.  I didn’t finish the article, you can read it if you are interested.  My undisciplined mind went off on a rant.  He was interviewing Megan Kelly and she was sharing how the expensive schools she send her children to were brainwashing them with the latest transgender nonsense.  It is really disgusting the mind games they are playing.  One of her children is in kindergarten.

What really got me at first was that I was not picking up any indication that they had removed their children from those Centers for Indoctrination.  Why?  Why does a couple with more money that I will ever be able to count leave their children in a petri dish of mind warping indoctrination?  We never had much money but we managed to keep out kids away from that stuff that was in its formative days thirty years ago.  We went with home schooling.  Surely Megan and her husband could afford to hire a private tutor if nothing else worked.  When I went back and watched part of the video it became clear that they had pulled their kids.  Bravo.

As a nation we need to get proactive in rejecting the attempts to destroy us coming from the Progressives in charge of government, education and the media.  If you can’t afford to pull your kids out of public education then go to school board meetings.  Go sit in a class.  Get in their faces and let them know you are watching.  Let them know that you know some good lawyers.

If that doesn’t work you can at least stop buying Coke and Nike products.

There are a lot of steps we can take before things blow up.  Take yours.

homo unius libri

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Opus 2021-102: On the Street: Just Wondering

Are you still washing your hands for 20 seconds?  Are you using warm water?

Remember all the lessons we were getting on basic sanitation.  Remember how everyone was so concerned?  Actually it was pretty funny to go in the men’s room and watch the compliance.  My favorite was the guy who turned on the cold water, swung his hands through and went to dry off.  Total time:  .5 seconds.  Total soap:  0.  When asked, “Did you wash your hands?”  He could say, “Yep.”

My guess is that we are getting a little lax.  It matches the increasing people who wear their mask below their nose and even on their chin.

Stay healthy.  Most of us will survive the virus but I am not sure about the fear.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-101: Candle Power: #2, Fun with Numbers

Those pesky Chinese seem to have thought of everything.  When I did a search to find out who said, "It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness", I came up with a Chinese proverb.  At least it hasn’t gone viral.

Maybe it should.  What can we do as individuals to overcome the darkness we are facing?

We need to know our history.  Sometimes it warns us of dangers.  Sometimes it gives us a perspective that generates less fear and more hope and that is what we really need.

One of the mantras I am hearing is comparing the actions of the Nazis with the Progressives* of today.  That is a fair comparison because the Progressives of the early 20th Century were big fans of the fascists in Italy.  Mussolini was on the cover of Time Magazine many times starting in 1923.  So yes, there is some reason to worry but there is also reason to have hope.  First, the numbers don’t work for the modern fascists.  We keep hearing about the Jewish Holocaust and the 6,000,000 Jews murdered.  Add to that the other groups such as Gypsies, homosexuals, devout Christians, etc., and pretty soon you get to some significant numbers.  What we are not told is that few of those were Germans.  Thomas Sowell says,

“Of the millions of Jews killed by the Nazis, less than 200,000 were German.” page 280
In 1939 the population of Germany was approximately 70,000,000.  That means they imprisoned and killed off about 1/4 of one percent of their population.  That assumes my math is right.  For the Progressives to duplicate that effort in the American population of 328,000,000 they would need to liquidate 918,000.  That is a lot of people, but consider that the low number I have heard of people that voted for Trump it was 74,000,000.  That leaves a lot of MAGA.  That leaves a lot of families who look around and say, “It is time to go minute man.”

Then you have the fact that by the time Hitler moved against the Jews they were already effectively disarmed.  I know that is in the dreams of Uncle Joe and his handlers but have you been following the business news lately?  Gun sales are up.  These quotes were found on PJ Media and are quoting other sources.
“USA Today reported that gun sales surged in January by 60%, setting an all-time monthly record of 4,137,480.”
Now take a look at that number.  That is a lot of guns but it gets more interesting,
“Who bought these guns? CBS News pointed out that over 5 million people were first-time gun buyers last year. CNN reported a sharp rise in sales to Black Americans and women.”
Now the Progressives need to deal not only with the previously Armed Americans but also with the five million who are new gun owners.  I think I have also read that a lot of those are liberals.

So cheer up.  They may want to take our guns but at the present time there are more guns being bought than they can take away.  And about the liberals buying guns, I think it has occurred to them that eventually the Progressives will come for their own.

We live in interesting times.  Stay tuned and keep the candles lit.

Sowell, Thomas.  Migrations and Cultures.  New York:  Basic Books, 1996.

*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, MSM, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

homo unius libri

Friday, February 26, 2021

Opus 2021-100: Full Amish

I am wondering if we will have to go full Amish.  Or maybe the question is more “when” rather than “if”.  

I have driven through what could be called “Amish Country”.  I have seen the prosperous farms and thriving businesses of these people who dress funny and have a lot of strange customs.  I remember stopping to by some produce and pointing out a mistake the girl running the stand had made and heard “my bad” come out from under the bonnet.  I am aware that the Amish community is not a monolithic structure with everyone following the same rules.  They have a wide spectrum of understandings about the use of modern technology and social customs.  Yet in the face of this they endure and thrive.

Of course they are only able to do this here in America because in the past we have had a Constitution that had a First Amendment and a general population that believed in them.  We had government officials who might push the lines but knew they would be called to account if they crossed them.  That is what has changed.  Someone pointed out that if Gandhi had been doing his protesting in the Soviet Union we would have never heard of him.  He would have been liquidated.  If Martin Luther King, whom I hear was a Republican, had given his “I Have a Dream” speech today he would have been arrested and locked away by the woke proponents of “multiracial whiteness”.  

Did Alexander Solzhenitsyn bring down the Soviet Union?  No.  He was locked up in a prison camp.  His writings may have influenced people and caused a stir but did not end the Evil Empire.  They were not listening.  What they were forced to listen to was Reagan’s “Peace through Strength” policy.  They finally collapsed because they couldn’t keep up, not because they refused to reason.

Do we have a choice?  It is so late.  The Progressives* in government, media, business and education are moving relentlessly to strip you and me of our freedom.  They openly talk about locking us up.  They deplatform and cancel anyone who dares to be noticed.  My hope is that we will find ways to mobilize the population to clean up the voting system and begin removing the trash that pollutes our Republic.  If that can’t be done then we may be forced to begin dressing or wearing a piece of jewelry so we can identify ourselves to each other.  We may have no choice but to develop our own business and trade circles.  It may come down to barter and hand shake contracts.  

We may need to go Amish.

*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, MSM, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

homo unius libri