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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.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Opus 2017-280: Has Anyone Seen Stephen?

When I shared I had lived through a medical procedure Gorges wondered how anyone would know if I had taken the Big Ride.  I sometimes wonder that too.  One of my little adventures is to click the “next blog” button and see where it takes me.  Today it took me to Blogging My Life and the last entry was August 10, 2010.  That was seven years ago.  I find this kind of thing very often and when I take a quick look it seems that this guy was serious about posting.

As I scrolled down I noticed that he only had two posts in 2010 then it went back two years and so on.  That tells me he just lost the interest but who knows?  Maybe he expressed a conservative opinion and the black helicopters came for him in the middle of the night.

homo unius libri

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Opus 2017-279: Firsts: Cardinals

Today as I was at my desk I was attracted by motion outside the window.  I watched the birds for a time, trying to figure out the colors as they danced in and out of the shadows and behind the roof line.  I finally concluded I had seen red and after looking them up on line I concluded that I was seeing northern cardinals playing in my yard.

Cool.

homo unius libri

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Opus 2017-278: Bringing Families Together

As I was looking at some pictures on a web site I noticed the T-shirt being worn by a protestor.  I assume he was in favor of illegal immigration but on his shirt was a circle with the phrase “Stop separating families”.  I am in agreement with that sentiment. 

I would suggest that one way in which we could stop separating families is by keeping part of the family from coming into the country in the first place.  That way they could not only be together with their mommies an daddies but also with their cousins, uncles, bros and homies.

It is a solution that would seem to make us all happy.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-277: Well, I Am Back

You didn’t know I was gone?  I had one of those “out-patient” procedures that are fairly routine but could kill you.  You know how it goes if you have ever read the side effects on any medication you take. 

As you would expect, I was a model patient.  I spent the time waiting for the doctor by reading Aristotle’s Ethics.  The doctor was impressed.  He said we had a great discussion about Aristotle as he was putting me under.  I don’t remember any of it.

I am assuming this is the last episode before I start the Medicare Maze.

homo unius libri

Friday, August 18, 2017

Opus 2017-276: Tragedy Is One Type of Shakespeare Play

I keep reading about the terrible events of Charlottesville.  Really?  A bunch of disgruntled southerners who revere Robert E. Lee turned out to protest the destruction of their history by the removal of a statue.  They had permits and everything.  In their midst were some members of the KKK.  They were met by a bunch of thugs who came to rumble with baseball bats, ski masks and attitudes.  Violence ensued.  After the fact one of the crazies got in his car and ran some people down.  One was killed.  Tragic?  Horrible?  Definitely the case for the people attacked but for the rest of the world, not so much.  I guess you could use those words but they are nothing compared to the Twin Towers or the original Valentine’s Day Massacre. 

Get a bit of perspective.  Were the events wonderful and glorious?  Of course not.  Were they bad.  Yes.  Were they the end of the world?  Not even close.  Do they reflect America?  Try to come back and join us in reality, would you?  If I remember my statistics correctly there are 4,000 babies aborted every day.  According to the CDC there are 28 people killed every day by drunk drivers.  We are surrounded by cases of truly innocent people having their lives destroyed by the choices of others.  The people who were hit by the fool in the car?  I would guess that a number of them had been beating people over the head just minutes before.  I have no proof, just a guess.  Does that mean they deserve to be run down?  No.  Arrested maybe.  Go to jail, maybe.  Run down, no.

I wish I had a magic switch that could remove all the hyperbole from the media.  Until that day arrives we need to fight the emotional tantrums of the left by the one source of power we still have:  Liberty.  That means thinking for ourselves.  That means not buying their products.  That means not clicking on their links.  That means being inconvenienced.

How horrible is that?

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-275: Not Making Sensei

Alistair Begg was working through Titus and in one sermon addressed the different groups in the church.  He explained how young women were supposed to be learning from the older women.  He compared it to having a personal trainer, an interesting way of relating Biblical teaching to modern culture.

Think of all the areas in our culture where the idea of a “personal trainer” is not only accepted but expected.  Does the word “guru” sound familiar.  How about “sensei”?  Are you familiar with apprenticeships and OJT?  The traditional method of entering the teaching profession involves not only a lot of classes but a period of being a student teacher.

Yet when it comes to the church and the Christian faith we too often reject the idea.  People don’t want to be told what to do in the important areas, the ones involving eternity.  They reject correction, reproof and rebuke.  It is a sad state of affairs.

homo unius libri

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Opus 2017-274: On the Street: Promoted

I took a break from following my wife around the store while she shopped.  When I was washing my hands I was impressed to notice that the paper towel dispenser not only had paper towels but was the “Professional” model. 

I am honored.  After practicing for years on amateur models at last I have graduated to the professional. 

homo unius libri