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, September 24, 2017

Opus 2017-330: Headlines: A Blizzard of Snowflakes

It looks like the battle between the working classes in America and the prima dona snowflakes of the sports world is escalating.  Again some disclaimer.  I do not pay attention to professional basketball.  I have never paid attention to professional basketball.  Now it seems that they are moving toward the list of overpaid-to-play-games crowd that live in a bubble. 

The NBA champions (?) will not be invited to the White House this year.  I think that is the impact of the headlines I am seeing at My San Antonio.  There seems to be some disagreement on whether they were invited in the first place or would ever consider attending but it is more fun to watch than an NBA game, at least for me.  I remember ignoring sport teams visiting the White House in the past.  Now I can ignore them not going.

We have all the hoopla over the NFL knee problems.  America as a whole has been cheering Trump as he says, “Fire the bums” even if we think turning off the TV is enough.  Now it seems to be spreading to the world of basketball.  Will baseball be next?  (Just checked Drudge, the answer is yes)  NASCAR?  Probably not, it is hard to kneel while driving a car.

I only hope that the librarians of America don’t start getting political in this way.  I would hate to boycott the public library.

homo unius libri

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Opus 2017-329: Critical Mass: Factions

Society has many bumps and potholes.  What happens when those potholes become sinkholes?  What happens when a small blip reaches Critical Mass.  Today I want to talk about extreme partisanship or factions. 

Being partisan is part of being free.  It is not a real issue.  What is an issue is the extreme form that becomes a faction.  A faction is willing to destroy the entire dining room just to keep others from having a place at the table.  We are seeing that attitude in activities like the use of special counsels to advance a political agenda.

I don’t have a problem with the special counsel digging into the dirt of Washington.  There is a heap of dirt to dig up and if he digs carefully he can discover where the bodies are buried.

What I have a problem with is only digging in one place and only recognizing one type of dirt.  The obvious example is the mountain of dirt that is clearly visible on the Clintons.  Does the Clinton Foundation ring any bells?  Does uranium for Putin sound familiar?  Where have I heard about some e-mails that got lost?  Are we looking into any of that corruption?  No.  They are on the protected species list put out by the left.

We have seen this kind of thing from Dan Quayle spelling potatoes in the alternative way supplied on a card by a teacher and being called ignorant to Barak Obama talking about visiting 57 states and being declared a genius. 

The Republicans could do something about the problem but they are secretly cheering the special counsel on.  They have more in common with the Progressives than the masses.  They don’t have a problem with destroying our liberty because they feel they will be among the select elite that run things when it comes crashing down.

So far the American people have been patient.  I don’t know how long that will continue.  The last election was the voice of the people saying, “Drain the swamp”.  All the elites hear is the anarchists and snowflakes chanting, “Not my president”.  My fear is that they will keep it up until the only answer is violence.  My other fear is that the masses will be complacent until violence is the only answer.

Vote the suckers out.

homo unius libri

Friday, September 22, 2017

Opus 2017-328: Should-a-Beens: Blanket Pardons

It may be time for the president to use the power of his office to start cleaning up Washington.  I say that because the Republican party seems determined to return to minority status instead of doing something about the crimes and abuses of the left.

What has me going is the obvious witch hunt by Robert Meuller.  His current target is Paul Manafort.  The plan is to keep digging into his past until you find some minuscule detail on which to hang him.  Rest assured, if they cannot find anything they will fabricate one.  Their hope is to intimidate him enough that he will turn on the president and start making up stuff that can be used to bring Trump down in a Deep State Coup.

I have a solution.  The president should start issuing blanket pardons to any member of his team that is being investigated by Meuller.  Let the tool of the Democrats then do all the digging he wants.  If he finds any dirt, good for him but he won’t be able to threaten people with jail and ruined lives for his left wing handlers. 

Is it possible that a few wrong-doers will be given Get out of Jail Free cards?  Yes.  It is definite though that more will be given Don’t Go to Jail in the First Place for No Reason Cards.

homo unius libri

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Opus 2017-327: Healthy Insights: Aisle Wisdom

My daughter is in town for a few weeks.  We have been looking forward to this for months.

One of the things we did was stop at a bakery near the town square.  It is a landmark bakery.  It has been there since buffalo could be seen outside town.

I don’t think I had been in the bakery since the last time she was here.  I avoid it because I know that I cannot control myself when I am inside.  Actually let’s say I will not control myself.  If you are like me you know that it is any excuse in a storm.  Give me the potential and I will find a reason to buy some pastry.  Once it is purchased it is never allowed to go stale.  Instead it goes in my mouth.

The best way to avoid fattening food is to not buy it.  The best way to avoid buying it is to avoid it.  Walking down the aisle that has an array of Dorito varieties is not wise.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Opus 2017-326: On the Street: Illegal Economics

Certain groups are in favor of open borders.  They make strange bedfellows.

You have the liberal democrats and the RINO businessmen.  You would think they are in opposition yet both want lots of illegal immigration.  The reasons are similar.  The Democrats want cheap votes.  The businessmen want cheap labor.  They are both willing to destroy our republic.

There is another reason that employers and business owners often like open boarders.  It isn’t just cheap labor.  It is also the existence of the cash economy.  If you can hire someone and pay them cash you are ahead.  You don’t have to pay a bookkeeper and pay all the extra expenses of insurance and taxes. 

About two years ago our neighbor was having some remodeling done.  I talked to her contractor over the fence for a few minutes.  I learned a lot. 

He was able to work cheaper because of the cash economy.  He was an American born Latino.  He spoke well and drove a really nice truck.  He was able to do this and charge lower prices because most of what he did was below the radar.  Yes, he started with employing illegals.  He also paid in cash and was paid in cash.  This combination allowed him to save thousands of dollars.  He charged less and made more.

Think about the expenses that are dumped on legal operators.  Next time you get a pay stub, look at all the items being withheld.  Notice how many are matched by the employer.  All of it has to be passed on to the person buying what you make or sell.  In addition your employer must pay accountants and bookkeepers to make sure the numbers work.  Then you have business licenses, construction permits, insurance and so forth.  The list goes on. 

Illegals work for less.  They are often afraid to complain about abuse.  If you are really sneaky you can pick up day laborers, have them work all day and not show up to give them a ride home or pay them. 

And you wonder why you can’t get a raise.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Opus 2017-325: Monday Pulpit: High Church

Sunday I was visiting another church.  On the whole is was a time I was able to worship.  I only had one problem, they served communion.

Normally communion is not a problem.  I know that if I am attending a Lutheran church I don’t join the congregation.  They practice what is called closed communion.  You need to be a member of their denomination or local church.  I would never dream of taking the host in a Catholic church.  They would consider that blasphemy.

The problem was they used real wine.  I thought I could deal with that.  I don’t drink.  The communion wine is very low alcohol.  The cup was small.  And I made it through just fine.  The problem is the taste stayed with me for hours.  I kept tasting rotten grape juice.  It would not go away.

One reason I don’t drink is it all tastes like what it is, food products gone bad.  It even smells that way.  It has been so long since I had anything alcoholic that I had forgotten how bad it is.

I guess I can use the occasion to remind me of the sacrifice that Jesus made.  Every time I get an after taste I can remember His death. 

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-324: Football and Pork Belly

First a bit of disclaimer.  I am not an interested party.  I can’t remember the last time I ever watched an NFL game.  I find that as I get older and my time of playing football gets further away, I have lost interest.  I can remember how New Years Day was a line up of football.  Now I don’t even know who is playing.  The same goes for baseball.

I can’t help but notice the headlines I keep seeing about the decease in interest in professional football.  The first time it came up was when the snowflake quarterback knelt during the national anthem.  I began reading comments of people saying they would not watch NFL games any more.  Since then we have had more and more rich, spoiled athletes protesting the terrible harm that America has done to them.  More people tune out. 

It is really cause and effect?  I don’t know.  I hope so.  It is the way a free market is supposed to work.  Professional sports offers a product.  It is not a needed commodity like corn or gasoline.  It is not pork belly or soybeans.  It is part of the luxury market.  They need to attract customers.  That is why the forward pass was made legal.  It is why they have those silly cheerleaders.  You have instant replay and all kinds of innovations.  It was to expand the viewer base.  People are free to tune in or tune out.

They seem to be tuning out.  Should players be free to sit during the national anthem.  Sure.  Should I be able to take a nap during Monday Night Football?  (Is there still Monday Night Football?)  Of course.  Could I read a book instead?  Or I might even go to the closet, pull out my old football and go out to throw it around.

So keep protesting, snowflakes.  Protest the system that has made you rich, famous and pampered.  It may raise the intellectual level of the nation and improve my health.

homo unius libri