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.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Opus 2014-85: Panini and Artichokes

As I walked into the bakery to get my morning coffee and bread I noticed an advertisement for the lunch crowd.  Panera was proud to announce that we could now purchase “Roasted turkey and artichoke panini.”  Excuse me?  While out of town and staying in a motel my wife was watching a cooking show on cable.  I think the title was “Chopped.”  The contestants would open a hamper and have thirty minutes to create a dish.  One set of ingredients included granola bars, cherry tomatoes, Asian five spice and a block of brown sugar that one of the “all star” chefs had no idea about.  I may have confused the ingredients of a couple of segments.  It doesn’t matter.  It is wonderful to live in a society that has so much leisure that we are using our creativity to mix turkey and artichoke for lunch and watching chefs create specialties from nonsense.  Admit it, some creativity is rather silly. 

Some intelligence is really creative, others are just a variation on someone else’s.  For instance, the first paper clip was really creative.  Changing the shape, having different colors and offering different sizes are simply variations on a theme.

We need both types of creativity.  One type jumps culture ahead.  One type takes the jump and adds lots of little steps.  Both can be beneficial.  Don’t confuse the two.  The genius of the Founding Fathers was that they made allowance for both in patent and copyright protections. 

Beware of condemning real creativity.  I had heard it before but I read again recently about the doctor that originally noticed that washing hands between patients lowered the death rate.  He was mocked and harassed.  Small minds could not grasp the jump.

I am grateful to live in a culture that allows people to mix turkey and artichokes.  Who knows.  Maybe it tastes good.  I will leave it for the people who like sushi to find out.

homo unius libri


  1. Actually, turkey and artichokes sounds interesting, just not earth-shaking. As for food creativity, poor folks do it all the time by checking the fridge and using what they've got. Been there, done that! lol

    1. I remember when my brother showed me the miracle of left over baked potatoes mixed with scrambled eggs and cheese. I'll give you that point.

      Grace and peace.


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