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.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Opus 2015-137: On the Street: Parking Lot BO

Recently as I was walking to class through the parking lot I noticed a deodorant container resting on the ground.  Middle school is the age that puberty usually kicks in and that means that the standard smells of unwashed bodies are enhanced by what we call body odor or BO.  That is a fact of life that has not changed since we were in school. 

What has changed is the acceptable behavior.  When you and I were young we took baths and prepared our bodies to go out in public by washing, anointing and covering while we were in the bedroom or bathroom at home.  In fact, I still do it that way.  I don’t usually get dressed in the living room or put on deodorant on the front porch.  Maybe you are different.  Students today certainly are.

It is not unusual to see a student pull out a bottle, hike up their shirt and begin to swab their armpits.  Applying nail polish is mainstream.  It is not considered strange to change your pants in the middle of class.  I kid you not.  It is even worse when they use a spray bottle for deodorant or cologne.

At the same time the student who remembered their deodorant and has enough gum to make ten trips to the trash can forgot to bring their textbook.  Usually these are the same students.

Picture the future.  You will be sitting in a restaurant giving your order to the waitress and she starts to paint her fingernails.  You will be expected to wait until she is happy with the results.  And hope she isn’t doing it French style.

homo unius libri


  1. I have to wonder if parents still teach their children about respect for others and themselves. My children, who are now swiftly passing middle age, would not only have felt shame at such actions in a schoolroom setting, but would also have had a healthy fear of the consequences.

    1. What is taught today is that everyone is supposed to respect you no matter how foolish you act. At the same time you owe no courtesy to others. It is one element that contributes to the kind of thing we are seeing in Baltimore.

      Grace and peace

  2. Another instance of common sense being not-so-common these days.

    1. Common sense requires some sense and honesty, both of which are lacking.

      Grace and peace.


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