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, March 3, 2016

Opus 2016-63: The Game of Questions.

I have made up a sign.  On one side it says “No”.  On the other side it says, “BISS”.  I get tired of answering the same questions over and over.  They have a million questions that they know the answer to.  One student will start by asking if he can leave the room to get his book.  Then he wants to leave to talk to the counselor.  When that doesn’t work he wants to go to the nurse.  Then he wants to go to the office to call his mother.  After all that they will ask to go to the bathroom.  I sometimes wonder if he was honest, and asked to leave class to walk the halls and pound on doors, I might actually let him go.

Of course that leads them to the popular question of children in the back seat, “Why?”  Eventually they learn that BISS stands for “Because I said so”.  Since they keep asking I use the sign, one side “no” the other “BISS”.  That allows me to answer without acting like they had a serious question.

Another good answer when someone asks if they can go to the bathroom is, “Right after Peter.”  After a time they notice that Peter is still sitting there and ask when Peter is going.  I tell them, “He isn’t.” 

Do I need my book today?

What time is class over?

Where do you get your shoes?

homo unius libri


  1. Responses to the final three questions:
    1. Take your chances.
    2. Ask the bell.
    3. If I told you, would you buy me some more shoes?

    1. Young man, you have the makings of a good middle school teacher. Now if we could just find a way to deal with the violence in your soul...

      Grace and peace.


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