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.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Opus 2016-86: New Terms: Phoney People

I hate telephones.  I didn’t hate them when I was a child or a teen.  I am not sure when the feeling started but it is strong today.

What is different?  When I was young we did not have telemarketers like we do today.  Phones were tied to a location by a chord and took time to dial.  You could get away from them.  Phone calls cost money based on how often, how long and how far so you thought twice before picking up the handset.  All of these facts made telephones less invasive.  It kept them useful tools instead of masters.

But there are other issues that turn me off.

I refuse to join the mindless masses that fixate on a piece of technology.  Next time you are in a restaurant look around.  You will see entire families on their cell phones or other device.  They are not talking or aware of their surroundings.  Watch people on the streets.  They are always checking their phones for the latest tweet, post or e-mail.  I guess we could call them phoney people. 

I reject being controlled by constant interruptions.

I refuse to give out personal information for the convenience of apps.

I am a dinosaur, I admit it.  Remember that if the scholars are right the dinosaurs ruled the earth for millions of years and would still be in charge if it were not for a giant meteor that took them out. 

I do have a phone.  I call it my wife’s “security blanket”.  It is cheaper than a divorce.  So far.

homo unius libri


  1. I fully sympathize with the last paragraph. Still, I do make pretty good use of mine without being controlled by it. BUT, I don't use it while driving, tweet text or surf. In fact, I've pretty much got what you might call a "dumb phone." I find that it matches my personality. If anything happened to my wife, though, I'd probably get rid of it and get one of those $20 a year deals that uses your cable line.

    1. My kids got me a smart phone and I bought a used car with no radio so I had to install one. It had blue tooth and if you set it up right you can talk over the radio to answer phone calls. It works for talking to me kids while I drive.

      Grace and peace


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