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, May 16, 2017

Opus 2017-147: Ode to Old: Turning Pages

As I face retirement I am not preparing to die, I am preparing to live.  That has a double focus.

First, I am going into a new phase of life.  I am not closing the book, I am going to the next chapter.  I will be exploring a new part of the country, experimenting with new restaurants and developing a schedule free of alarm clocks.  I look forward to it.

Second, I am looking at eternity not a few more years.  I realize there is no point in me buying expensive books any more.  Paper back or e-books will do.  I am not going to take them with me and if my kids are not interesting in the title it only needs to last as long as I do.  What is in those books will be preparing me for the ages.  Eternity is a long time.  I imagine I will have a universe to explore and an infinite God to relate to.  What I will be reading and studying now are the children’s books of an eternal education.

Sounds good to me.  Paul put the conflict like this,
(Philippians 1:23-4 KJV)  For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:  Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
It is a win/win.

homo unius libri


  1. Like you, I won't be buying any expense books, but I DO wish that I hadn't parted with some that I once had.

    1. My excuse it moving. It has been painful but I have had to divest myself of a lot of good stuff. I tell myself I would never read it anyway. It still hurts.

      Grace and peace

  2. One of my goals in retirement is to read the books and use up all the craft and sewing materials I've collected over the years. It's been a lot of fun so far, 8 months into it!

    1. Reading, yes. When it comes to manual dexterity I am worse than a basket case. Maybe I will put a soapbox out in front of the house and give speeches.

      Grace and peace.


Comments are welcome. Feel free to agree or disagree but keep it clean, courteous and short. I heard some shorthand on a podcast: TLDR, Too long, didn't read.