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.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Opus 2021-139: Foolish or Faithful

How many people read the Bible in an attitude of superstition and how many read it as the word of God?  What strange tangent is my mind going on now?

So often we hear the Bible quoted as if reciting the verse is some talisman to ward off evil.  They roll off the tongue.  They sound so good.  But when people say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengtheth me,” they do so completely out of context and give it a false meaning.  They like to tell us “God is love”, which is true, but they do so having no idea what love means.  This is extra distorted if they have been watching Hallmark movies.

Superstition is the manipulation of the words and objects of power to gain control in life.  You knock on wood to keep bad luck at bay.  I remember one guy telling me if I would put some money in an envelop, write some phrase on the front and send it to his favorite ministry, I would get ten times as much back.  Superstition in people who think they are Christians is attempts to manipulate God like He is some cosmic vending machine that hands out prizes if you bump it just right.

The Bible is a document that only has real meaning when brought to life by the Holy Spirit in the heart and mind of a believer.  This is why it tells us that “they” will not understand.  Reading the Bible is not a matter of finding a verse that verifies our presuppositions but a call to find the truth that God wants to share with us at this time.

In this time of uncertainty we need to stop being superstitious and start learning truth.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-138: What Would Mary Poppins say?

I was enjoying the memes that George collected at Georges Grouse and came across one that started off,  

“Did you know?  A teaspoon of cayenne can start heart attacks in a minute.”
Now I want you to know that I am not a doctor whether it be Carson, Spock, Phil or Jill.  I am, however, someone who has found that cayenne pepper can add a bit of fun to a recipe.  It is like sardines in Caesar salad dressing.  A whisper enhances.  Too much gags or elicits screams.  When I make chili with a pound of beef, a can of beans, a can of diced tomatoes and a can of tomato sauce, not to mention the onions and bell peppers, I put in maybe a quarter of a teaspoon of cayenne and when I enjoy the chili the spice livens things up.  I cannot picture taking a teaspoon of cayenne.  

It might work.  It could also be that you might be so shocked by the pepper it is like being hit with a defibrillator.  

Sorry, I think I will pass on this one.  Just because I enjoy memes doesn’t mean I turn off my brain.

homo unius libri

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Opus 2021-137: Crumbling Foundations

Why were the Founders superior to any following generation?  Very few of them were professional politicians.

If you have a copy of the Declaration of Independence take a look at the signatures at the end.  A quick glance shows only one, Samuel Adams, as listing themselves as politicians.  I will concede that there are a lot of lawyers but there is also a good cross section of the types of work that people did in those days.  If you did it to congress today the occupation would be almost 100% “politician”.  Most were lawyers at one point but if you look at how long it has been since they have practiced law then you realize that they are politicians.

I would love to see some serious turnover in congress.  I am not in favor of formal term limits.  I believe the purging should come from the voters booth not laws with loopholes.  Are there people out there who could rise to the level of the Founders?  Probably but they are not willing to go through the attacks and danger of running against the machine of what we call the Deep State.  If I had to recommend anything it would be what I have stated so many times:  Vote the suckers out.  When in doubt, throw them out.  In fact, unless you can make a really strong case to keep someone in office they should be rotated regularly.

2022 is coming.  Elections matter.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-136: Should-a-Beens: Court Packing

I have heard from two lawyers with integrity endorsements that the packing of the Supreme Court is not going to happen.  In their eyes it is just a ploy to distract the peasants while they pass all the other damage to destroy the republic.  We will see if they are worthy prophets.

How worried should we be if it does pass?  I got to thinking about a Proregressive* dream team for the last court of appeal.

Let’s start with Barak Hussein Obama.  You know it would happen.  He is the man who was so blessed that he could go around the Constitution with executive orders.  I think his words were something to the effect that if congress wouldn’t do what he wanted done then he would do it himself.  Just imagine what he could do to improve the world from the bench.

Then of course we would need to have Hillary.  It is possible she might be too old but age discrimination is unconstitutional.  Imagine what would happen to the view of ethics in this country if she were appointed.

That is two.  We need two more.  How about a Shiff/AOC tag team?  You think people are starting to laugh at the Supremes now, just think how it would go if these two were wearing the black robes.  It might make it worth televising hearings and billing it as reality TV.

I am sure we could come up with a lot more from Nadler to Beto.  

God help us.

homo unius libri

Friday, April 16, 2021

Opus 2021-135: Ode to Old: Running on Automatic

I am finding that I can’t run on automatic any more.

I guess another way of saying it is I can’t multitask.  I never was good at it.  Now it is a disaster.

I need to focus or tragedy awaits.  If I am going to put down my coffee cup I need to pay attention or I end up setting it on the edge of a book where it tips over.  The other day I was starting to take my pills for the day and found myself going on automatic. What that meant was I would forget to take one and possibly miss both.  I need to focus.  When driving I now need to either control the car or use my mouth.  

Of course I do go on automatic.  It usually involves sitting and staring out the window, thinking about all the great thoughts of the universe, or, as the comedian said, “Nothing.”  It is also something that I can only get away with when firmly rooted in a non-moving chair.  It does not go well when I am washing dishes or driving.

At least I can’t trip if I am not moving.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-134: Epoch Times: A Primary Source for Statistics

In my search for a reliable print newspaper I finally succumbed to the advertising of the Epoch Times.  I am now on a one year subscription.  I will refer to articles featured in the print edition and try to link them online for anyone interested.  Some posts will deal with the news shared and others will deal with my odyssey of deciding if the Epoch Times is a reliable source of news.

One of the frequent statements you see if you get out of the rut of CNN and other Proregressive* sources of news is that the statistics related to the China Virus are distorted.  It is a constant meme about how people who clearly died from other causes, such as a motorcycle accident, are listed as Covid-19 deaths.  If you are looking for evidence of this you need look no further than the Epoch Times edition of March 24-30 in an article titled “CDC Skewed CCP Virus Fatalities Higher, Peer-Reviewed Study Claims”.  You can also find it at the link.  

They boil it down and let me take it another notch.  Early in the so-called pandemic the CDC issued a new and novel handbook to count the deaths from the new and novel virus.  The old handbook is still in use for every disease except Covid-19.  At the time the study was done the CDC was attributing 161,392 deaths to the virus.  That was under the new guidelines.  Under the old guidelines the total would have been 9,684.  Take another look at those numbers and ask yourself why the CDC would distort the truth so much.

One of the advantages of reading the news on line is that links are embedded in the text and all you need to do is click to look further.  Thus to find the actual document being quoted you only need to click on the highlighted word “study”.  You are welcome to wade through it if you know any woke snowflake that might actually be influenced by science based on facts instead of America hatred.

It is not just the media that is lying to us.  It is not just the Democrat party.  It is a government agency that is supposed to be working to keep us safe.  Instead it is manipulating the country by the use of fear based on false data.

Heads need to roll.  Don’t hold your breath.

*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, MSM, Deep State, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

homo unius libri

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Opus 2021-133: Wildflower Watch: Focusing on Yellow

There are all kinds of yellow wild flowers in Texas.  They seem to come up early, stay late and turn up when unexpected.  Identifying them is not on my front burner but I noticed something today.  Some of those ubiquitous yellow flowers seems to be Dandelions.  I only know this because I am seeing the distinctive seed pod appear.

I also am claiming to identify Brown-Eyed Susans.  They have been around before but I had to look for a different picture than the one I had.  They are doing well on our hill.

I also noticed that over night Indian Blankets have bloomed.  I swear there were none yesterday but today I saw them in several yards.  Eventually I expected to see them on my property.

I am wondering if we are going to get more blue bonnets later in the year.  The ones that came up in my yard are already forming their pods.  They may dry out and spread in time to give a second crop.  We shall see.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-132: How Easy It Was

It is hard to avoid the constant mantra about the China Virus and the quick fix vaccine.  On one side we are constantly whipped with panic and told life will never return to normal.  On the other we are told that the vaccine is here and all we need to do it take it to survive.

In case I have not shared it before, no thanks to both paths of thinking.

It occurred to me that the virus and the vaccine have a lot in common.  Both of them have almost no effect on the masses of people that are exposed or inoculated.  It has been clear for months that the virus doesn’t do much to rain on the parade of most people who come in contact.  It also seems clear that the vaccine, at least in the short term, doesn’t effect most people much.  We hear horror stories about both but for the majority it is a far away crisis.

The clear problem in the whole panic is the lies.  The government and media have consistently lied to us about the danger of the virus, the effectiveness of the vaccine and the safety of the vaccine.  They have distorted the numbers of deaths by changing the way the information is recorded and counted.  They have created false studies and reports about the dangers we face.  All seems to be closely tied to creating a fear that convinces people that they must give up their freedom of action and choice.

It is clear that the masses have been well conditioned.  Even when the mandate for masks are lifted, the signs are taken down and the ineffectiveness of the masks to protect you are well known, people still wear the masks.  If the government is allowed to get away with this on a virus that is genuinely mild in comparison to historic plagues, what will they try if China comes up with something really deadly.

So long, Land of the Free.  It has been good knowing you.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Opus 2021-131: Wildflower Watch: Milkweed by Any Other Name...

The neighbors told me it was milkweed.  When I went to my source for Texas Wildflowers it told me it was Antilope Horns.  I little further looking told me that AH is a type of MW.  This seems to be developing as a good year for them, whatever they are called.

For a couple of weeks I have been noticing some flowers that are there in the morning and not during the day.  I think they are called Evening Primrose.  The ones at the link above are pink.  Ours are yellow.  I think they also come in white.

One yard has something that I think is a Texas Dandelion.  It is a pale yellow with specks shooting out of the center.

Another lot has a sprinkling of what I am claiming to be Pincushion Daisy or Perfumeballs.  They develop a globular red head which is distinctive.  I can’t remember how they change as they move toward seed time.

There are some purples all over the place.  My guess is that they are Prairie Verbena.  

Yellow flowers proliferate but there are so many slight variations that I can’t identify them much beyond “yellow flowers.”  Enjoy the mystery.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-130: Off with Her Head

Sometimes I think we are all Proregressives* at heart.  We are very good at throwing our own people under the bus.  What brings this to mind is the recent stumble, or seeming stumble, by Governor Kristi Noem.  

The problem is that I don’t really trust sources from the right much more than sources from the left.  If I look at Noem’s record I see an unbroken string of taking the high road.  It was getting to the point that I was expecting perfection.  Now we have one stumble and everyone is ready to throw her out.  

I would suggest, not so fast.

One of the problems of people on the right is that they have standards.  We believe things.  As a Christian there are certain things I believe, basic doctrines.  I am not willing to be flexible on those.  As a wary Republican there are certain issues I believe in.  Usually they are the ones that are consistent with my Christian beliefs.  That is good.  If we did not stand on what we considered truth then we might as well be Proregressives*.  

Sometimes, or I guess I should say usually, we include things in our “must” categories that would be better in our “should” column.  In theology we have a lot of disagreements.  I enjoy telling Calvinists who believe they cannot lose their salvation that I am more secure than they are.  I can know I am saved.  They cannot.  They can’t really know if they have anything to lose.  I also understand that I need to lighten up and reassure them that they can make it to heaven even if they are wrong on that issue.  Many will not agree with me on that because they don’t think I will make it.  That is their problem.  I refuse to kick them off the team for their error.  We agree on the basics.

In politics you see the same thing.  When Vice President Mike Pence refused to reject the delegations from the states, a lot of people cast him under the bus.  It didn’t seem to matter that he was following the letter of the Constitution and they wanted him to do something that was in that penumbra that the liberals like so much.  What mattered was that he did not conform to their interpretation.  Now for expressing this some of you might be ready to kick me off the reservation, or onto it depending on how you understand the concept.  

Get over it.  And take a deep breath in regard to Governor Noem.  Give the sauce time to simmer and see if it was a quirk or an indication.  

*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, MSM, Deep State, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)
homo unius libri

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Opus 2021-129: Wildflower Watch: A New Entrant

The Indian Paint Brush has appeared on our hill.  So far it is just a few red blooms.  I am hoping for more.  I have not been watching the wild flowers in Texas for long but it seems to me that we might be headed for a light season.  The blue bonnets are short and scattered.  I am wondering if the extreme cold is having an afterthought.  

The inch worms are making up for the lack of flowers.  They are letting themselves down from our oak trees on threads like spiders.  They are crawling the walls and getting mashed into everything.

Spring is here.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-128: Olive Branches

The American Revolution was fought by a group of states united against an island trying to dictate to them how to live.  I submit we are in a similar situation.

Washington, D.C. is, for all purposes, an island in the nation.  It was deliberately set up so that no state could control it.  It is now an island that dictates to us in an ever increasing list of ways.

When the colonies rebelled against Great Britain, the British did not have enough troops to send to America and keep up their other commitments.  In the hour of need they turned to mercenaries.  Most have heard of the Hessians.  They were generally German speaking peasants from the Hesse-Cassel state in Europe.  Keep in mind that at the time Germany did not exist as a nation.  

Who would the mercenaries be if Washington needs to deal with defiant states?  How about the Blue Helmets of the UN?  Could the Mexican army be hired to deal with Texas?  Or maybe the soldiers of the Mexican drug cartels.  

The American Revolution did not need to happen.  Samuel Adams and a few other citizens of Boston may have wanted violence but the vast majority of American leaders were trying to find a way to work the differences out peacefully.  Most considered themselves Englishmen and were loyal to the king.  The Olive Branch Petition was sent to the King on July 5, 1775 by the Continental Congress.  This was after the shot heard round the world at Lexington on April 19.  It was a year before the Declaration of Independence.  The King laughed it off.

Will the elites in Washington D.C. continue to laugh the average American citizens off?  Time will tell.  We have a lot of give in the country.  It is hard to know when the camel’s back will be broken.  Let’s hope there is an awakening before it is too late.

homo unius libri

Monday, April 12, 2021

Opus 2021-127: Pauses for Pitter-Patter

It has been ages since I have posted.  I keep having ideas but not finding the time and energy to write.  It has been a glorious time.  My grandchildren were staying with us and they deserve a lot of attention.  I don’t know how many times I sat down, flexed my fingers and started to write when there would be the pitter-patter of little feet and big eyes would be looking up at grandpa.  My ideas got pushed aside and I began building little characters.

Blogging is an ego expression anyway.  I think most of us write because we have something to say and we can’t get anyone to listen.  That is healthy as long as we don’t get our lives out of balance.

The kids have finally gone.  Now all I have is a wife recovering from hip surgery and a country turning into a Marxist state.  They both need some attention.

homo unius libri

Monday, April 5, 2021

Opus 2021-126: The Growth of Systemic Racism

Every time I check headlines I read about another company jumping on the anti-white bandwagon.  It seems that our Proregressive* betters feel that the world created from the ideas of Protestant Europe is a cesspool that needs to be fixed.  I frequently wonder why these people don’t collect their passports and visas and go live in the areas that were molded by other cultures.  Being typical adolescent bullies they would rather destroy what is good than build something else.  It is always easier to destroy than to build.

The problem with America to them is White Privilege which has caused systemic racism.  Those who pay any attention wonder how a nation suffering from systemic racism elected a black man president twice and has large numbers of various minorities who have been successful in business and entertainment.  It seems like the two are mutually exclusive.  Of course seeing that requires paying attention and being able to think.

I will submit that systemic racism is a problem but it is a new problem.  I would also submit that it is not white privilege that is the problem but parasite privilege.  That is a growing population of people who are lined up at the trough of the government and sucking down the tax dollars.  In order to keep doing that they need to demonize someone and so they have decided that the white man is the devil.  In order to deal with this devil you must drive it out of places of power.  Thus we have Coke telling people “White is bad”.  One of the blurbs I read said that inside memos in Cigna Insurance have stated that white people will not be promoted.  We have two senators who have stated they will not vote for Biden nominations unless they are minorities.

Yes, we have a problem with systemic racism and it is growing.  But it is not growing the way you have been told.  And to be honest it isn’t just “race”ism because other factors are emerging.  It started with whites, flaunts anti-Semitism, moves on to men regardless of color, then Asians.  What next?  

Keep in mind these are Proregressives* and their style is to accuse you of what they are guilty of.  Any time you hear these people call out a problem you can be sure that they are guilty of what they complain about.  

*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, MSM, Deep State, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

homo unius libri

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Opus 2021-125: Fear Antidote

Unlike Christmas, Easter is not an arbitrary date.  It is based on the Lunar calendar used by the Jews and thus is tied to Passover.  It changes because it is lunar instead of solar.  Lunar dates are based on full moons after the Winter Solstice.  That is the shortest day of the year and can be observed at all levels of culture.  

So the Easter celebration is tied to real calculations.  It is rooted in history.

Don’t get hung up on the name.  The point of Easter is to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the grave.  The early church celebrated this on a daily basis but I believe they quickly learned that if you do something too often it becomes routine and then ritual.  Rituals soon lose their meaning.  For events you really want to let touch you, once a year seems to be good.  Think about celebrating Christmas.  We start playing Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving.  By the time December 26 roles around I am ready to move on.

So pause and grab hold of the historical reality that Jesus, who died on a cross, was resurrected from the dead so people who believe in Him would not need to fear death.

And think about that next time someone tries to get you to panic over a virus that has a 97+% survival rate.

homo unius libri

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Opus 2021-124: Headlines: Cancel Music

I continue to wonder how the Proregressives* can look themselves in the mirror and not laugh themselves to death.  It seems that the cancel culture has come for written music.  Somehow the ability to take something you hear and write it down on paper so that others can have access to it is an element of white privilege.  Musical scores are now racist, at least if you use the method developed in Europe.  Once again the people who call themselves progressive become regressive.  They are turning the clock back in such a way that hundreds of years of acquired culture are to be thrown away in the name of multiculturalism.  

This is not the Babylon Bee.  The first place I saw this was in The American Thinker but I have seen it other places as well.  The Thinker lists The Daily Mail as the source.  The claim is that scholars at Oxford University are claiming that musical notation should be done away with in the interest of equality, and might I add ignorance.  

This kind of thinking is typical of what “higher” education is advocating today.  The sole agreed upon goal of modern universities is to undermine and destroy Western civilization.  Art has already been twisted to the point of being meaningless.  Literature is now reaching new heights when it achieves mediocre.  Math evidently has a racist component.  Now music must be reduced to just what can be remembered.  Can you picture trying to play the Nutcracker Suite from memory after hearing it played by people who could not read music?  

Maybe we should support ideas like this but carry them to their logical conclusion:  We need to close down Oxford University for the same reasons they want to do away with music notation.  In the article it says that Western music is racist because it was developed in the period of slavery.  That would also apply to Oxford University.  It should apply to just about every college and university that is not solely  on line.  Actually even the most recent would qualify to be disbanded because of slavery.  Slavery still exists.  It is a formal reality is much of the Muslim world and it is hidden in the sex industries and much of the sweat labor industries of the West.  China currently holds millions of people in bondage.

So I approve.  Cancel Oxford.  Cancel Columbia.  Cancel Harvard.  Cancel all of them.  Go back to OJT and such things as reading for the bar in a local lawyer’s office.

*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, MSM, Deep State, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

homo unius libri

Friday, April 2, 2021

Opus 2021-123: Reminders: #3, Blind Spots

There are certain topics I have written about.  They are worth repeating.  I need to revisit them to refresh my memory and enhance my thinking.  Others need to be reminded.  There is a constant bombardment of ideas that clutter our minds.

It happened again last week.  Someone quoted II Chronicles 7:14 and left out the most important part, the part no one wants to remember.

(2Ch 7:14 KJV) If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Guess which phrase is usually overlooked:  “Turn from your wicked ways”.

Up until that little statement most people can be on board.  We find the idea of being God’s people and being called by His name as potentially beneficial.  If you think about the bloodiest wars, such as the American Civil War, both sides seem to think God is on their side.  It is possible to humble ourselves without actually doing so.  Again, we can feel good about that.  Most people pray even if they don’t know the difference between prayer, thinking good thoughts and cursing.  They can even seek God’s face because most people’s conception of God is pagan and is based on a mirror image.

The following promises are all good.  God will hear us.  God will forgive.  God will heal.  Who could have any problem with that, accept the part about us being sinners needing forgiveness.

The problem is with the in-between, the sandwich filling, the turning.  Turning means change.  Change is inconvenient.  Change makes demands if we do it the way the verse implies.  A word that brings it home is “repent”.  Do a quick run down of the Ten Commandments and ask yourself which ones you are up to date with.

America is at a cross-road.  In a sense that is nothing new.  Each generation needs to make the decision of whether they are going to turn from their wicked ways or go for same-o same-o.  In the past we have had enough people turn that we have not come apart at the seams.  The turning has to take place one at a time.  No one can do it for anyone else.  God will be the one to decide if He just honors us as individuals or as a people.

Are you part of the problem or part of the solution?

homo unius libri