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.

Monday, March 27, 2023

Opus 2023-089: Discernment Watch: Midnight’s Legacy

On the home stretch of my morning walk I passed a neighbor playing fetch with the dog.  They seemed to be having a great time and did not appear to be in need of my wisdom, so I waved and kept walking.

It brought memories of the dog we had when our kids were growing up.  Midnight was mainly black lab with a bit of pit bull.  She was all heart.  I finally accepted her as part of the family.  We took her out in the yard one day and started to play fetch.  It started off well but after a few throws she looked at us and said, “You go get it this time.”  Ours was too smart to keep chasing.

It occurred to me that a lot of Americans are like the neighbor’s dog.  Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on you.  Fool me a third time, shame on you.  You can see where this is going.  How many times do people need to be lied to before they stop watching CNN or any other organ of the MSM?  How many times do they need a company to spit in their face before they start buying another brand of shoe?  The lies are not even subtle or clever.  They are blatant and constant.  

We need to be like Midnight.  When they said “Plague” and we got cautious after a few weeks it was perfectly clear that they were lying to us.  A bad flu is not a plague.  A virus that mainly effects old people who are on death’s door from other issues is not something to panic the country about.  And yet you still see people wearing masks while they walk alone in the park.

If you are a thinker then encourage your neighbors and family to plug in their brains.  Be polite, if you can after all this time.  Be firm and keep explaining.


homo unius libri


  1. Well, before Covid it was very unfashionable for folks with pollen and dust allergies to wear masks in public; fact was, some stores had policies against it and some municipalities had ordinances against it. Wearing a dust mask while driving through a concrete-dust storm construction zone was grounds for a cop to pull your car over. Dad had COPD and tried to wear a mask to keep his airways clear and Mom ridiculed him as just wanting attention. Being as I am old and wheezy, I wear one whenever it helps my breathing and sinuses. The sole blessing of Covid may be that it made dust masks mainstream.

    1. When I was visiting in Japan before Covid became a household word, it was common to see people wearing masks. I was impressed to learn that it was the people who thought they were sick wearing the masks to protect those around them. Makes sense. Before the panic I think if I saw someone wearing a mask I would put them in the category of people with respiratory problems and maybe offer up a prayer for them. I've never heard of cops pulling people over in a dust storm but then there are a lot of things I don't hear. As far as banks and stores are concerned it would be an easy matter to take off the mask for a few minutes. If you need one, wear one and ignore people like me. I am used to being ignored.

      Grace and peace


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