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, November 30, 2023

Opus 2023-295: Tangent to What

What troubles me is not people coming up with weird ideas or borderline heresy.  Most of the time that is a good way to start a conversation.  My mind tends to take tangents and I will defend them to the point of not being fun any more.

I am more disturbed by people who have not had a new thought in years.  These can be Christians or not.  In so many lives mental petrification is a serious problem.  

Personally I find it hard to read through the Bible and not see new ideas or eyebrow raisers.  Maybe they are not new.  Maybe I noticed them thirty years ago and just forgot.  At my age I could have read it last week and forgot.  Sharing my mental tangents and getting those looks of condescension help to sear them into my memory.  

As an example, today in Sunday School the teacher was reading through the story of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11.  This married couple sold some property, gave part to the church and claimed that they had given all of it.  Though given a chance to confess their lie they stuck to their story and each was struck dead.  I have heard this many times in my life.  Today the question popped into my head, “I wonder if that increased or decreased giving in the church?”  For some reason I never got an answer.

For some reason many people don’t like my tangents.

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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.