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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, April 22, 2024

Opus 2024-086: Grace and justice

Christians often talk about “free” grace.  To non-Christians that seems irrational and they are right.  Grace does not really set aside justice.  It only appears that way.  Justice was met on the Cross.  Your sin was paid for.  Grace simply takes that expression of justice, and applies it to your situation, based upon your faith in Jesus.

Don’t get it confused.  Grace is not free.  It cost Jesus.

The idea that grace is free is really confusing to people.  God is just, period, and being a just God means that sin must be paid for.  So you just cavalierly tossing it off by saying you are forgiven would not be justice.  God’s attribute of justice demands payment.  And he made that payment.

Don’t get them confused.

homo unius libri

Opus 2024-085: Organization

We tend to want to put things in their boxes to be able to find them, and to know where everything fits.  Or at least some people think that way.  Some people are only capable of organizing their socks in a drawer by color.  Others can organize the pantry.  What one person can do better the other person often ignores.

I was thinking of how we knew my grandmother had visited.  We could find nothing.  She would come over and totally re-organize the kitchen.  Everything was still there.  It would make sense to her.  But everything was be in a different place.

Is that the way we are in theology?  Philosophy?  Cooking?  Organizing our library?  (You do have a library, don’t you?)  Doing your laundry?  Think of how much hostility would be eliminated if we would simply assume it is a matter of putting ideas in different colored bags.

Are some people incapable of organizing?  Maybe our way, but if they were totally out to lunch they would never have any lunch to eat.

Patience.

homo unius libri

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Opus 2024-084: New

I wonder how old I was before I began to realize that new and improved wasn’t.  We are used to the blurbs on the package, screen or radio.  Because it was new it must be improved.  That was obvious.  Improved meant better, right?  So how come things wore out more quickly or didn’t taste the same.  It was a slow lesson to learn.

And then I begin to wonder how old I was when I realized that traditional wasn’t always the best way.  “We have always done it that way” was a popular excuse for not changing.  Originally it had some validity.  There are good reasons why you whittle away from your body.  There may not be as good a reason for using the knife you saw on TV.  As new technology developed it became more of a challenge to know if the new was better.  It might be.  It might not be.

All decisions and considerations we make need for us to have our discernment and brain plugged in.  While there are some choices that are finally a shot in the dark, a little bit of homework can turn up a lot.  The question is do we have the discipline to search and the strength to decide.

We have elections coming.  You may get a call about the warranty on your car.  You might be thinking about getting married.  Think hard.  You will be living with your decision.

homo unius libri

Opus 2024-083: Seekers

Part of my daily pray involves a short list of what I call “seekers”.  I recently added Douglas Murray to my list of seekers.

Seekers are people whom have gotten my attention because they express a desire for truth.  They say it in such a way that I think there is something to it.  My prayer for these men, and at this point they are all men, is that they would find the truth, that they would recognize it when they find it, that they would embrace it, and that they would move on it.

That is a tall order.  It won’t happen over night.  It is workable. It isn’t a prayer that they become right wing Bible thumping evangelicals.  It has to do with him finding truth not thinking my way.   It is possible that I might not even recognize it when it happens because I am so locked in my own box.

I can live with that.

homo unius libri

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Opus 2024-082: No Trinity

There has to be a reason why God did not include the vocabulary word “trinity” in the Bible anywhere.  The Trinity is a theological doctrine that summarizes several concepts found clearly in the New Testament:  There is one God.  The Father is God.  The Son is God.  The Spirit is God.  They are three distinct persons who can communicate with each other.  Yet there is only one God.  Confused?  Good, you were listening.  It is a truth that we are to wrestle with and meditate on but involves infinite concepts that are honestly beyond us in our present limited form.

Another reason might be that by including the word it would limit our thinking in our meditation to what the word means.  Possibly by focusing on the meaning of the word, we would not be open to the vast panorama of the concept.

I recently was in a discussion where the mystery of the Trinity was very obvious.  There was a lot of confusion in the discussion because we kept trying to put the Trinity in a box.  That does not work very well.  I knew I was in trouble when I was told that the Trinity is easy to understand.  All that told me was that he did not have a clue.

I don’t either but at least I know it.

homo unius libri

Opus 2024-081: Joining the Opposition

I am beginning to wonder if I should get on board the anti-white-male wagon.  When I look at the FBI, WEF, FDA and such it seems like all I see are white males trying to destroy the country and impose elite rule.

Start a list of the ones who are really contributing to the cause:

George Soros
Bill Gates
Charles Schwab
CEO’s of social media
The list goes on.

Maybe the haters are right.  I am going to need to think about this a bit.

homo unius libri

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Opus 2024-080: Endowed Politics

My church has a group of people that are very involved in the political process at the county and state level.  They are also involved in supporting a crisis pregnancy center and a women’s shelter.  They are involved in many applications of Christian compassion and their concern on the political level is based on those same values.

We have two that have run for office recently.  One came out victorious and the other has made it into a runoff.  They are in my prayers daily.  As I was praying for them as I walked, I found myself wondering why we are reluctant to state a political platform based on our religious beliefs.  We have been brainwashed by the pagans and what Paul calls “so called brothers” into believing that politics and faith don’t mix.  

It is just fine to base a political platform on spiritual truths and we should be doing that.  The opposite does not hold but it is more common.  Too many people who have influence in the church are basing their religion on their political priorities.  We need to stand up for the things of God.

Some issues are debatable based on moral principles.  Tax rates are not ingrained in the Bible unless you want to use the Temple system of tithes as an example.  Teaching perversion in our schools is a different issue.  We need to put some time into thinking through what the Bible expects and push for those principles.  Many times the only question we can vote on is the integrity of the candidate.

Don’t forget the Declaration of Independence talks about our rights being “endowed by our Creator.”  You also should know that much of the original resistance to the Constitution was that it had no reference to that same creator.

Stand tall.  Look for opportunities to speak out.  Make a difference while you can.  Make sure you give them a real reason to put you in a concentration camp when the time comes.

homo unius libri

Opus 2024-079: Porch Praying

One of the questions is often in my mind is the nature of prayer.  I have a hard time with the shopping-list form a prayer.  To me it is much more of a conversation, a relationship and ongoing communication.  As I sit on the porch, basking in the presence of God, I find that much of the time I don’t need to say anything.  Much of the time I don’t even need to follow a train of thought.  It is often enough just to sit and know that I am in the presence of Almighty God.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Opus 2024-078: Prisoners of the Green

As I sit out on the porch in the early morning, I am struck by how the elites of our country want to destroy our liberty by destroying our mobility.

I listen to the traffic and watch the headlights in the distance as people rush to work or whatever it is they have to do in the early morning.  Some may be going home from work.  Some may be out pursuing a special interest they have.  Most are probably going to work and getting ready to earn a living for the day.

Then there are the ones who leave from their homes on the hill and head off to whatever it is they have to do.  I think of the outings we have taken as a family that have involve driving for an hour.  If the elites have their way all of this will die.  If they have their way, we will be confined to the 15 minute cities and we will have to work within 15 walking-minutes of home.  We will have to shop within 15 walking-minutes from home.  We will have to go to church, if zoning allows a church, within 15 walking-minutes of home.  We will have our recreation confined to a walk and 15 minutes from home.  That is the plan of our betters along with bug burgers.

We might be free to take public transit if it’s offered.  We can always call a cab, maybe.  Look what they are doing to Uber.  All of this in the name of saving the planet and green energy.  It will be stifling.  You may have missed it but one of the slogans in California was “Brown is the new Green”.

homo unius libri

Monday, April 15, 2024

Opus 2024-077: Unum or Not

In Galatians, 3:28, Paul tells us about the different categories that we are not to be divided by in Christ, such as neither male nor female.  I think this should be understood like the parables of Jesus, the verse has one major point.  That point is that we are all one in the eyes of God.  The superficial differences that our current woke gurus are trying to make vital are nothing but distractions.  I would imagine that if Paul had been writing on a word processor and getting paid by the word he could have added many more contrasts.  How does “neither right handed or left handed” sound for starters.

Having said that we need to realize that the concept is not a universal blanket.  I noticed that it doesn’t list the difference between the righteous and the unrighteous.  There are some traits that have an opposite that is totally unacceptable.  I think that anyone who is sincere and can figure out whether to push or pull on a door can see that and make wise decisions.

The concept is found in the American creed in the statement on our money, E Pluribus Unum.  Politically we are united in our allegiance to the country and support of its Constitution.  As Christians we are united by our faith in Christ and acceptance of the Bible as our standard.  It is one sense in which America was a Christian country.  It was not because we all believed in the same religion but we accepted the values at the base of all our politics.

May that day come again.

homo unius libri

Opus 2024-076: Time Out

God exists outside of time. He was before and he will be after.  He is eternal at both ends.

Why did he invent time?  Was it just for the joy of creating?  Was it because the creatures he created in his image needed the structure of time?  Was it because some of the things he wanted to do that he would enjoy required the structure of time?  I won’t say, “We will never know” because we may get a chance to ask in eternity, if we still care.  

In eternity will we ever be outside of time?  I can’t comprehend it.  I guess I will just have to wait to find out.

homo unius libri

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Opus 2024-075: The Crazies

The problem was not when Ronald Reagan opened up the mental hospitals and turned people out onto the streets.  The problem is that those people have been put into positions of leadership.  They are professors in our colleges.  They are leaders in the administrative state.  They are pastors in our churches.  They are what has become called influencers, whatever that means.  Crazy uncle Harry is now running the family.  And we are taking them seriously.

Who is more crazy?

homo unius libri

Opus 2024-074: Has the Other Shoe Dropped?

Last night as I was getting ready to go to bed, I saw the reports of drone attacks on Israel.  They say that elections have consequences.  For anyone who has voted for any Democrat in the past eight years I would say, “Welcome to consequences.”  I would also include a lot of Rinos who are part of the Uniparty.  There is enough guilt to go around.

We don’t know how far the consequences will go.  Is this the beginning of World War III?  Is it just time for another Trump indictment?  In 1914 it took time to mobilize and nothing happened to bring sanity.  In the late 30's there were many chances to head off the Nazi onslaught but none were taken.  With the leadership we have I would suggest that prayer and repentance would be good ideas.  Don’t wait until things go nuclear or the drones start hitting us from Cuba, Mexico or container ships.  

Prayer is always a good place to start and a weak place to finish.  Hand in hand is the second thing I mentioned.  Many are familiar with a Bible verse,

(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.
This was addressed to Israel when they were at the top of their game.  The Temple had just been finished and Solomon lead in its dedication.  What a strange time to offer this warning.

We are not Israel.  We are not at the top of our game.  Instead of a Solomon we have an empty suit.  I think the principle still applies if we have enough people who are faithful to God’s calling.  Two parts of this we don’t like are to “humble ourselves” and to “turn from out wicked ways.”  Keep in mind that God would have spared Sodom if there had been ten righteous.  Do we have enough in the world, let alone America.

It may just be another fire drill.  Let us hope so.  That doesn’t mean we can ignore it.  Eventually the other shoe will drop.

Be salt.  Be light.  Give God a reason to spare us.

homo unius libri

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Opus 2024-073: Glassy-Eyed Syndrome

I must confess that I am amazed at the number of people who resist the truths found in the Bible.  It is like they refuse to read or believe what seems logical.  Or they may be members in a cult that teaches foolishness and they look at it with awe.  I have a friend I am in constant dialogue with.  It doesn’t matter how many times I point out inconsistency, inaccuracy or lack of logic.  He might even half-way agree with me but he always recovers.  I imagine he might say the same things about me.

This experience has made me a bit more insightful on the woke among us.  They have that same ability to get glassy eyed in the presence of what they don’t want to hear.  They can ignore facts.  They can even say that facts don’t matter.  The thing that matters is the narrative and they must stay true to the path.

It makes no sense.  It is frustrating.  It is the way it is.

Because of this I have strong doubts that most people will be open to the gospel, ever.  In the same way I think there are masses who believe that both hot weather and cold weather are evidence of global warming.  They believe that green energy is the hope of the future.  They think socialism works, and that is as logical as expecting a drinking cup made out of toilet paper to work.

Make it a habit to listen.  It is possible that we are the ones who are wrong.  I doubt it, but truth can stand up to just about anything if we are willing to pursue it.  Pray for a million roads to Damascus and be willing to be one that is bowled over.  

homo unius libri

Opus 2024-072: The Nap of Luxury

Does God ever take naps?

I don’t mean this in a sacrilegious way, it is more just a curiosity.  We were made in the image of God.  We enjoy your naps.  Do we need them?  I don’t know.  But we certainly do like them.

God, taking a nap could be just a way in which He finds joy in his existence.  Wouldn’t be necessary, because God is not needy in any way.  It would be something that is built into His being that He finds great pleasure in.  It is possible that He trades off with the other persons in the trinity and they sleep one at a time.  It could be that He goes into an automatic mode when He sleeps, but a part of Him keeps track of all the things He needs to do.

It could be that the times when we have natural disasters are times in which He is taking a nap.  Now it feels like I’m crossing the line into sacrilege or blasphemy.

Is there any indication that Jesus took a nap?  I don’t think so.

The Bible does have something to say about taking naps.  The subject comes up several times in Proverbs.  Here is one,

(Pro 6:10 KJV)  Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
(Pro 6:11 KJV)  So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
It would seem that naps are a path to failure.  I guess I just answered my original question.

homo unius libri

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Opus 2024-071: Providential Progress

We are locked into the progressive process of Providence. As God weaves the tapestry of history, he has a certain pattern in mind.  He does not share that pattern with us.  It is possibly too complex for us to grasp with our finite minds.  An overview of history gives you a better understanding of what is going on.

Think of the art world.  If you look at some works, and start up nose touching close, what you can see looks like total chaos.  Then take a deep breath and back off to get a perspective.  When you do that there is a good chance you will begin to see the pattern that the artist had in mind.

God is quite aware of all the things we get all fluxed up about.  He knows about them better than we do.  He knows what we can do about those things and what we can’t.  He is experienced at working through humans to bring it about.  He can herd cats.  He can also herd Baptists, Pentecostals, Methodists and all the other breeds that flourish in our country.  I think He can even work with ferals.  

We don’t always like His methods.  He sometimes works through what we consider disasters.  Sometimes that is because we won’t listen and He needs to get our attention.  Read the prophets if you want to know how far He will go to bring us back in line.  Believe me, you don’t want to experience it first hand.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Opus 2024-070: More than Nuts and Berries

Hunter gatherers did not subdue and rule.

I’m looking at the creation account, and how God created all animal life and plant life, and then, as His final innovation, made man in His image.  He told man to subdue the world.  He did not allow for a lifestyle of hunting and gathering, because that does not subdue.  It is harvesting without planting.  It is reaping without sowing.  It is totally dependent on the whims of nature.

That was not what God had in mind even if it conforms to the expectations of the Gaia worshipers.

Agriculture would be the first step in subduing nature.  It would be a battle from day one.  As man learned, he worked out things like fertilizer and rotating crops.  He developed ways to deal with the bugs.  We still have the weather defying us and that may be beyond our reach.  It is possible that the weather must simply be gambled on and as long as we come out on top and get enough to eat we can consider ourselves winners.

Living on government largess is more the role of a hunter gatherer.  It is not the way in which you rise to dominion.  It is the way of the slave.  God did not call us to be slaves.

When you start to plow make sure that you don’t let your sword get rusty or your bow, waterlogged.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Opus 2024-069: Biblical Health

The biblical pattern for health is balance, moderation, and trust.  Although doctors are not demonized, they are not the key.  Luke is called “the beloved physician” in Colossians 4:14 so the press is not all bad.  Having said that I think there was more emphasis put on the three things mentioned above and a belief that God is the great healer.

Balance and moderation are continually mentioned in Proverbs.  Food and feasting are good things in the Bible.  Gluttony is a sin.  Jesus turned water into wine when a wedding ran out but drunkenness is a sin.  

A Key to all this is trust because trust deals with the stress issue.  I don’t think we begin to comprehend how much stress contributes to our physical problems.  Trusting God, believing that he will work his well, is one of the most freeing and health providing activities that we can do.  This is the only physical reason I can think of that I am healther than some people in my life.  I like to quote, “I have the strength of ten because my heart is pure” but I realize on that metric I would be long dead.

To be honest, I don’t think the doctors know what they’re talking about.  I didn’t feel that way a few years ago.  The way in which the medical community has given us a body slam over the covid brainwashing changed all that.  It’s kind of like they are whistling in the dark by the graveyard, hoping that they can keep the demons away and that no one will find out.  It’s not that they don’t do a good job on setting bones, first aid and things like that, but when it comes to really analyzing what’s wrong with people they’re just guessing.  

Recently my Clearing House Doctor looked at my blood work and said my bad cholesteral was getting high.  He told me come back in six months, do some more blood work and we would talk.  I got up fasting, had blood drawn and came back a week later.  They could not find the report.  He said he would track it down and call me when it was located.  Crickets.  It has been several months now, and crickets.  Of course the big question now is would I start taking medication on his say-so?  I am not sure.  I have decided to not worry about it.

God knows. God acts. And God has a plan.

I can live with that.

homo unius libri

Opus 2024-068: Falling in Love

What do I do in the mornings?  If the neighbors notice me out on the front porch they probably raise their eyebrows and mumble about that crazy old man.  How do you explain the world of worship.  The best I could come up with this morning is the idea that it’s like falling in love.   Think of a time where you saw someone “across a crowded room”, as the song says.  You understand the phrase, “One enchanted evening.”  You just were overcome by the sight.  You may have never spoken to them.  You might never have a chance to speak to him.  But all you could think about was them.

The analogy breaks down, because as I’m sitting here, staring with adoration at God’s creation, and thus at Him.  I am not ignoring Him, and He is not ignoring me.  I am worshiping that which I love, and that which takes my focus.

Every morning I wonder if it will be another glorious day.  To be honest, some days it is only average.  But other days it lives up to all of the hype.

It brings new meaning to the greeting, “Good Morning”.  Good morning, indeed.

homo unius libri

Monday, April 8, 2024

Opus 2024-067: Ho, Hum from Texas

So, did everyone survive the eclipse?  Except for one moment of looking out the windows and thinking it was a bit dark, I forgot all about it.

I live right in the middle of the path it was supposed to follow.  If I had been enthused, I would have been heart broken because this part of Texas had heavy cloud cover all day.  I guess if the aliens were doing a fly by no one would have seen them.  If Jesus had decided to appear in the sky we would have only known it by the sound of the trumpets.

It is only the middle of the afternoon but I have a feeling that civilization, such as it is, has survived this moment.  Whether it will survive the election in November, I am not so sure.

Stay tuned.

homo unius libri

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Opus 2024-066: O’Henry Theology

I think Satan is locked in time about the same way we are.  When you consider the glee he must have felt after the sin in the Garden of Eden, and the way in which mankind had fallen, he must’ve been excited about what he saw happening in the world.  God looked on and decided that he was going to destroy it all.  I am not sure if Satan considered that a victory or a defeat.

Satan can’t have known what was coming which means that he couldn’t see the future.  He could not know what God was willing to do.  He was limited to the facts on hand and his own blind spots.

How many times in the Bible has Satan been suckered in by this kind of thing?  Picture the crucifixion.  Satan must have thought he got the gold ring but it was forecast in Genesis about the Messiah stepping on his head.   Then you have the persecution of the early church which caused the flight of believers.  Instead of ending it all the Christians spread the good word.  

It is possible that Satan is also not a very good student history.  He can’t seem to remember all the times he thought he had a victory, and yet it went sour on him in the long run.

So be of good cheer.  Things look dark now but if you read the book you won’t need to wait for the movie.  Think of it as the classical O’Henry ending.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Opus 2024-065: Moving Ahead

In a discussion with a friend he talked about progressive revelation.  I am not sure I agree with him in the sense that he means it, but it is obvious that God has revealed more of His truth as time went on.  This makes good sense.  Obviously Adam and Eve did not know about the law.  Moses did not have the benefit of the 23rd Psalm.  It is part of growing up as a people and as individuals.  We as believers also grow in our understanding of the revelation of God.

A good parallel to this would be the study of mathematics. You can look at it as a child, learning, mathematics, or you could look at it as a field in which new ideas are being brought out and new depths of understanding developed.  A child learning his multiplication tables does not have a clue about algebra.  What we know about mathematics today is much further down the road than what was known three hundred years ago.

In the same way, the Bible is written revealing what we need to know step-by-step.  Every speculation is not necessarily worth developing and considering seriously yet we use our thinking ability to come to a deeper understanding.

The God who existed in the first chapter of Genesis is the same God that existed at the end of Revelation.  Having said that, we do not understand him the same because we know Him better. The theology did not change, it just was revealed, and we are changed as we learn more.

Onward.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Opus 2024-064: Dark Thoughts: Hunting Zombies

On Easter Sunday as we were eating dinner, we were discussing different aspects of the resurrection story and the crucifixion.  One of the events that we found puzzling was all the people that evidently were raised from the dead, and came out of their graves at the moment of Jesus death.

(Mat 27:52 KJV)  And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
(Mat 27:53 KJV)  And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
Someone asked what happened to them?  Someone else suggested they went home to see their families?

I have no idea.  The Bible doesn’t tell us, but this morning, sitting in the dark, I wondered what Jesus did during the time between his appearing in the upper room and his ascension.  We have a couple of events related to us, but most of it is history.

It occurred to me that perhaps he was out gathering up these wandering souls and bodies and returning them to their graves.  Or he could’ve been gathering them and sending them straight to Paradise.  We will never know but these are the strange paths that my mind goes through sitting on the porch in the morning.

Yes, you can pray for me.

homo unius libri

Monday, April 1, 2024

Opus 2024-063: Wildflower Watch: Chaos

It is wrong.  Just wrong.

I have been in Texas now for about seven years.  During that time I have been watching the yearly parade of wildflowers in Hill Country and trying to make sense of it.  I felt like I was making progress.  Now all is in chaos.

Some wildflowers are pretty but are so similar to others that they are impossible to tell apart with ordinary human wisdom.  Those come in yellow and white.  Some stand out and I found them coming in order.  The first were the blue bonnets.  Toward the end were the Indian blankets and Mexican hat.  Today as I walked I saw blue bonnets, Indian paint brush, Mexican hat and a red globe that I will have to look up again.  Not only were they on the same walk but were in the same yards.

This is not the way it is supposed to be.  It is how it is.

I will have to deal with it.

homo unius libri

Opus 2024-062: Keep Living

If you’ve been following the news, you have heard about the cargo ship which ran into the bridge.  I have not been following all the details but I have been listening to my wife go ballistic about it.

I think we all need to have a good time discussing it, but we need to beware that we don’t go into bunker mentality based on this.  We need to keep going about our lives and doing our business.  We need to be careful not to become so afraid that we change how we live our lives.

Part of the plan of terrorism is to change peoples behavior in such a way that their lives become one of fear and intimidation.  We are Americans.  Many of us are Christians.  Not only do we live in the greatest country in history, but we serve the only true God.  Keep living your life.  Enjoy your freedom.  Trust in the principles of our country and trust in the grace of our Lord.

Don’t hide in your garage because someone ran a ship into a bridge.

homo unius libri

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Opus 2024-061: Effect and Cause

I heard a noise at the back door.  My wife had left to fulfill responsibilities at church and I wondered who was coming in.  It was her.  She had forgotten her Bible.  Last week when I was called on, at the last minute, to lead the Wednesday night service, I took my visiting friend along.  When we got there he confessed that he had not brought his Bible.  That is a terrible failure for a King James Only man.  

In reality it is not a surprise.  One reason that many people do not bring a Bible to church is because they don’t find that they need it.  Sometimes that is because they are spoon fed by a Power Point presentation that shows them all the pastor wants them to know in the translation that fits his sermon.  Another reason is that often the preacher says nothing that has to do with the text being used.  I know that I sometimes close my Bible half -way through the sermon because it is obvious that I won’t need it.  

It is a sad statement about the Christian church.  It is sad that pastors work that way.  It is a shame that the laymen put up with it.  There may be no avenue to address it.  If that is the case then bring your Bible.  Open it to the text given or some other useful passage.  Spend the time reading and meditating.  It is likely that listening will do you no good.

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Opus 2024-060: Dependent Clause

One of the devices that has made its appearance in the church is the formula, “He is risen.  He is risen indeed.”  It is what we celebrate on the day that has come to be called Easter.  It is the core of the hope that Christians have.  For the most powerful statement on this you should read I Corinthians 15 starting in verse 12.  There are many key verses you could pick out, depending on your need for the day.  Let me lift out this one,

(1Co 15:14 KJV)  And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
What Paul is saying is that if Jesus did not rise from the dead then all of your doctrines and beliefs are empty nonsense.  If Jesus did not rise, you are not saved because that means He was a fraud.  It is also key, read further down, that you understand that this was a physical resurrection.  It was not just a spiritual event.  Although Paul talks about the new type of body we will have it is still a physical body.  We will not spend eternity as spirits floating around in the ether.

I am officially old.  Okay.  Got it.  So what?  I will enjoy my grandchildren as long as God lets me do so in this life.  Once I am gone, and I hope they notice, I will look forward to all the joys of eternity in the presence of God.  I assume that will include my grandchildren but that will depend on whether they come to faith.

So rejoice.  

He is Risen!

He is Risen, indeed!

We who believe will also be risen.  I hope to see you there.

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Friday, March 29, 2024

Opus 2024-059: The Food Chain

In the first chapter of Genesis, God gives the plants for us to eat, and the animals for us to rule over, but he does not present the world itself to us as a possession. He gives it to us to manage.  Perhaps a rental or a lease agreement might be more in your line of thinking.

There is a clear hierarchy.  People are to be at the top.  Everything else exists to provide for our needs.  You might be compelled to die for your pet in a moment of temporary insanity.  There is a reason why your dog would be willing to die for you, again and again.  They recognize the pecking order even if humans don’t.

My theory is that Adam and Eve were vegetarians.  That changed with Noah.  God changed the ground rules.

(Gen 9:3 KJV)  Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

Notice that the herbs were “even as.”  That is before.  Now meat is on the menu.

This is just one of the areas that genuine Christianity is at odds with our contemporary culture.  We are not here to serve Gaia.  Gaia is here to serve us.

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Thursday, March 28, 2024

Opus 2024-058: Name that Tune

I don’t think that any of the modern worship songs would be recognized by anyone on the old game show Name That Tune.  I didn’t watch it much but I have a memory of an orchestra beginning to play a song and the contestants were supposed to slap the button to “Name That Tune”.  They had one mode where they would bid on how many notes it would take them to name it.  Modern “praise music” is so monotonous that it would be hard to tell the difference, especially if they had to leave out the accompaniment.  On many of the songs the only thing memorable is the crazy riffs on the lead guitar or the wild drum solo.  Even those get to be dull because they tend to rely on the same cool stuff they used before.

On the other hand anyone who heard and sang Amazing Grace for the first time would remember it the next time. They may not remember the words, but it would be familiar to them as a significant piece of music.  They would eventually internalize it and sing it when they were plowing the south 40.

I am aware that there are some contemporary worship songs that are memorable.  The big problem is that the “worship bands” don’t like to use them.  If the ink is dry or it has been around long enough to appear in printed and bound form then it is not contemporary enough.  It might do them well to spend some time in Proverbs,

(Pro 24:21 KJV)  My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:
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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Opus 2024-057: Tired of the sunrise

As I sit here enjoying the morning, I begin to wonder how much more glorious it will be in eternity.  I wonder if I will ever get tired of watching the sunrise.  It will be more glorious, more colorful, more of everything.

With that in mind, it occurred to me that I am not tired of watching the sunrise now.  The earliest I can remember really getting overwhelmed by a sunrise was the morning I was coming down the grapevine to an awesome panorama of California’s central valley.  I was probably around 18.  So using that as a possible beginning, I figure it is been over 58 years since I began enjoying sunrises and I still love them.

I don’t think I will ever run out of sunrises to enjoy, or the excitement of watching them develop.

In eternity, assuming that sunrises are still available, I might be able to choose the location of my sunrise.  I might be able to watch the sun come up from the top of Mount Everest.  I can certainly go back to the beach of Maui, and revisit the meadow in the mountains.  There are vistas everywhere that I can see.

Maybe I will be able to witness some of the creative acts of God.

I could title this death thoughts.  You certainly have a different perspective on death and eternity when you are coming from a position of a believer in Jesus Christ.  It brings to mind Paul’s statements about death.  

(1Co 15:55 KJV)  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
Great thoughts as we approach the celebration of the Resurrection.

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Sunday, March 24, 2024

Opus 2024-056: Fathers

God is not an absentee father.

One of the most obvious problems creating our social messes of today is the absence of fathers in the home.  It is one of the major contributors to violence and crime.  It seems to apply across the board, yet we hear no official acknowledgment from the elites.  They don’t want to admit that the policies that started with Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty drove fathers out of the family, discouraged marriage and made people dependent on the government.  

How has that been working for you.

It is time for the church to step in and start teaching.  How do you teach men about fatherhood if they had no contact with a father?  That is a major question.  It is also why the Bible is useful because it refers to God as our Father and gives us something to teach.  

God did not create and leave.  He did not die.  He is not present and ignoring responsibility.  God is involved and provides the only solution for those who serve Him.  He is constantly involved in creation.  He meets with worshipers on a constant basis.  The written word He caused to be developed gives principles, standards and examples of behavior.  The lessons are there for those who want to learn.

Of course that is always the big question.  Are people willing to learn?  Another important question is “Are we willing to teach by word and example.”

You may never be president or famous but you can be a good example for those around you.

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Saturday, March 23, 2024

Opus 2024-055: Deep questions

If a lion ate a house cat, would it be called cannibalism?  Just asking.

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Opus 2024-054: Potential Promise or Empty Hope

Consider this promise that many have drawn encouragement from,

(Jos 1:8-9 KJV)  This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.  Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
This documents Joshua speaking to the nation shortly after the death of Moses and before they enter the promised land.  It involves Joshua asserting his position, reminding them about the promises of God in the past and preparing them for the move that was ahead.  Some would say it does not apply to us because it is OT.  Can we consider it a promise?  Is it just a principle for us today?  Is it something that does not effect us in any way?

These are normal questions when studying the Bible and seeking understanding.  I think it is important to start with the historical context.  That helps us not only understand what is being said but what it means.  The boldness and confidence that is being promised seems to specifically refer to Israel as they move out in obedience to the command of God.  It is not a promise of success if they turn around and work hard to establish a pottery factory in Egypt.  It applies to moving forward and across the Jordan.  There is an obvious application at that place.

Does the principle have application to us today?  I would say “Yes”, but would require a few conditions that bring it into the historical context.  We can consider these words as promises if we are venturing forth on a path God has sent us on.  Each individual would have to work that out for themselves but I think it is a safe statement.  It would be shaky if you tried to say that being bold and courageous would help us be successful in ungodly pursuits.

In interpreting the OT, can statements be precise promises to the receiver and at the same time be general principles for us today?  I would think so.  If we don’t understand the Bible that way then there is very little for us other than historical interest.  The general principles would be to study the written word, contemplate what it says and means, apply it, and live in confidence that God will see you through.  I hope your understanding goes that far.

It is also a point to observe what these verses do not say.  There is no promise of salvation here.  This is for the practical issues of how to live in righteousness.

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Friday, March 22, 2024

Opus 2024-053: Get Past the Ritual

Worship is exercising a relationship, not going through a ritual.

Think of how you might start your day.  When you brush your teeth it is a ritual.  You develop habits based on a certain way of brushing so that you hit all the quadrants.  You don’t need to think except to make sure that you put toothpaste on your brush and not Preparation H.  When it comes to getting dressed you enter a different zone.  If you are retired and have nothing going on then a ritual can suffice.  If you are going out to breakfast with your wife there are a lot of things to consider:  What does she want me to wear, is this too tight, will this pattern show if I dribble, you know, things like that.  It is a combination of mindless activity, which foot does this shoe go on, and careful consideration.  The minute you walk into her presence it all becomes “think carefully and watch your step”.

Like any relationship, worship has its ups and downs.  Some days are glorious and some days, to be honest, are boring.  Kind of like marriage or parenting.  Like any relationship you get out of it what you put into it.  

God is a person.  We are created in His image.  This is normal.  He is not a machine that just requires the right buttons to be pushed and some oil once in awhile.  If I am bogged down I think about the conversations He has with people in the Bible.  What does that tell me about Him?  If you focus, then praise and thanksgiving will come.

As some commercial once said, “Try it.  You’ll like it.”  It might also change your life.

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Opus 2024-052: Jeremiah Goes Trans

There are certain things that have always been accepted as leg pulling.  Remember the snipe hunts organized on Spin and Marty of the Mickey Mouse Club?  We used to do that at camps and it was amazing how often it worked.  Have you ever sent someone after a left-handed monkey wrench?  I know someone who was sent out for headlight oil, and he went.  The current idea that men can have babies and monthly periods should be in that genre of entertaining tall tales.  The problem is there seem to be people who believe it.

We are being told that men can have babies.  What you may not know is that the idea is not original for the woke college graduates.  Jeremiah prophesied this thousands of years ago,

(Jer 30:6 KJV)  Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?
(Jer 30:7 KJV)  Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

Yes, you read that right.  What should worry you is that the term “Jacob’s trouble” is often assumed to mean the great tribulation.  In other words it is an indication that the end is here.

Many people speculate on the end times.  They set dates for the return of Jesus.  They write books and start new denominations.  Israel is a nation again.  We are waiting for the temple to be rebuilt.  And now we are waiting for men to have babies but I think it is presented more as a result of the tribulation than a sign.

It brings whole new meaning to the term Jacob’s Trouble.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Opus 2024-051: Be a Lifeline

One reason liberals don’t have a sense of humor it’s because they are so ignorant.  Many times when I am looking at memes I have to stop and stare a while until I get the connection and then it’s funny.  If I don’t have a background I never get it.  One example of this problem for me is I’m seeing more and more memes that focus on celebrities or movies I don’t follow.  I will never get the joke on that.  I am ignorant there.  I just move on.

Keep in mind that ignorant does not mean stupid.  I am not stupid but when it comes to all the flap about Taylor Swift.  I not only don’t know, I don’t care.  Of course I could educate myself.  Sometimes I do that by asking questions of my children or others who care about certain topics.  I will try to listen and understand.  At the back of my mind is always the possibility that I am totally wrong.  It is a possibility but not a probability.

Be patient with your liberal friends, if you have any.  Their condition may be curable and you may be the only lifeline they have.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Opus 2024-050: DEI theology

We all have been seeing meme posters where artificial intelligence has been creating pictures that are historical nonsense.  Think of Henry the VIII as a black man.  The same has been done with Elizabeth I, George Washington and so forth.  They have redone portraits of Hannibal so that he has decidedly black African features.  This is based on the ignorance of history and geography.  Hannibal was from Carthage on the north coast of Africa.  While he probably was not a blond, blue eyed Vandal, I think it was too early in history for that, he was at darkest a Palestinian.  

This is not totally new.  If you were to go to the churches of Ethiopia you would find that the murals on the wall have a black Jesus and black disciples and so forth.  I have no trouble with that.  I understand you see the same pattern in Asia.  When you look at renaissance art of Bible stories you see people dressed in renaissance clothing.  This is a natural thing for people who want to feel at home and comfortable.  In itself it is not evil.  It becomes evil as a tool of political correctness.

If you need to make Hannibal black, more power to you.  There is at least the possibility that his DNA would show some black African.  If you are black and your name is O’Toole and you want to make Saint Patrick black, enjoy yourself.  At least we know that Patrick was a slave at one point and your social theology says only black people were slaves.  It makes a kind of sense.

That being said, please don’t let your insecurity and ignorance portray Abraham Lincoln or George Patton as black.  If you embrace that you are embracing a lie and once you start down that path there is no heading you off.

This nonsense will only stop if we speak up when we see blatant ignorance.  Do it gently if you can but make sure you have a get away plan formed ahead of time.  These people do not like the truth or anyone who speaks truth.

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Monday, March 18, 2024

Opus 2024-049: Humor Correlation

I  am relatively sure that my grandchildren will grow up to be conservatives.  I would say that heredity and environment would be strong indicators but I know too many children from good families that have lost their edge.  What gives me confidence is they have a sense of humor.

Maybe you have not noticed but liberals don’t have a sense of humor.  It seems to be true of many women too.  That may be why soccer moms seem to like Biden.  A sense of humor must begin to develop very early in life.  It requires more than the generous use of four letter words and slapstick antics.  At least that is true of what I consider humor.

I guess they would say I don’t know what is really funny.

They are wrong.

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Sunday, March 17, 2024

Opus 2024-048: Firsts: Pepita

In my quest for relevance, flexibility and novel experiences I tried a new restaurant.  The prices seemed a bit high but in this age of Bidonomics I can’t seem to find a dollar menu any more.

The fare offered two types of chicken fried steak.  They were the same price.  I could not figure out the difference from the description.  The second one was called Pepita Crusted Chicken Fried Steak.  I asked and the answer had something to do with ground up pumpkin seeds.  Time to live at the high octane level.

There are times when I am grateful that I do not have a discerning palate.  One of the things that you food snobs never consider is that I have a much wider range of range craft I can enjoy.  You miss much of it because it isn’t subtle enough.  In this case the offering tasted good but I could not figure out what nuance was delivered by the ground up pumpkin seeds.

And I didn’t even ask for it to be well done.

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Friday, March 15, 2024

Opus 2024-047: A New Movement Needed

What are we going to do about the coup going on right in front of our eyes.  There must be some solution other than violence.  Violence would remove the elite trying to destroy the republic but would only replace it with another junta if history teaches us anything.  Look at the French Revolution rather than the American.  France was much more typical and had a lot in common in what we are seeing in our country today.

What are we to do?

We need to start with prayer.  If you are not a believer go ahead with your “good thoughts”.  I don’t suppose it will hurt anything.  I also don’t suppose it will help much.  

Then what?

It occurred to me that we might need a little cultural appropriation.  It might be time to resurrect the Civil Rights Movement.  The original was targeting a specific group of Americans who were being denied their basic rights as citizens.  Now the goal of the elites is to destroy the rights of everybody.  It may be time to resurrect the approach.

The original Civil Rights Movement had at least three types of people.  The first was made up of true believers.  That can be taken as a pun if you want.  The original Civil Rights advocates were the abolitionists.  Many of them were devout Christians.  I think that most of the stops on the underground railroad were in the homes of believers.  This of course would cause them to be true believers in man being created in God’s image and thus they would be true believers in the cause of what became known as civil rights.

The second were the Anti-American liberty haters that infiltrated because they saw a way to undermine the Republic.  Their goal was not really to make black Americans equal.  There goal was to drag down the culture and destroy it because it was too open to actual liberty.  These are the same type of people behind the 1619 Project that pushes the lie about the country being founded on slavery.  They were very good at looking pious but these are the people who took the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and turned it into reverse discrimination with affirmative action, quotas and the modern incarnation of Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness.  Their whole purpose is to divide the country.  At the back of their minds is the old “divide and conquer” mantra.

A Third was made up of party animals.  I remember someone interviewing some young men at an event and asking them why they were there.  They didn’t seem to be the kind that would be supporting the rally.  Their answer?  “Chicks, man, chicks.”  They came for the girls.  There were a good number of people involved in the Civil Rights Movement who were there for the excitement, and yes, I would imagine the chicks.

The resurrection of the movement would need to adopt the non-violent principle.  Anyone who was involved would need to understand that there would be persecution and suffering.  There would also need to be a strong element of faith and prayer led by devout believers.  Would it work?  I don’t know if it would “work” but I am not sure we have any choice.  The alternative is to sink into a morass of totalitarian barbarism.  

Does that mean there would never be an element of force?  No.  Remember how slavery was brought down starting in England and going around the world?  William Wilberforce and his devout Christian friends campaigned for 30 years to get results.  They did it peacefully.  That worked in England but in order to attack slavery around the world the British navy came into play.  It was a form of gunboat diplomacy.  In order to keep from being attacked the countries of the world had to agree to outlaw slavery.  Some places in the world just won’t respond to reason or moral arguments.

I don’t know how it can be organized but until it is we need to keep praying, standing up, speaking out and making a difference in our corner of the world.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Opus 2024-046: Five to Go

I am at the age when the ranks are thinning.  

I figure I have about five years left.  I have no scientific basis for that but then science often has no scientific basis either.  It is pure speculation arrived at in idle moments.  I think I started thinking about it in my 50's.  My grandfather died at 67.  He was super-sedentary, shaped like a bowling ball, probably had diabetes and did nothing to take care of it.  My father lived to 74, a seven year difference.  He had polio as a child and worked hard all his life.  He had diabetes but dealt with it.

Fast forward in the world of fantasy and “evidence based” research.  I figure I will live to be 81.  That is five years away.  I would not say I am frisky but then I never was.  I am doing well.  I walk every day and so far, as much as I can remember, have always found my way home.  I could live to be 100.  I have an uncle who is 91 and counting.  

However it works out I am convinced that God will call me home when He is ready, not when I have it scheduled.  I can live with that.  I can die with that.  My only request is that it be quick.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Opus 2024-045: A Not New Idea

I remember at school, where some teacher was presenting a concept that she called paying forward.  The idea was that you would do nice things now for future generations as thanks for what people have done in the past for you.  This was presented like it was a new and revolutionary idea.  In reality, it is just the basis of civilization through the ages.  People do things for their children and grandchildren.  They do things for future generations.  They plant trees they will never harvest from.  They use trash cans even if they are just passing through.

It doesn’t take much to break the chain.  Just one generation of eating your seed grain can doom you to famine.  If enough people live just for today then tomorrow will take care of itself and them.  It will not be pretty.

Sometimes this is expressed in the golden rule.  You either do unto others or don’t depending on how you frame the statement.  The apostle Paul had another way of expressing it,

(Php 2:3-5 NAS77) Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.  Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
It isn’t just a point of philosophy, it is a foundational truth.

Try living that way and become part of the solution instead of the root of the problem.

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Saturday, March 9, 2024

Opus 2024-044: Madness in the Method

Ritual can add a lot of value to an experience.  I don’t mean habits or routines.  Those are different from rituals.  I deliberately try to set up routines to compensate for my forgetfulness.  They are to avoid disaster.  Ritual is to spice things up.

Take chop sticks for instance.  Chop sticks make Chinese food taste better.  If you don’t believe it, the reason could be you never learned to used chop sticks.  I can’t explain it.  I can’t prove it.  It is still true.  A fork might be quicker but there is a cosmic sympathy that is just not there.

Hand grinding coffee for the French press is a lot slower than pre-ground in a drip machine.  It gives a more satisfying result.  To illustrate this check out all the videos out there proclaiming they have the perfect way to process it.  They use scales to measure coffee and water in grams and timers to make sure you pace is right.  It is all for the perfect cup.

Here are a few of the rituals I value that occurred to me.

Voting in person
Liturgy in worship.
Eating grapefruit with a spoon
Writing with a fountain pen
Reading from a really well made book
There are quicker ways to do things.  In an objective world they would be just as good as the traditional ritual methods.  Sometimes they are.  Sometimes they are not but the trade-off is worth it.  Often the ritual makes life richer.  Sometimes our emotions remember what our mind has forgotten and we are feeling valued memories rather than contemporary experiences.  

You may have your own rituals.  Take the time to enjoy them.  Let the mocking roll off like the advice of a fool.

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Thursday, March 7, 2024

Opus 2024-043: Wildflower Watch

The Bluebonnets are making their opening statement.  We have them on the slopes in front of and behind our house.  I am not seeing the carpets of blue that should appear on the road sides.  I don’t know if I should expect them soon or if this is going to be a sparse year.

Either way, the wildflowers seem to be of the opinion that spring is here.

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Opus 2024-042: Inherit the Hot Gas

My enthusiasm for reading was born with the science fiction in the library of my junior high school.  Up until that time I might make it through a Dr. Seuss book.  The works of Andre Norton, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov and so many others caught my attention and there was not turning back.  It helped that this was still in the day that they were writing to entertain not to advance a social agenda.

That has all changed.  I now find it hard to read science fiction, or almost any genre.  As I became more socially and politically aware I began to see the way in which authors would push the mantras of the left.  Nuclear destruction, environmental disaster, climate suicide, homosexuality, eugenics (yes, eugenics):  You name it they were pushing it.  

I recently came across an old paperback from 1977 and thought I would read it.  I assume I had read it before but could not remember.  The title was Inherit the Stars and the author was James P. Hogan, a name I remembered.  The cover blurb was “A Novel about Man’s Place in the Universe”.  Sounded good.  I started reading.

The author wrote well.  The characters and pace were strong enough that you didn’t notice at first that there wasn’t much action.  I was about half way through before it was clear that he was pushing one of the common themes science fiction has been dealing with for decades:  Where did man come from?  You would not believe some of the wild and crazy plots that are used to find an answer.  Actually, they have a couple of answers that all the stories fall into.  They all push and assume evolution but they began to realize that the universe was not old enough to allow for the development of advanced species and intelligent.  Thus they had to turn to other forms of deus ex machina.  The two most popular, as voiced by Richard Dawkins in the documentary Expelled, are crystals and aliens.

Hogan goes with aliens.  He does a good job of making evolutionary theory breath taking, but it gets old after a time.  What you miss is the minor detail that everything being proclaimed is based on theory, not on scientific evidence.  He covers the Cambrian explosion without mentioning it by name.  It is the unexplained appearance of massive numbers of new species with no trace of ancestors in the fossil record.  In all the verbiage it becomes impossible to separate what is actually articulated by the evolutionists and how much Hogan was making up to fill in the gaps.

It is a good example of what we see going on in science today.  At one point, near the climax of a solution I had already figured out, the lead biologist makes this declaration,

“As I have said, all this follows purely as a chain of reasoning from the observations with which I began.  I can offer no evidence to support it.  I am convinced, however, that such evidence does exist.”, p. 208-9
Notice that he admits he has no evidence.  It is all theory and a form of logic.  That is why pure logic is not enough to advance science.  

An example of how science is going could be illustrated by Beaver or Opie.  These were the children on “Leave It to Beaver” and “The Andy Griffith Show”.  Picture either one of the boys doing something genuinely stupid and getting caught.  The adult asks them what happened.  Then the boy would go into a long story about how it happened.  The story has a certain logic to it.  There might even be a remote possibility.  It might touch the real world at one or two points.  However, the adult knows how life works and what the facts show and rejects the argument.  In science we have no adult in the room.  The theories get wilder and the jargon gets more creative and the feces gets piled higher.

Keep this in mind when you hear the next earth shaking revelation from a field that used to generate some respect.  Times are changing.

Hogan, James P.  Inherit the Stars.  New York  Ballantine Books, 1977.

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Monday, March 4, 2024

Opus 2024-041: The Place of Pets

(Psa 8:4 KJV)  What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

I was distracted by the silly cat that I had to deal with and casually wondered if God considered us pets.  That doesn’t work.  I know that they say pets start to look like their owners but I don’t think that is the same concept that Genesis has when it says we were created in the image of God.  That is an awesome thought.

Pets can only go so far and can only be taught so much.  It isn’t their fault.  They are individuals and have personalities but it is like saying that rocks are different.

We are children of God if we have been redeemed.  That includes adoption.  It doesn’t happen when we leave the womb.  It happens when we trust Jesus.  Children don’t just change, they grow and mature.  They are unending in their growth they can go on and on.  Children are created in the image of the parent.  Animals can never live up to that.

If my cat had a physical problem that would cost so much I would have to mortgage the house, I would get a new cat.  Sorry if you feel otherwise.  If it was my child I would be on my way to the bank.

So accept that God put humans in a special category.  He sent His son to die for us.  That never happened for the dinosaurs.  He let them go extinct.  

Maybe He replaced them with cats.  The rabbit trails that could lead to are for another day.  Hopefully it will never come.

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Sunday, March 3, 2024

Opus 2024-040: Deep Thoughts

I was again sitting on the porch and staring at the beautiful colors of the morning.  It has begun to warm up enough that a jacket and a cup of hot coffee make for a pleasant contemplation.  It dawned on me that what is happening here is I was whetting my appetite for eternity.  A repeated thought I have is, “If it is this good now, what will it be when I have perfect vision and my ears stop ringing?”  If I didn’t have grandchildren to enjoy I might be ready to go.

I could not do this if I were not retired.  I rejoice in the opportunities of retirement.  If you see me I am not necessarily taking a nap and I am not depressed.  I am thinking deep thoughts.  If they turn out to be shallow thoughts then maybe I can at least make them wide.

Sharpen me Lord; get me ready.

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Saturday, March 2, 2024

Opus 2024-039: Filtering the Noise

Where do I get my news?

The first visible step is to scan the headlines.  But something else comes first.  Before I look at the headlines to see what I might need to know I have to make sure that my foundations are solid. My foundations start with the word of God.  I consider that to be infallible and holding principles that do not change every week.  On top of the principles of truth I find there I build a foundation of common sense.

With that I add the heritage of my parents and wise people who have given me insight over the years.  There are a lot of people in those categories.  If you are like me you pick up a lot of general knowledge without being aware of it.

I then add all the knowledge I picked up in school; college, seminary, places like that, and filter that through everything before.  To be honest this is done before I start my day.  It is the accumulation of a lifetime.  

At that point I go to the Clickbait.  I look at the headlines and try to discern what might contain truth and what is just plain noise.  I can go through an entire website of headlines and never click on one.  From there I might occasionally actually click on something and begin to read but always with a serious skepticism.

It is amazing how much you can pick up by this type of informal journey.  I may not know all the details, but the people writing all the posts don’t know as much as they act like either.  

Stay awake.  Pray for guidance.  Keep you baloney meter turned on.  It may be difficult but we still need to make informed decisions.

homo unius libri

Monday, February 26, 2024

Opus 2024-038: Male Assumptions

I was contemplating the issues of marriage and the relationships between men and women.  This rabbit trail was formed while thinking about a physical problem my wife is having and how I would work out a solution if it were me.  The important condition here is “if it were me”.  It isn’t me.  She doesn’t want to hear my ideas.  She would rather suffer than have my two cents worth.

This made me think of a mantra that has gone around and reinforces this idea.  My first contact with it was a book called Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.  I heard it repeated in other sources.  The idea is that women don’t want a man to solve her problems.  She just wants a man to listen.  To us men this is nonsense.  It is from Venus.  What do you expect?  It still seems to be an accurate summary.

Men problem solve by experiment.  We are rooted in what the scientific method was when it was genuine.  If something won’t turn left, try turning it right.  If your computer won’t start the first thing, you check is to see if it is plugged in.  You experiment and look at the results.  If that didn’t work, try something else.  Eventually you will get there.

Women problem solve by sharing their feelings.  I have no idea how this solves anything in the physical world but it seems to work in the pseudo-sciences like sociology.  Whether their solutions really work, men would question.  That does not matter because they don’t want our opinions.

Could this be another reason why there are more men than women in science?  Could the presence of more women in science be one of the reasons that science doesn’t seem to be working any more?  I would never ask these questions out loud.

At the risk of insulting your intelligence let me remind you that we are talking generalizations, not stereotypes.  We all know there are women who problem solve and men who talk about their feelings.  Feel free to problem solve without fear of losing your feminine mystique.  Men, feel away.  You can still be a man.  We are talking generalizations.  Learn the difference while I still have a head.

homo unius libri

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Opus 2024-037: A Straightjacket for God

Does God have free will?  Or is He bound by our theology?  

As I contemplate God in the mornings I come up with a lot of questions.  Many of them will only be answered in eternity because of my limitations.  Others are worth thinking about.  One is this idea of how different schools of theology look at the nature and character of God.  It involves how they understand salvation and apply it in their teaching.

I always have a love/hate relationship with people who claim that salvation has no volitional quality to it.  They take the statement that we are saved by grace and make our choice something that is totally out of our hands.  Their reasons are noble.  They emphasize the sovereignty of God.  Nothing can violate that sovereignty, except their theological declarations.  What gives them the power to declare that God cannot grant men free will?

Whom are we that think we can define God?  I guess the Psalmist asked the same question, “Who is man that Thou art mindful of him?”

We need to be careful to understand God as He reveals Himself, not as the theological gurus define and limit Him for us.

homo unius libri

Friday, February 23, 2024

Opus 2024-036: Knowledge and Value

My thinking started with wondering how I would know about God if I were born in a pagan culture centuries ago. The Bible tells us that through nature we would know certain things. That would probably be limited to the attributes of God which are observable such as creativity, variety, and power. It would not include the moral qualities of God.

The moral issues I could learn by the work of the Holy Spirit speaking to a willing heart.  I could get the basics of the moral law by just the inward work of the Holy Spirit and willingness to listen.

From there I went to people who don’t know about Jesus and how they can be saved and how limited my knowledge is and my understanding. That doesn’t mean it isn’t possible. The plan that God has given is clear involving Jesus and the blood and forgiveness and faith. That does not mean that there are is no other way that God has provided. It doesn’t mean that because I don’t need to know it.

Which brings us to the question of knowledge, and why we seek knowledge, and if we need knowledge. If I were given the information about the temperature at the bottom of a gravity well on an unknown planet, I would be able to intellectually look at the number and fit it into my knowledge base. I could add one and subtract two.  In spite of that, it would not mean anything to me, because I could not grasp it. Also, it would be totally immaterial because it would not affect anything, anywhere, at any time.

Much of the knowledge we gather is of this nature.  If knowing that temperature will allow us to develop technology to beat cancer, that changes everything.  If it allows us to build a faster than light starship that can be world changing.  If all it does is add to the list of numbers in an encyclopedia somewhere, it is totally useless information. Much of what we think we need to know falls in that category.

Don’t be impressed by knowledge.  Be impressed by knowledge that is applied.  That is often called wisdom.

homo unius libri

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Opus 2024-035: Soup Art

I see a business opportunity that is being missed.

I imagine you have seen some of the headlines about the deep thinkers who think throwing a can of soup at a famous piece of art will save the planet.  So far I think they have been foiled by a transparent sheet over the pictures that were put there for freak-shows like this.  

I think we should have an auction of the clear sheets that have the soup on them.  Sell them as some new type of modern art.  From what I hear about the showings at modern museums they would take this very seriously.  It would make the silly, destructive pawns names to go down in history.  They would be studied by the art departments at the Ivy League schools.  They would be as valuable as Hunter’s works.

I would like a commission, if you please.

homo unius libri

Opus 2024-034: Does This Dress Make Me Look Female?

Which will history remember best, a man who put on a woman’s swimsuit and won medals competing against women or a woman who stood up to the cancel culture that cheered him on?

Who will get a chapter, Lia Thomas or Riley Gaines?

I guess it depends on who wins the culture wars that are going on now.  We often focus on the corrupt partisan judges and bought-off district attorneys.  We get hot under the collar at politicians and who is running the country.  At the same time we keep buying Nike’s and vacationing at Disneyland.  Put aside the idea of civil war and violence.  I have a feeling that if you are not willing to set aside Mickey Mouse and Ben and Jerry’s you would not be manning the ramparts any way.

As much power as they seem to have, understand that the deep state and George Soros could do nothing if we would not cooperate.  I just read how Hitler called off a boycott of Jewish businesses because their prices were so good the population did not cooperate.  Learn to make discerning decisions.  My family stopped passing any money to the Disney Empire years ago.  We won’t even buy their used stuff in yard sales and yet we keep hearing about the great time our friends had at Disney World.  They don’t seem to want to understand.  Disney finances their box office bombs with the ones that do well and the parks people visit.

Remember Mervyns’?  Many people don’t.  They shut down not too many years after Christians started boycotting.  Interestingly they were bought out by Target before they decided to kick out the Salvation Army and go woke.  Do you still have a K-Mart in your neighborhood?  We have an empty building that used to be a K-Mart.  They started declining after we boycotted them.  It may not make any difference if you don’t do anything but it will do even less if no one takes a stand.

There are inconveniences involved.  If we don’t go the extra mile now the inconveniences may become genuine hardships.

Pray.  Speak out.  Stand up.  Take a risk.  The chances may not come very often so keep your eyes open while you still can.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Opus 2024-033: The Ultimate UFO

There is a long list of Theophanies starting in the Garden of Eden.  Some are a voice from heaven, dream or vision.  Do those qualify as theophanies?  A theophony is the appearance of Jehovah in some sort of observable form.  He can appear as a man.  He appeared as a burning bush.  He spoke out of a storm.  The point is that God is spirit and His presence is so holy that it would kill anyone who saw Him directly.

We see this clearly in a conversation Moses had with God in Exodus 33.  God tells Moses,

(Exo 33:20 KJV)  And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
This is why Isaiah was panicked,
(Isa 6:5 KJV)  Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
We have numerous times when God communicated with humans.  We have Him talking to Adam and Eve in the Garden.  He spoke to Cain.  From there we have a long list of communications.  It continues in the New Testament with Saul on the road to Damascus and Jesus appearing to John in the Revelation.  

You might think of Jesus as the ultimate Theophany but that would not work because He was fully man, God in the flesh.

I wonder if avatar an acceptable modern word for theophany?

Stay alert.  You may be the next to file a report.

homo unius libri

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Opus 2024-032: Invest in the Future

Now is a good time to remember to pray for the political leadership of our country.  We have an election coming up and we need more godly men and women in the seats of power.

I would say that we need to especially pray for Mike Johnson.  I have not been happy with everything he has done but we just saw something that would not have happened if he were not in the position of Speaker of the House.  We saw part of the Biden criminal gang at least called out publically.  It was mainly symbolic but it is a symbol that we have been waiting for.

I would also suggest that you spend some time looking into how your local representatives vote.  If you are not being served well then make sure that you do everything you can to primary people out.  Keep talking in the lines you stand in and the waiting rooms you frequent.  Plant seeds and extend your influence.  

We have nothing to lose but our country.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Opus 2024-031: Headlines: Futile Necessity

Mayorkas has been impeached.  It is being called meaningless.  Among the comments is that he is just a scapegoat, it is just partisan politics, the Senate will never follow through, the Republicans are just blowing smoke.  All these observations are true but it is still important that it happened.  He was impeached.  He will not be convicted.

It is a message that needed to be sent.  It needs to be sent to others.  I would not be upset if Biden and most of his top leaders were impeached.  Would it get rid of them?  No.  Would it tell the people of America that the Republicans are serious?  Yes, and that is a message that people need to hear.

Politics is theater and certain plots must be presented.  Let the curtain go up on the next act.  I think the country is ready for the grownups to start disciplining the naughty children.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Opus 2024-030: Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina...

I probably should say this while I still can.  I am not sure I will survive the next incarnation of Blogger.  I mentioned that they had posted a more modern look.  It is possible that they will have figured out at way to force me to conform to some of the things I have been working around.  This is part of their quest for knowledge about everyone in the world.  I may find that I am not willing to give it to them and thus my posting will end.

Although I find the entire song rather boring I love the clip that was used to publicize the Perons.  Remember the phrase, “Don’t cry for me Argentina...”  I once listened to the whole song and found it hard to stay awake.  My point is that if Blogger makes it impossible to continue with them I will consider other venues.  I don’t know if I will actually use them, but I will consider.

So if I end up fading into the history of vanity it will be because I decided that Google didn’t need me to give them the middle name of my firstborn even if it is just to make my account more secure.

What Progressives forget is that progress is supposed to imply moving forward and making things better.  It does not mean more control for the elites and less liberty for the peasants.

homo unius libri

Opus 2024-029: Ode to Old: The Gilded Agers

A lot of people want to write off the elderly.  They are past their prime and have little to contribute.  I am here to say that is not the case.  Let me give you a couple of examples.  

Joe Biden is past his prime.  That assumes he ever had one, but give him the benefit of the doubt.  Even though he is blatantly out of touch with reality, look at what he has accomplished.  He has brought the greatest republic in history to the brink of dissolving.  And keep in mind that he still has at least until next January to keep it on the skids.  If his handlers manage to steal another election our dust bin of history status will be assured.

And look at the contributions of George Soros.  One man with his billions has managed to buy off every major judicial system in the country.  His bucks have made fair trials, the rule of law and civilized behavior a thing of the past.  Add to that the realization that he has trained his son up to follow in his steps.

So don’t tell me you can’t make a difference just because you are old.  If you wonder how history will judge you remember that it is the winners who write the history books and those who persevere who get to revise them.

homo unius libri

Monday, February 12, 2024

Opus 2024-028: A Paper Miracle

We live in wonderful times.  All you need to say is “dental anesthesia”.  Get the idea?  Need another one?  How and cold running water.  How about A/C.  There are a lot of miracles that we take for granted.  I found myself staring at one this morning that I had never thought about before.

Paper.

I arrived at this as I was reading my Bible in the morning and I thought of what a stereotype I represented.  You have all seen pictures of little old ladies with a book open on their lap and you knew it was a Bible.  That was because of the flexible leather binding and the way in which it molds itself to your hands and legs.  I looked at mine and my attention went to the paper.  I started thinking about what a miracle it was.

I am looking at a book less than two inches think with about 1,700 pages.  Almost every page had printing on both sides.  The paper was strong enough to last for years of bending and touching.  It was thin enough to be manageable.  It was opaque enough to print on both sides.  I would not have any idea on how to start making paper except getting some wood and rags.

What a miracle it has been.  With the addition of the printing press it became the major tool of modern civilization and the spread of knowledge to all classes of people.  One reason so many people were illiterate in past ages was that books were so expensive.  Now we have paperback editions of ancient classics that anyone can afford.

The digital revolution takes it to another level but one miracle is enough for one day.

homo unius libri

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Opus 2024-027: Firsts: Veggie Enchilada

We were at a Mexican restaurant in Texas.  That is not as exciting as being at one in California but you have the trade off of being in California.  Weaker Mexican food trumps the Peoples’ Republik.

I have been working through the menu at this place and my eye fell on their Veggie Enchilada.  To be honest it didn’t fill me with anticipation but the different chilies listed made it a real possible discovery.

Not really.  It was still just a tortilla wrapped around a bunch of limp vegetable matter.  It did not rise to the occasion.  About all I can say for it is I was willing to try something new.  That is not as exciting as it is portrayed.  

Next time I will try their cheese version.  How can you go wrong with cheese?  I hope I don’t find out.

homo unius libri

Opus 2024-026: Critical Mass: Spare Us

Earlier I asked the question of which is more important to God, the righteousness of the leaders or the faithfulness of the general population?

I personally would go with the general population.  If it were the leaders then no nation would be safe and there would be little the common people could do about it.  That brings up the question of critical mass.  In case you don’t remember your high school science, critical mass is the term used to determine if there is enough nuclear material to start and continue an atomic explosion.  In terms of what I am talking about it would be more a question of how many righteous people God would require to spare a nation.  What percentage?  What kind of a ratio?

If the people are the measure of God’s wrath then what kind of percentage of faithfulness do you need among the people? We have an example of this in the destruction of Sodom.  It was a major city in the area.  Of course that could mean only a thousand people but it was still major.  God was willing to spare it for just a few.  How many will God require for America?

Are we ready to be judged or is there enough salt left?

If God feels we need a purging to initiate revival then get ready for hard times.  Keep in mind that He promises to see us through.  If you know anything about the history of persecution, it often is extreme in one place and barely a ripple just down the road.  That is one way in which God brings punishment on a people as a whole and spares those whom He wants to spare.

Be faithful.  He will be.

homo unius libri

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Opus 2024-025: Beware! Google Ahead

I noticed today when I logged on that Google was informing us that they would soon have a new and improved sign-in page that will have a “more modern look and feel.”  I am already wondering how many more clicks and buttons will be required to get done what I am already doing.  Notice how optimistic I am.  I assume I will figure out how to do what I am already doing.

It reminds me when I was forced to move from my first computer, a Kaypro using C/PM.  It was at least a decade before Windows caught up with some of the things I had been able to do.  It is the modern idea of progress.

As they say, sit down, hold on, shut up and enjoy the ride.

homo unius libri

Opus 2024-024: Follow the Directions

Trusting God is a way of life and the way of thinking. My son understands technology in a way that I can never grasp. I trust his knowledge. I don’t need to understand it. The better I understand it the better I can operate in this world of technology, but I will not understand on his level no matter what I do.

I watched him walk his mother through a process over the phone of getting her computer working again. All she had to do was follow directions. She had to trust him. She had to believe what he was telling her. It wouldn’t be enough just to believe it and not to do it. It would not do her any good to do anything if she didn’t know what she was doing and didn’t have somebody she trusted.

How like this is to our daily spiritual walk.  We must trust what God tells us.  We must put feet to the lessons.  God can only go so far without us moving out in faith.

Interesting times lie ahead.  Make sure your faith is ready to walk.  Make sure your trust is ready to hold on.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Opus 2024-023: Don’t Pray for Healing

Recently the pastor was sharing about his wife’s heart problem.  Like many people she has developed atrial fibrillation, A-fib.  She had gone through a procedure called cardiac ablation.  They send a lazar up your blood vessels and singe a section of nerve in the heart.  This blocks the too frequent messages being sent and returns you to a regular heart beat.  At least that is the story and they are sticking with it.

I have been praying for her healing but got a surprise.  He shared that what was needed was not to heal because if the healing continued she would be forced to endure the procedure again.  The heart would reestablish what was there before, recreating the problem.  Now that is an interesting twist.  I made a joke about praying wrong.

Isn’t it wonderful that God knows what we mean even when we don’t.  This is a classic application of a Bible promise,

(Rom 8:26 KJV)  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Actually praying for the opposite was not how I usually thought of this verse but in this case it fits.  God thinks of everything.

homo unius libri

Friday, February 2, 2024

Opus 2024-022: Crazy Talk

Why am I talking to a cat?  Since I have had a cat dumped on me and it insists on getting in my face I find myself asking it stupid questions.  Do I expect an answer?  Do I think it understands?  Am I crazy or have I just surrendered to the cat culture?

Is this a sign that I am losing it?  I hope not.  At least I am aware that asking the cat what it thinks it is doing will not generate a response.  I will consider it a victory if it will simply understand the meaning of “NO”.

homo unius libri

Opus 2024-021: Whether Weather Happens

The wisdom of the elders said, “It’s gonna be a cold winter.”  Remember those days.  People used to look at the Farmers’ Almanac or observe how certain insects behaved and know what was coming.  The response was to prepare.  Chop more wood.  Can more tomatoes.  Knit extra sox.  It was called life.

The wisdom of the children now says, “We’re all gonna die!”  In their panic they are ready to do anything the government calls for so that they can be safe.

Weather and climate have always been with us.  Plague and infestations have come on a regular cycle.  War and rumor of wars are a way of life.  Panic doesn’t solve anything

Examples of historic climate change are all through literature and the news.  

If you read Genesis you find frequent reference to famine, probably caused by drought or insects.  
Abraham fled to Egypt during a famine.  Later his decedents went again during one that was seven years long and was predicted by Joseph when he interpreted Pharaoh’s dream.  Krakatoa exploded and the volcanic ash disrupted the seasons for years.  Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried Pompeii.  

Are we looking at disaster in the future?  Of course.  Volcanoes still happen.  We are waiting for the earth-shattering eruption in Yellowstone.  The giant meteor is expected any day.  The sun could give us a natural EMP blast that would cripple our technology.  Biden could be elected for a second term.

So get right with God.  Store up toilet paper.  Learn to start a fire and plant some kale.  The kale is to remind you that things could get worse.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Opus 2024-020: Unexpected

I am frustrated because I have not lived up to my expectations.  Not only did I fail to become a cowboy or fireman, I didn’t become an NBA star either.

It occurred to me that I have lived up to God’s expectations.  He knows me better than I can know myself.  He knows what I am capable of.  When I get frustrated because of my failure to measure up to my goal of perfection or fulfill all my plans He just shakes His head and sends me a bit of encouragement.

He expected me to be a faithful husband and good father.  He expected me to worship Him in a living way.  He expected me to be a good example for my world.  His expectations tended to be generic and very similar in scope to those He has for you.  I never preached the sermon that changed the world or recorded the song that appealed to all generations but He has seen to it that I was on board for His plans.

Maybe I will be a star quarterback in eternity.  

Maybe not.

homo unius libri

Monday, January 29, 2024

Opus 2024-019: 33>20

It seemed in my fallible memory that I had read about the discovery of galaxies 20 billion light years from earth.  I did a search and found that there are actually “verified” sightings of galaxies 33 billion light years away.  That make my problem even worse.

When I did my search I found that I am not the only one having a problem with this.  My, our, problem is that science claims that the universe is around 14 billion years old and now they are detecting fully developed galaxies that had to have been fully developed 33 billion years ago.  This should present you with quite a problem.

The search revealed a lot of attempts to explain it.  I did not bother reading them.  It isn’t that they would not be interesting but at this point you get to speculation, not science.  To be fair this is where science has arrived today.  Since theistic believers have been silenced, exiled and cancelled the realm of science has become more science fiction than science fact.  Scientists who believe in the God of the Bible, which included most of the great ones in the past, base their research on the scientific method which assumes that there will be consistent principles or laws of nature underlying all that we see.  They believed in truth.  Even the theory of relativity is based on absolutes.  

Modern science is becoming a field that is modified by the adjective “political” or “speculative”.  That means it is no more science.  The fewer people you get who believe in a God-created universe the less they can assume the scientific method has validity.  

Don’t be intimidated by the fact that you are not a scientist.  Accept the fact that many, if not most, of them are not scientists either.  It is the same problem we face in the church.  A growing number of our spiritual leaders would not know the truth if it were written out for them and opened to chapter and verse.  As you realize, it is written out that way.  The salt in the open sore is that it is written in multiple translations and almost every language.  You may not know a spectrometer from a centrifuge.  You can still recognize nonsense.

Nonsense is the adjective a growing quantity of science demands.  Theology too.

Keep your brain turned on.  Keep thinking.  Keep praying.  Speak out.  Stand up.

homo unius libri

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Opus 2024-018: Marriage Conflict

Marriage has a lot of issues that need to be dealt with.  I was reminded of this when I walked into the kitchen and found a fresh stick of butter with a huge divot out of the middle.  My first question was, “Is there something wrong with the end of the stick?”  Of course, having been married for 48 years, I never uttered the question out loud.

Think of all the things you either argue about or just learn to ignore.  The classic is those who squeeze the toothpaste from the middle of the tube, but there are other causes for divorce.

Roll TP under.

Fold underwear.  

Raisins in chocolate chip cookies

Temperature for butter and cheese.

Well done or rare?

Peas in tuna-fish casserole

I am sure I could go on but my wife might come in and catch me.

homo unius libri