President Obama quipped in a speech in Iowa that the Republican convention espoused ideas "better suited for the last century. "You might as well have watched it on a black and white TV." the crowd laughed and cheered. That set me to thinking: the last half of the last century was my half-century. Looking around … Continue reading Missing Ike
Bored with listening to politicians bloviate, I moved to an entertainment channel where I found a commercial for a burger chain. The mascot for said chain is a humanoid with a round clown head designed to look like a jack-in-the-box. This character and his seemingly human wife are engaged in a game of Scrabble. They quibble … Continue reading Put Jack back in his box
Thursday, August 2, 2012 Building People of Substance for Works of Power The revival is on, Friend! I really had hoped that I could wait out the great chicken sandwich kerfuffle and opine on something else, but I just can’t seem to get it off my heart. There are several things that make me want … Continue reading Chicken Flap Says Revival is ON.
I am reacting very viscerally to the news today. I am angry /sad, feeling we are losing something dear. The idea of making sure everyone has adequate health care is wonderful. It sounds like a good idea. I have lived most of my adult life with no insurance, so I certainly understand the issue. That said, I have … Continue reading But Moses, Egypt had such great garlic!
I have been trying to maintain some sense of objectivity in the political arena, confining myself to informing my church folks how to approach their own decisions from a Christian perspective. Without telling anyone how they should vote, let me give a heads up to my Republican friends: the electability of Mitt Romney is a … Continue reading Romney May Not be Electable
As Christmas gets close I tend to reminisce and, like many in my age bracket, wax philosophical about the “good old days.” I do miss my mom and dad, and Christmas at Grandma’s, etc. But this morning I am struck with how many things I am grateful for today that we didn’t have just a … Continue reading Thank God for the New Old Days
So I'm standing in line with Judy at the salad buffet, tray in hand, ready for lunch. Ahead of us is another couple perusing the cabbage. They look to be 40ish, attractive and well-groomed. Suddenly, the woman takes out her cell phone and appears to read a text message. We stand waiting. She puts down … Continue reading Love Constrains
We just finished a season of collecting testimonies from the people in our church, both written and recorded. Last Sunday, the service was comprised of 4 testimonies. It was great! (If you missed it, you can watch it on line.) We had stories of recovery from addiction and sexual abuse and incarceration. God has been … Continue reading God Does Good Stuff!!
I watched another TV drama last night about a preacher who was a real idiot. It seems to me that the preponderance of movie and TV Christians are horrible people. They are either really icky-sweet or effeminate, or they are some kind of monster. We have certainly had plenty of characters to provide models for … Continue reading Thank a Preacher
Just a few thoughts from watching the protestors on Wall Street and their spawn in other venues. I am struck by the lack of respect for property they seem to reflect. Then it dawns on me that they have no respect for private property and that is part of their world view. They want govenment to … Continue reading Go Occupy Somewhere Else