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Friday, October 12, 2018

Mr. Republican—Is This Really Who You Are?




I like to honor the Eisenhower years.  Though I was very young, a neighbor of ours at the time was an Eisenhower loyalist.  I don’t know much about Eisenhower, but primarily that he was one who helped achieve defeat of the Nazi’s and was instrumental in development of the interstate highway system.  He also backed up Civil Rights actions when necessary with government troops.  So then, this memory of Mr. Republican is strongly positive, and I cherish it.  But now I suppose Mr. Republican is Donald Trump—a deceptive man whose primary aim is to cloak dishonesty and greed in a wrapper of plain speaking—a made-to-order threat for American culture since a key component of that culture is the strong attractiveness of the archetypal individual who speaks out without fear or favor—who stands on bedrock fact caring nothing for puffs and spin.

I think the Republican party began to decay when it placed power ambitions above the bedrock of American values most essentially epitomized in the Bill of Rights and the concept of institutional/individual limitations.  The single most dangerous threat that power poses is the human vulnerability to the resolute drive to achieve absolute invulnerability.  I must repeat an old, old personal story to show you what I mean.  The story is true, but an imaginary character I will then introduce I will leave to your thoughtful discernment and judgment as to the nature of its reality.

In the early 60’s my Dad and I settled down after supper to watch the evening news on TV.  The top story showed images of police dogs and water hoses directed at Alabama blacks.  I said something about “niggers.”  Dad looked at me for a moment in silence, then he slowly almost painfully said:  “Son, I never want to hear you say that again.”  Of course, now on looking back, the one thing that epitomizes the courage, integrity, and love of my father is this scene forever burned into memory.

Now I would like to re-run that scene but with a Republican-Southern Strategy father—a father who feared losing me so much that he would shamelessly pander to my worst prejudices.  So back to the scene on that un-air-conditioned night in a small southern town….. I said something about “niggers.”  Dad looked at me for a moment and said:  "Son, never say that in front of mama.” and he gave me a wink.

So, my Republican-Father became the party of many, many winks over the years whether regarding the sacredness of Constitutional government, equal opportunity for all, effective regulation of business and finance, respect for facts and objectivity, committing demagogic certainty in the face of limited human knowledge, and I must say at last, even perverting the Golden Rule itself…quietly chortling within that he who makes the rules gets the gold.  It seems to me that Trump is the start of the final decay of the Republican party.  The next step must lead to reform and the frank acknowledgement of its horrific transgression in winking at racial prejudice rather than working to transcend it--which would have been the highest compliment the Republican Party could have bestowed upon us.






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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

To Malik and Friends



ST. PETERSBURG, Fla -- Police are investigating a shooting that occurred on Sunday. Officers responded to 13th Avenue South near M.L.K. Jr. Street South in St. Petersburg at around 2:45 p.m. Sunday.

Police say a 19-year-old was found in an alley shot. The man was transported to the hospital and died at the hospital.

Investigators say it is too early to know if the shooting was random, but they do believe it was an isolated incident.

The victim has been identified as Malik Oliver.


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My Godson DeAngelo and I were having sandwiches at Subways late Sunday afternoon.  He became quiet and sad; his eyes began to water.  He told me why.  Malik had been shot and killed that afternoon. It was a tipping point for an idea perhaps old but new to me.

Why not a memorial for victims of gun violence in our nation's capitol similar to the Vietnam Memorial?  Of course it would require constant updating since guns in America remain a constant pollutant of the mind.  



Vietnam Memorial





How bad is US gun violence? ....

More Americans have died from guns since 1968 than in all the wars in US history.
Gun violence in the US isn’t just bad, it’s uniquely bad in terms of the number of lives that are affected by it and how rare such violence is in a wealthy country…

Other wealthy countries don’t have as many guns as the US. They don’t have as many gun deaths as the US. The cumulative number Comparisons can help us to understand scale. Since 1968, when these figures were first collected, there have been 1,516,863 gun-related deaths on US territory. Since the founding of the United States, there have been 1,396,733 war deaths. That figure includes American lives lost in the revolutionary war, the Mexican war, the civil war (Union and Confederate, estimate), the Spanish-American war, the first world war, the second world war, the Korean war, the Vietnam war, the Gulf war, the Afghanistan war, the Iraq war, as well as other conflicts, including in Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Somalia and Haiti.



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A blog I penned that defines despot justice as usurpation of a basic state function.  I've needed to refer to it much too often.

https://www.wayneblogs.com/2017/11/but-i-repeat-myselfthe-sad-results.html

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Senate Sharing and Support Session Highly Recommended







Alcohol and Other Drugs (From United Methodist Social Principles: The Social Community)
We affirm our long-standing support of abstinence from alcohol as a faithful witness to God’s liberating and redeeming love for persons. We support abstinence from the use of any illegal drugs. Since the use of illegal drugs, as well as illegal and problematic use of alcohol, is a major factor in crime, disease, death, and family dysfunction, we support educational programs as well as other prevention strategies encouraging abstinence from illegal drug use and, with regard to those who choose to consume alcoholic beverages, judicious use with deliberate and intentional restraint, with Scripture as a guide.
http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/the-social-community#alcohol-drugs






Let me briefly state my view of male sexuality.  It is my belief that males in and approaching puberty and sometimes beyond seek affirmation of their normalcy in sexual development through sexual displays among males of same age—what I have called little angels playing Tarzan in the woods.  Lucky youth are not introduced to the idea that sex is dirty or forbidden.  Neither do they suspect that the occasional little angel play portends any type of sexual identity ambiguity—anymore than that the individual’s reflection in his bathroom mirror sometimes leads to arousal.

Now the phrase little angels in the woods suggests it is not only normal but in a sense all in God’s plan for healthy male development—and perhaps even necessary for advancement in the development of a long-term commitment to a cherished female.  Another important aspect for little angels in the forest is that it is private and any communication of the event is highly restricted and controlled by the participants to trusted friends of goodwill.

The alleged behavior we heard described in Senate hearings last week suggests to me a very unhealthy (sick) mindset.  First, it is my belief an occasion provided for several males to display sexual prowess before their male peers is what the whole thing is really about—not lust for females.  The female--like the alcohol--lends a patina of protectionist rationale--they would never have displayed their sexual behaviors to other males unless it was ironclad justifiable in their own mind that their free choice was clouded by alcohol and lust. The female like the alcohol are simply props to cloud the real fundamental desire to display sexual behavior before another male(s).

It is rumored that Senators are human.....maybe all too human.  For all future Senate Hearings on this matter, I suggest the distinguished and highly respectable representatives of the people should first one by one go around the room and fully describe the situation and occasion of their first youthful masturbation in dramatic and graphic terms.  Following this, they are to describe the 3 craziest things they did with their genitals during their teenage years and with special mention when a member of the same sex was present.  As the national and international audience for this session might be huge, it is suggested that advertisements for alcoholic beverages could not only serve to reduce the national debt, but would also be highly instructional  to children viewers learning what it means to be a True American.


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Monday, September 24, 2018

In Us We Trust...Red Meat for Our Cynical Selves


(Let's see who is king of our top level government...be warned, it gets tiresome)








OK guys let's admit it...It sucks when we pretend that we ourselves, rather than God, sits on the throne.

In  a democracy, laws are duly established for human conflict resolution except for the very top level where we are "out there in the blue" unless we realize that self-righteousness can never substitute for the righteousness and grace of a loving God--way more powerful and effective than any personal fanciful delusions of grandeur, Democracy is the only form of government that understands we abdicate our better selves when we misconstrue a blindness to profound spiritual failure as the pinnacle of towering success.  The  ultimate paradox is that man can only successfully rule while knelling in prayer before an omnipotent God.









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(THE RELATIONSHIP PRINCIPLES OF JESUS BY TOM HOLLADAY AVAILABLE ON AUDIBLE AUDIO BOOKS}



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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Abject Enemies of Childlike Wonder

False Dilemma

A false dilemma is a type of informal fallacy in which something is falsely claimed to be an "either/or" situation, when in fact there is at least one additional option.[1]

A false dilemma can arise intentionally, when a fallacy is used in an attempt to force a choice or outcome. The opposite of this fallacy is false compromise.

The false dilemma fallacy can also arise simply by accidental omission of additional options rather than by deliberate deception. For example, "Stacey spoke out against capitalism, therefore she must be a communist" (she may be neither capitalist nor communist). "Roger opposed an atheist argument against Christianity, so he must be a Christian" (When it's assumed the opposition by itself means he's a Christian). Roger might be an atheist who disagrees with the logic of some particular argument against Christianity. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_dilemma


Argument to Moderation

Argument to moderation (Latin: argumentum ad temperantiam)—also known as false equivalence, false compromise, [argument from] middle ground, equidistance fallacy, and the golden mean fallacy[1]—is an informal fallacy which asserts that the truth must be found as a compromise between two opposite positions.[2][3] An example of a fallacious use of the argument to moderation would be to regard two opposed arguments—one person saying that slavery is always wrong, while another believes it to be legitimate—and conclude that the truth must therefore lie somewhere in between.[4] One could imagine a society that accepts a midway position between slavery and non-slavery as truth using the argument to moderation, and it's only the cultural values of freedom and decency and the like, that would object. If these values did not exist then the culture might find the middle ground true.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argument_to_moderation

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A rebirth of wonder entails freedom from the vice grip of peer pressure that would rob us of our God-given duty to seek truth within the company of our Senior Partner and Omniscient
Creator/Redeemer .  

It is remarkable that John McCain selected the following hymn in bidding us farewell.






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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Political Potty








Let me tell you why I like John Kasich and why he is my kind of leader—because he understands that affirming Christian/democratic values is about proactive positive endurance and NOT about glitzy miracle cures (--democracy’s never-ending background noise of Political Potty).  How is John to succeed in running for national office when other candidates tickle our ears with escapist fantasies in full back-slapping, glad-handing mode.  (If John were a clinical researcher, he would be cautiously positive about the direction of cancer research without assuring us that by hiring him overnight all cancers on earth would morph into the very epitome of unexcelled benign cellular health.)

We must humbly submit to the fact that democracy is a wonderful recipe for the joyful and gracious (and often forgiving) journey on the bumpy road to human improvement, but likewise it is colored by the somber recognition that the ultimate solution to some national and human ills may require many years of hard-fought gains in multifarious fields not even currently known.  (For example, electronic computers have made the writing of this very blog possible—yet a device inconceivable to me when a high school student.)  “Let freedom ring” is the very air that creativity requires but is fully exploitable only by discipline and hard work.  And since in societal learning and improvement the sidekick to Success is its bosom-buddy Failure, we must discern to what extent the sacrificial individual or societal units are to pay with pain or to be relieved with practical gratitude.

So then, I would ask my Christian friends to remember that Jesus himself said that only the Heavenly Father—our loving Senior Creative Partner--knows when the fullness of time will occur.  Let us rejoice that He has given each of us a unique role to play in the struggle to reaching the Promise Land.


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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Too Big to Fail



Please first view Clip from American football-related movie Concussion (in link here)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/arjp53xlafwaqur/_%20concussion%20.mp4?dl=0

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The psychological drive for invulnerability is a huge influence in human affairs.  The wonder of paradox is its glaringly counter-intuitive nature.  The more resources—The Bigger they are—can be an express ticket not to “Better” but to Disaster.  A resource from this point of view can be considered money, status, muscle, market position, credentials, or even self-confidence.  The race of the Turtle and the Hare is a template for innumerable hard and decidedly unromantic lessons of life.

A central lesson of Christianity is that humility is mightier than arrogance.  As that translates in science it means that hypotheses are tentative and subject to verification.

We are all too familiar with the phrase “Too Big to Fail.”  We should be warned that this denies the texture, complexity, and paradoxical forces of life.

Those versed in Scripture appreciate the “horizontal” person-to-person aspect of life and the “vertical” nature of our relationship with God.  Thus, relationships with other humans can be sketched out in a continuum from absolute preoccupation with self on one extreme to unconditional denial of self and affirmation of others on the other.  Jesus suggests a balance in his affirmation that we are to love others as ourselves.  This view of justice is not complete however since it assumes a totally Godly nature of the societal status quo—it assumes that possession is 9/10s of the law whereas in truth wealth creation can be ridiculously unrelated to the distribution thereof.  It is at this point that believers join to prayerfully seek the Lord’s will.

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When viewing movie Concussion, note the Christian/democratic/disciplined arts and sciences approach of absolute loving respect...in particular note how the doctor lovingly addresses his deceased subjects--this approach participates in our Creator"s great love for us--the only true wonder open to objectivity.   After the movie, sit through the credits and be humbled by the vast number of creators involved and their abundance of disciplined gifts.
(Movie Trailer below).






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I think you will also find these blogs of relevant interest:

https://www.wayneblogs.com/2018/04/the-springtime-throwing-open-of-windows.html

https://www.wayneblogs.com/2018/05/the-forever-rebirth-of-wonder-and.html

https://www.wayneblogs.com/2018/04/work-in-progress.htmlnder-and.html

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Monday, August 20, 2018

The Long Tracks of Organic Memory and Allied Inorganic Technology

Recognizing the Bitter-Sweet Keepsakes of Whistle Stop Townships:


(Link to edited clip from classic movie Fried Green Tomatoes)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/nitw0z1pujiacsu/Whistle%20Stop.mp4?dl=0

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Rocky Mountain Highs

Patriots tend to focus on freedom as having a governmental attribute often characterized with tribute to the many who have suffered and died to protect and defend nation-state democracies. The homeland is ultimately underwritten domestically by the application of the Sword of the State which identifies and curtails hurtful anti-social behavior that has been duly codified.

During my stay at Saint Anthony's Hospital this week, I complimented the attending Registered Nurse (Don) for his thoughtfulness and proactive courtesies shown to my friends who occasionally stopped by to visit me. He immediately replied with a question…"You know why?" When I shook my head “No", he replied, “FREEDOM"  He could see I was searching for further clarification, and he said “My manager (Jackie) gives me the freedom to do such things.”  I knew immediately what this meant.

For like many others who would joyfully serve up their very best in expansive fields of sunlit uplands, we can find ourselves instead crawling through a maze of  dank Indiana Jones underground caverns whose floors seethe with angry scorpions ready to fire cocked-and-loaded stingers when incited by the perverted and overweening pleasure of the self-appointed masters of the universe.  

This condition is rightly seen as heavily toxic to the divinely solocitous and creative better angels of our nature. Their thuswise crippled performance serve to remind us of the huge importance that due regard suffuse a structure with persistent self-constraint and humility (power under control) necessary to nourish a ruddy social climate of freedom and responsibility--intertwining the wonder of paradox with the interwoven mystic chords of soul.  

The larger point to make is that freedom's enterprising spirit should extend to the maximum extent possible.   What's the point of living in a free nation-state if  chained daily by cruel circumstance to a local workplace satiated with poisonous sadism thinly disguised as no-nonsense tough-as-nails management.  Surely by now we humans should see through this deception which finds no joy but in the desecration of human hope and happiness.







Friday, July 27, 2018

To My Brother and Sister Believers






Soon the current American political abomination will end as justice and truth pierce the night. Yet the forces of sadism will retain a strong national force of virulent cynicism  How shall the forces of light counter such self-destructive madness?  It is clear that we must heighten our affinity with and receptivity to the eternal and sustaining heavenly powers.  Trusting in the redemptive powers of the Way is essential. As in ages past, let us keenly seek the guidance of Providence and have unflinching faith to practically effectuate divine intimations and directives both as individuals and community. 




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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Bless Be The Tie That Binds





This week we have seen President Trump yearning to be the Strong Man.  Now lets all confess at the outset we have all been there before ourselves.  It is the desire in some sense to be the dramatic Superman swooping in on the scene to make histrionic and decisive change. Yet, as is so often the case in the complex cacophony of human affairs, resources can be ridiculously outstripped by the grind of mundane needs.  How often have I dreamed that if I could only have unlimited financial resources, I could finally bestow on those I love a final financial solution to end all sadness and grief?.  

Some weeks ago my wife and I were in my villa when I brought a plastic chair from off the patio and positioned it on the interior hard wood floors. On heavily resting myself within the seat the legs attempted to spread-eagle on the slick floor, a leg broke off, and I landed with a thud on the floor.  To all my young and lithe readers out there, let me rudely interpose here an unpleasant fact--old folks like me do not after a fall spring elf-like back on our feet.  No, it literally took me over two hours to so position myself on my knees with suitable structural support surrounding me to once again return to a standing position. Now my wife Connie--due to her physical limitations--could not begin to play the role of a Super-Strong Superwoman. She was there and could have called the first responders as a last resort.  But her continuous indispensable role for more than two stressful hours was TO BE THERE to supply encouragement and moral support. Sometimes with Super-Strong Man images clouding our minds, we tremendously underestimate the essential redemptive nature of just BEING THERE.  I have little doubt that countless parents under severe financial limitations daydream of a stupendous monetary windfall allowing them to save their children....whereas in truth wealth alone can never match the overwhelming need for a BEING THERE supportive embrace

This past week the chief representatives of NATO countries met to ceremonially symbolize SUPPORT in the face of continuing vulnerability.  The whole point of the ceremonies was a mutual demonstration of BEING THERE for one another--even if that should finally entail battlefield death.

When a family visits a loved-one in the hospital (as of, say, a youth seriously injured in a motorcycle accident), there may indeed be words of wisdom older family members may in their view wish to give a careless youth. But there is a season for all things and when a son's life hangs in the balance, there is need for a family circle of unadulterated and palpable symbolized support.

God give us grace to know when to embrace and when to refrain from embracing.


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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Donald Trump and Me





Good morning Pres. Donald Trump!

I would like to talk to you this morning as simply “Wayne” and I hope you don’t mind that I address you as Donald. 

Donald I look at your character and mine and come away with a nagging sense that in ways that neither of us perhaps can take credit for or blame, we profoundly differ. I understand that you do not drink alcohol and neither do I--for the very same reason I think.  We deeply understand the harm that it brings to human beings.  Both of us have an intimate acquaintance of harm done by alcohol to a loved one close to us. But at this point our behavior dramatically differs. It drives me crazy to walk through a convenience store with alcohol stacked so high that it literally seems to submerge me in its poison.  I feel for any youngster growing up after having gone down such cornucopias aisles of resplendent alcohol abundance. They cannot help but feel that alcohol belongs in American life – indeed, that it must have compelling health benefits. 

Donald even though a close family member of yours has died from alcohol and you too are so convinced of its harmfulness that you personally do not drink at all – yet even today you own a winery and own numerous properties that push alcohol relentlessly.  Your casinos were once destructive to your customers who--once clouding their judgment through alcohol--ran up enormous debts that you then relentlessly pursued with a staff of lawyers.  How is it that you do not include others within a circle of concern that includes yourself?  Do you see them as suckers to be exploited?  Do you feel that their pain validates and even proves your own superiority?

Don, I too like the smell of money – one of my favorite addictions is spending it every chance I get in Walmart. I suppose the very human response to a query regarding the measure of a money in a bank account is always “I could use more!”  Can you explain why we can be so much alike and yet so different? 








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Friday, June 15, 2018

The Weighty Matter of Post-It Notes

2 Kings 5:9-16 (NIV)

9 So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.”

11 But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage.

13 Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” 14 So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.

15 Then Naaman and all his attendants went back to the man of God. He stood before him and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. So please accept a gift from your servant.”

16 The prophet answered, “As surely as the Lord lives, whom I serve, I will not accept a thing.” And even though Naaman urged him, he refused.

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A woman can be proud and stiff
When on love intent;
But Love has pitched his mansion in
The place of excrement….

from ...Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop
BY WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS

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The more one experiences the leading of the Holy Spirit, the more one appreciates that God’s directives and lessons can seem sorely lacking in what humans typically consider suitable dignity and appropriateness.  The most valuable graduates from high flying Ivy League schools are those that intuitively grasp that the best answer for a perplexing outstanding social dilemma may well arise from a child's crayon drawing casually attached to a refrigerator door.




New Attitude (Lyrics)
Patti La Belle and The Bluebelles

Running hot
Running cold
I was running into overload
That was extreme.

I took it so high so low so long
There was no where to go like a bad dream.

Somehow [the] wires uncrossed
The table[s] were turned
Never knew I had such a lesson to learn.

I'm feeling good from my [head] to my shoe[s]
Know where I am going and I know what to do
I've tidied up my point of view
I've got a new attitude.

I'm in control
My worries are few
'Cause I got love like I never knew
Ooh oh ooo oh
I've got a new attitude.

I am wearing a new dress .. new hat
Brand [new] ideas
As a matter of fact
I've changed for good.

[It] Must have been the cold nights new moon
Night changes
Or forget your love for just being like I should

Songwriters: Bunny Hull / Jon Gilutin / Sharon Terea Robinson
New Attitude lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Link to source of above lyrics


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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Let Us Stand Tall and Guilty…of being a Christian

Carl Jordan and Alan Bury were some of my best friends in that their palpable goodwill towards me could include good-natured challenges to my imperfections—Carl saying with a winning smile when I was hesitant to help provide roller skates for the children in our immediate neighborhood (lilting to the tune of the O’jays…"I know what you’re interested in…”'Money, Money, Money'’’) and then Alan as my university Wesley Foundation chaplain at a student conference saying ”Now go over and make James feel welcome": (James Hood who had just integrated with great controversy the University of Alabama).  Of course, my friends' cheerful manner overflowing with certainty that I would “straighten up and fly right” made it easy for me to do so.  Think how different I would have felt if anger and cynicism had replaced their winning confidence and trust that I would do the right thing. (Witness such trust and confidence in an American President:
https://www.wayneblogs.com/2018/05/more-than-thoughts-and-prayers.html)

Somehow, I wish that same goodwill and certainty could have been embedded with the challenges facing the church in America when it witnessed the Vietnam War—many congregations prayed for our soldiers but never once challenged or even explored the wisdom of the war or how it was executed.  Likewise, the church found it difficult to move from broad, general endorsements of brotherly love to the nitty-gritty cruelties of Jim Crow Racism.

In these matters fear (and consequential ironclad complicit silences) filled the hearts and minds of Christ’s church.  All dreaded that out-of-the-closet integrity and honesty would result in organizational disintegration and death. All were filled with self-doubt that Christian love could be any match for the passions of political tribalism.  Pathetically, they attempted to enlist as an unqualified mantra: “do not judge” to the degree that the devil himself (the very master of deceit) could remain head deacon.  All the while, it is never lost on any Christian that Christ was crucified not because he assiduously avoided judgment, but rather because he manifestly  judged the plainly evident failures of the scribes and Pharisees with uncompromising passion, conviction and out-there plain speaking.  (And we might ask ourselves, "What did these people so deeply invested in the status quo really fear?)

TODAY I ONLY WISH TO LOOK UPON THE CHURCH WITH A SMILE OF GOODWILL AND CLEARLY EVIDENT CONFIDENCE THAT IT WILL STAND UP AND STAND TALL TO PLAINLY EVIDENT  TRUMPISM CORRUPTION—TO TRULY TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART!!!











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Friday, June 1, 2018

By Any Other Name



(What would we do without our immensely talented artists?)


Rembrandt  - The Good Samaritan

Good Samaritan story found here (Luke 10:25-37)


The story of the Good Samaritan makes clear that a job label (or professional labels) can often not mean squat.  A major missionary providing for the needs of many smaller-town American communities came dressed not in the flowing robes of clergy, but someone with a sure faith that his proffered merchandise at affordable prices would be accepted and appreciated by a population heretofore bereft of many happy product choices. 


Wikipedia

Question:  Consider the last person who serviced your car.....other than the obvious conventional label tagged on his forehead....did he function as a minister?.....did he minister unto you in a most practical and helpful way?  How about myriad other of our fellow human resources  "doctor, lawyer, Indian chief"  or as I heard the other day..."those working from the basement to the top floor..and all floors in between...we're all humans just trying to do our part."


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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Government as an Instrument of Safety, Inspiration and Hope

Last evening on TV I flipped to the Local News & Weather Channel--I kid you not, the first breaking news was about a couple who incestuously molested their very own child.  Next came a report about a drive-by shooting in which a young man was killed; this  was  followed by a corruption story; followed by a story that babies in alarming numbers are being born with drug addiction due to their birth mothers’ own drug addiction   Finally came the weather report--a dangerous tropical storm is headed our way.   (Opps (ad time...)




Now the tone dramatically changed with a bouncy, attractive, and upbeat advertisement selling  the Florida Lotto (similar to ad above).  The room itself became illumined with inspiration and hope--if not exactly like a Shining City on a Hill, at least resplendent as the most luxurious suite in Vegas.

Just think about that for a moment--the institution whose sacred mission is to ensure public welfare, safety, and the common good is now peddling hope like a shyster preacher assuring that a hanky dipped in the Jordan River is your road to existential hope and preternatural riches [at core spiritually no different than peddling a false god].  

Maybe the many throughout American history who have died on battle fields, lynching fields, or dangerous streets have died with a prayer that America would one day fulfill  its promise of fair play for all …..that is, without question a death-wish prayer yearning for the erection of state-run one-armed bandits on every block and through government auspices trumpeting true-believer propaganda promising vaults  overflowing  with sequined wardrobes and a gushing satiation of private wealth.  (Maybe the heroes so died, then again, maybe not.)  Surely winning the mother lode is nothing less than the highest symbol of America’s Deepest Values and our most helpful and winning witness to the world.  [God Bless  America!!--as  President Trump so often prayerfully and humbly petitions--sometimes  even in public!!]






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Friday, May 25, 2018

Looking Back......Looking Forward

Memorial Day: Revolution (Revelation) in God’s Country





Now be Honest -- Ain’t this Great!!!!!

Think now…looking ahead…don’t you sense a fresh wind at our backs?  Like in the 50’s, the old paradigms will blow their locks and find the streets overflowing with revolutionary new sexy moves.  


Psalm 100 (KJV)

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.



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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Beyond the Pale of the Humane


The book WiseDogs : Brown & Spartas


It is becoming more and more apparent that significant sectors in both Russia and America are motivated not by ideology so much as sadism—enjoying perverted thrills from inflicting pain, suffering, and humiliation on others.  The ultimate thrust of the knife and lurid achievement is the murder of hope itself—the ripping of hope from the heart of others and then to desecrate it with shit (or perhaps piss upon it in a golden shower) followed by gleefully scurrying off with it as a trophy to subterranean caverns beyond the pale of anything remotely recognizable as humane.






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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

And the Land I Favor and Love....What Now is Your Excuse?



The Creator’s Partnership with humanity through science presages the end of innocence as a nickname for sheer ignorance .  Will we spit in God’s face and bow before money and the self-righteous escapism fueled by codified political payola?  Warning: the true impact of alcohol upon perception profoundly undercuts the abiding glue of community and clips its wings that fly.


41Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, 'We see,' your sin remains.  John 9:41 NASB













Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A World without Borders

The other day I wrote regarding the insignificance of the real estate mantra--location, location, location.  While ethics can face challenges in regards to identifying the greater good, the determinant factor finds mental and spiritual geography a thousand times more important than physical geography.  For example, the parables of Jesus drill down to essentially a substratum of universal application. It would be absurd to think that Jesus’s whole point regarding the prodigal son was about sand location rather than the quicksand of spiritual rebellion and the forgiving grace of God.

In this light we can see the true significance of a Shining City on a Hill. Nothing is more desirable than that every single person in the world (including the US itself) be blessed by the better angels of mankind's  nature. In this sense, I yearn for the entire world to become my fellow Americans and longingly welcome each and every one to our free and open banquet table.







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Monday, May 21, 2018

Forecast--Mild and Wildly Crazy

To my friends in Missouri--the Show-Me State,….Stand by….







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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Why Don't We Give It a Shot?

5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”[d] (John 3:3-8  NIV)

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It is my opinion that the determinants of a world view belief system are not individualistically susceptible to free choice.  Clearly there is a huge difference in my feeling of control when making a typical transient purchase decision--Coke or Pepsi?--compared to long-term often open-ended commitments such as to the nature and legitimacy of major social institutions.  We see in (the wind) passage above regarding a watershed perceptual phenomenon that Jesus punted with a descriptive answer rather than a mapped-out causative one.  (We can find some assurance is His remark that in the future “even greater things” will be done by believers. (John 14:12).)

At this point in history we are to influence basic beliefs in my view with connection, intimacy, honesty, commitment, and respect--goodwill.  (Argument and debate have little or no persuasive effect via mass media unless respect, warmth, and kinship are authentically representative of what we already know about the speaker.)  Even so, Fireside Chats when done with absolute respect--no degree whatever of patronizing or manipulation--are by far the best approach to win personal commitment to public policy.





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