Sunday, June 26, 2016

Psalm 141, One of My Favorites

A psalm of David.

I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me;
    hear me when I call to you.
May my prayer be set before you like incense;
    may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
Set a guard over my mouth, Lord;
    keep watch over the door of my lips.
Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil
    so that I take part in wicked deeds
along with those who are evildoers;
    do not let me eat their delicacies.
Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness;
    let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head.
My head will not refuse it,
    for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.
Their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs,
    and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken.
They will say, “As one plows and breaks up the earth,
    so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of the grave.”
But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord;
    in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death.
Keep me safe from the traps set by evildoers,
    from the snares they have laid for me.
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
    while I pass by in safety.


David again calls for help, but this time it is for protection from his heart's susceptibility to evil (verse 4).  He asks that good people hold him accountable, 'rebuke' him (verse 5).  This would be a kindness (verse 5). Inviting and listening to criticism is an irreplaceable component of wisdom.  He also asks that God 'set a guard over his mouth'  (verse 3).  Careless words not only harm others, but also fortify the worst parts of our own nature ( James 3:1-12). Our words should be honest,  few, wise, apt and kind.  'Speaking the truth in love'  (Ephesians 4:15) knits this all together---right friends and friends who are willing to confront us.

PRAYER:  Lord, I ask for two things:  Make me a friend who can speak the truth in love.  And give me friends who are willing to do this for me---to exhort me lovingly but candidly, lest I be hardened by the deceitfulness of my own heart  (Hebrews 3:13)  Amen.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Jerusalem! God Save the Queen and Western Civilization


And did those feet in ancient time Walk upon England's mountain green? And was the holy Lamb of God On England's pleasant pastures seen? And did the countenance divine Shine forth upon our clouded hills? And was Jerusalem builded here Among those dark satanic mills? Bring me my bow of burning gold! Bring me my arrows of desire! Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold! Bring me my chariot of fire! I will not cease from mental fight, Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand, Till we have built Jerusalem In England's green and pleasant land.

By William Blake

What's next

Thursday, June 23, 2016

MEP Daniel Hannan Speaks Brilliantly At Oxford Union Society In Favor of Brexit



 I agree with everything Hannan says and loved the Tennyson grand finale:
Though much is taken, much abides; and though We are not now that strength which in old days Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are…

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Tamny On Brexit Hysteria: Why Both Stay and Exit Need to Chill---Though Exit Is Best


 By John Tamny @ RealClearMarkets 

BOTTOM LINE: What should UK voters do on Thursday? They should vote to leave. Anytime voters can reject government amounts to something good. But whatever Thursday's outcome, passionate partisans on both the "leave" and "stay" sides need to relax. No matter what happens on June 23rd, trade, investment and immigration between the UK and EU nations will continue undisturbed, and as though the vote didn't take place. Sadly too, government will remain large on the continent and in the UK. The passions on both sides of the "Brexit" vote are way overdone.


Monday, June 20, 2016

The Waning of Trump, Hillary's Warren Conundrum and What's Next With Brexit?

IT'S MONDAY MORNING and the stock market is rocking big time on an otherwise slow news day. What's behind all this stock optimism?

First, the Brexit vote seems to be tilting towards Britain remaining in the doomed EU after MP Jo Cox's horrific murder last week. Markets like things to stay the way they are, however bad they may remain in the long run.

Second factor is the recent abysmal presidential poll numbers indicating Trump's falling behind in the voting public's perception. At least for now, the love affair with Trump is ebbing again. On top of that, Trump has fired his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski over the weekend perhaps to begin a new chapter in his chaotic campaign for the White House.

I hate to say it, but I now think for the 50th time that Trump won't be president this go-round. I also hate to say that while I'm in favor of Brexit, I think the fraddy cats in the UK will last-minute vote to stay in the bosom of the behemoth and ultimately doomed European least for now.

One wild card that can change everything is if Hillary chooses Senator Elizabeth Warren to be her running mate at the Democratic convention. Markets will have an absolute tantrum and there's no telling where the election will go from there. No one I know likes Hillary. But Warren is universally despised.

While anything can still happen from here,  it doesn't look good for Trump or Brexit from my vantage point. As usual,  I hope I'm really, really wrong.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Pastor John Piper Talks On Psalm 100

PSALM 100 King James Version (KJV) 100

1 MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE UNTO THE LORD, ALL YE LANDS. 2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3 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. 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

On Top Of My Summer Reading List---Miss Prim


And since it's summer, isn't it time to take a break from it all,  chill a bit and refresh our exhausted,  over-worked adrenals? If compassion fatigue has set in, maybe it's time to take a powder and grab a delightful, yet deeply worthwhile book.

To wit: The Awakening of Miss Prim promises to fill the bill and deliver refreshment to the heart, mind and soul. I need it desperately.

Trevin Wax, managing editor at The Gospel Coalition, writes the book review:

The Awakening of Miss Prim, the debut novel from Spanish journalist Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera has become an international bestseller – which surprises me, but only slightly. Critics are saying it is beautifully written, distinctive and inspiring. The Huffington Post describes it as “an ode to the simple joys of life.” 

 The book merits such praise, but Fenollera’s work is much more profound. With a generous serving of tea and cake, The Awakening of Miss Prim subverts the secular worldview and challenges contemporary orthodoxy regarding marriage, the economy, the place of religion, what constitutes progress, and the definition of feminism. 

Fenollera’s tender treatment charms the reader into wanting the main character (Miss Prim) to give up her stubborn, secular ways and give in to the dazzling mystery of the Christian faith. 

A Brief Summary 

A well-educated woman (Prudencia Prim) moves to the village of San Ireneo de Arnois and takes a job as the private librarian for an eccentric man (think, C. S. Lewis), a master of languages who carefully tends to the education of multiple children. He is also a practicing Catholic with a deep appreciation for gifts inherited from Western civilization. As Miss Prim gets to know her boss, the children, and the people who make their homes in this village, she finds herself drawn to different belief system and new way of life. A good premise. A Spanish setting. Good characters. Fenollera delivers these and more. 

The beauty of this book is its portrait of Christianity as a life-giving vision of the world. Awakening won’t let the reader reduce the convictions of the religious townspeople to merely a private, individualized assent to doctrine. Because the convictions at the heart of this world are good, true, and beautiful, the surrounding community (including the skeptics and agnostics) are drawn to its light.

There is plenty of logic and reasoning in Miss Prim, but it’s mystery that draws the reader in. 

Following the threads and the hints and clues make you wonder how a little village like this can exist, until you arrive at the fountain – the source of inspiration for Western culture.

Some will categorize the story as a romance. Perhaps. But it’s more like a detective story in which the protagonist is falling in love, not just with a man, but with the Author who has written the story of our world.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I think you will, too.
Great review Trevin, just ordered my copy from Amazon yesterday and it's on its way to me here in Jackson Hole. If you wonder where I've gone, worry no's to The Awakening of Miss Prim, and also to Carolyn Weber's fabulous novel, Surprised By Oxford. But more on that  later.

I will be along here  sporadically this summer cause I need to fill my tank with lots of light and utter simplicity.

MP Jo Cox, Victim of Political Violence and Mental Derangement In U.K.

  SAD BEYOND MEASURE FOR CIVILIZED POLITICAL DISCOURSE AND THE RULE OF LAW.  We're on a horrific downhill slippery slope at warp speed no matter what your political  or religious persuasion.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Reason TV: Real Threat to Free Speech Today


Monday, June 13, 2016

Trump's Dynamite Speech June 13, 2016 In New Hampshire: The Growing Threat of Terroism Within Our Borders



This horror is beyond description. If Trump capitalizes on this catastrophe and the inexcusable political correctness which exacerbates Islamic terrorism, he will win the election.

 Trump is right on everything he's says. Radical Islam is anti-woman, anti-gay and anti-American (and anti-Jew and Christian). I endorse and will absolutely vote for Trump in November.


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Last Text of a Son---Eddie Justice---to His Mother---Before He Was Murdered



As of now, we don't know what happened to this young man named Eddie Justice.  Please pray for all the victims of this terrible mass murder. Source NYPost

May God have mercy on us all.

SURBER:  Trumping the Donor Class

Psalm 126, A Song of Ascents and Promise of Future Laughter (At A Time of National Mourning)

Psalm 126

A song of ascents.

When the Lord restored the fortunes of[a] Zion,
    we were like those who dreamed.[b]
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
    our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
    and we are filled with joy.
Restore our fortunes,[c] Lord,
    like streams in the Negev.
Those who sow with tears
    will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
    carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
   carrying sheaves with them.

From Rod Dreher:

UPDATE.2: The Washington Post tracked down Mateen’s ex-wife and interviewed her. She ID’d the Myspace photo making the rounds as a shot of him, which is why the Post is now using it, and why I am using it. From the Post article:

“He seemed like a normal human being,” she said, adding that he wasn’t very religious and worked out at the gym often. She said in the few months they were married he gave no signs of having fallen under the sway of radical Islam. She said he owned a small-caliber handgun and worked as a guard at a nearby facility for juvenile delinquents.
“He was a very private person,” she said.
The ex-wife said her parents intervened when they learned Mateen had assaulted her. Her father confirmed the account and said that the marriage lasted only a few months.
He was also a wife-beater, the ex-wife said....

DON SURBER: The real atrocity in Orlando

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Sunday---Jazz Version: Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down


TAKE IT AWAY, RHYTHM JUNKIES. Just too good not to share again and again.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Don't Follow Your Passion


 GREAT ADVICE FOR THOSE WHO DON'T GET IT YET. But you can bring it along with you in your purse....

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Chuck Norris On Gender Confusion

Thanks JJ$ for sending me this classic, wonderful says-it-all politically incorrect statement.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Sunday---The Bible Project On the Wisdom of Proverbs


National Trails Day---Climbing Mt. Sanitas

PLAY HARD @ The Gospel Coalition
AFTER THE BUSIEST EVER, NON-STOP SPRING,  I'VE LEFT THE GRAVITATION PULL OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE and landed temporarily in Boulder, Colorado on my way to Laramie, then Jackson, Wyoming soon.

What better way to start getting acclimatized to the higher elevations of the Rockies than to climb one of the steepest mountains near Boulder---Sanitas which means health.  It was far too crowded early today for my tastes, but a great climb---albeit a hard one coming from a much lower altitude-- nonetheless, and even greater descent. While going up is challenges muscles, heart and lungs, coming down with all the very slippery sandy scree on much of the very dry trail challenges hikers to keep from slipping and falling. I did slip twice but fortunately had  soft landings both times on me buns!

Monday, May 30, 2016



Seen in the SoHo Fly Shop this weekend,outside Bristol, Tennessee.

Below, one of my favorite fly fishing guides on the SoHo--Mike King.   I do not condone what Mike did when he came back from Viet Nam--the drug trafficking and alcohol and pot use---however, today I can say he has turned his life around by God's Grace and is clean, sober and a terrific guide on the rivers we love so much. 


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Why Real Men Love Strong Women


 I’VE HEARD IT TOO MANY TIMES: “A man likes a quiet woman.” “Guys don’t respond well to smart girls.” “Educated women are too intimidating to attract good men.” I understand why we believe these things. It’s a nice story. It makes sense of the success of some women to find husbands, and the failure of others.

As Christians (and as humans), we feel very clever when we get to diagnose the cause and cure of singleness. “You’re too opinionated.” “You’re too boisterous.” “A woman should be small, and quiet, and delicate.”

Yet, it’s easy to forget in the midst of all our diagnosing: whether a woman is “intimidating” is a factor of male perception, not female personality. Do we want women to be less intimidating? That’s a question to be put to men who experience them as such, and we can only wait for such men to grow.

The real question we need to ask is: Do we want women to be weak? And the answer must forever be, on the basis of Scripture, “May it never be.” Strong women are as vital as strong men to God’s purpose in the church. Why?

1. Strong women expose evil men. I can’t speak for Christian men everywhere, but I can speak for myself, and for many of the men in the Bible: Godliness is attractive to both men and women (Proverbs 31:30). And often, godly femininity requires being strong, even intimidating. Consider Jael in Judges 4. Jael’s husband Heber “had separated from the Kenites,” and “had pitched his tent as far away as the oak in Zaanannim, which is near Kedesh.” So, when Sisera, a Canaanite military general under Jabin the King of Hazor — the enemy of the people of God — tried to seek refuge, he went to Heber’s tent, “for there was peace between Jabin the King of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite” (Judges 4:17). But Sisera found Jael at the tent and started barking orders at her, “Give me a little water.” “Stand at the opening of the tent.” In response, “she went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple until it went down into the ground” (Judges 4:21). Deborah later sang of Jael, “Most blessed of women be Jael . . . She sent her hand to the tent peg and her right hand to the workmen’s mallet” (Judges 5:24–25). Thank God Jael wasn’t meek and submissive and respectful toward this friend of her wayward husband. She wasn’t one to be trampled on. Strong women reject the requests of evil men.

2. Strong women rebuke good men. When David set out to kill Nabal — the brash and brute man who embodied pure masculine folly — Nabal’s wife Abigail offered hundreds of fig cakes and loaves of bread and wine skins to David. Yet, she uses the opportunity to warn David that he should “have no cause of grief or pangs of conscience for having shed blood without cause or for my lord working salvation for himself” (1 Samuel 25:31). In other words, Abigail warned: “Be careful. Don’t use your power in a way that will make you guilty.” David responds, “Blessed be your discretion, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodguilt and from working salvation with my own hand!” (1 Samuel 25:33). Nabal soon after died of a heart attack. “Then David sent and spoke to Abigail, to take her as his wife” (1 Samuel 25:39). David was attracted to this strong woman for her strength, for her rebuke, and for her character. Abigail made life harder for David. And David, in a moment of grace, was able to see that Abigail’s standing in David’s way was a gift of purity to him. That day, David was seeking salvation for himself, but it was gifted to him by God in Abigail, who, even while she was at his mercy as his subject, told him what he needed to hear. Strong women rebuke good men, who need help in their weaknesses, who need someone to help them see how to be strong.

3. Strong women raise believing men. There is no stronger, more consistent reminder of the gospel in my life than my mom. Paul says something very similar of Timothy: “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well” (1 Timothy 1:5). In an ideal world, men and women would partner together in their strength. But we live in a world where we need strong women to make men strong, because sometimes there simply are no men there to do it. My mom’s dad died when she was nine, and my own dad wasn’t present in my life enough to be a father. So she did the work of two parents — the work of two disciplers — for both my sister and me. With Timothy and Paul, I’m so glad that God gave us these gifts of strong women to survive the inconsistent presence and consequences of “strong” men.

 Of course, some of the godliest mothers have had some of the ungodliest children, and vice versa.

But in an age when fathers often fail to bestow the gift of faith to their children, the future often hangs on the strength of women to do that gospel work. Whether as children or their disciples, strong women raise believing men.

The Beauty and Strength of Faith

We live in a time when women are outperforming men in many areas of professional and personal competency. And men have two choices: to find female strength captivatingly attractive, or to be insecure and intimidated. Real men love strong women, because God’s glory is beautiful, and “woman is the glory of man” (1 Corinthians 11:7).

Jesus, gave men the grace to see the beauty of glorious female strength. Gave women the resilience to remain strong long enough for the right men to find them beautiful for the right reasons. And help men and women to fall in love with proven, genuine faith, which is “more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire” (1 Peter 1:7).

Source @ Desiring God

The Most Loving Thing We Can Do For Others Is.....


The rest is up to God and the Holy Spirit in His timing.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Anonymous Congressman X Writes Tell-All Book and Slams Us As A Nation of Easily Led Sheep

SO, MR. ANON CONGRESSMAN,  NEXT TIME,  TELL US WHAT YOU THINK. This shouldn't be shocking, but I, for one, am glad this congressman is speaking out and taking us sheep who hold no one accountable to task:


'Screw the next generation': Anonymous congressman writes tell-all and slams 'nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep' as he admits he never reads bills he votes on.


  • 'My main job is to keep my job, to get reelected. It takes precedence over everything,' an anonymous member of Congress writes in a new book
  • 'Voters are incredibly ignorant and know little about our form of government and how it works,' he writes
  • 'It's far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification'
  • One liberal news blogger claims the author is a Democrat
  • 'The Confessions of Congressman X' will be released May 24 by a small Minnesota-based 'vanity press' publisher
A new book threatens to blow the lid off of Congress as a legislator has penned a tell-all about the worst parts of serving in the House of Representatives – saying that his main job is to raise money for re-election and that leaves little time for reading the bills he votes on
Mill City Press, a small Minnesota-based 'vanity press' publisher describes 'The Confessions of Congressman X' as  'a devastating inside look at the dark side of Congress as revealed by one of its own.'

'No wonder Congressman X wants to remain anonymous for fear of retribution. His admissions are deeply disturbing.' 
The 84-page exposé is due in bookstores in two weeks, and Washington is abuzz with speculation about who may have written it.

Political Wire, a liberal news blog, disclosed on Thursday that the author is a 'Democratic congressman.'
Most of the excerpts that appear on the book jacket will come as little surprise to Americans who are cynical about the political process.

'Most of my colleagues are dishonest career politicians who revel in the power and special-interest money that's lavished upon them,' the author writes.

'My main job is to keep my job, to get reelected. It takes precedence over everything.'

'Fundraising is so time consuming I seldom read any bills I vote on. Like many of my colleagues, I don't know how the legislation will be implemented, or what it'll cost.'

Monday, May 9, 2016

Andrea Peyser Tells Tiger Woods Not to Bother with Trying a Comback---My Sentiments Exactly


SPEAKING OF REMORSE, TRUE REPENTANCE BRINGS CHANGED HEARTS AND LIVES, even if it's incremental, over time. Below, Andrea Peyser talks about Tiger Woods lack of true remorse and how it affected his game,  his popularity, his health and his chances of ever being anything but a second rate human being today. Take it away Andrea,  I couldn't agree more:

Americans love a good comeback story the way we love a warm cuddle in the morning and a stiff belt of Scotch at night.

Not long ago, Robert Downey Jr. was a much-arrested, drugged-up Hollywood washout. But the 51-year-old now-clean and sober star of “Captain America: Civil War” replaced his passion for heroin, cocaine and marijuana with a healthy hankering for money — and was named the world’s highest-paid actor each of the last three years by Forbes magazine.

The Boston Red Sox sank into baseball loserdom after trading Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees, suffering “The Curse of the Bambino” for 86 years, starting after the 1918 season. The World Series drought finally lifted when the Sox defeated the despised (by the team and me) Yanks in the 2004 American League Championship Series, and then won the Fall Classic that year and twice more.
Even the nations of Japan and Germany, two of the United States’ Axis archenemies during World War II, have come back as our country’s wealthy allies and pals.

The latest bid for a comeback appears to be planned not by a politician or junkie — in the ordinary sense of the word — but by the sexually insatiable golfer Tiger Woods. He spent the last few years in a moral timeout room following his admitted extramarital affairs, if one considers having sex with scores of blond, brunette and redheaded chippies, some while standing up, “affairs.”

Elin NordegrenPhoto: Splash News
This drove his then-wife Elin Nordegren, armed with a 9 iron, on a legendary 2009 chase of the rotter from their Florida mansion. Tiger lost lucrative endorsement deals and got divorced. He then entered into a reputation-cleansing romantic relationship with Olympic champion alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, 31 — which unraveled amid rumors that Tiger couldn’t keep his pants zipped for any one woman, even America’s sweetheart. Perhaps not coincidentally, his golf game has plunged into the cellar.
Tiger is now 40 years old. He has undergone two back surgeries and a follow-up procedure. The world’s former No. 1-ranked golfer has fallen to a dismal 508th place as of last week.

Isn’t it time that we tried, if not to forgive, then to forget Tiger’s sliming of his fans, his sponsors, his friends and his family?

Not on your furry tail!

Another famous cheater, former President Bill Clinton, nearly purified his image by at least behaving as if he were sorry. But Tiger is too egotistical for that.

Recently, I watched a video compilation of Tiger’s lowlights at play — he was an F-bomb-spewing, golf-club-hurling, walking temper tantrum. He’s a rotten role model for kids and a disgrace to grown men.

Tiger has booked accommodations for the Memorial Tournament in Ohio next month, Reuters reported, presumably in preparation for playing. Golf! Get your mind out of the sand trap. Tiger’s camp is mum on his plans.

He hasn’t appeared in a tourney since August. But word is that he’ll likely stage a post-surgery comeback, and may compete next month in the prestigious US Open, for which he has registered but is not required to play. Stuff it.

We don’t need Tiger 2.0.

He’s been replaced in the hearts and minds of links lovers by humble 22-year-old golfer Jordan Spieth, whose biggest breach of etiquette was muttering, “Dang it!’’ after flubbing a tee shot during the 2015 Master’s Tournament, which he won.

Tiger doesn’t seem to realize that when one wins the goodies that come with fame — big bucks, public adulation, groupies — he must at least try to live by ordinary rules of decency. And when he’s caught behaving badly, he must show remorse. Tiger is one sorry human, but he regrets nothing.
Tiger Woods may play golf again. I, for one, will not be watching.
And neither will I. I'll take Jason Spieth any day.

Sunday, May 8, 2016



Repentance is another one of those words that has so many meanings and motivations. Sometimes we repent because we get caught and feel pressure to say I'm sorry, when we're really not. Other times we're like to think of ourselves as perfect and  broke a rule or a law.  Sometimes we judge all things by whether its legal or not, even if it hurts God or other people.

Real repentance begins in the heart and humbles us back to solid ground. We know we're sinners in need of a Savior. We know we can break God's rules as well as break His heart.  Learning to repent to God first and change the direction of some aspect of our lives---and meaning it---gets easier and easier as time goes on.  Little by little, it transforms or sanctifies us into wiser, more mature people.

There's no real maturity without repentance and the grace of God's forgiveness in His Son's magnificent death on the Cross for our sins. To wit:

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Just A Word About One Christian's Opinion of Ted Cruz's Last Stand

AM SO BUSY RIGHT NOW, I HARDLY HAVE TIME TO TURN ON MY COMPUTER.  Still I stay in touch these days on my phone. Then when I have something to say, however trivial and shallow,  I rev up the computer.  Today is one of those days.

Tuesday may be Ted Cruz's last stand. For me---an evangelical Christian---it's not a minute too soon.  Ted Cruz, and especially his loudmouth father inappropriately imploring the Body of Christ to vote for Ted or else doom will descend on all of us,  has become a monumental, desperate bore to me in this election.  No candidate, not even his son, can save us outright from the moral, political and fiscal slippery slope we're careening down at warp speed.Whatever any of us, including me,  thinks of Donald Trump or doesn't think,  the Cruz team, seems over the top and frankly has become so unattractive,  I've totally withdrawn my potential support.   I'll take a shot of Jose Donald any day over the heavy-handed Cruzes.

Please let it be over for Ted Cruz tonight.  Then send Cruz's father to a retreat center somewhere to chill out and pray for our country.

Now back to my move.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Sunday On Monday: Screwtape Reveals His Arch-Enemy's--God's--Intentions

NOW IT MAY SURPRISE YOU to learn that in God's [the Enemy’s] efforts to get permanent possession of a soul. He relies on the troughs even more than on the peaks; some of His special favourites have gone through longer and deeper troughs than anyone else. The reason is this. To us devils, a human is primarily food; our aim is the absorption of its will into ours, the increase of our own area of selfhood at its expense. But the obedience which the Enemy demands of men is quite a different thing. One must face the fact that all the talk about His love for men, and His service being perfect freedom, is not (as one would gladly believe) mere propaganda, but an appalling truth. He really does want to fill the universe with a lot of loathsome little replicas of Himself—creatures whose life, on its miniature scale, will be qualitatively like His own, not because He has absorbed them but because their wills freely conform to His. We want cattle who can finally become food; He wants servants who can finally become sons. We want to suck in, He wants to give out. We are empty and would be filled; He is full and flows over. Our war aim is a world in which Our Father Below has drawn all other beings into himself: the Enemy wants a world full of beings united to Him but still distinct.

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Good Mother of Yesteryear Verses Good Mothers Today

 TODAY'S HELICOPTER PARENTS MAKE CHILDREN THE ETERNAL CENTER OF ATTENTION. It's a long haul from the way most of us in my generation were brought up. John Rosemond has been my hero for years; his advice is simple, straightforward and filled with wisdom and humor. Benign neglect and standing on your own two feet are unknown, seemingly cruel commodities in today's culture, yet it makes all the difference in how children turn out and whether they can handle the toughness life throws at them. As Rosemond says, when reality bites, it often has very sharp teeth.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Mini-Bang Theory: Flash of Light At Conception


 IS THERE ANY NEWS MORE STUNNING THAN SCIENTISTS ACTUALLY SEEING AND DOCUMENTING A FLASH OF LIGHT AT THE MOMENT OF CONCEPTION?  It's not particularly surprising, but nonetheless stunning.  In keeping with the Big Bang Theory, it appears that all creation---ALL creation-- begins in the Mind of God the Creator followed by a bang and flash of light for all living creation.  How elegant.

Michael Walsh writes at PJMedia about it.  It's all miraculous and mysterious of course, but amazing that we are now able to view the light-filled miracle of life's first beginning and the Hand of God.

PERSONAL UPDATE: I have sold my condo of several decades after settling my lawsuit successfully. Even so, the developer destroyed our quality of life, privacy and large trees which will not come back in our lifetimes. So I sold my place to the first person who saw it at full price, as is. Over the next two or so weeks, I am in the process of moving and busier than 10 switch engines. For now, I am storing my furniture etc. outside Nashville, continuing to live at a good friend's country home outside White Bluff, Tennessee, as I have for the past two years, and will be going to Jackson Hole as soon as I can get away after Memorial Day....God willing.

Change is both scary and exciting but continued growth is unavoidable and the path to aliveness and adventure, so I'm managing my anxieties for the sake of this grand move and the next chapter of my life. Will be posting here at Webutante sporadically as I can.

 But enough about me... Thank you for coming by!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Sunday Reflection

THUS [CHRISTIAN] MISSION ... MAKES THE BOLD, fundamental assertion that the recipient culture is the authentic destination of God’s salvation promise ... Paul [answered] the combined demands of Jewish particularity in seeking messianic consolation and of Greek expectation of philosophical emancipation by affirming the Cross. ... He writes to the church at Corinth: “For the Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1 Cor. 1:22-24) The gospel is thus recognized by both Jew and Greek as [both a challenge to and] a confirmation of their respective particularity ...

— Lamin Sanneh

SOURCE: Redeemer Pres, Manhattan

ROD DREHER: Gods and Monsters

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Sunday Past--Gospel of the Upside Down Kingdom

ANOTHER WONDERFUL VIDEO FROM THE BIBLE PROJECT. Worth watching at least once and maybe several times.