Saturday, June 14, 2014

I Wish I'd Written This


Why We're Not Singing in Church

AMEN! This is an article I've meant to write for two or three years. This guy said it better than I could. Put it in all caps to SHOUT at every so-called worship leader in America!

Worship in most modern Baptist churches (I am a Baptist)  is abominable. The effort to "i
mprove" it or make it "more relevant" has ruined it.

Particularly, the unnecessary hybridation of classic hymns is insulting and spiritually tone-deaf and condescending to us senior adults. Sing the modern worship songs, and even do the old hymns with a band and lively rhythm/speed, BUT DON'T MESS WITH THE TUNE OR LYRICS! I want to sing at least ONE song each service from start to finish without being unpleasantly and unexpectedly jolted by a new inserted verse, refrain, or bridge.

OK, end of rant. Mr. Lamm said it quite well.

Things go in cycles. I may not live to see it, but I'll be glad when this one's over.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

FATHER Knows Best (Or, God Is Good ... All the Time)

Proverbs 16:9 NAS
The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.

OUR PLAN was to celebrate our 44th anniversary with a $100 lobster sacrifice at a favorite restaurant. It's a tradition. I had two particularly good paychecks in a row, we are careful with our spending, and my baby deserved it, right? Right.

GOD'S PLAN was a little different. What HE knew, while we were making our plan, was that 1) we had a Jeep gas tank to completely refill; 2) the lawn guy was going to choose today to do our yard; 3) that we needed to give our super-busy daughter and son-in-law a little stress-relief by taking the grandsons for a night-- tonight (and grandsons like to EAT!); and 4) it's time for our faithfully-observed vehicle oil change & service on Monday (these Jeeps don't get over a quarter-million miles by accident).

TIME & MONEY. Where the rubber meets the road. We can insist on our way, and plow ahead... or we can let a loving, WISE Heavenly Father nudge us in a little different direction. The right direction.

GOD IS GOOD ... all the time.

GOD IS WISE ... all the time.

GOD IS RIGHT ... all the time.

FATHER KNOWS BEST ... all the time.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

OMG, A New Post

Yep, just checking in again to say still STILL BREATHING. Another stroke a couple of weeks after last post led me to retire from my verbally heavy & travel heavy ministry, but I'm still working full-time in dining service administration at OBU.

Still sarcastic, a little grumpier -- what's that, dear? OK, a LOT grumpier -- and a bit irritated with still having to put up with life down here. Would like it better Up There, I'm sure.

Facebooking and Tweeting all the time, don't know why I don't delete this blog. I will someday. One of those things I should do today that I will put off until tomorrow -- like doing my taxes, or becoming a better person.

If you've got some kind of long-forgotten connection to this blog that reminds you when I do a new post, well surprise! Probably time to disconnect.

Just sayin'.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Yes, Still Breathing

OK, as usual the new improved version is more complicated and LESS easy than the previous way of blogging a post. Oh well, what else is new? At least -- AT LEAST-- 50% of the time New and Improved is just New. Anyway, just thought I'd check in and announce that I'm still breathing. It's been a couple of strokes since I was last here. Unless you're a COMMITTED blogger, the immediacy of Facebook and Twitter is much more convenient. Less substantial, yes. But, life's a trade-off, what? Hope you're trading yours for something worthwhile. Peace. PS - Keep your fingers crossed for the Razorbacks this year, and grand-nephew Drew, welcome to the [reader's adjective of choice here} world.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

It All Depends on How You Look At It...

Sinead O'Connor's 16-day marriage = Kim Kardashian a paragon of patience? Or just the kooks are EVERYWHERE?!?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Now The Link Works

FINALLY updated Daughter #2's blog link. Jemimah & Adam are moving to Billings. MT. Now THAT's a climate-appropriate Christmas present! God bless you, kids!

Saturday, July 9, 2011


Two articles below. Be sure to read both

Sunday Danger: Tell Congress, "Don't Raise Debt Ceiling"

GOP Has Upper Hand

Contact information at the end of the email.

According to Gary Bauer in his End of Day Report today,
July 8, 2011:

Sunday Danger!

"There are disturbing hints that some GOP leaders
are edging into a disastrous debt ceiling deal with
Obama this Sunday. It would include massive cuts in
our defense budget
, ossibly a trillion dollars in
revenues to Washington's bureaucrats and ephemeral
spending cuts that will disappear over time.

"Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard sounded the alarm
last night. Rush Limbaugh was concerned enough today
to predict that if it happened, the GOP would split,
there would be a third party and Barack Obama would be
virtually reelected before the campaign even begins.

"MESSAGE TO GOP LEADERS: Obama is weak and
presiding over an economic disaster. Do not cave
on taxes. Don't gut defense. Don't accept "slippery"
spending cuts that never actually happen. Man up!

"ACTION ITEM: Call the Speaker's office right now at
(202) 225-0600. If you can't get through, use
link to send an email to his office. Encourage Speaker
Boehner to stand firm in resisting tax increases and extreme
cuts to the defense budget."

Please click here now to send a message to Congress,
"Don't Raise the Debt Ceiling." This message will go to your
Congressman and Senators (if you are from KY), President
Obama and Vice President Biden.

Then forward this message to everyone you know.

If we as individuals are in debt over our heads,
we know the way out of debt is not to increase the
amount we can borrow on our credit cards. Instead we
cut our credit cards and stop borrowing! And start
paying off the debt.Our government must do the same.

Please copy and past this article below and send to Arkansas Congressmen by email or by fax or if you can't do that, call them. Contact information is included below the article. They need all the encouragement and support they can get to face the hostile media on this issue. They meet tomorrow on this issue, Sunday, but if you can't get to it by then do it anyway because they usually take days to finish up an issue.

GOP has the upper hand

— During his news conference Wednesday, President Obama lashed out at congressional Republicans over their refusal to accept tax increases as part of a deal on the debt limit-accusing them of failing “to do their job,” posturing to “satisfy their base or to get on cable news,” and even suggesting that his daughters have a better work ethic than Republicans on Capitol Hill.

In allowing his frustrations to bubble over on national television, the president showed just how weak a hand he holds in the debt-limit standoff-and why Republicans will win if they stand firm.

Obama complained that he had agreed to“some painful spending cuts . . . and we’ve shown a willingness to do that for the greater good.” Now, he said, it is time for Republicans to compromise as well on taxes. Here’s what the president does not seem to grasp: Compromise here isn’t spending cuts for a tax increase; compromise is spending cuts for a debt-limit increase.

Republicans elected in the Tea Party wave of 2010 campaigned on a promise to reduce the national debt. They are being asked, just half a year later, to turn around and vote to raise the national debt. Most Republican voters don’t want them to raise the debt limit at all.

The only way these Republican legislators can vote for a debt-ceiling increase without getting thrown out of office is to show their constituents that they secured, in exchange, unprecedented cuts in current spending, and ironclad constraints on future spending. Tax increases are not even part of the equation.

Obama probably understands this. He is using the tax issue to extract other concessions, such as GOP agreement on his plan for deep cuts in defense spending.

Republican leaders should not fall into Obama’s trap. They need to realize that they have the leverage in these negotiations. What is Obama going to say if GOP leaders simply refuse his demand for tax hikes or defense cuts? “Sorry, Mr. Speaker, no deal-let the country default”? Of course not. The president does not have the luxury of letting the debt-limit talks fail and then blaming the GOP for a government default. If the dire predictions of his Treasury secretary are to be believed, the consequences of a default would be so calamitous that Obama cannot allow it to happen. He must sign whatever debt-limit increase Republicans give him.

This means Republicans hold all the cards. So why on earth are they even thinking about giving Obama deep cuts in national defense in exchange for dropping his demand for tax increases that he knows he will never get? Obama has cut more than $400 billion in defense programs since taking office, and he has proposed an additional $400 billion in defense cuts over the next 10 years.

In other words, our men and women in uniform will effectively be paying for Obama’s failed stimulus with cutbacks in needed equipment, training and force structure. Does the GOP really want to pay for the stimulus on the backs of our military? If Republicans aspire to be constitutional conservatives, their first responsibility is to provide for the common defense. Congressional Republicans should not be a party to Obama’s plan to hollow out our military.

Republicans should also be the ones making the demands-starting with more domestic spending cuts. Obama said Wednesday that he is willing to go along with more than $1 trillion in spending cuts-but that does not come close to the kind of reductions needed to change the trajectory of our spiraling debt. We need trillions more in spending reductions and a balanced-budget amendment that will force the government to live within its means.

If Democrats balk and the Treasury’s August 2nd deadline arrives without an agreement, the sky will not fall. Republicans can simply pass a small, temporary increase in the debt ceiling-and attach some of the spending cuts Democrats reportedly accepted in the negotiations led by Vice President Joe Biden.

If Democrats won’t sign on to an acceptable agreement when that temporary increase runs out, Republican leaders can pass another small increase with still more of these spending cuts attached. They can do the same thing again . . . and again . . . and again.

Democrats will cry foul, but in the end, the Democrat-controlled Senate will pass, and Obama will sign, every temporary increase the House approves-because the alternative is unthinkable.

The message from Speaker John Boehner should be: The GOP will not allow the government to default-but Republicans will not raise the debt limit without deep cuts in federal spending and Republicans will not raise taxes or hollow out our military, period.

In his response to Obama Wednesday, Boehner made clear that there would be spending cuts but no tax increases in any deal. Now he needs to be equally clear and resolute when it comes to raiding our defense budget.

Marc A. Thiessen, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, writes a weekly online column for the Post. ###

(202) 225-0600 Phone for Speaker John Boehner (202) 225-0704 Fax for Speaker John Boehner

Arkansas US Legislators

Member Name DC Phone DC FAX Contact Form

Senator Mark Pryor (D- AR) 202-224-2353 202-228-0908

Senator John Boozman (R- AR) 202-224-4843 202-228-1371

Representative Rick Crawford (R - 01) 202-225-4076 202-225-5602

Representative Tim Griffin (R - 02) 202-225-2506 202-225-5903

Representative Steve Womack (R - 03) 202-225-4301 202-225-5713

Representative Mike Ross (D - 04) 202-225-3772 202-225-1314