Saturday, December 31, 2016

2017?

Not sure I am ready for it.  A big chunk of America is still hysterical over the election.  They will not rest until Trump's head is brought to them on a platter.  Then there are all those poor souls who have no way to get to heaven unless they go out with a bang and bring some infidels with them.  2016 saw the War on Cops being inaugurated as a distraction from the total failure of the Christian Social Justice movement.  In parallel is the effort to disarm everyone except the criminals, and especially the gangs who deal freely in contraband and are the primary reason for the gun deaths.

On the other hand, I don't need to worry about the Black Death or some Viking raid.  No new alien spaceships have been reported from our solar system scans.  All is calm.

My final thought is from Jesus:

"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." - Matthew 6:34

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2016

The Cost of Discipleship - Bonhoeffer

This is a classic now of a German Christian theologian who organized resistance against the National Socialists.  He was arrested in 1943, and eventually executed a few days before his camp was liberated in 1945.  Many of his works were smuggled out of prison.  Before the war he had spent some time at a neo-pagan seminary in New York, Union Seminary.  There is a brief biography by someone else at the beginning of this work which includes this gem:

"Both modern liberal theology and secular totalitarianism hold pretty much in common that the message of the Bible has to be adapted, more or less, to the requirements of a secular world.  No wonder, therefore, that the process of debasing Christianity as inaugurated by liberal theology led, in the long run, to a complete perversion and falsification of the essence of Christian teaching by National Socialism."

Today, this same liberal theology is America's and Europe's established religion, more or less.  The irony being that the theologians of this state religion are constantly finding National Socialists behind every challenge to their authority.  Those who currently call themselves National Socialists are just as confused since they still embrace the state religion, but are somehow opposed to its consequences.  This should be a good read.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Book Burnings. California Style.

The story is here.  This reminds me of a collection of the writings of the early church fathers that was at my local government library.  I made good use of it for some time, but then it disappeared from the shelf.  All 30 some volumes.   But not to gripe too much, time moves on and what was formerly deemed useful is no longer the case, with usage statistics to back this choice.  Or at least my optimistic imagination will cause me to think so.  The sinister side might consider that the University of California was simply anti- science and engineer, while my local library was anti-Christianity.  Nah.

Monday, December 26, 2016

The Stanford Dish

Enjoying a stroll in the hills on a cool, sunny day.




Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

There is nothing more to this post.  Just waiting to see if it gets flagged as "fake news".

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

"Mug Him Again!"

A link to this quote is here.  It was of a judge who had allegedly been mugged, and bravely announced "this mugging will not influence any of my decisions from the bench", which caused a heckler to shout, "Mug him again!".  Clearly one mugging was insufficient for the judge to imbibe the serious of crime, or else he had not really been seriously mugged.

But then what happened on a small scale in New York is now happening on a much larger scale in Europe.  The victim is no longer the stubbornly clueless intellectualoid whose ideology blinds him to all data, but instead it is the random Europeans who find themselves the target of terrorism.  What I won't do is shout "Terrorize them again!", even though the intellectualoids remain adamant that they will not let any of these events influence their opinion on religion.  May God save Europe from its intellectuals and leaders.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Adjusting Schedules

This morning there was frost on my car that cost me another 5 minutes getting started on the drive to the lake to meet my swimming partner.  There is nothing worse than a partner showing up a few seconds late for an open water swim, but thankfully I had already left that much leeway for problems.  Another 5 minutes will now need to be allocated.




Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Indonesia Politics

This is a sad saga in Jakarta.  It could certainly use a lot more coverage in the West where people remain totally clueless about "Islam".

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Awkward Situations

Pushing the envelope and boldly going where you have never gone before are some of my ideals.  A bit like The North Face's motto of "never stop exploring".  So today I was pushed to do something new that I had never done before.  Usually there is an adrenaline rush in such situations, but not so this time.  Maybe old age is causing me to take these things in stride.  Others might insist that I had been too cowardly and delayed for far too long.  Things that we fear that are far off, however, somehow creep up on us and we must deal with them whether we like it or not.  Procrastination reaches a final limit.  So I finally took the plunge.  I went shopping for some clothes for my grandson with my wife.  We now have a few new things to give him at Christmas.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

50F = 10C

The water temperature in the lake is just now getting good.  For the last two years I did the mid-week swims alone in December, but this year I have three other partners who sometimes show up besides the cormorants and coots.  This morning was a thick fog so we had to swim within 25 meters of the shore to keep from getting disoriented.  The air temperature was 38F, so things are still fairly warm.  Happiness is a swim in a winter lake!

Saturday, December 03, 2016