Old Posts – from the Thoughts from an Ordinary Guy Time

When I Grow Up……

When I grow up….. But wait, I am grown up? How can I grow up? Been there done that a LONG time ago. Or did I grow old but not grow up? Is growing up signified by the age on your driver’s license? Or by how achy you are when you work in the yard […]

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I Wonder……

I often wonder why…..Why did God put us where we are? How do we deserve where we are?What does it mean? How does it go? Does a new me eliminate an old me? Does a new place eliminate an old place? Does 2021 eliminate the damage that 2020 has done? There were thousands and hundreds […]

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I’m Just Going To Leave This Here

Because of what happened in Washington DC today, I’m just going to leave these here……

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Circling the Drain – 6 yrs later

I really wish I didn’t have to write this. But I do, probably even more so than when I wrote the original post 6 years ago. There is so much stuff going on. Voting lawsuits, countersuits, allegations of this and that and it just keeps going on and on. And then there are bouts of […]

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The Poor

Proverbs 17:5 “Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;” Especially during these times of CoVid…. Mock? really? Really?  Does God think that we might mock the poor?   Obviously He does, otherwise He would not have put this in the Bible. But let’s think a little bit about what “mock” might mean: Obviously, […]

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A Clarification–Black Lives Matter

I have to admit that the first time I heard the phrase, Black Lives Matter, my internal reaction was, “Yeah, but why are they protesting about this?”  I didn’t get the nuanced differences between what different races and even what different families thought about the Black Lives Matter movement. Wait, is it really a movement?  […]

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Times Change…..But do they?

Thanks to our “friend” (and I use that term very loosely), Mr. Zuckerberg, we get quite often reminded of things that happened it in the past.   Some of it is hilarious – I was going to throw some examples in – but I don’t think my kids would like that. Some of them are just, […]

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Picture Post Series

I’m trying something different here. I’ve been collecting a whole bunch of pictures that other people have put on the web – typically Facebook, Instagram or something like that. Sometimes I will share some of my own thoughts after the picture, some times not. Rest vs. Peace Think about it. In today’s world, with everything […]

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Why?

My kids have asked me……. My brothers have asked me…. I’ve had friends ask me. Why? Why do you write? Why do you have so many words in your head that you want to put on paper (or electronic paper in the era of blogging…..?) To quote what is probably the most popular musical/show of […]

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2020 is not very clear

CoVid Racism Lies,  Puzzles,  Elections, Promises Could we have more going on right now? I listened to a podcast today that wrestled with questions about white evangelical Christianity  and its role in the current political quagmire that we find ourselves slogging through.   I have not read the book yet, but after listening to the […]

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I’m Not Going To

I’m not going to mention their names.   Because they wouldn’t want it that way. I’m not going to mention their names.  Because they aren’t in it for attention. I’m not going to mention their names.  Because they will just find someone who they think deserves it more. I’m not going to mention their names.  Because […]

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“I Too” by Langston Hughes

This was brought to my attention a year ago today. Randall Pierson from “This is Us” brought it to many people’s attention…… “I too” by Langston Hughes I, too, sing America.I the darker brotherthey send me to eat in the kitchenwhen company comes,But I laugh, eat well, and grow strongtomorrow, I’ll be at the tablewhen […]

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Conforming and Transforming – on Facebook?

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” I’m reading in my devotions this morning and I come to Romans 12:2. “Do Not conform to the patterns […]

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Why……

Is your pastor quiet about racism? I listened to a college professor recently who switched churches because she, as a person of color, and her family could not sit every Sunday and never once hear anything about color, the effects of color, the effects of Covid19 on people of color. She told her pastor on […]

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This is Us?

I’ve never seen it before. Reality TV, eh, not really that real. The news – is it truly factual or is it someone’s opinion? Then there’s this TV show – called “This is Us.” It’s been around and it started with a bang. ⁃ Triplets where one of them died at birth. ⁃ Adoption – […]

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What to Do? What to Do? What to Do?

Every time I’ve heard that series of three questions, (typically at church) it always makes me pause and think about it in three ways: What to do?? What is God showing you that you need to do to follow him? Let’s look at three things in Micah 6:8 that God tells us we need to […]

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The Church and Donald Trump

The following is a quote from an article in Politico magazine. In it, they summarize some things but they also quote the current President a number of times. “On Tuesday, President Donald Trump refused to condemn white supremacists. On Wednesday, he blamed suburban, low-income people of color for “ruining this American dream.”  The comments represent […]

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Breaking a Promise

I told myself I wasn’t going to do it. My kids agreed it was a good idea to stay away from it. My cousin proved by his comments on my Facebook posts that it wasn’t going to be easy. But, I’m currently attending a seminar at church (well, from my basement) on healing racial trauma.  […]

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Lecrae

Remember that part in the Bible where the Good Samaritan sees a man in the road hurting and before stopping to help he said, “Before I help, do I fully agree with his philosophy?” “Let me wait until I know the full story.” “What did he do to end up in this situation, maybe he […]

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Colin Kapernick was Right

From John Pavlovitz

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