May 282018

1. Today, on Memorial Day we remember those who died in service to our country. I cannot help but reflect on the fact that we suffered our greatest life of life in the Civil War when Americans were killing each other…and wondering if we have forgotten the cost of division…



2. I long for a political figure who remembers the virtues that represented the country that so many died for…and could remind us what they were…

3. Remember those as well who survived our wars, but came home broken…

4. The current scandals in the Southern Baptist Convention will change nothing other than shuffling a few people around…I have some experience with such things and know that the systems remain intact…

5. I think more and more every day we all become people who are acting…pretending to be something we’re not until what we pretend to be ceases to exist in reality…probably need more coffee…

6. My two cents on the NFL protest policy…the NFL is a business…an entertainment business, not a catalyst for social change. Players are employees of the business. If the business is to remain viable it must remain entertaining, not controversial.  This isn’t that complicated…players have platforms available outside the three hours they are televised for entertainment purposes…

7. By the time we want to stop creating outrage and start creating solutions things may be too broken to fix…

8. I long for “normal”, but have a hard time defining it…

9. Our area has a massive party on the Rogue River every Memorial Day weekend with tens of thousands of people attending. This year anti-abortion protestors were at one of the main entrances displaying large, graphic posters of aborted children that parents had to explain to traumatized little kids. Trust me when I say this didn’t help the cause…

10. We spent a lot of time last week trying to improve the site. It is now “secure”, it has the proper privacy policy for our European readers, and I set it up on a network that is supposed to make it load faster. If you’re still having issues with commenting, email me and I’ll register you in the back end…you’ll then get an email to set your password.

Thank you all for hanging in here with me as I work through this…stuff…


  14 Responses to “Things I Think”

  1. Log-in worked…

    As always, what you’re thinking is good food for thot… The comments that result help me understand where the Church’s mind and the God seekers are focusing each day

  2. Thanks, Em…though I may not be in my right mind… 🙂

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  4. #2 – so i’ve noticed, Michael… LOL … With all your trials you seem to manage to work thru it, tho
    I get a feed of the late Hoekstra’s daily msg.s – right now the subject is our trials and they’re reminding me what we as born-agains have signed up for…. and how clueless the natural man is (found your p.o. box #, btw and plan to contribute a little something to the expense you’ve been hit with in these internet hoops you have to jump thru – hope others are doing the same now)
    God keep

  5. Michael

    Am I wrong or is that one of the best job titles you’ve ever heard of… “Happiness Engineer”

  6. They live up to it, too…:-)

  7. #2

    We can never truly repay the debt we owe our fallen heroes. But we can remember them, honor their sacrifice, and affirm in our own lives those enduring ideals of justice, equality, and opportunity for which generations of Americans have given that last full measure of devotion.

    Barack Obama
    Memorial Day 2018

  8. I’m not sure what #5 is referring to specifically, but I find this to be true in general.

    It reminds me of this quote from Buechner:

    “Beneath our clothes, our reputations, our pretensions, beneath our religion or lack of it, we are all vulnerable both to the storm without and to the storm within, and if ever we are to find true shelter, it is with the recognition of our tragic nakedness and need for true shelter that we have to start.”

  9. the rate of suicide among veterans and active duty military members remains, tragically, around 22 per day. There are many factors at play, but the services needed to address this are slow in coming.

  10. fil,

    We just had that happen with at the family of a long time friend of the blog…what can we do?

  11. after the fact, we can talk about the person as a beloved friend and member of the family and recall our experiences and memories as such…and resist the urge to shrink back in shame or anxiety–that is what gives suicide so much power–the shame, guilt, questions, misunderstanding, etc. Too many who have died by suicide are more neglected in death than they ever felt in life. Families need to talk about the fact matter-of-factly, openly, honestly–including all the feelings that go along with loss and grieving. Don’t stuff ’em because it was suicide.

    before the fact–dealing with depression, PTSD, bi-polar disorder, etc must become more accessible and less stigmatized. Effective treatments have been developed for PTSD but are not widely practiced yet. For many veterans, meaningful work/jobs are hard to come by and housing in many regions is difficult to find or afford. For those contemplating ending their lives or have tried before, they need a plan in place of who to call when things get tough–and a promise in place they WILL call, and the person will enact the steps they’ve devised to proceed to help.

    just some suggestions…

  12. …and never perpetuate or tolerate the notion that a person who commits suicide is automatically hell-bound. That is a lie from the pit.

  13. #13 – amen!
    In another time you were identified by what you did for a living… I suspect that might still be true… We have a young warrior in our family who was a sharpshooter. Now in civilian life, he has to find a new identity and further, when asked what you did in the military, you don’t really want to say that you were are sniper, so life at age 30 finds one a non person…? No one should come out without a path to a useful life mentored by the military; it should be part of the obligation to them..
    Even if you have nothing handicapping you, it must be hard to be a young person in today’s micro managed society… How to get on this merry-go-round that never slows?

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