Posts filed under ‘Politics’
Monday morning and nothing much “exciting” to meander through. Trucking school is over, the new baby is not here yet and there isn’t a whole lot else new in the picture. So maybe I will pick on politics or religion or both.
Item one. Is it too late for a do-over in the political primaries that gave us the Obama/McCain choice? I suppose it is. Don’t care for either and I really don’t like the premise that says, “vote for the person who will appoint “conservative” judges. Some say there is a real choice in this election but the choice to me seems to be between Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Barna says “evangelicals” are choosing Obama by a large margin and that is certainly a change. The race issue, though seldom mentioned is an issue that is real and it is really sad that it is. Neither of these guys can do much about energy problemsand the resultant economic stuff that falls out of the high cost of energy. We are so blase in this country about energy that we are happy if the cost of fuel drops a quarter, even though it is up 2 dollars since this time last year. The almost total lack of anything constructive coming from either side of the political spectrum towards solving the major problems we face as a nation and world would be humorous if it wasn’t so scarey. Having Nancy Pelosi and Obama running the country doesn’t sound like fun but frankly McCain and Mitt Romney is not a great alternative. If I had to vote today, I’m not sure I would. Here are a three different viewpoints that are interesting, sort of. Here and here and here. Who are you choosing?
Item two. Here are a few blogs I read with some interesting posts: Eugene Cho posts an interesting article from CNN with this title “Why many Americans prefer their Sunday’s segregated.” You can find Eugene’s blog here. This one here from the Imonk has a pretty good bite. The title? “The suburban Jesus hates me”. And this one here from one of my favorite blogs, Stuff Christians like, on a Christian Tattoo contest. This one from the NY Times is good but few are bothering to listen. This from a young man who grieves authentically. Find it here. And my friend Sumi blogs with such sensitivity on the same subject, here. And this one on how men feel about getting old, or is it older? Here.
Item three. Well, here it is Tuesday and I am just getting back to the meanderings. Obviously, it wasn’t too pressing. I have gotten pretty lazy with this blog lately and I know for those of you who sit by your computers waiting for these posts to come through, this has caused you some serious withdrawal issues. Sure. We went to see Brad, Summer and Canyon Paulfor the afternoon and evening and that was good fun. CP is a lot of fun as he is very verbal and full of life. Summer is really ready to have the new baby and not moving too fast or doing too much. I think it could be anytime.
Good friend Tyler and wife Christine just had their first, yesterday and what a baby he is. Joshua weighed in at 10 lbs 6 oz! That is a big baby. Congrats to them and to Grandma Barb!
My Dad is coming for a visit, next week and that will be fun. It has been a long time since he came to see us and he will enjoy seeing the four boys and maybe the new one will show while he is here. I think Linda’s parents are coming for a day soon too.
Our friends Rand and Kaylee are moving with their boys from Phoenix, AZ to Phoenixville, PA. Rand will be part of the leadership of a church there. What a big move for them. They have so faithfully waited for their Father to open just the right door for them and this is it! Read Kaylee’s blog here.
Item four. There is a disease in the full time RV world called “hitch itch”. It comes when you have been one place for a while and want to move along. We are starting to get it, not so much because this isn’t a great place and we are really enjoying the kids and Bill and Leslee but when you live in an RV moving along is what you do and besides it is time to get back to the other home in Oklahoma. Really miss Andy, Julie, Daryle, Carrie, Buddy, Lennie, Debby, Cody, Stacey (and all the kids), Charlie, Lorrisa (all their kids too), Eric, Jenny and the girls, Jack, Sharisa, Harley and the list goes on. What friends they all are to us. Don’t really miss Oklahoma, though it is steadily growing on me, but there are no greater (some equally great out here) people than Okies!
That’s enough. There will be more posts this week, for sure, well maybe…
Here are a few “jokes” that were sent to me by others. If they are funny I will take credit for recognizing such quality humor, if they are lame or cute, blame the person who sent them in.
First, one from my father: A faucet, lettuce and a tomato were in a race. The faucet was running, the lettuce was ahead and the tomato was trying to ketchup.
From my friend Paul Zachary: A lady was walking past a pet store when a parrot said,
“Hey, lady! You’re really ugly!” The lady was furious and
continued on her way.
On the way home, she passed by the pet store again and the
parrot once more said “Hey, lady! You’re really ugly!” She
was incredibly upset now, so she went into the store and
said that she would sue the store and kill the bird. The
store manager apologized profusely and promised he would
make sure the parrot didn’t say it again.
The next day, she deliberately passed by the store to test
the parrot. “Hey, lady!” it said.
My friend Cody Custer gave this to me a few weeks ago before the democrats finished up trashing themselves but it still works:
There are less than eight months until the election,
an election that will decide the next President of the
United States. The person elected will be the
president of all Americans, not just the Democrats or
the Republicans. To show our solidarity as Americans,
let’s all get together and show each other our support
for the candidate of our choice. It’s time that we
all came together, Democrats and Republicans alike.
If you support the policies and character of John
McCain, please drive with your headlights on during
If you support Obama or Hillary, please drive with
your headlights off at night.
Here are three some kids told me last night.
Confusius say,”Man who stands on toilet is high on pot.”
Q: What do you call cheese that’s not yours?
A: Nacho cheese!
“Will you love me when I’m old and ugly?”
“Darling, of course I do.”
Don’t like these? Send me some good ones! Hope you all enjoy your weekend.
We are back here in beautiful Western Oklahoma after a week plus in Washington. While some of the state has had tornados and really high winds we have only had the high winds-sustained 30-35 mph and gusts to 40+. They aren’t really dangerous, so much as annoying. If it wasn’t for the wind, the weather here would be perfect. Oh well, you can’t have it all! We are thankful for such a beautiful place to be and great friends to be here with.
Item one. First Myanmar and now China. First the hurricanes and now earthquakes. Thousands of people gone in a few seconds. The devastation is beyond my imagination and I am sure the pictures don’t show the half of it. We all complain about the price of fuel and what it does to the economy, and it does affect us all, but very few of us feel any real pain related to increases in fuel and commodities. This morning I am thinking about how fortunate I am to live here in America where, even though we aren’t all we should be, we are always the first to respond when someone else’s life is broken. For those of us who are Kingdom people, that is a prophetic word for how we must be as we respond to the needs of people all around us. Be thankful, be hopeful, be bold, be fruitful, we are such blessed people!
Item two. You can file this one in the “who cares” folder but does it bother anyone else that the two Democrat candidates for prez have together spent nearly 500 million dollars just to get the nomination? The figures can be found here. These numbers are a month old too. That is just stupid. You would think with so much money available, we could at least have one candidate that actually seems to have some real ideas, some some real vision or even something substantive to offer. I really don’t care and I doubt you to either but for this kind of money I sure wish I did.
Item three. In the last M3 I linked to a blog I like called Stuff Christians like. I was reading through several of the blogs I read regularly and discovered soon after my posting of this site that there were links on several of these sites to SCL too. I thought that was pretty cool since they are all young writers and so to think they would link to a site I know doubt turned them on to, makes me feel so special. Sure, they could have gotten it somewhere else but I am not buying it. Here is the link to it again. (you are right it takes very little to make me feel special)
item four. Our friends Royal, Rachel and young son Jayden are moving out here to the midwest. Royal has a great new job and opportunity to get an advanced degree on his new company, so they are making the move from the Northwest to Wichita, Kansas. I should have given some props to Rachel a long time ago, as her blog is a pretty funny read. But I wanted to make note of the fact that there is a virtual plethora of egress from the NW to the MW. (need help with any of those words?) Want to join us? Here is Rachel’s blog. Royal, Rachel and Jayden will be about 4 hours north of our current location.
Item five. Those of you who like Kamp Krusty might be interested in knowing Brant’s radio talk show is going “coast to coast”. If you haven’t read his blog, you owe it to yourself to take a few and read a few. I have linked to him many times before but some of you have resisted to this point. Why not now, here.
Item six. The end of AI is close. Only three potential American Idols left and one will be gone this week, leaving the two who will do the show finale next week. A month ago I had my top 3 as David C., Syesha and Carley. Should never have bet against David A. because the country loves him. Carley went off two weeks ago but 2 out of 3 isn’t bad. Who do I pick for the big winner? Like I said, hard to bet against David A. Should come down to one of the two Davids.
In between item three and four I drove to the OKC airport with my friend Cody Custer to pick up our friend Destry Haught who was flying in from Arizona. Destry is one of the young pastors we spent time with when we were in Arizona this winter. He is a self employed man who makes his living “riding” horses (what they call breaking a horse) doing horse dentistry and building fence. He will do all three while he is here. He is such a unique man with a powerful testimony of what God can do with a life given over to the walking in the Spirit. We are looking forward to some good visits with Destry.
Have a great week!
The longer we are in Sayre, it seems we get busier, but I can’t see it ever being like it was when we were both working high stress and high responsibility jobs. We have enough to do, the challenges are not as great or as many but there are enough to keep us sharp and provide focus. We are beginning to think about ways to support ourselves and perhaps even the possibility of buying some property for investment and a place to park when we are here in Western Oklahoma. Things are good, enjoyable and we feel blessed to have this life.
Item one. For a lot of years it was my responsibility to write and deliver a message every week. I would speak at least twice each Sunday morning sometimes 3 times and while I enjoyed it immensely, it was a huge burden for me. Yesterday, Pastor Andy asked me to speak at Trinity, while he was out of town, and of course, I accepted. It was really fun and the people were generally responsive and encouraging. It was the largest group I had spoken to in two and a half years, but it was really not much different than speaking to the smaller groups, I have been lately. I try my best to do a good job, no matter how many people are involved. The overwhelming thought when I was finished? I am glad I don’t have to do that next Sunday!
Item two. The Barna Group has done some new research on the divorce patterns of society including the “born again” group. For years we have been told that 1 out of 2 “Christian” marriages end in divorce and that the rate for “Christians” is no different than the rest of the culture. You can check the stats out here, but they do seem to debunk the myth of 1 in 2 “Christian” marriages failing. For evangelicals the rate is 26% or 1 in 4, while the rest of the culture is at 33%, if I read his report correctly. If you add the evangelical to the non-evangelical the rate of divorce is equal to the culture as a whole, but it is still less than 1 in 2. While those are still sorry stats, they are better than previously thought and perhaps getting better.
Item three. My name is Jake. Linda has created a blog for our grandkids and the children of our friends, that sees life through the eyes of our little Cairn Terrier, Jake. She has just gotten started on it, but so far it is fun and seems to be interesting to the boys. You can find the latest post here.
Item four. Yeah! It is baseball season once again. For a lot of years we would attend 8-12 Seattle Mariner games and baseball has always been my favorite of the big venue sports. Spending our time here in Western Oklahoma means not being able to see my Mariners on TV and I am going to miss watching them regularly. But, today is Opening Day and guess what? The M’s open up against the Texas Rangers and so will be on TV here! I am excited.
Item five. Is anyone else bored to tears with the presidential race? If I hear “yes we can” one more time…!! One of the best blogs I know of, that critiques things political from a perspective that is neither conservative nor liberal, secular or spiritual, but is candid and fresh in analysis, comes from Biola University and John Mark Reynold’s piece on the lost world of Democrat politics is a good read. You can find it here.
Item six. Glow sticks, Hip Hop and egg drops. What was your Resurrection Sunday like? I am seldom more thankful that I am not a lead pastor any longer than I am on the “holy days” of Easter, Christmas, Mother’s Day and 4th of July. It was such a struggle to come up with something fresh to say or do each year and the pressure, real pressure, to top the year before, got old. But check this post out. If I had to do this I would rather stick an ice pick in my eye than play this game. Check it out here. (seriously look at it, it’s amazing). I am totally fine with churches doing whatever they do. I am just so thankful, I don’t have to do it or try to compete with it.
Item seven. My friend Sumi and her family, continue to grieve the loss of their daughter, Jenna. I so appreciate Sumi’s honesty and the depth of her commitment to trust the Father during this very, very hard time. Because we have been through a similar loss several years ago, I am drawn to others whose lives have been rocked in this horrible way. Take a minute to read Sumi’s heart and then pray for her and her family. Find her words here.
Have a great week.
We arrived back in Western Oklahoma Wednesday afternoon and after some difficulty backing our 5th wheel into our place we settled in to our second or is it third home? Thanks to all of you who commented or sent emails about my homesickness for Washington. I know, things change, nothing ever stays the same, you have to move on, you have to know when to fold them and all the other true statements of life but no matter where we roam there will always be a tug on my heart for the place and the people in the place called Mason County, Washington.
One of the things that being in Sayre allows me to do is write. I have some current responsibilities here and hope to have more, but putting some of my time into writing for the Juniper Tree is part of my calling that is affirmed by those who I serve here.
After more than 260 individual posts to this blog over a 14 month period, finding topics to write about is not the biggest problem, the problem is to keep them readable, interesting and helpful to the 200 or so regular readers of the blog. I not only value your input I need it to keep my end fresh and worthy of the time you give to it. The only real disappointment I have related to the Juniper Tree is that there are so many consistent readers but few consistent commentators. My friend Doug wrote recently “write interesting stuff and you will get comments”. Doug has never been shy in telling me how things really are!
But comments or not I will forge on because blogging at it’s core is about the blogger. This is not a commercial enterprise, in fact the blogs that make the blogger an income tend, it seems to me, to become more about what people will read than what the writer wanted to say, this is, however a place for me to write what is on my mind and in my heart and the invitation is there every time I post for you to read what I write. I am always pleased that what I write gets read, but at the same time if I am going to do this right, it have to do it because value flows back to me when I do.
I will be writing more on the Kingdom as I am convinced it is Everything the person of Biblical faith is to be about. I want to critique the church and church people. I have some political things to rant about and I want to bring some thoughts to bare on the culture both Christian and secular, among other things. There will continue to be Monday Morning Meanderings and my friend Leslee is pushing a Friday Funny. Will have to see about that one. Just being in Sayre is always good for a post or two as well.
Blessings to all of you and thanks for reading and when it is interesting in whatever way, bring your comments to the table. I might even respond to them and make the journey even more interesting.