A Wrong-Headed Idea…

Source:¬†States explore new ways to tax motorists for road repair ‚Äď USATODAY.com. States are looking for new ways of taxing motorists as they seek to pay for highway and bridge repair and improvements without relying on the per-gallon gasoline tax widely viewed as all but obsolete. Having to import oil from the Middle East is the primary reason so many of our kids die in … Continue reading A Wrong-Headed Idea…

Early Christian Practices….

TO start this post here is a quote from Robin Myers book entitled¬†The Underground Church –¬†Reclaiming¬†the Subversive Way of Jesus. Although Western Christianity would eventually be defined as a belief system about God, throughout its first five centuries people understood it primarily as spiritual practices that offered a meaningful way of life in this world not as a neat set of doctrines, an esoteric belief, … Continue reading Early Christian Practices….

The One Thing a Man Can Do Better Than a Woman…..

The one thing a man can do better than a woman is to grow a beard ¬†– John Steinbeck (Travels with Charley) I am not used to pulling quotes from my hero John Steinbeck. That duty usually fall to my other hero Will Rogers. But when I came across this quote in Steinbeck’s book Travels with Charley recently I knew I had to include it … Continue reading The One Thing a Man Can Do Better Than a Woman…..

Act Your Age!!!!

I don’t know how many times I have heard the title of this post. I defiantly don’t want people putting me in a pre-defined box! I guess that makes me ornery but I really don’t care. When someone says act your age they are really saying lie back and do what you are supposed to do. What a bummer man…. ¬†¬†Besides that just which age … Continue reading Act Your Age!!!!

About Your Doctor…..

TODAY Health – Diet, Fitness and Wellness Blog | TODAY.com Blogs – Doctors behaving badly: 7 types to watch out for. This is a very interesting article about seven things you should watch out for in the doctor that is treating you. It isn’t often that we get this type of “insider” information about the medical establishments. ¬†I always get a kick out of the … Continue reading About Your Doctor…..

Let the Democrats Emulate the Repbulicans

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that is really the case then I say let the Democrats emulate the Republicans in their do-nothing attitude. There has been talk about the Senate Democrats letting the all the Bush tax cuts expire and forcing the ten-percent reduction in the military budgets by doing nothing. Will the Republicans be flattered by this imitation … Continue reading Let the Democrats Emulate the Repbulicans

Were the Early Christians Unblemished??

I want to give you a quick answer up front to the question posed in the title above. ¬†The answer is absolutely not. Let’s use the following quote from Harvey Cox in his book the Future of Faith¬†as a starting point for this post. Recent discoveries about the first three centuries after the crucifixion of Jesus shed a bright new light on a series of … Continue reading Were the Early Christians Unblemished??

A Picture is…..

      If a picture is worth a thousand words this one is certainly it. ¬†Our current congress is so afraid of the NRA that they panic when ordinary citizens bring up the topic of gun control. ¬†Yes, the NRA is a very powerful lobby but until more congressmen stand up to them they will continue to have a strangle hold on civilized debate … Continue reading A Picture is…..

Not Only The Next Generation….

via¬†Ron Paul ‘Revolution’ strikes at GOP state parties – First Read. ‚ÄúLook at the next generation,‚ÄĚ Paul said on MSNBC. ‚ÄúI mean, there is so much excitement out there. The big deal is that the next generation are sick and tired of what they’re getting and they’re looking for something.¬† And what we’re offering seems to appeal to the young people.‚ÄĚ I guess anything would … Continue reading Not Only The Next Generation….

For The Good of the Nation

If we could just send the same bunch of men to Washington for the good of the nation, and not for political reasons, we could have the most perfect government in the world. – June 8, 1924 ¬† –Will Rogers I ran across this quote recently and was again amazed how true Will’s sayings are to today. Political reasons seem to dominate our whole country … Continue reading For The Good of the Nation

On-The-Road Day 10 Canyonlands National Park

When we left Mesa Verde yesterday we headed northwest into Utah to visit Canyonlands National Park. ¬†Canyonland is a very different place but also much like the Grand Canyon in its majesty. Here are some pictures: Have to have one last picture of Mesa Verde that I took just the evening before we left. It is a sun drenched view of the Cliff Palace. I … Continue reading On-The-Road Day 10 Canyonlands National Park

A Crack in the Armor???

  Source:¬†Boehner joins criticism of Bachmann over Clinton aide comments | World news | guardian.co.uk John Boehner, the leading Republican in Congress, has chastised his colleague Michele Bachmann over allegations she made linking a key aide of Hillary Clinton to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. Boehner said on Thursday that the comments ‚Äď made in a letter from Bachmann to the state department and Minnesota congressman Keith … Continue reading A Crack in the Armor???

Nonviolence – Absolute Pacifism

Let’s start out this post with another quote from A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story¬† by ¬†Diana Butler Bass. Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Hippolytus, Tertullian, and Origen all specifically condemned participation in war. ‚ÄúThe Christian fathers of the first three centuries,‚ÄĚ states theologian Lisa Sowle Cahill, ‚Äúwere generally adamant that discipleship requires close adherence to the nonviolent and countercultural example of … Continue reading Nonviolence – Absolute Pacifism

On-The-Road Day 6 — Can’t We Just Get Along…

Being as I recently saw that the person famous for this quote from the L.A. riots died the quote has been on my mind. ¬†It seems that ¬†just getting along is a hard thing to do now days. Politics puts one set of beliefs at war with another set. Each thinks that they are wholly right and the other is at the worst evil. ¬†How … Continue reading On-The-Road Day 6 — Can’t We Just Get Along…

On-The-Road Day 5 Mesa Verde – Spruce Tree House

No, the Spruce Tree House is not something up in a tree. It is one of the pueblo ruins found here at Mesa Verde. We made the trek down to it this morning about 9:00am shortly after it opened. We were hoping that it would not be so crowded then and that proved right. But within twenty minutes the hordes came ūüôā First here are … Continue reading On-The-Road Day 5 Mesa Verde – Spruce Tree House

The Didache

Given the amount of weight that “correct” beliefs have with so many churches today it is hard to understand just how little weight the early church put on such things. In the early years Christianity Bibles weren’t available to local congregations because it would be several hundred years before it was formulated by a council of then current day church leaders. But there were several … Continue reading The Didache

Colorado On-The-Road Day 3 Cortez Colorado

Here we are settled in for the night at Cortez Colorado. We check in to the Mesa Verde National Park lodge tomorrow for our five-day R&R and spiritual regeneration. We spent today traversing the Rocky Mountains. It was an interesting trip down mainly two lane roads for over two hundred miles. We crossed the continental divide at Wolf’s Pass. It was 56 degrees there and … Continue reading Colorado On-The-Road Day 3 Cortez Colorado

Hospitality….

Hospitality was a very important thing to the early Christians. They put it above beliefs in their understanding of Jesus. I will use a quote from Diane Butler Bass’ book Christianity After Religionto illustrate this point: Not offering hospitality was a much greater failure than not believing that Jesus was truly God and truly human. Early Christians judged ethical failings as the most serious breach … Continue reading Hospitality….

Get Over It……

Source: ¬†Lew Says Republicans Should ‚ÄôGet Over‚Äô Health Law Debate – Businessweek In Massachusetts, where former Governor Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, implemented a similar law, just 1 percent of the population is subject to the penalty, Lew said on CNN‚Äôs ‚ÄúState of the Union‚ÄĚ program. As the White House Chief of Staff says in this article the Republicans in Congress need to … Continue reading Get Over It……

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due…

Source:¬†Bye, bye, GI: Deep impact for many Germans as US troops downsize – World News. Earlier this year, the Pentagon announced defense cuts of $487 billion over the next decade, as the United States seeks to move to a smaller, leaner and more agile force, putting a new strategic focus on the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. The Defense Department in January said that … Continue reading Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due…

Early Church Growth….

Lets look at just how much the Followers of the Way increased in membership during the Pre-Constantine years. Here is what Wikipedia says about that: Early Christianity spread from city to city throughout the Hellenized Roman Empire and beyond into¬†East Africa¬†and¬†South Asia. The¬†Christian Apostles, said to have¬†dispersed from Jerusalem, traveled extensively and established communities in major cities and regions throughout the Empire. The original church … Continue reading Early Church Growth….