Perfect!

Every once in a while, CBD has books for sale that are  “slightly imperfect” – I find the juxtaposition of title and description rather amusing. Consider the following titles on sale:

“Missing the Mark: Sin and Its Consequences in Biblical -Damaged Theology” (Damaged)  

– Double the damage. A good way to look at sin.

“Luther’s World of Thought” (slightly imperfect)

– No debate. Never fully agreed with Luther 100%.

“The Church: The Gospel Made Visible” (Slightly Imperfect)

Haven’t found the perfect church yet, don’t expect to, not on this planet  or in this lifetime.

“Why I Am Not an Arminian” (Slightly Imperfect)

– Depends on your view of Romans 7.  Never been a perfectionist myself.

You can find more imperfection at CBD

Dept. of Justice-Just For Some

In regards to the Dallas police murders, Attorney General Loretta Lynch stated to protesters “Do not be discouraged by those who would use your lawful actions as cover for their heinous violence. We will continue to safeguard your constitutional rights and to work with you in the difficult mission of building a better nation and a brighter future.”

That’s not what she said in regards a few months ago in regards to critics of Islamic terror-

“Now obviously this is a country that is based on free speech,” she said. “but when it edges towards violence, when we see the potential for someone lifting that mantle of anti-Muslim rhetoric or, as we saw after 9/11, violence against individuals… when we see that, we will take action…I think it’s important that as we again talk about the importance of free speech we make it clear that actions predicated on violent talk are not America. They are not who we are, they are not what we do, and they will be prosecuted.”

So “Black Lives Matter” followers who tweet “kill them all” can advocate violence and be protected by the Justice Department but anyone who connects the dots between jihad and terror will lose their constitutional rights?

Latest from the Justice-Just for Us- Dept.

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“To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions.”

Justice is blind – unless your husband hangs out with the Attorney General, the Prez is your pal and you’re the Democratic nominee for president.

A Costly Freedom…

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I’m new to these parts but was able to find these local men who are worth remembering on Memorial Day.

Freedom has a cost.

WILBUR THOMAS TARWATER – Navy, Korea June 12, 1951

JOE M LOPEZ – Marine Corps. Korea, March 28, 1953

RICHARD EUGENE STAAB – Army, Viet Nam, May 17, 1969

CHARLES PRICE ROBERTS – Air Force, Viet Nam, August 12, 1972

GEORGE PAWLISH – MIA, N. Vietnam, Heavy Attack Squadron 4, USS Kitty Hawk – March 8, 1967

Beyond Repair?

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  The first election I voted was in 1980 between Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. Back then there was no great debate for me about who to vote for having watched the US humiliated in Iran and the years of recession and unemployment of the Carter years.

2 of my children are of voting age this year and they have to decide between much different candidates and a much different race & debate. While we discussed some of the debates earlier in the campaigns, I have no idea who they will end up voting for – sadly, in my opinion, the 2 major party candidates are uniquely unqualified for the office of president. Where this country might end up under their leadership is disturbing especially given the legacy that will be left by the current administration’s mishandling of national and world affairs from bathrooms to refugees.

In previous elections, I have refused to obey the siren call of choosing between the lesser of 2 evils. I have voted 3rd party before and will most likely do so again.  The political campaign system is broken, a bizarre version of roller derby where the worst in the running with the most money end up first. It causes me to pause and consider how distorted the process has become and how real solutions for the real problems people face are ignored and neglected for a game show version of democracy. Its time for something better.

Provolone Pilfering Proliferates in Pueblo!

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Maybe you’ve read the book “Who Moved My Cheese?” Here’s a real life case:

Pueblo police are on the lookout for a provolone cheese poacher after close to $2,000 worth of the Italian cheese that is used as an ingredient to make pizza was reportedly stolen from the “Do Drop Inn,” 1201 S. Santa Fe Ave., over night Tuesday. Nineteen cases of provolone cheese worth approximately $1,900 were stolen. Only cheese was taken, nothing else. The owner said this isn’t the first time cases of provolone cheese have been stolen from the restaurant recently. “This is the third or fourth time they’ve been here in the last month and a half.” About 30 cases of cheese worth around $3,000 have been stolen from the restaurant in that time frame. During Tuesday’s theft, the suspect said “cheese” for security cameras that were recently installed.

Rumor is the Mozzarella Mafia is behind it – or its someone who really loves cheeses!

The Circus has Found its Clown

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“As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron” (H.L. Mencken).

(PS – With thanks to D. Wilson and R. Genn)

Adieu 2015

2015

The calendar reads January 1. The first day of a new year. 365 possibilities – of the uncharted, the unknown, await ahead. The cynic in me says what has been will always be, the endless repeat of yesterday, the merry go round of the past.

It is true, our days follow the same routine of sunset & sunrise and the necessary work of my life. But within the familiar framework of creation’s routine and the progression of ordinary time is where the moment of surprise awaits, of the unexpected breaking in of the divine plan, when an eternal perspective is glimpsed.

The chronic worrier in me says the next 365 days include unexpected twists and turns, enough “what ifs” to feed a whole army of anxieties. However, I look back at the 365 days of faithfulness of my heavenly Father and know that he will not change his ways, his nature or his promises that have been my help and support. I know he is sufficient for the 365 days to come.  And his ways are never boring.