Monday, August 17, 2009

August 17, 2009

Kopp Disclosure
(John 3:19-21)


Yesterday provided the last sign of the imminent end of American civilization.

Tiger Woods lost a major for the first time after leading one for 54 holes. He was 14 for 14. The streak is over; and the last symbol of hope for America's continuing dominance in anything has fallen to a nice guy from SK.

While the LPGA knows all about emerging SKs as superstars and declining Americans as also-rans, this is a hard pill for everybody else who has been used to America kickin' butt and finishing first.

Even the racists in our country are depressed.

Maybe if it were someone from Ireland or Germany or another Euro-something who beat our best...

Our fallen hero couldn't/wouldn't talk to anyone in the media after blowing the lead over the back nine.

He is a gracious winner.

Just like America.

The end.



Speaking of losers, Glenn Beck has been losing sponsors for his TV show quicker than PBHO has been losing credibility over, uh, well, uh, just about anything these days.

Sargento Foods, GEICO,, Progressive Insurance, Procter & Gamble, and SC Johnson have all pulled ads from Beck's show.

MSNBC is downright giddy.

While I watch Beck about as much as I watch Olbermann and that chick that's on before and after and sometimes during his show, we keep moving in society as well as church farther and farther away from a melting pot to a boiling cauldron.

Recently, I warned a peer who just moved to a new church, "Yeah, the chairman of the search committee thinks you're God's other son. But be careful. Guys like him will like you as long as you herald their bigotries. As soon as he finds something - and he's gonna keep inspecting until he detects something that he doesn't like - he's gonna drop you quicker than the Falcons dumped Vick."

It's the American way of life these days.

If we don't agree with our politicians, professors, pastors, and all of the rest about everything, we demonize 'em.

Well, at least Beck and PBHO have something in common that all can see.

They think America is their mirror.


Speaking of mirrors, I looked in one before worship a few weeks ago; and realized how silly I look in traditional vestments.

Yeah, I know all about the symbols and what they mean.

Dr. Macleod taught me all about 'em at Princeton.

But aside from the stripes that don't heal on the sleeves, they are as silly looking as people have been tellin' me for over three decades.

So if I'm gonna tell people to expand their wineskins...


Oh, I forgot.

Yeah, if I teach 'em about the meaning of those symbols...

Yeah, right.

Been there and done that.

It's like teaching people about sacred music.

While God may have inspired all of it, you've still got folks who know more about music than Him who...

I still don't know the difference between traditional and contemporary church music.

If God inspired all of it, who the hell are we to...?

You know what I mean.


Be that as it was, is, and will always be no matter what Dr. Macleod and I think, I'm gonna stop wearing a robe and tabs and most of the rest except for funerals in the chapel and weddings in the sanctuary.

I don't want to ruin the pictures.

While I probably won't wear a Hawaiian shirt on Sundays even though that guy on the left coast who is idolized seems to be getting away with it, I'm gonna make some room for fresh wind and fire.


I don't know if you've been keepin' up on Rick Pitino; but here are some redemptive reflections from a friend who also happens to worship with me on Sundays:

Your last KD reminded me about Rick Pitino.

I'm a basketball fan and a basketball coaching
fan; and I was a bit disappointed when the news
came out about one of my favorite coaches.

Politicians are one thing, but coaches!

Now, I'm not judging him. We have all made
mistakes in life. I have made some doozies.
And given that he's still married and his wife
must have forgiven him, who am I or anyone
else to hold a grudge?

But the CNN commentator said, "I think
Rick Pitino should have thought more about
the consequences. After all, he is the FACE
of Louisville..."

That phrase seems to be coming up a lot

Aren't we all kinda "the face" of something?

That's poorly written, but I know you get the
metaphoric sense there...

My goal is make fewer and fewer mistakes as
I get older. Usually about the time I think I'm
getting there, I trip up. And that's when I'm
reminded yet again of how thankful I am that
God's grace is not in finite amounts.

Not bad for somebody who worships with me on Sundays.

It's too bad that...



My dad's getting really ___ed off.

He wrote on Saturday, "Have you noticed how those in power are changing the meaning of language? For example, take a look at what they're doing to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Life now means between the ages of 3 and 65. Below or above, you may be in a tenuous position. And if you're still in the womb, you've got a 50-50 chance at best. Liberty means if you agree with everything promulgated by those in power. The pursuit of happiness is taking a real beating since coined by our forefathers. Now they mean you will be told when to be happy and at what level of happiness you will be allocated depending on what side of the bed those in power...Of course, it all depends on what is is."

Apples don't fall far from the tree.


Go Tiger!


Blessings and Love!

Visit before we're put on the new enemies list!

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