Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Church Staff Christmas Cheer

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Friends,

I am sharing this with elders.

This is especially for new staff members; for older staff members like me and Karen who will always be a year older than me already know how we pray and labor to try to make the season bright for everybody else and catch a lot of everything but heaven along the way.

Anyway, as I've said, this is among the worst parts of the year for church employees.

Depressed people are more depressed, angry people are more angry, unforgiving people are more unforgiving, speck-inspectors (see 12/8/17 www.koppdisclosure.com post) are miserable about their log-filled lives and transferring it to anyone who's handy, and everybody expects you to save their children and make the season bright for them and it's your fault if you don't, etc., etc., etc.

It happens every year; or, at least, I've seen it for a long time.

In other words, don't take the irregularity, irascibility, and irreconcilability that personally; and don't hesitate to come see me for a cup of caffeine, chat, and prayer.

I praise God for you and I am here for you during one of the most difficult times in church life.

Yes, our family of faith on the corner of Lincoln and Main is much better than most; and while I know that because I do a lot of parochial and ecumenical consulting and I'm not stuck in the ghetto of thinking nobody's as good or bad as us on any given day, we are not immune to pejorative pathologies being transferred to nicer folks like you.

Or, maybe, just come to me for continuing education on original sin.

Get closer to Jesus and He will make the season bright for you too!

Blessings and Love!

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Shatter the sound of silence!

Wake up!  Look up!  Stand up!  Speak up!  Act up for Jesus!

Salt!  Shine!  Leavenate!

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Reconsidering Retirement

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(John 3:19-21)

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"Jesus said, 'Why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye but don't notice the log in your own eye?'
I may be wrong but I think a part of what Jesus was saying is speck-inspectors have such miserable
log-filled lives that they point out what's wrong with other people betraying some pejorative
pathology that deludes them into thinking they are somehow better than others when,
deep down, they know they are so miserably worse, pathetic, and decaying.  They
light fires in the backyards of others because they think it will distract people
from seeing how their houses are burning down.  Jesus called them
hypocrites because they mask the reality of their depravity."

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    Retirement is anathema to me by call and desire.

    I've written about it before for my favorite ecclesiastical news website www.churchandworld.com (scroll down for "Scratching the Surface of Retirement").

    Summarily, I haven't believed in retirement unless a person wants to quit because she/he doesn't like the job anymore, never should have taken the job in the first place, health issues prevent continuing, and there's enough money in the piggy bank to ride off into the sunset.

    Simply, if you like what you're doing and can still do it and don't have anything better in mind, why stop?

    Of course, I've also said I may be wrong on some or many or most things; and if they're pointed out by Jesus, Holy Scripture, and common sense, I will confess, repent, and ask forgiveness.

    All of the preceding came to mind when a seminary friend retired.

    While he is older than me, having served as a cop in California preceded by a stint as a longshoreman while I was still working on merit badges for the BSA, I was stunned by why he quit.

    He said he was getting cranky.

    Yeah, I've mentioned that as part of why a person may retire; but I'd never really considered that to be a prime reason for quitting until one of my two best friends in seminary confessed increasing crankiness as the cause to hand in the keys.

    As I think about it, I guess I'd follow his path if that pathology began to plague others because it was plaguing me.

    On the other hand, the closer that I get to Jesus, a slow-moving but determined journey, fewer things/people unnerve me as I'm increasingly overwhelmed by His love and experience the supernatural fruit of increasing intimacy (check out Galatians 5).

    But, yeah, if I become cranky more often not, noting everybody has bad days including moi, I'll quit.

    A few months ago, I was tested.

    A clergywoman from a non-Trinitarian religion made an appointment to see me and said, "I've been reading your materials for a long time and I've decided to tell you that I don't like your style or what you have to say."

    First reaction: "Wow!  I'm flattered that you even read what I write.  I guess I'm wrong.  Maybe some people actually do read what I write.  Yet, uh, I guess, uh, that you don't read what I write anymore because you don't like how I write and what I say when I write."

    Then she started to tell me that I'm too direct, candid, sometimes raw, and too blatantly Christian in what I write about.

    Private thoughts: "I'm not getting into a tinkling contest with a skunk...You're wearing perfume that could knock over a bull at 50 paces...Being that you don't write yet criticize how I write, Moody's retort to mainliners who didn't like the way that he did evangelism comes to mind: 'I prefer the way that I do it to the way that you don't do it!'...I'm not going to try to be rational with someone who's irrational because that would be illogical."

    BTW, I have a whole chapter on that last private thought in my book Fifteen Secrets pero nobody knows because nobody's read it.

    Second reaction: "Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me.  I'm sorry if how I write and what I write about offends you; so I guess the only thing that makes sense is for you to join most people who don't read what I write."

    She insisted with discomforting passion, "But I want to show you how you can make me like you."

    Private thoughts: "I live for it...Are you hitting on me or what?...Wild horses dragging me by the tongue on a desert island after ten years away from my wife wouldn't interest me in you...Do you really think I'm going to renounce Jesus for your favor(s}?"

    I paid for the coffee.

    Old-fashioned.

    She thanked me and asked if we could get together again because she really wanted to convince me.

    I wasn't sure what she meant; so I didn't answer, didn't offer a kiss on the cheek which I usually do because I was getting weird vibes even though this was before sexual harassment displaced North Korea from the headlines, excused myself for a potty break, and didn't come out for a long time in hopes that she'd leave.

    She did.

    I had a Pentecostal moment.

    While I'm still trying to figure out what I did wrong and right in that exchange, I never got cranky; recalling how some nuns in Maryland taught this lesson to me: "If you're right, you don't need to argue.  If you're wrong, you can't afford to argue."

    In short, retirement still ain't on my radar.

    I know that's disappointing to folks who hate me for good, bad, and otherwise.

    Really, I don't think I'll ever get too cranky again because I'm really praying and trying to get closer to Jesus and people who are getting closer to Jesus are increasingly filled, as Oswald Chambers observed, with strong calm sanity.

    With no apologies to the mean old hater who left our church because I'm too "psyched" for life and ministry or the clergywoman from another religion who was trying to convince me to whatever she had in mind, I'm just becoming happier and happier and happier and...

    Gospel.

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Blessings and Love!

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Shatter the sound of silence!

Wake up!  Look up!  Stand up!  Speak up!  Act up for Jesus!

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Scratching the Surface

of

Retirement


(A Brief and Incomplete Guide to Considering Retirement)

Should you retire?

Maybe.

As you pray, reflect, and consult about it, you may want to factor some things into your decision.

Biblical Principles of Work/Vocation/Call


There are no explicit guidelines for retirement in the Bible.

I don’t know why for sure.

However, I can speculate.

Retirement is a recent luxury of wealthy civilizations: work hard, save up, quit/retire, and then, uh, do whatever you’d rather do because you don’t really like what you’re doing or aren’t able to do it anymore.

If a person is doing what God has called her or him to do and remains able regardless of age, she or he is happy doing what God has called her or him to do and retirement is not on the radar.

Really, if you’re doing a good job and like doing it and don’t have anything better to do by God’s providence and gifting, why in the name of anything but heaven would you quit/retire?

Assuming God breathed knowledge and wisdom into Paul, he said, “To each is given a manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”

Succinctly, our work/vocation/call honors God by helping people; or as Jesus emphasized, “As you do it for them, you do it for Me.”

Paul also wrote, “We each have different work to do.  We belong to each other; and each needs all of the others.” 

It’s axiomatic: the whole is equal to the sum of its parts.  God has made us dependent upon Him; and that dependence upon Him is reflected in our interdependence upon each other by His design and gifting.

When It’s Time to Quit/Retire

Admittedly, some people who can’t stand/stomach their jobs can’t quit/retire because they can’t afford to quit/retire.

Bills have to be paid; and lottery tickets or trusting governments to take care of our needs are not good retirement plans.

If you don’t like what you are doing and have saved up enough to cover future costs of living so that you really don’t have to do it and dread showing up to do it and are consistently cranky, contentious, contemptuous, counter-productive, and complaining about what you are doing, then don’t do it anymore!  Quit!  Retire!  You will be happier along with the people who are the targets of your transference.

If you don’t have to do what you’re doing, quit, retire, and sing, “Take this job and shove it!  I ain’t workin’ here no more!”

Life is short.

If you don’t like what you’re doing and don’t have to do it to survive, quit/retire!

Life is short.

If you like what you’re doing and can still do it and don’t have anything better in mind, why quit/retire? 

Quitting/retiring makes no sense if you don’t have something to do that you’re called to do and want to do for God’s sake.

People who quit/retire with nothing better to do usually end up listless, lifeless, aimless, and miserable; singing with John Cougar, “Oh yeah, life goes on long after the thrill of livin’ is gone.”

That’s why Mark Twain quipped, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

If you know who and what God has called you to be and do and never quit/retire from it, you will be happy, strong, calm, peace-filled/overflowing, and joyful until your last breath.

When I was in 8th grade, a high school senior wrote this in my yearbook: “May you live as long as you want to and want to as long as you live.”

Quit/retire from doing what you don’t want to do if you’ve saved up enough to quit/retire.

If you like what you’re doing and can still do it, then don’t quit/retire for God’s sake.


If you’re still whistling not whining while you work, don’t quit/retire!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Why Don't Local Politicians and Businesswomen/men Worship Locally?

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(John 3:19-21)

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"There was a time, not long ago, when the NFL was the most unifying public
institution we had...watched together...Now, suddenly, the league that
was once for everyone has no natural constituency.  Liberals think it's
dangerous, classist, totalitarian, and cruel.  Conservatives think it's
pandering to players who kneel during the anthem and too
politically correct.  A game in which people throw a ball
and tackle each other has somehow become another
thing for us all to yell at each other about from
our ideological corners."

Will Leith, The Week, December 8, 2017

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    While I'm still scratching the surface of my relationship with Jesus by the book which is one of the many love-filled reasons why I'm so psyched about life and ministry on the corner of Lincoln and Main for the next few decades, I haven't missed much as I've seen too much if you know what I mean over the past 40+ years.

    Anyway, I was kinda shocked that I'd never thought about something until it was brought to my attention by a young struggling pastor in another town in another state with the town being very much like the one where I'm rooted.

    It's a smaller town about 10 miles from a bigger town where lots of politicians and businesswomen/men from the smaller town go to worship.

    "Good doctor," he said then asked, "We have lots of good churches in town and lots of good pastors.  Why do our local politicians and so many business people have to go to ___ to worship?  What does it mean?  Why do they do it?"

    Never thought about that; pero I've got some suspicions.

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    Parenthetically, as I consider the comment and concern from another part of the country, it got me to thinking about our neck of the woods in Belvidere and Boone County, Illinois; suspecting something that I hadn't ever really thought about has been on the minds of others and that this may be a borderless challenge.

    For example, Belvidere and Boone County have some of the most loving, caring, competent, sacrificially serving, and, most important, Biblically Christocentric pastors around.

    I can't imagine why any local politician or businesswoman/man would need to travel to Rockford, Barrington, Chicago, or even Capron to worship.

    Really, I'm very critical of clergy because I have a mirror and taught homiletics; yet there are at least a half dozen pastors in town that I recommend to people who are new to town or wish I'd leave town.

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    The young struggling pastor from another town in another state much like our town and maybe yours pressed, "You've always got something to say about almost anything.  How about this?  What am I and the other pastors in town doing so badly that the people who want our votes and money have to go out of town to worship?  Why can't they worship under our leadership and sit with people who vote for them and shop in their stores?"

    Though a little concerned about his first comment though it may be true and while I'm always eager to be corrected by Jesus, Holy Scripture, and common sense so I may confess, repent, and experience His forgiveness if not anyone else's, some conjectures are slipping through my noodle and onto the keyboard.

    Maybe the big shots like to skip town for anonymity which doesn't seem to be a New Testament principle.

    Maybe they'll be self-righteously incensed that I'm even asking after being asked because they'll rationalize not hanging around us because religion is a private matter which doesn't seem to be a New Testament principle.

    Maybe they like finding churches that are socioeconomically more to their liking with, you know, people who are more like them than us.

    I don't know.

    I do know they haven't read, for starters, Matthew 5.

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    Truth is we need our local politicians and busnesswomen/men to invest themselves in local churches because, well, uh, sigh, gasp, we need them!

    We need their time, thoughts, treasures, and talents to advance the Kingdom in the part of His world entrusted to us.

    Why should we vote for people who don't vote for us?

    Why should we shop in their stores and patronize them when they don't reciprocate?

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    O.K., maybe it's like those big box shops?

    More variety.

    More entertaining.

    More, more, more...

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    Again, I don't know.

    Just thinking about it after being prodded just recently.

    Yet, if we go back to that quote at the top from Leitch that could be analogous if you know what I mean and if you don't forget about it, churches are intended by Jesus to be the backbone of a community's unity along with invitational, inclusive, and welcoming love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness.

    If our local politicians and businesswomen/men are looking out of town for something that we're not supplying, maybe we need to do the same.

    Again, I don't know; but I'll be finding out where they worship before I go shopping and vote.

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Blessings and Love!

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Shatter the sound of silence!

Wake up!  Look up!  Stand up!  Speak up!  Act up for Jesus!

Salt!  Shine!  Leavenate!

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Mercy Papers - 10

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"Your forgiveness in Jesus, Father, is how You gave heaven to us.
Unforgiveness doesn't open the gift.
That's what He said
according to
the book."

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Reclaim the Bow

Discovering Original Mercy

COPYRIGHT RESERVED, 2017


The Mercy Papers (10)

“Why was Jesus so angry at the Pharisees and the scribes?
Because He had gone to a lot of trouble to give them
 some very good news about forgiveness,
acceptance, and freedom.  And
they kept getting it wrong.”

Father John Pisarcik, Ramblings of an Old Man, 2016

            The distinctive love ethic of Christianity (agape) is praying and laboring for the highest good for everyone regardless of who, what, where, when, or why without needing or expecting response, regard, or reward.

            Indisputably, the highest good for anyone is a personal relationship with Jesus as Lord and Savior.

            Therefore, the greatest love that anyone can express for everyone is to point them to Jesus as Lord and Savior; because knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior enables confident living in the assurance of eternal life.

            Not pointing people to Jesus as Lord and Savior is the most sinful omission of too many of today’s churches; betraying unconverted pulpiteers and pewsitters.

            Surely, as an old salt once said, “You can’t give away what you ain’t got for yourself.”

            It’s true.

            We must have faith before we can share it/Him; and if we have it/Him, we have an evangelistic zeal or passion for sharing the good news of existential well-being bred of eternal security.

            Symptoms of disbelief in the eternal benefits of Christianity are the disobedience to the existential expectations of Jesus.

            Simply, if we really believe He has the keys to heaven, we really pay attention to behaviors prescribed by Him to prove we really believe in Him.

            Putting it another way, how we behave expresses what we believe and what we believe determines our ultimate destiny.

            Certainly, as an older elder said many years ago to me, “You love ‘em and let God judge ‘em!”

            Just as certainly, part of our loving ‘em is reminding ‘em that God judges ‘em.

            Really loving people, again, is wanting as well as praying and laboring for their highest good.

            Jesus wants everybody saved; so as we become more intimate with Him, we want what Jesus wants.

            Nota bene.

            Jesus wants everybody to be saved.

            According to Him, that doesn’t mean everybody will be saved.

            His inviting knock comes to everybody’s door; but not everybody answers.

            Existentially, the eternally unsaved express themselves in irregularity, irascibility, and irreconcilability.  Their lives are contrary to those who have found love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, fidelity, gentleness, humility, and self-control by grace through faith in Jesus.  Their unheavenly lives forecast an eternal destination not to be shared with true believers in Jesus by the book.

            Again, that judgment is God’s; yet, as Calvin observed, some folks show signs of salvation while others show signs of…

            Some folks or a lot of folks – I don’t know because that’s His business – are not going to heaven after the last breath.

            Some folks or a lot of folks – I don’t know because that’s His business – turned down the invitation, didn’t answer the knock, denied, defied, or any other self-damning way that sounds…wrong.

            I like Tozer’s conclusion: “All things as they move toward God are beautiful.  And they are ugly as they move away from Him.”

            While only God knows for sure, there are indicators/proof/evidence/fruit that show who’s going to heaven and who’s going to…

            Biblical truth is God alone knows some/lots of people are going to hell after their last breath.

            That’s Biblical truth; and when it comes to Biblical truth, we don’t have the arrogance to disagree.  We don’t write ‘em.  We just read ‘em.

            Now hold your breath.

            There seems to be a lot of room in hell for the unforgiving.

            Jesus doesn’t seem to allow for a purgatory for the unforgiving or coins-in-the-coffer-to-ring-so-souls-in-purgatory-can-spring or any other kinda indulgences or shouldas or wouldas or couldas when He said flatly in forever terms that being forgiving yields forgiveness and not not.

            When He taught us to pray, forgiveness was highlighted as indicative of saving intimacy with Him: “Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.”

            It was the only part of that prayer that He explained: “For if you forgive others when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others when they sin against you, God will not forgive you.”

            There doesn’t seem to be any wiggle room there.

            Forgive…period…if we want to be forgiven…and go to heaven for sure.

            Here are some startling sentences from Herbert Lockyer’s Everything Jesus Taught: “There is one sin…Jesus said a forgiving God cannot forgive.  It is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit…the willful, conscious, and final rejection of the pardon God offers in Christ…God cannot forgive such a soul for such a soul is unable to receive and appreciate forgiveness.  It has gone too far ever to return.”

            Then he makes the existential/eternal connection to forgiveness: “Jesus emphasized the relationship between the two aspects of forgiveness, namely, God’s forgiveness of man, and man’s forgiveness of man…[see Matthew 6:12, 14-15; cf. 7:1-5; James 2:13]…At the heart of the teaching of Jesus was the insistence that the human who would not forgive the human could never be forgiven by God…Jesus seems to say, ‘How dare you ask God to forgive you when you refuse your forgiveness to a brother?’”

            Lockyer concludes, “We must do to others as we wish God to do to us.  If we refuse to forgive, our own forgiveness is denied.”

            I am convinced the greatest challenge in our relationship with God – here, there, and everywhere – is forgiveness.

            Whether it’s politics, school boards, siblings, denominations, wives and husbands, families or churches or countries, I am convinced too many people don’t really believe in Jesus as attested by their behaviors antithetical to His example by the book and are rolling the dice to see, for example, how much unforgiveness they can get away with to avoid the only judgment that matters in the end: His!

            Forgiveness doesn’t mean we can’t recall the sins or offenses against us.

            God made us too smart for that.

            Forgiveness means the past no longer influences the present or future.

            Forgiveness occurs when the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual barriers separating us come tumbling down.

            And according to God in Jesus by the book, all it takes to gain forgiveness from someone who knows Him and has already been forgiven by Him is to admit it (confession) and try harder (repentance) because our imperfections are covered by His blood on the cross.

            Read 1 John 1:5-10.

            That’s what God has done for us; and when we couple Matthew 18:15-20 and Galatians 6 with 1 John 1:5-10, we know what God expects from us with each other.

            Actual perfection is not the prerequisite.  If that were true, Jesus did not come to save us from our imperfections or irrefutable inability to be perfectly His.  Attitudinal perfection, wanting to be perfectly devoted to Him or having a heart for Him like the imperfect David, is the prerequisite of a saving relationship with Jesus as Lord and Savior.

            Head and heart and gut wanting forgiveness and wanting to act/relate better after admitting less in the past are all that He requires/expects from us in relationship with Him and all He requires/expects from us in relationship with each other.

            To be His is to act like Him more than less and increasingly more than less as we become more intimate with Him by the book: “Love each other just as much as I love you…As you do it to/for others, you do it to/for Me.”

            It means the people in our lives who are truly sorry and trying to change their behaviors from naughty to nice and bad to better are to be forgiven by us just like God forgives us when we are truly sorry and trying to change our behaviors from sinful to righteous.

            Nota bene.

            This is not optional in the end.

            This is consequential in the end.

            I think of Karen McCoy who said not long before going home to Jesus on June 24, 2015, “If people won’t forgive, hell with them…and, Pastor Bob, I didn’t say that.  Jesus said that!”


            From what can be seen in too many relationships even in churches that should know better, too many people are making a hell of a lotta bad choices.

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Blessings and Love!

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Shatter the sound of silence!

Wake up!  Look up!  Stand up!  Speak up!  Act up for Jesus!

Salt!  Shine!  Leavenate!

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Sexual Harassment

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The preceding video and following video come from women.

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    Our youth group had a lock-in on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

    Habitually, every Sunday morning before 5:30 a.m., I go around the church to check security and see if I need to tidy up.

    That includes the restrooms.

    Considering what's going on in our country with accusations of sexual harassment changing judgment from "innocent until proven guilty" to "guilty until proven innocent" or really never innocent again after accusation with no respect to Matthew 18 or Galatians 6 or even secular jurisprudence or common sense, I decided not to check the women's restroom.

    What if one of our female youth group members was in there?

    I imagined a text to mom and dad: "Guess who just came into the bathroom?  Pastor Bob!"

    I imagined posts gone viral on Facebook.

    I imagined being brought up on charges by...

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    When I was a Cub Scout in heat, my daddy gave some advice to me: "Always look a woman in the eyes."

    Get it?

    Today, of course, with those plunging necklines and half-exposed tattoos that provoke curiosity, it's hard.

    Women seem to be inviting...sexual...

    Daddy also warned, "If it's too easy, many have been there before you."

    Then, with a sigh, he admitted, "Boys with erections have no conscience."

    So it's rather, uh, uh, uh, natural for boys to be, uh, uh, uh, interested in, uh, uh, uh,...you know what.

    Paul and Freud agree on that.

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    While our culture is determined to emasculate men - Have you seen any of those commercials for Verizon and Geico to mention just two? - and women are amassing intimidating numbers in secular and sacred power positions, men, still, I guess, are more guilty of sexual harassment than women.

    I think of a little sticker that Wingman bought for me in Sturgis a few years back that hangs on our refrigerator with encouragement from my wife: "Never trust a pastor with a boner."

    O.K., I wouldn't use that illustration in a sermon.

    Maybe that's the problem.

    Suppressed honesty is at the genesis of most dysfunctional etiology

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    My home pastor gave some advice to me before 5/8/77 that I've given to pastors and other related species of all ages ever since.

    Like all good counsel, it only works if you subscribe to it.

    Here goes.

    Parenthetically, this is just for men because, as we know from our culture, only men are guilty of sexual harassment.

    "Never meet alone with a single woman, married woman, divorced woman, pregnant woman, widowed woman, or woman of any kind behind closed doors with no windows."

    "Never tell a sexually oriented joke to a woman."

    "Never talk about human sexuality with anyone, especially women and gays, unless they're family or read the Bible as God's inspired apocalypse."

    "When in doubt about saying anything to a woman that could in any way be construed as sexual harassment or inappropriate or maybe inappropriate or considered inappropriate even if she's whacked out which is a description that could also be considered sexual harassment by some, shut up."

    That advice from over four decades ago seems to be more contemporary than ever.

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    If the previous cautions seem hyperbolic, let's go back to Thanksgiving.

    I talked with several college students - female and male - who were in for the week.

    When I asked what's considered sexual harassment on campuses these days, the summary response was chilling: "Sexual harassment is anything that a woman wants to say it is."

    Whoa.

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    Fortunately, I've followed my first ecclesiastical mentor's advice.

    I've sinned; but never propositioned or degraded.

    I may have felt like doing it; but I haven't.

    That's something shared with President Carter.

    Still, I'm concerned.

    Every manly man should be concerned, cautious, and conversationally compartmentalized.

    I almost said this on the Sunday after Thanksgiving: "As you know, I really love you and I'm a hugger.  I hug women and men and I know what the apostle meant by a holy kiss on the cheek.  Buuuuuuut I think, all things considered in our country right now, I'm going to stop unless you sign a permission slip that I've asked our attorney to prepare.  Sorry, but I'm not hugging without written consent."

    Seriously.

    Yeah, I've got a lot of freedom after four decades of pension credits; yet I've still got another few decades left on the corner of Lincoln and Main and I know there are some very, very, very darkly inspired sick strategies inseminated by satanos to bring down as many Biblically Christocentric men as possible and, knowing that/it, I've got to approach all relationships in a Matthew 10:16 kinda way.

    Still, as a very public person confided to me not too long ago, accusations alone will assassinate and destroy with vindication for the innocent being improbable.

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    For example, did I ever tell you about my affair with Sophia Loren?

    Really, how do you know for sure that I didn't have one?

    She may deny it, but I can still claim it!

    Just, uh, saying.

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    I don't know the answer apart from mass conversion and deportment shaped by intimacy with Jesus by the book.

    Not gonna happen.

    Let's not miss the course on original sin.

    It's a very, very, very serious problem.

    Guilt and innocence, according to previous jurisprudence in America, was built on evidence and jury deliberation more than accusation.

    The church used to have even higher standards.

    Go back to Matthew 18 and Galatians 6 again.

    Sadly, I think that's changed for less than good.

    So, again, I don't have any answer; except one: "Come, Lord Jesus!"

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    BTW, have you seen how those from the left and right in DC are using our tax dollars to hide sexual harassment in Congress?

    It's almost like Hillary enabling Bill with the help of their ideological buddies in media and education and churches while destroying credible victims of the harassments and crimes of her sexual predator hubby.

    Anyway, if I had the guts, I'd write to my Congressman and copy local media: "Because it's our money and you work for us, we expect you to reveal who used that account to pay off the victims of sexual harassment by members of Congress.  If you can't/won't do that, we must assume you are on the list."

    This is going to get much, much, much worse.

    Maybe we need a national study on Exodus 20:16.

    Forgot.

    Not fashionable.

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Blessings and Love!

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Shatter the sound of silence!

Wake up!  Look up!  Stand up!  Speak up!  Act up for Jesus!

Salt!  Shine!  Leavenate!

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