Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Coffee Break Inspirations/Indigestions

Kopp Disclosure
(John 3:19-21)



    Discriminating when it comes to Cubans with a particular preference for R&J, Punch, Padron, and Parodi with a few of Drew Estate's finest in the mix, I'll take my caffeine any way as long as it's not carbonated.

    McD's may be a lot cheaper but Starbucks has better climate control along with more comfortable seating and occasionally tolerable background music.

    Starbucks is a good place to counsel because lots of folks don't want to be seen in church for many understandably modest as well as ridiculous reasons; and clergy like to meet there to avoid those who drop in at the church at any time without warning and monopolize dockets because clergy, after all, only work on Sundays and have jugs of lemonade on their desks with Cokesbury signs begging, "Ya'll come in and sit a spell and talk to me bout nothin cause I ain't doin nothin nohow anyhow!"  I'll never forget the old hapless and chronically complaining guy who'd show up at the worst times, plop down in the loveseat in front of my desk, and chirp, "Just dropped off the wife for bridge and thought I'd sit with you til she's done."

    Anyway, I was sitting at Starbucks between appointments on July 5 and had three inspirations/indigestions.

    You decide!

    If you're like too many people, you'll feel comfortable in the judgment seat.


    Urging people who want to know Jesus more intimately to spend more time in the book than books about the book because books about the book usually prooftext, hyperbolize, eisegete, dissipate, and exercise all matter of neo-gnosticism to sell their books about the book while the book itself is straightforward and hardly obtuse or complicated, I've been reluctant to recommend, endorse, or even mention books about the book.


    However, a recent trip to a "Christian" bookstore has changed my mind.

    After seeing all of the crap on its shelves, I decided it's time to recommend the best one-volume Bible commentary that I've ever read: William MacDonald's Believer's Bible Commentary (1989).

    President of Emmaus Bible College (1959-1965) and author of more books that have sold than years that I've been alive, MacDonald's tome (nearly 2500 pages) is easy to read, clearly concise yet unquestionably comprehensive, and faithful to Christendom's best Biblical, theological, spiritual, and practical scholarship.

    I got it on sale in 2014 for under $30 and my guess is you can pick up a copy for much less via CBD or

    BTW, I hear you can buy all of my books on for less than a $1 and they'll pay shipping.


    Though you've probably not read "Oblivious" in the 4/2/17 edition of, it might be helpful to contextualize this inspiration/indigestion.

    Be that as you probably won't, I'm getting tired of those who are doing their worst to undermine our Constitution and its Amendments known as the Bill of Rights.

    Believing the first two are especially at risk these days as our country is increasingly overrun by the naive...and those determined to destroy America, I got a little ticked the other day when someone said she/he "generally supported" the 2nd Amendment. 

    Don't get me wrong!

    I hear a parallel whenever I gather with mainline clergy: "I generally support the Bible and the claims of Jesus as Lord and Savior."

    Be that as it is...increasingly, I responded with an urging to read "Oblivious" for context, "I can carry legally in 38 states.  People who have been trained, certified, licensed, and vetted by the FBI as well as local law enforcement have committed less than 1% of all gun crimes in America while preventing gun crimes, mass homicide, terrorism, and other acts of domestic violence.  The only people who are against the Amendments to the Constitution are America's enemies, criminals, self-loathing citizens, morons, statists/socialists aka most Democrats, and the rich who can afford to hire people to protect them from miscreants."

    Any student of history knows tyrants go after free speech and the right to bear arms for protection and intervention to enable their tyranny.

    Of course, more people watch The Daily Show and The View than read history.


    Separation of church and state seems like a good idea.

    When looking at too many of today's churches mocking our Lord's concerns/commands in Matthew 15, 23, and 25 as glaring examples, keeping church out of state makes sense.

    American government would be even worse if the church were helping to run the show because any connection between the grace, mercy, forgiveness, inclusion, behavioral parameters, sanctity of all human life, personal and social ethics, and charity of Jesus by the book and too many of today's churches is increasingly coincidental.

    Our Founding Fathers knew that; and anybody familiar with them and the establishment of the Republic knows they believed in the separation of church and state but not the separation of church and state from God as best exemplified in Jesus by the book.

    If you don't understand the difference, it's because you can't distinguish idolatrous churchianity from Christianity by the book.

    As bikers like to say, if you can't see/understand it, I won't be able to explain it to you.

    The roots of the Republic are in Holy Scripture not religions remotely related to Holy Scripture.

    That's why I prefer the book to books about the book.

    Anything/anyone less than the primary source is secondary.


    I feel like a Churchill.

    Again, if I have to explain that to you...


Blessings and Love!


Shatter the sound of silence!

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

Salt!  Shine!  Leavenate!




Ron said...

Greetings, brother. A few comments re: your latest DISCLOSURE.

I assume you have a reference to the 1% figure re: gun crimes. Regardless, that does describe the problem. 99% of people who do commit the gun crimes can do so because of EASY ACCESS to all sorts of guns, no limits, just walk into your favorite store and purchase as much as you want because, heavens, we have the 2nd amendment!!

And speaking of the second amendment, and I am guessing you will STRONGLY disagree on this point, but the 2nd amendment clearly states, let me repeat that clearly states, your right to bear and keep arms is limited only if you are forming or are part of a militia. You really think that the founding fathers envisioned the 99% having the "right" to purchase semi- and automatic weapons? And finally, one must not forget Section 7 when discussing the second amendment .

Let's look at the first amendment. You can search high and low in the Constitution and not find the words, "separation of church and state." First amendment, again in clear language, says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...So, that means there will be no "Church of America", but it does not prohibit someone like me from using my faith journey to influence lawmakers on issues of social of economic justice. (i.e, immigration, gay rights, women's rights, health care for name a few)

So, Bob I guess for me it is: indigestion ��


Dr. Robert R. Kopp said...

Thanks, friend, for sharing your thoughts with me.

As I read your comments, I'm reminded of my last favorite seminary president who often introduced guest speakers at Miller Chapel, "I have always been impressed by his noteworthy comments."

More than most, you articulate the mainline denominational mentality and progressive ideology rooted in Cobb and Griffin's process theology with more intellectual precision than mindless passion or two feet planted firmly in the air avec vacuously perceptible principles.

It will be interesting to see if folks who drink more caffeine than Kool-Aid respond.

Sadly, most folks don't seem to care and have dropped out of the conversations.

You haven't and, ergo, have gained my affection.

These are divisive days, amigo, and dangerous ones. As Psalm 23, Matthew 10, and John 10 come to mind in our undershepherding role to guide and protect those metaphorical sheep - the theme of "Oblivious" in a previous KD - I find some solace in knowing you mean well.

Blessings and Love!

David Smith said...

I have never heard any argument for gun control that couldn't be used more persuasively towards the prohibition of alcohol. Because some abuse it, families are killed every day, more than are killed in gun violence. Let's not even talk about its role in sexual assault. And yet we aren't here pushing for prohibition. We aren't saying because some abuse all should be denied.

Whenever anyone says the government should use their guns to take away the guns of its citizens, I think of the 1993 "Three Musketeers" movie were Charlie Sheen tells the evil Bishop played by Tim Curry, "Go to hell". Tim Curry's character pulls out a gun, shoots the musketeer and dryly says "You First"

If the government would lay down all of its guns, then I think the citizens should follow suit. Otherwise, keep your plowshares and swords separate.

Anonymous said...

Ron obviously didn't go to Law School...

David M said...


Grace and peace to you.

Your words make it clear that you are a citizen of another country. Please permit me to extend an invitation to visit here as my guest. You are welcome to stay at my home. I would be happy to give you a tour of my region from a Midwest perspective. I live in Illinois.

Besides the normal sightseeing, together we can visit a typical American gun shop. You will be able to see for yourself that "EASY ACCESS to all sorts of guns, no limits, just walk into your favorite store and purchase as much as you want" simply does not exist. I own a number of firearms for target shooting, hunting and protection. When I purchase a gun I must possess a valid FOID (Firearms Owners Identification Card). I have to go through an extensive background check and a waiting period. This is not EASY ACCESS.

However, even with the strict ownership protocols in our state and country...the law will not permit me, or anyone else, to purchase or possess a fully automatic weapon, which is fine with me. I do own a semi-automatic rifle just in case our troubled society breaks down further and I have no choice but to find myself a part of a citizen militia. Hopefully never. I do frequently carry a concealed handgun because I'm 60 plus years old and I can't carry a cop. Note that I stated it is concealed so that no ones knows I have it and by God's grace I will go to see Jesus with never having to bring it out of concealment. Concealed carry... ummm...Judges 3:16. Respects to Ehud.

As I don't know what country you live in, just let me say that here in the U.S. our God given right to protect ourselves and our loved ones was encouraged by our Founding Fathers. Here are a few examples.

"The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed."
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to to John Cartwright, 5 June 1824

"The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."
- Samuel Adams, Massachusetts Ratifying Convention, 1788

"I ask who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers."
- George Mason, Address to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 4, 1788

There are many many more more.

I know that firearms can be very scary to people like yourself who live in countries where citizens are not permitted this freedom. If you come to visit we'll go to a range where we can blast away to our heart's content. It's a lot of fun. Here some guys golf, some bowl... I target shoot. In your country guys may play cricket, darts... whatever... probably can't target shoot without jumping through many restrictive hoops.

Considering the condition of our society at the moment let me close with this quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer. "If I sit next to a madman as he drives a car into a group of innocent bystanders, I can't, as a Christian, simply wait for the catastrophe, then comfort the wounded and bury the dead. I must try to wrestle the steering wheel out of the hands of the driver."

With that said, if, God forbid, I find myself "standing on the wall" called to protect the ones I love, I will pray to God, "make me fast and accurate"... and I'll thank Him for allowing me to live in a country where I can worship as I please, speak my peace and protect myself and my loved ones.

Grace and blessings on your path.

Eric said...

I was at the gun range yesterday with my son. He shot lights out, and I was mediocre. Just a great father-son time.
Want to take my firearms away? Go ahead and try.
You can have them when my ammunition runs out and my cold, lifeless body can no longer return fire !!

Joseph said...

This Ron guy is just plain wrong on his Constitutional exegesis .