KDs are designed/developed/inspired/mused/auto-suggested/indigested to make folks think; an especially uncommon experience among Democrats, Republicans, and jingoistic mainline denominationalists who continue to discourage dissent with their ever-threatening thought police.
My famous friend
Tony that I used to hang with when I was an important pastor/presbyter often
chastened clergy that lived lavish lifestyles while he wore a plastic watch
that he got in a Happy Meal from McDs.
Then there was
Dr. Woflgang Lowe who was one of my professors in Germany.
While I'm not one
of those fundy morons in churches that think Jesus used Welch's at Cana, I'd
rather have my wife's iced tea than beer though Dr. Lowe and I shared a few
unfiltered and full-bodied mugs of it on Heidelberg's Hauptstasse that's made me
immune to American colored water versions ever since; pero if you can get me a
shot of B&B, Sambuca, or Pisa while savoring a fuma...
Anyway, he once criticized
American clergy because, in his words, "You drive caddyyacks and pretend
to believe what you don't really believe anymore."
I got mad at him
because I hadn't been around clergy enough back then to know it's true; so I
blurted, "Yeah, well, if you Germans are so great, how come you start
world wars that you never win?"
I still got an A.
grade by ideology in Germany back then.
Then there's Paul
He is the
proverbial father of the Confessing Church Movement that tried unsuccessfully
to save the PCUSA by calling it back to Jesus by the book a few decades ago.
There have been
similar failed movements among Methodists, Lutherans, Episcopalians, UCCers,
Getting back to
Paul, he is one of the most confident, courageous, redemptive, assertive to
sometimes aggressive while remaining humble in a 1 John 1 kinda way pastors
that I've ever met; so I was surpirsed when he seemed so depressed during
a lunch in Pittsburgh so long ago.
"I'm becoming a fat pastor and it's a bad witness."
Being fat myself
at the time in a continuing
struggle that started not long after my first church potluck in 1971, you
will be surprised to hear I kept my mouth shut.
I have never forgotten
any of those three preceding conversations.
God always brings
them to mind when I need confessional, conduct, or countenance chastening.
Recently, after a
bad doctor's appointment, I realized I was gaining too much weight again and...
God's providence intervened again and...
While I'm not an expert, people have
been asking about my recent weight loss and increased energy.
Though those who would like to see
me dead because I am unrelenting when it comes to Jesus by the book as the only
answer to what's plaguing the planet and especially America in these last days
may have been cursing me with a terminal illness - and remember they come in
sheep's clothing - my increasingly physical fitness is approaching my
emotional, intellectual, and spiritual passion for loving the hell out of
Anyway, I flunked an iron test to
give blood before Thanksgiving 2018 and was taking too many naps.
God's providence took over.
I met Mark Roden.
He is the main man of M&R Custom
Millwork - Google it/him - and has become a close friend and we met because
Leslie is finally getting a kitchen that she has deserved for too long.
Yeah, you can go on the cheap and
get crappy work in such areas pero Mark and his crew are the best
quality with enduring excellence of anyone in the area at any cost.
O.K., back to the weight loss
Mark told me about his plan for
managing diet, weight, and vigor.
Basically, it's a smoothie that
includes more vegetables and other stuff than we'd ever eat in a day at the
start of the day; and since I've started it, I don't graze as much as I used to
and I'm losing weight faster and more permanently than ever before.
Here's my variation of what Mark has
I blend most of these things into
every smoothie every day for breakfast and even love the taste.
It may sound gross to you; but if
you haven't tried it and you're still going to Kohl's for expanded waistlines
more often than not...
Or as I say to mainline
denominational pastors and pewsitters who don't like our passion for Jesus on
the corner of Lincoln and Main in the words of Moody, "I prefer how I do
it to how you don't do it."
Contents (preferred fresh pero
frozen if necessary):
Beets (Power Beets if no fresh ones
available but always beets)
Blueberries, blackberries, or any
Apple Cider Vinegar (not much)
Any kinda juice or tea, especially
green, or even water
More than less, that's it.
I never add ice cream or peanut
butter (though I may eat that during the day) or chocolate (though a little
dark chocolate is good for blood pressure; especially apres a fuma).
Nothing against milk but...
My serving size is a large cup from
McDs or Starbucks.
One a day at dawn.
I also walk two miles in the morning
- around 3:45 - 4:00 a.m. If you wait until after work, yeah, right!
That'll work! Not! - and more when away when not pressed by
high maintenance ministry or a pick up after 11:30 p.m.
Blessings and Love!
Wake up! Look up! Stand up! Speak up! Act up for Jesus! Shatter the sound of silence! Salt! Shine! Leavenate!