Music: Yesterday and today
Music: Yesterday and today
There’s been a bit of controversy about a number of professional athletes who have decided to sit or kneel during the National Anthem instead of standing in respect. Their example has filtered down into some high school and middle school athletic events.
This is a week of some significant anniversaries. First of all, last Tuesday was my 45th wedding anniversary. I was 20 and the former Cynthia Scott Douglas was 19. I’m pretty sure that nobody — and I mean nobody — thought we would last.
I have begun the fourth unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, also known as CPE. Although CPE is standard and required fare in many seminaries, back in my day CPE was available but not in all locations. So, it was a part of my education that I missed. Or skipped.
On Sunday afternoon, I was confined to the house due to a medical issue. Somewhere that afternoon, I decided to go sit by the pool where it was quiet. There’s very little about my life that is quiet. Between all the tasks, meetings, appointments, and drama, I find that quiet is almost unknown.
What is church for? I mean, really, why does church exist? After all, Jesus said, “... I will build My Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” That’s a pretty serious declaration.
It was a fairly long drive for so simple a task. It was approximately 360 miles from my house to Oak Hill Memorial Park in the Lynn Garden area of Kingsport, Tenn. I was there to visit the graves of my parents. My father’s headstone revealed his name as William E.
The Republican and Democratic conventions are, for better or for worse, over. The only two candidates that have any chance of being elected are now Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R).
What do the following men have in common? Nidal Hasan, Micah Johnson, Gavin Long, Timothy McVeigh. The first answer is that they were all veterans of the United States armed forces.
I saw a post on Facebook this week that gave me pause. The post said:
“All houses matter.
But it’s my house that’s on fire.”
That one simple post helped me to re-frame an ongoing debate in a different way.
Is it possible to time travel? Well, yes it is — in a sense. Music has the ability to take one back to a point in time and, for a few moments, allow one to experience memories, feelings, and emotions. Music has the power of transportation.
The people at Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) of Topeka, Kan., emerged a couple of weeks ago with a statement celebrating the massacre in Orlando and saying that “God sent the shooter to Orlando.”
Once again, the opponents of the 2nd Amendment are using a national tragedy perpetuated by a radical Islamist to argue for additional gun control. Not even one day went by before the calls began.
Mary Magdalene was a prostitute. There were three wise men who visited Baby Jesus at the manger. Jonah was swallowed by a whale. You sure about that? “Yes, it’s in the Bible.” You sure about that?