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Month: February 2016

6 Degrees of Separation and Palindromes – Ada and Green Meadow

I wrote the “Open Prairie Grave” song many years ago when we had a winter burial.   It was so cold that  the flowers that were thrown on the casket froze and shattered like glass.  It was a uniquely memorable event.  I watched a physics experiment take place in real life. When the “Open Prairie Grave” song hit face book I received a note from Pastor Jon Ellingworth from New York that his Father was buried in a grave like the one I pictured in the blog.  I asked him where that was and he told me Ada, Minnesota. Ada, apart from being a palindrome, is a subject of 6 degrees of separation.  Ada has been a big part of the Project 24 story and has been supported through all of the ups and downs.  Please go back and check the blog for Nov 21, 2011.  There you will many connections and now Pastor Ellingworth is another member of the Ada club.  Please scroll down on side and find November 2011 and check out that blog.Nov 21, 2011 Share this on:...

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Monarchies, Oligarchies, and Polyarchies.

Listening to the pundit class I sometimes get confused as to whether we live in a monarchy where there is one supreme leader who has all the power or an oligarchy where a class of folks has all the power.  The “special interest” label is bandied about over and over again.  The problem with the label is that everyone of us fits into a special interest.  Then there is the “establishment”, that is darkly muttered about as a secret government that really runs the government.  The idea that things will never change because the government is run by mindless bureaucrats, got a big boost this morning when we sit and watch the Veterans Administration basically say that they can’t do anything to fix a criminal conspiracy that  killed a lot of Vets.  When administrators spend their time trying to figure out how not to provide services for Vets who need it and who while waiting die, it seems to me that we have a conspiracy. So think about this for a moment.  We have wonderful organizations that spring up to help fill the gaps.  There is literally dozens of private organizations that are set up to help Vets.  Think of where we would be without the private donations coming in?  In one sense these groups get the government off the hook unless they specifically exist to help vets through...

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Project 24 Forum

Dinner served at the Project 24 forum.  Seated here in the front is Shauen Trump the Regional Director for East Africa.  Continue to pray for Project 24. Share this on:...

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The Inexplicable Mercy of God.

The funeral homily for Antonin Scalia included a letter the Justice had written wherein he explained his dislike of “eulogies” or good words for the deceased at funerals.  I have commented occasionally when someone says after a funeral, “he was such a good man”, that if they were good men they wouldn’t have died.  A bit harsh perhaps, but nevertheless true.  Scalia says in the letter that a funeral should be about the “inexplicable mercy of God”. Sunday after Sunday we try and explicate the inexplicable.  At it’s heart the Gospel is a mystery.  Paul says it too – “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory”. 1 Timothy 3:16. “It is not because of how we are but in spite of how we are that God loves us and saves us”, writes Robert Rosin.  That is the inexplicable mercy of God that we seek to explicate.  God gives us the strength to do so! Share this on:...

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