He didn’t force others. . .

God is the inventor of free will.  He doesn't force man to love Him, or obey Him, or respect Him. He could, but He doesn't. Because He desires sincere devotion as opposed to forced submission. He knows that Forced respect isn't respect at all; Forced love isn't love in the least; Forced allegiance is a far cry... Continue Reading →

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force it

My last post, "Don't force it," created a mildly heated discussion on my facebook page. Sometimes that happens. The thing is, most people seem to agree that the players have a right to protest - the dissonance comes when the discussion moves to when and where the protest should happen. Under the caselaw interpreting our... Continue Reading →

don’t force it

I humbly submit the following thoughts for consideration: Forced respect isn't respect at all. Forced love isn't love in the least. Forced allegiance is a far cry from loyalty. Forced religion is bad faith. I'll take honesty over a forced sentiment any day. That's one of the reasons I don't get the whole NFL thing.... Continue Reading →

curves and grooves

The sun was beaming in my window this morning, beckoning me to come out and enjoy the clear skies. I had one more class to attend at the conference, and then Lib and I were free to take whatever route home we wanted. Interstate, with its open throttle, laid back groove; twisty hilly curves with... Continue Reading →

temptresses

I woke up to the sound of rain and thunder again yesterday morning. There's not much that puts a damper on a day for a motorcycle trip like waking up to rain and thunder. Thankfully, I was prepared for this, as I had watched the news the night before enough to see that scattered showers... Continue Reading →

worthy

A line from an old song by Rush says "The mirror always lies to the beautiful and the wise." I think there's some truth to that. I've heard too many healthy people insist they were fat. Too many compassionate people beat themselves up for being insensitive; too many friendly people self deprecate for a perceived... Continue Reading →

common denominators 7/7

I left my visit with my new vodou priestess friend feeling educated and thirsty. For that reason, and to quench my everlasting curiosity about all things curious, Lib and I rolled just a few blocks down the old, worn out streets of the Vieux Carre' to LaFitte's Blacksmith Shop. Built in 1722, it is one of... Continue Reading →

common denominators 6/?

Interview with a Manbo As much as anything else, this was an attempt at proving that people with very different beliefs can still engage in civil discourse in 2018. Ms. Glassman and I did just that. It was my pleasure to talk with her in the Island of Salvation Botanica, in New Orleans, La. The... Continue Reading →

common denominators 5/?

As I said previously, after a pleasant lunch and good conversation with Pastor Strong of Brown's Chapel, I set off into the Alabama summer heat, south toward the coast. The ride was uneventful, which is sometimes a good thing. Punctuated by a couple of light rain sprinkles and otherwise intermittently sunny roads with little traffic,... Continue Reading →

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