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Triggered by chicken

Chick-fil-A recently opened a restaurant in Manhattan. It’s not the company’s first foray into NYC, but it prompted a snarky article from The New Yorker entitled “Chick-fil-A’s Creepy Infiltration of New York City.” In it, the writer laments that “…the brand’s arrival here feels like an infiltration, in no small part because of its pervasive Christian traditionalism.” The article is nothing more than a leftist’s screed against evangelical Christianity, corporations and carnivores. Never mind that Chick-fil-A seems as popular in NYC a anywhere else. (One of its restaurants there sells a chicken sandwich every 6 seconds.) The writer is offended by pretty much everything Chick-fil-A stands for.

And so it goes with conscientious consumers and the companies and corporations we patronize. While the writer of this article stops short of calling for a boycott against the mighty Chick-fil-A, how many times have you heard an offended person call for a boycott of this or that establishment? Rarely do boycotts work.

With this said, I do have my own personal list of companies and institutions I do not give my money or time to, but it would be futile to demand the same of others. For example, I stopped watching the NFL, ESPN, and now the NBA because of their overt politicization of sports. I stopped subscribing to the Commercial Appeal not long after President Trump’s inauguration because of their constant Trump-bashing.

But there are corporations I do still patronize because of their value to me. For example, I go to Starbucks frequently. I like their coffee and the atmosphere. I can go there and buy a cup of brewed coffee for around $2 (with a free refill) and sit there and read or do some writing and be perfectly relaxed. (It’s the perfect introvert hangout.) Well, Starbucks’ longtime CEO, Howard Schultz, is a flaming liberal and Starbucks supports a lot of causes that go against my conscience. But I choose not to be triggered, as do a lot of other fellow believers. (It’s not uncommon to see a Bible study group at Starbucks, or, say, a pastor working on his sermon.) As my mother has said, if we boycotted every single business that does things we don’t like, we’d have almost nowhere to go.

Chick-fil-A serves chicken sandwiches. You don’t have to be a Christian to enjoy a chicken sandwich. Likewise, Starbucks serves coffee. You don’t have to be a flaming liberal to enjoy a cup of coffee. Yes, it is possible to enjoy the things we like without being triggered.


I had a brief conversation a few weeks ago with a lady who works at Wal-Mart. I’ve lived here since 1995 and she has been employed there ever since we started shopping at this Wal-Mart. So I asked her how long she’s been working for the company. “It’ll be 28 years in August,” she answered. “That’s awesome,” I replied. “I like it when people stick with something.” “People change jobs as often as they change socks,” was her reply.

Loyalty just seems out-of-style anymore, old fashioned, for losers. People jump from job to job without ever building up experience or seniority. People leave their spouses for new spouses. People change domiciles simply because the grass might be greener somewhere else. Or, as I have seen first-hand, people change churches because something didn’t go their way or they believe rumors and innuendo.

There is a certain value in loyalty and perseverance that you can’t buy or gain by any other means. People are fickle and quick to turn. Yet those who stay in monogamous marriages for life are still held up as examples. The teacher who stuck with the classroom for 35 years is rewarded with a parade of former students he or she influenced over the years. And so on. Be that example. There’s a reward at the end.

Final long run

The Rock & Roll Nashville half-marathon is just 11 days away. I began my training at the end of February and today completed my final long run, a little over 11 miles. Every training goal has been met and from here on out I’ll do 5K’s every other day until the race. This is the same training plan I adopted for the St. Jude half-marathon in Memphis last autumn. I’ll train for 8 weeks, running a total of 110-120 miles. Most of my runs are 5K’s, but I work in six long runs that start at 10K and increase a mile per run until I’m running 11+ miles, which was today. My last long run was 15 days ago, which is a bit longer than I like to wait between long runs. But today’s run still happened without any issues. It was a sunny, cool morning, but warmed up quickly while I was running. So now I have the race to look forward to. The hard stuff is over. Well, running 13.1 miles is hard, but the environment in downtown Nashville on race day is pure excitement and makes all the training worthwhile.

Monday musings

There are many ways to drive from Mt. Juliet to Murfreesboro, but none of them are very efficient. Whichever way you choose, you more or less have to zigzag your way along.

I’ve lived in my subdivision for almost 19 years. It opens onto Old Lebanon Dirt Rd. Today was the first time I’ve ever seen a funeral procession on Old Lebanon Dirt Rd.

Only now, with the election of Donald Trump, are we beginning to learn just how corrupt the Deep State has become. The most astonishing is the FBI. I don’t know if it only happened during the Obama presidency or started before, but the FBI has become more or less a partisan political organization with law enforcement authority, which is quite unsettling. The Democrats & #fakenews media don’t seem bothered by this at all.

When a deep statist like James Comey claims President Trump is unfit to be president, what he really means is that President Trump is a threat to the Deep State’s corruption.

It is snowing in Mt. Juliet and it is April 16th.

If you’re concerned about Facebook collecting your personal information, all you have to do is quit Facebook. If you’re concerned about the federal government collecting your personal information, too bad. You can’t quit government.

Whatever happened to the furor over transgender bathrooms? Net neutrality? David Hogg? It’s amazing how quickly end-of-the-world issues rise and fall on the left.

When given the option, take the road less traveled. It will make all the difference.

But God (Ephesians 2:11-13)

We are the delicate, intricate workmanship of God. We are not finished, adding a little and changing a little in us each day.

The Apostle Paul was the apostle of remembrance. Five times in the Bible he gives his testimony, reminding us who he was before salvation. We don’t dwell in the past but we use the pain of the past to minister to others.

The gospel is for everyone, just as it was for Jew and Gentile in Paul’s day. We have no other hope in this world.

1. The level that God lifts you to is balanced by the depths that He brought from you. We are able to use the pain of the past as a radical platform for the gospel.

Jesus and religion are not compatible. Religious people care too much about their traditions.

We can hear what each of us are saying, but Jesus knows what we are thinking.

Jesus had a unique way of communicating that kept people interested at all times.

To whom much is forgiven, the same will love much more. We must never forget the grace of Jesus Christ in our lives. What a mighty God we serve.

None of us deserves the gospel.

The Jews were upset that Paul was taking the gospel to those who were not under the covenant.

2. What others say about you and what God knows about you are vastly different. If you have the “disease to please” you will never be of use for the gospel. In some ways, we are much worse than people even know. But God knows.

Don’t listen to the gossip of other people because they likely talk about you when you’re not around. What God knows about us is far more important than what other people say. All you can do is keep speaking the truth of God.

Everything we have is a result of being in Christ. But we weren’t born into the family of God. Not everyone is a child of God. We were born sons of the devil and have to born again spiritually to be of God.

3. There is no spiritual life and authority apart from the blood of Christ. Without the blood of Christ you will die in your sin. It is the only thing that can take a sinner stained by sin and make him born again. Jesus did the work so Jesus gets all the glory.

If you preach a gospel that has no offense you at a heretic preaching a false gospel. The gospel is offensive, but it is life.

There are 3 things the blood of Christ provides:

Salvation – If you are saved then are are seen by God through the blood.

Safety – You can be in situations where you talk about the blood of Christ that makes even the devil tremble. The devil only gains whatever ground that you grant him. When the devil shows up you can throw him out by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Source – The blood of Christ is the source of our victory and safety. There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins.

We tease him a lot

Gabe Kapler is the new manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, a former player himself with no previous managerial experience who took over after last season. Because his name bears such close resemblance to Gabe Kaplan, the actor who played Gabe Kotter in the 1970’s sitcom “Welcome Back Kotter,” I have taken to referring to the Phillies manager as “Welcome Back Kotter.” This makes the Phillies the Sweat Hogs, which isn’t a bad name for a baseball team when you think about it. (I mean, the Phillies’ triple-A minor league team is the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.)

Given Kapler’s faux pas in Atlanta last week, where he went to the mound to change pitchers without having anyone warmed up, it’s safe to say that we tease him a lot ’cause we got him on the spot.

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It is astonishing how far the papacy has fallen since the passing of the great and venerable John Paul II just 13 years ago. He was part of a triumvirate that included Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher that played a significant role in bringing down the evil empire, the USSR. Now the papacy has fallen into disgrace under the leadership of Pope Francis, England is being overrun with Muslim refuterrorists determined to turn the former world power into a Third World s***hole, and it has taken President Donald J. Trump and a legion of us deplorables to put the brakes on America’s own decline (engineered by leftists) and make us great again.

But I digress. Pope Francis is the subject of this post, hence the title. Already we have seen the former cardinal from Argentina embrace socialism and leftist political ideology. He has revealed himself a globalist advocate for open borders (even though the Vatican remains a walled city). He has shown sympathies toward Islam and most recently declared there is no hell. It seems the farther he gets into his papacy, the farther he strays from Biblical doctrine and Catholic teaching. I’m confident Catholics worldwide are mortified.

My pastor here in Mt. Juliet, while teaching the book of Revelation several months ago, remarked that he believes the eventual one-world religion will be amalgam of Catholicism and Islam, and if you read newspaper headlines, it’s difficult to argue. It wouldn’t surprise me if sooner or later — and I’m not predicting this, just surmising — Pope Francis abandons the Catholic Church’s pro-life stance and opposition to same-sex marriage. I wouldn’t blink an eye.

Don’t fire, pardon

Since Robert Mueller’s wretched team of investigators raided the home of President Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen, there have been increased demands that President Trump fire the special prosecutor. This is the worst thing The Donald could do. Rush Limbaugh pointed out both Tuesday and again yesterday that the #fakenews media have been goading Trump into doing just that. It is important to know that firing Mueller wouldn’t end this farcical investigation. There would only be a new special prosecutor appointed. The only two individuals who can formally end the investigation are Robert Mueller himself or Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy AG (since Mr. Magoo, Jeff Sessions, recused himself).

What can the president do? Again, Rush points out that President Trump could simply pardon everyone who is being or has been investigated, including himself. There is precedent for this and he also has constitutional authority. This would effectively end the special investigation, because no one would be prosecutable.

And even if it were against the rules, Rush stated on Tuesday, “Trump and his people and by extension those of you who voted for Trump are up against people who aren’t playing by any rules. There’s no reason you should, either, then. There aren’t any rules governing what’s happening here.”

Also Rush on Tuesday, “We’ve already gone way past the rules here, folks. We’re now at survival. … You don’t have to fire anybody. Just grant everybody pardons.”



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