The Expository Lectionary

Beginning May 21, 2011, I began preaching through all 23 of the New Testament letters. Each letter will be handled one pericope per Sunday. This is part of a new preaching series called the Expository Lectionary that I developed so that preachers may spend the time necessary to systematically preach through entire books of the Bible.

The church will be receiving a weekly reading guide (in the bulletin) with morning and evening readings for each day of the week. These readings all tie into the upcoming Sunday preaching verses so that the congregation may be better informed.

Date Book Sunday Title
04/17/11 Matthew 27:11-31 Passion Sunday
04/24/11 Matthew 28:1-10 Easter Sunday
05/01/11 Acts 1:1-5 The Promise of the Spirit
05/08/11 Acts 1:6-11 The Ascendent King
05/15/11 Acts 1:12-26
05/22/11 Acts 2:1-13
05/29/11 Acts 2:14-41
06/05/11 Acts 2:42-47
06/12/11 Acts 3:1-10
06/19/11 Acts 3:11-26
06/26/11 Acts 4:1-22
07/03/11 Acts 4:23-31
07/10/11 Acts 4:32-37
07/17/11 Acts 5:1-11
07/24/11 Acts 5:12-16
07/31/11 Acts 5:17-42
08/07/11 Acts 6:1-7
08/14/11 Acts 6:8-15
08/21/11 Acts 7:1-53
08/28/11 Acts 7:54-60
09/04/11 Acts 8:1-8
09/11/11 Acts 8:9-25
09/18/11 Acts 8:26-40
09/25/11 Acts 9:1-19a
10/02/11 Acts 9:19b-22
10/09/11 Acts9:23-31
10/16/11 Acts 9:32-43
10/23/11 Acts 10:1-8
10/30/11 Acts 10:9-33
11/06/11 Acts 10:34-43
11/13/11 Acts 10:44-48
11/20/11 Acts 11:1-18
11/27/11 Acts 11:19-30
12/04/11 Acts 12:1-19
12/11/11 Acts 12:20-25
12/18/11 Luke 1:26-38 Advent Sunday
12/25/11 Luke 2:1-20 Christmas Sunday
01/01/12 Acts 13:1-12
01/08/12 Acts 13:13-52
01/15/12 Acts 14:1-7
01/22/12 Acts 14:8-18
01/29/12 Acts 14:19-23
02/05/12 Acts 14:24-28
02/12/12 Acts 15:1-21
02/19/12 Acts 15:22-35
02/26/12 Acts 15:36-41
03/04/12 Acts 16:1-5
03/11/12 Acts 16:6-10
03/18/12 Acts 16:11-15
03/25/12 Acts 16:16-24
04/01/12 Passion Sunday
04/08/12 Easter Sunday
04/15/12 Acts 16:25-40
04/22/12 Acts 17:1-9
04/29/12 Acts 17:10-15
05/06/12 Acts 17:16-21
05/13/12 Acts 17:22-34
05/20/12 Acts 18:1-17
05/27/12 Acts 18:18-23
06/03/12 Acts 18:24-28
06/10/12 Acts 19:1-10
06/17/12 Acts 19:11-20
06/24/12 Acts 19:21-41
07/01/12 Acts 20:1-16
07/08/12 Acts 20:17-38
07/15/12 Acts 21:1-16
07/22/12 Acts 21:17-26
07/29/12 Acts 21:27-36
08/05/12 Acts 21:37-22:21
08/12/12 Acts 22:22-29
08/19/12 Acts 22:30-23:11
08/26/12 Acts 23:12-22
09/02/12 Acts 23:23-35
09/09/12 Acts 24:1-21
09/16/12 Acts 24:22-27
09/23/12 Acts 25:1-12
09/30/12 Acts 25:13-27
10/07/12 Acts 26:1-11
10/14/12 Acts 26:12-32
10/21/12 Acts 27:1-12
10/28/12 Acts 27:13-38
11/04/12 Acts 27:39-44
11/11/12 Acts 28:1-10
11/18/12 Acts 28:11-31
11/25/12 Romans 1:1-7
12/02/12 Romans 1:8-15
12/09/12 Romans 1:16-17
12/16/12 Advent Sunday
12/23/12 Christmas Sunday
12/30/12 Romans 1:18-32
01/06/13 Romans 2:1-11
01/13/13 Romans 2:12-29
01/20/13 Romans 3:1-8
01/27/13 Romans 3:9-20
02/03/13 Romans 3:21-31
02/10/13 Romans 4:1-12
02/17/13 Romans 4:13-25
02/24/13 Romans 5:1-11
03/03/13 Romans 5:12-21
03/10/13 Romans 6:1-14
03/17/13 Romans 6:15-23
03/24/13 Passion Sunday
03/31/13 Easter Sunday
04/07/13 Romans 7:1-6
04/14/13 Romans 7:7-25
04/21/13 Romans 8:1-11
04/28/13 Romans 8:12-17
05/05/13 Romans 8:18-30
05/12/13 Romans 8:31-39
05/19/13 Romans 9:1-29
05/26/13 Romans 9:30-10-4
06/02/13 Romans 10:5-21
06/09/13 Romans 11:1-10
06/16/13 Romans 1:11-24
06/23/13 Romans 11:25-36
06/30/13 Romans 12:1-2
07/07/13 Romans 12:3-8
07/14/13 Romans 12:9-21
07/21/13 Romans 13:1-7
07/28/13 Romans 13:8-14
08/04/13 Romans 14:1-12
08/11/13 Romans 14:13-23
08/18/13 Romans 15:1-7
08/25/13 Romans 15:8-13
09/01/13 Romans 15:14-21
09/08/13 Romans 15:22-33
09/15/13 Romans 16:1-16
09/22/13 Romans 16:17-23
09/29/13 Romans 16:24-27
10/06/13 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
10/13/13 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
10/20/13 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
10/27/13 1 Corinthians 2:1-16
11/03/13 1 Corinthians 3:1-23
11/10/13 1 Corinthians 4:1-21
11/17/13 1 Corinthians 5:1-13
11/24/13 1 Corinthians 6:1-11
12/01/13 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
12/08/13 1 Corinthians 7:1-16
12/15/13 Advent Sunday
12/22/13 Christmas Sunday
12/29/13 1 Corinthians 7:17-24
01/05/14 1 Corinthians 7:25-40
01/12/14 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
01/19/14 1 Corinthians 9:1-27
01/26/14 1 Corinthians 10:1-22
02/02/14 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1
02/09/14 1 Corinthians 11:2-16
02/16/14 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
02/23/14 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
03/02/14 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
03/09/14 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
03/16/14 1 Corinthians 14:1-25
03/23/14 1 Corinthians 14:26-40
03/30/14 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
04/06/14 1 Corinthians 15:12-34
04/13/14 Passion Sunday
04/20/14 Easter Sunday
04/27/14 1 Corinthians 15:35-49
05/04/14 1 Corinthians 15:40-48
05/11/14 1 Corinthians 16:1-4
05/18/14 1 Corinthians 16:5-11
05/25/14 1 Corinthians 16:12-24
06/01/14 2 Corinthians 1:1-11
06/08/14 2 Corinthians 1:12-2:4
06/15/14 2 Corinthians 2:5-11
06/22/14 2 Corinthians 2:12-17
06/29/14 2 Corinthians 3:1-18
07/06/14 2 Corinthians 4:1-6
07/13/14 2 Corinthians 4:7-18
07/20/14 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
07/27/14 2 Corinthians 5:11-6:13
08/03/14 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1
08/10/14 2 Corinthians 7:2-16
08/17/14 2 Corinthians 8:1-15
08/24/14 2 Corinthians 8:16-24
08/31/14 2 Corinthians 9:1-15
09/07/14 2 Corinthians 10:1-18
09/14/14 2 Corinthians 11:1-15
09/21/14 2 Corinthians 11:16-33
09/28/14 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
10/05/14 2 Corinthians 12:11-21
10/12/14 2 Corinthians 13:1-10
10/19/14 2 Corinthians 13:11-14
10/26/14 Galatians 1:1-5
11/02/14 Galatians 1:6-10
11/09/14 Galatians 1:11-24
11/16/14 Galatians 2:1-10
11/23/14 Galatians 2:11-14
11/30/14 Galatians 2:15-21
12/07/14 Galatians 3:1-9
12/14/14 Advent Sunday
12/21/14 Christmas Sunday
12/28/14 Galatians 3:10-14
01/04/15 Galatians 3:15-29
01/11/15 Galatians 4:1-7
01/18/15 Galatians 4:8-20
01/25/15 Galatians 4:21-31
02/01/15 Galatians 5:1-15
02/08/15 Galatians 5:16-26
02/15/15 Galatians 6:1-10
02/22/15 Galatians 6:11-18
03/01/15 Ephesians 1:1-14
03/08/15 Ephesians 1:15-23
03/15/15 Ephesians 2:1-10
03/22/15 Ephesians 2:11-22
03/29/15 Passion Sunday
04/05/15 Easter Sunday
04/12/15 Ephesians 3:1-13
04/19/15 Ephesians 3:14-21
04/26/15 Ephesians 4:1-16
05/03/15 Ephesians 4:17-32
05/10/15 Ephesians 5:1-21
05/17/15 Ephesians 5:22-33
05/24/15 Ephesians 6:1-4
05/31/15 Ephesians 6:5-9
06/07/15 Ephesians 6:10-24
06/14/15 Philippians 1:1-11
06/21/15 Philippians 1:12-18a
06/28/15 Philippians 1:18b-30
07/05/15 Philippians 2:1-11
07/12/15 Philippians 2:12-18
07/19/15 Philippians 2:19-30
07/26/15 Philippians 3:1-11
08/02/15 Philippians 3:12-4:1
08/09/15 Philippians 4:2-9
08/16/15 Philippians 4:10-23
08/23/15 Colossians 1:1-14
08/30/15 Colossians 1:15-23
09/06/15 Colossians 1:24-2:5
09/13/15 Colossians 2:6-15
09/20/15 Colossians 2:16-23
09/27/15 Colossians 3:1-17
10/04/15 Colossians 3:18-4:6
10/11/15 Colossians 4:7-18
10/18/15 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
10/25/15 1 Thessalonians 2:1-16
11/01/15 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:5
11/08/15 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13
11/15/15 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
11/22/15 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
11/29/15 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
12/06/15 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
12/13/15 Advent Sunday
12/20/15 Christmas Sunday
12/27/15 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4
01/03/16 2 Thessalonians 1:5-12
01/10/16 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
01/17/16 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
01/24/16 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5
01/31/16 2 Thessalonians 3:6-18
02/07/16 1 Timothy 1:1-11
02/14/16 1 Timothy 1:12-20
02/21/16 1 Timothy 2:1-15
02/28/16 1 Timothy 3:1-7
03/06/16 1 Timothy 3:8-13
03/13/16 1 Timothy 3:14-16
03/20/16 Passion Sunday
03/27/16 Easter Sunday
04/03/16 1 Timothy 4:1-5
04/10/16 1 Timothy 4:6-16
04/17/16 1 Timothy 5:1-6:2a
04/24/16 1 Timothy 6:2b-10
05/01/16 1 Timothy 6:11-21
05/08/16 2 Timothy 1:1-18
05/15/16 2 Timothy 2:1-13
05/22/16 2 Timothy 2:14-26
05/29/16 2 Timothy 3:1-9
06/05/16 2 Timothy 3:10-17
06/12/16 2 Timothy 4:1-8
06/19/16 2 Timothy 4:9-22
06/26/16 Titus 1:1-4
07/03/16 Titus 1:5-16
07/10/16 Titus 2:1-15
07/17/16 Titus 3:1-11
07/24/16 Titus 3:12-15
07/31/16 Philemon 1-25
08/07/16 Hebrews 1:1-14
08/14/16 Hebrews 2:1-18
08/21/16 Hebrews 3:1-6
08/28/16 Hebrews 3:7-19
09/04/16 Hebrews 4:1-13
09/11/16 Hebrews 4:14-5:10
09/18/16 Hebrews 5:11-6:12
09/25/16 Hebrews 6:13-20
10/02/16 Hebrews 7:1-10
10/09/16 Hebrews 7:11-28
10/16/16 Hebrews 8:1-13
10/23/16 Hebrews 9:1-10
10/30/16 Hebrews 9:11-28
11/06/16 Hebrews 10:1-18
11/13/16 Hebrews 10:19-39
11/20/16 Hebrews 11:1-40
11/27/16 Hebrews 12:1-2
12/04/16 Hebrews 12:3-17
12/11/16 Hebrews 12:18-29
12/18/16 Advent Sunday
12/25/16 Christmas Sunday
01/01/17 Hebrews 13:1-19
01/08/17 Hebrews 13:20-25
01/15/17 James 1:1-18
01/22/17 James 1:19-27
01/29/17 James 2:1-13
02/05/17 James 2:14-26
02/12/17 James 3:1-12
02/19/17 James 3:13-18
02/26/17 James 4:1-12
03/05/17 James 4:13-17
03/12/17 James 5:1-6
03/19/17 James 5:7-12
03/26/17 James 5:13-20
04/02/17 1 Peter 1:1-2
04/09/17 Passion Sunday
04/16/17 Easter Sunday
04/23/17 1 Peter 1:3-12
04/30/17 1 Peter 1:13-25
05/07/17 1 Peter 2:1-12
05/14/17 1 Peter 2:13-25
05/21/17 1 Peter 3:1-7
05/28/17 1 Peter 3:8-22
06/04/17 1 Peter 4:1-11
06/11/17 1 Peter 4:12-19
06/18/17 1 Peter 5:1-14
06/25/17 2 Peter 1:1-15
07/02/17 2 Peter 1:16-21
07/09/17 2 Peter 2:1-22
07/16/17 2 Peter 3:1-13
07/23/17 2 Peter 3:14-18
07/30/17 1 John 1:1-4
08/06/17 1 John 1:5-10
08/13/17 1 John 2:1-6
08/20/17 1 John 2:7-14
08/27/17 1 John 2:15-17
09/03/17 1 John 2:18-27
09/10/17 1 John 2:28-3:10
09/17/17 1 John 3:11-24
09/24/17 1 John 4:1-6
10/01/17 1 John 4:7-21
10/08/17 1 John 5:1-5
10/15/17 1 John 5:6-12
10/22/17 1 John 5:13-21
10/29/17 2 John 1:1-13
11/05/17 3 John 1-13
11/12/17 Jude 1-25
11/19/17 Revelation 1:1-8
11/26/17 Revelation 1:9-20
12/03/17 Revelation 2:1-7
12/10/17 Revelation 2:8-11
12/17/17 Advent Sunday
12/24/17 Christmas Sunday
12/31/17 Revelation 2:12-17
01/07/18 Revelation 2:18-29
01/14/18 Revelation 3:1-6
01/21/18 Revelation 3:7-13
01/28/18 Revelation 3:14-22
02/04/18 Revelation 4:1-11
02/11/18 Revelation 5:1-14
02/18/18 Revelation 6:2-17
02/25/18 Revelation 7:1-8
03/04/18 Revelation 7:9-17
03/11/18 Revelation 8:1-5
03/18/18 Revelation 8:1-6-9:21
03/25/18 Revelation 10:1-11 Passion Sunday
04/01/18 Revelation 11:1-14 Easter Sunday
04/08/18 Revelation 11:15-19
04/15/18 Revelation 12:1-6
04/22/18 Revelation 12:7-17
04/29/18 Revelation 13:1-10
05/06/18 Revelation 13:11-18
05/13/18 Revelation 14:1-5
05/20/18 Revelation 14:6-13
05/27/18 Revelation 14:14-20
06/03/18 Revelation 15:1-8
06/10/18 Revelation 16:1-16
06/17/18 Revelation 16:17-21
06/24/18 Revelation 17:1-18
07/01/18 Revelation 18:1-24
07/08/18 Revelation 19:1-5
07/15/18 Revelation 19:6-10
07/22/18 Revelation 119:11-21
07/29/18 Revelation 20:1-6
08/05/18 Revelation 20:7-10
08/12/18 Revelation 20:11-15
08/19/18 Revelation 21:1-8
08/26/18 Revelation 21:9-27
09/02/18 Revelation 22:1-5
09/09/18 Revelation 22:6-21
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Idolatry

When we put the Word of God in the back seat, front pews quickly fill with pretenders of truth. Without the objectivity of God’s Word we feel free to claim it is the Holy Spirit speaking in the sanctuary. Yet from the perspective of either God’s Word or eternity we will discover that the one speaking was merely self. This is the worst form of idolatry and a gross violation of the most basic command of the Almighty.

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Parallel Gospels

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Gothic and Anglo-Saxon Gospels with Wycliffe and Tyndale in parallel

In looking for books to read about the development of the English Bible, I ran across a copy of an early parallel Gospels in Google Books. I downloaded it immediately but some books I want to have in print. So I searched eBay and found a copy in England. It was published in London in 1874 and has each of the gospels arranged verse-by-verse, side-by-side, with the Gothic of Ulphilus (4th century Codex Argenteus) in the first column, Anglo-Saxon (8th century) in the second, John Wycliffe’s English translation (1382) from the Latin Vulgate in the third, and William Tyndale’s English translation (1525) of the Greek in the fourth column.

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The parallel columns of the Gothic, Anglo-Saxon, Wycliffe & Tyndale

The parallel columns in these translations allow one to observe the progression toward the King James Version, about 90% of which is word-for-word Tyndale’s translation.

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John 3:16 in the Anglo-Saxon

Of interest is the Anglo-Saxon translation of John 3:16. Try reading it above. Tough, right? Notice the third word, “middan-eard.” This is related to the Norse “midgard,” one of the nine worlds and the one where humans lived. This, of course, is where J. R. R. Tolkien picks up “Middle Earth” in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Essentially, Ulphilus is saying that God so loved the place where humans lived that he sent his Son.

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Even More from the Deaf Ears Department

The following post is going around Facebook…

Your car is Japanese. Your beer is German. Your wine is Spanish. Your democracy is Greek. Your coffee is Colombian. Your tea is Chinese. Your watch is Swiss. Your fashion is French. Your shirt is Indian. Your shoes are Thai. Your radio is Korean. Your vodka is Russian. And then you complain your neighbor is an immigrant? Pull yourself together. Copy and post to voice your support for the DREAM Act. DREAM Act NOW

Uh… No.

Is anybody’s car really American these days? Both of mine are built in the USA but the companies are indeed Japanese. My beer is not German. My wine is not Spanish. My democracy is uniquely American. Coffee does not grow in America or it would be American. My tea is not Chinese. My watch is not Swiss. My fashion is not French. (Trust me.) My shirt is not Indian. My shoes are not Thai. My radio is not Korean. My vodka is not Russian. And I do not complain that my neighbor is an immigrant.

But you know, that is not the point anyway. That Facebook post is just smoke screen. Still, I don’t like to complain so I pulled myself together and squinted through the smoke. This is what I see…

I complain, if you can call it such, because people do not immigrate; they illegally cross our borders. If people are here legally, fine. I have met two legal immigrants in the past 20 years. Two. I am sure there are more than two but it sure seems like the majority are here illegally.

There is a huge difference between buying legally traded goods and people illegally crossing our borders. That is the point.

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Still More from the Deaf Ears Department

I took the sandwich back to the counter and said, I ordered a single, no cheese, with mustard and extra pickle. OKAY… (pointing at the unwrapped burger on the counter) SO WHAT’S WRONG WITH THAT? Uh, it’s a bacon cheeseburger. OH. WELL, WHAT DO YOU WANT? Really? A single, no cheese, with mustard and extra pickles. She then shouts: ONE SINGLE WITH CHEESE, NO MUSTARD OR PICKLE.

Another employee (the cashier) gets involved now…NO, HE WANTS A SINGLE WITH NO CHEESE BUT EXTRA MUSTARD AND PICKLE.

The guy next to me in line smiles and encourages me, “At least their new fries are good.”

The original employee now says, OHHHHH. ONE SINGLE WITH CHEESE, PICKLES, AND EXTRA MUSTARD.

No. No cheese, please. Just mustard and extra pickle on a plain burger.

DO YOU WANT A SINGLE BURGER?

Yes, thank you.

WITH CHEESE?

Whatever.

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Consumer Minimalism

A friend of mine mentioned minimalism the other day in a way that had nothing to do with music and art. Instead it involved everyday living, so I was intrigued. Then a friend (a member of my first church back in the 70s) on Facebook mentioned this site about being a consumer minimalist, so I sent the link to the initial friend.

I confess I did not read much of it. But since I am sick as a dog this Sunday morning and cannot be present with the Church, and because he thought a lot of the minimalist stuff reminded him of me, I have gone back and read it more carefully. I was intrigued how it could possibly be like me, since I don’t think of myself as particularly minimalist when it comes to buying stuff, or even frugal. So I looked at the article point-by-point.

1. We used to buy with cash before we bought this old house almost two years ago. And should go back to doing so as soon as our major projects on the house are accomplished. What we still do is similar—at least in largest part. We make major purchases for renovations/improvements with “12- or 18-month same as cash/no interest” offers. So we get what we need without paying a penny of interest. My wife is very good at this technique.

2. Saying no to logos is an easy one for me.

3. Brand disloyalty? One word. Aldi.

4. I’m not much aware of trends. I may have officially arrived at the state of near-full-on fuddy-duddy.

5. It’s usually others borrowing from me. I confess I do not like to borrow because I mark up books, need them too long because I refer to them again and again, want to take care of my own tools and again, need them too often. But have found a few good reasons to this during the past year. Eg: I borrowed a friend’s van to take the family to Ohio, instead of driving two vehicles or renting a van. Thank God for good friends.

6. We’ve swapped a little but usually just give stuff away.

7. Going on a “spending fast” is the most compelling idea in the list, since I have been considering it for a few months anyway. I have been wanting to fast just my paycheck for a month and be that far ahead. I think we can do it just by cutting out superfluous spending like eating out with the friends, buying clothes, books, et cetera.

8. We enjoy giving way too much to pull off having a “gift-free holiday.” But we have made Christmas this year easier on others. A simple $20 stocking is all that’s expected of family this year. We are trading names so each person only stuffs a stocking for one person. But Susan and I are still giving more…because it makes us feel jolly, I guess. My hope for Christmas 2011, is to have my woodshop set up by then and be able to make heirloom furniture for gifts.

9. Shunning ads? No problem. Except when Biblical Archeological Review and Christian Book Distributors send me adverts.

10. I’ve been walking more and driving less over the past 2 years. But I don’t drive much anyway. I have a mere 44K miles on my 2004 Tacoma. And it’s been paid off for years.

11. We have right-sized our space but we up-sized. Oh, well. Can’t be hitting on all 14 cylinders in this article.

12. Fix stuff. We have always done this, as much as we have been able. Susan sews. I am pretty handy with tools. Most of our renovations and improvements on the house have been done by us, with some help from friends too. We did not know how to do some of the things required but just figured we could learn by trial and error—and lots of trips to the hardware store.

I recently bought a Robbins and Myers steel desk fan (circa 1927) that was made in my hometown. I got it for $10 at an antique dealer and am looking forward cleaning, painting, and replacing its wiring. No, I don’t know how to wire. Yet.

13. DIY. Sure. This is just fun and rewarding. Take one item a year and learn a new craft as opposed to buying more stuff. Eg: furniture, art, clothing. You can have more useful things because you designed them for you, as opposed to someone else designing them for the common denominator consumer. You can end up with things you actually like or even love instead of mass-produced crap that won’t last even your lifetime, let alone be something family would love to inherit. And you will learn to be talented enough to give very nice gifts you made especially for someone you love if you stop long enough to think, “I can learn how to make this,” instead of buying that next thing in the store.

14. I find that I do want less and less. Every now and then, I must confess that I do want more. We recently purchased a big flat screen for these old eyes—and a blue-ray player to round it out. I have toggled the computer to it and we already had Netflix. So now—because of this big purchase—our cable bills are gone. The purchase will be paid for in 7 months of cable savings. After that, the cable savings will amount to almost 2 extra house payments a year. That will pay it off faster and bring down the interest significantly.

So I guess my friend was right. A lot of her ideas remind me of me too. And of him. Spoken affectionately from one fuddy-duddy to another.

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More from the Deaf Ears Department

Funny thing…I have almost exactly the same amount of hope in our government today as I did yesterday. In fact, I have very little hope and even less trust in our government—or any form of government. This is not to say that ours is not the best form of government. I believe it is…or was…or could be.

Here is the problem as I see it: nothing much changes, no matter who is in office. It will be largely “same old” with this new crowd.

Here is the reason for that problem, as I see it: We are a “government of the people.” That is a good thing but it can and has become a bad thing. People have increasingly become absorbed with self. They vote based upon what the candidate is going to do for them—not based upon what is right. For example, I know people who voted for a certain presidential candidate because he was promising more in the GI Bill. The other candidate would not make those promises because the money (re: our debt) was not available and he knew he could not keep and so should not make such promises.

As long as “the people” are more concerned for self than for doing the right thing (one example would be paying off the debt instead of increasing it), there are going to be politicians who will promise to make the masses happy in order to garner their vote. And maybe they should, since we are a “government for the people.” But when those people are so self-absorbed (as our culture certainly is), I have little hope in a “government by” those people.

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