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10/01/19 10:19 AM #32    

 

Robert Poston

Dan,

Looking forward to your book, which is enroute. Thanks for your sharing and insight.

Best to you and your family.

Bob Poston


04/01/20 02:33 PM #33    

 

Edith Guynes (Stanley)

Banana bread would be a good use for all those bananas! I only buy two bananas at a time, because I like them fairly green and more than two get too ripe for me before I can get them eaten. In fact, lots of times I choose only a perfect one and eat it in the car on the way home!

Thanks for the good story, Dan!!

Edith


04/01/20 03:29 PM #34    

Carmen Evans (Lewis)

Dan, I agree with Edith.  And I have a very good banana bread recipe which my good friend Julie Lauritzen shared with me in 1998.  I will send it to you. Try it sometime and then enjoy it.  

Our neighbors and friends as well as my Mah Jong group, card group and book club group love this bread.  

Our granddaughter ate our second to last slice just a little while ago as she loves it.   Brittani and I will be making pumpkin bread this afternoon because our bananas are not yet ripe enought to be used in said recipe.

 

 

 

 


04/01/20 08:14 PM #35    

 

Edith Guynes (Stanley)

Dan, I should add that I never make banana bread or any other kind, but when I tell people I only buy two bananas because otherwise they get too ripe for me, they always suggest banana bread!

 


04/02/20 01:34 PM #36    

Lorean Holloway (Thompson)

banana pudding made from scratch in microwave in 8 minutes ---delivered to people in jail (quarantined) .Thanks to truck drivers and farmers we still have milk and butter to make this.  


06/18/20 01:27 PM #37    

 

Edith Guynes (Stanley)

Dan, I guess I'm surprised that someone said that about you. I've always thought you communicated very well, if a bit above my understanding in some instances! To illustrate, I'm am relating a story about my son which I think corresponds with your communication skills. Michael was an extremely talented and knowledgeable computer technician. Actually, he is the one that got our class web site set up originally and gave it such unique qualities that we still enjoy, even though it is now hosted on a different platform. One day, my brother-in-law, asked him a question about something to do with computer issues. When Michael replied to him in his usual fashion (and I do mean usual), Porter responded, "Michael, I do appreciate you answering my question, but I really just wanted a simple answer, not a doctoral dissertation!" All of us who ever asked Michael a computer question, expecting a simple answer, felt the same way as Porter did with his response!!

 


10/01/20 06:53 PM #38    

Audrey Ochs (Powell)

I'm just anxious for the answers.  I always enjoy your "ponderings"!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


10/01/20 08:51 PM #39    

 

Edith Guynes (Stanley)

Donald Trump said only I can fix it and that carmage was the critical issue.

John F Kennedy affirmed that our benefits and rights come not from the state but from God.


11/19/20 11:03 AM #40    

Audrey Ochs (Powell)

Thanks  Dan.  I agree!!

 


11/20/20 09:47 AM #41    

 

Robert Kenimer

Dan,  You are right on.  Thanks


01/03/21 07:31 AM #42    

 

Charles Boyd

Dan,

Looking forward to your first book.  Your Indian in Jesus, Chief

 


01/16/21 11:34 AM #43    

John Wilkinson

Dan thanks for your words.

Jesus said, "You will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free." I haven't seen any evidence of Mr. Trump embracing truth or nurturing his dormant soul. So his future wouldn't likely include much joy.


03/19/21 07:54 AM #44    

John Wilkinson

Dan, very thought provoking post.  Clearly Judas and the younger priest in the movie had an open door to their heart for Satan to walk through.  I feel that the young man who killed the sex workers in Atlanta also had an open door


08/11/21 09:20 AM #45    

 

Charles Boyd

Dan,

I think part of what is happening in the Church (mostly in the denominational Churches) is their reluctance to comment on the the politics of the day.  It is like they do not acknowledge that God put those in D.C. giving them governance of our Nation.  Satan is running rampant today but the true eklesia, the true Church, those who believe in Jesus and his saving grace, is starting to fight back.  Why do I not hear from the pulpit condemnation of the open southern border which allows COVID and criminals into our country, ships them to our neighborhoods all over the country then helps them with housing etc all with our dollars!  Why are they now hocking my children and grandchildren's future by spending money that they will have to pay back.  Is it greed or just stupidity?  Probably it is both!  My charge is the same to love Jesus and to love people.  That means I must consider life as precious and sacred as God does, hence I am against abortion, even if am forced to pay for it with my tax dollars.  Why do we send money to other countries to fund abortions - our stupidity in D.C. is reaching heights I would never have ever thought possible back in 50's when I started paying taxes and social security.  But my faith in Jesus tells me that America is looking at another great awakening!!!  I can only proclaim that I intend to be right there with my Lord doing my part!!!

81 is a great age.  When I saw you in Borger at this summers class reunion I would never have put you at that age level.  Don't fret, just enjoy and stay in tune with Jesus!!!

Your Indian in Jesus,

Chief


08/12/21 07:34 AM #46    

John Wilkinson

Dan,
Thank you for your post and for your questions.  My experience has been that teaching my children to be active followers of Jesus and be active in His chuch was a much more successful endeavor than teaching my grandchildren.  My grandchildren will accompany us to church when they visit, but for many of them that is their only participation.  Unfortunately I cannot give a lot of advice on how to change their priorities.

Regarding whether the church should be involved in the community my response is an emphatic yes.  God gave Moses the instruction th


08/12/21 08:01 AM #47    

John Wilkinson

Dan,
Thank you for your post and for your questions.  My experience has been that teaching my children to be active followers of Jesus and be active in His chuch was a much more successful endeavor than teaching my grandchildren.  My grandchildren will accompany us to church when they visit, but for many of them that is their only participation.  Unfortunately I cannot give a lot of advice on how to change their priorities.

Regarding whether the church should be involved in the community my response is an emphatic yes.  God gave Moses the instruction that His followers should love God with all their might and love their neighbors as much as they love themseves.  Then Jesus came along and said that the most important thing for His followers to do is the same thing, love God and love your neighbor.  And later Jesus told the parable of the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25 in which His message is that the absolutely most important thing His followers are to do is to help those who can't help themselves.

The church cannot accomplish these clear instructions without being involved in the community feeding the poor and homeless, advocating for justice for those who have none and many more similar activities.

My wife and I have slowly transitioned over time from our Southern Baptist background to the Methodist church because in our experience Methodista are much more active in ministries to the poor, homeless and those needing justice.

Dan thanks again for a great question.


10/16/21 02:05 PM #48    

 

Lester Dan Langley

Last Sunday (October 10) my Sunday school class took a break from Adam Hamilton (the writer of choice for Methodists) and discussed three issues I identified as part of the legacy of the long American Revolution––the January 6th assault on the Capitol, the charge that the American Revolution precipitated a war against women, and how God plays a crucial role in our civil religion. My goal was to answer a seemingly unanswerable question: How does the empiricist (the numbers cruncher) speak to a person of faith? The readings for the first came from an essay on how Evangelical/Fundamentalist Christians divided on the assault and a profile identifying the majority in the "insurrectionists" as just like the BHS Class of 1958, representative of a cross-section of society but about 30-40 years younger. For the second, I used Abigail Adams's "Remember the Ladies" letter and Paxton Smith's unauthorized 2021 valedictory address criticizing Texas's "Heartbeat Law" as a threat to women's rights. For the third, I chose JFK's 1961 Inaugural (remember his statement that our work in the world was "God's own") and an exchange between me and a Lutheran pastor in Pittsburgh who believes that the decline in religiosity in denominational churches is due to the fact that the non-denominational churches can appeal to people who respond not to reason but to emotions. In other words, the traditional churches have lessened up on laying down rules that must be followed. The two women associate pastors of the Church joined the group.

I was a bit surprised at their responses, but you may not be. For the first––the insurrection at the Capitol––there was minimal to non-existent interest in looking at the event as a Constitutional crisis. The general view was that these people were "mischief makers" who ought not to have been there. (Frankly, I was heartened by the ambiguity that Fundamentalist leaders displayed.) As for the second, there was ZILCH support for abortion as an integral tenet of women's rights, which I understood. I could not quite absorb the repeated insistence that women, indirectly but effectively, do have control over their rights. I am able to handle the bumper sticker question "Would Jesus drive an SUV?" but, fortunately, one of the associate pastors jumped to my defense when I was asked, "How would Jesus have reacted to an abortion?" As for the third question, the group was understandably spiritually emboldened with JFK's invocation of God's work as part of our national purpuse, but ABSOLUTELY and to me disturbingly UNMOVED by the well-documented response that when our government gets into the business of doing God's work in the world we wind up damaging our national interest and sacrificing lives. 

Most of my Sunday school class vote Republican and probably belong to the Trump nation, broadly defined.  I promised I would listen and I did. I did not mention that if Donald Trump wants to know his future he should watch the Andy Griffith film, "A Face In the Crowd." I did not get around to posing my last question: If you think of "redneck" not in racial or gendered or class terms but as someone who is defiant of what is perceived as an unjust and unconstitutional exercise of authority, was Jesus the messiah of the rednecks?

As always, when I am lost, I pray and ask for help, but both God and Jesus are exasperated with me. God tells me to "play the hand I've been dealt" and Jesus's reaction is "When are you going to stop living your living your life as a Greek tragedy?" Help me out on this one. I want to cross over. I want to belong to people of faith who don't tell me that "it's over."

A final query. Neither of the associate pastors could answer this question. Perhaps you can. Why would a man––I do not presume how a woman would answer––prefer to be called a sinner rather than a loser?


10/18/21 02:55 PM #49    

Lorean Holloway (Thompson)

Just trust the scriptures.  Ecc12:13 ---Noah had never seen rain, but he built an ark.  Follow the scriptures.  Have faith.  Pure religion James 1:27 --you have to have faith in the scriptures first.  Acts tells how to be saved and the Epistles tell us how to live.  Not easy.  I hope you find peace..  You have interesting posts, they are too deep for me.  I had to read Bill Buckley with a dictionary years ago. Prayers 


10/24/21 01:19 AM #50    

Amada Vidaurri

Dan,

I hesitate to write because few of the women do and I don't know why.  Abigail Adams was right and we all probably agree that women are equal to men and that we can now speak and vote.  

January : I'm surprised something did not happen sooner.  How long were people supposed to put up with the rioting and looting in Seattle, Chicago, New York, etc.  I don't think the Constitution was a factor.

Socialism:  Is this what Lyndon Johnson intended with his Great Society?  I don't think we all need to be reduced to the lowest common denominator.  Human nature being what it is, there will always be poverty and although we all all unique, we are  all not equal except in the  eyes of God.  We do try to help those who cannot help themselves.

Abortion:  I do not have children and I do not know the lyrics to any "he done me wrong songs", so maybe I am not too biased .  I am a Catholic.  I do not know about other faiths, but the various denomiations of the Christian fath cannot agree  when life begins - at conception, when there is a heartbeat, when the fetus is viable, etc.; when and how does the soul arrive? If it is a life, why is abortion not murder?  Is murder o.k.?

There is a lot of rhetoric about "choice" and 'rights".  If you were a willing particpant at the creation, why are you not responsible for the consequences?  If it is not a medical necessity, does this take care of the "ooops!", I didn't mean to get  pregnant factor?  Does the father have any rights?  We do not hear much about having a moral compass.

Opinions:  Yes, I have more

Sinners:  A sinner vs. a loser - You can repent witth your dying breath.

Amada

 

ISMS

You may have already seen a version of this.  A friend shared this with me.

An English teacher wrote to Ann Landers and asked for a repeat of a prevous column.  Her class was reading Orwell's 1984 and she wanted to explain the isms without having to teach too much history. The new column may have been from 12-4-2002.  Landers called it an "oldie but goldie".

SOCIALISM: You have two cows; give one to your neighbor. COMMUNISM: You have two cows; give both cows to the governent and they  might give you some milk. FASCISM: You have two cows; give all of the milk to the government and the government sells it. NAZISM: You have two cows; the government shoots you and takes both cows.  ANARCHISM: You have two cows; shoot the government agent and steal another cow.  CAPITALISM; You have two cows; sell one, buy a bull.

 

 


02/15/22 10:03 AM #51    

 

Lester Dan Langley

In early March I will participate in an Emmaus Walk. I've read about its benefits and even transformative power. If any of you has taken the Walk, I'd be grateful to hear about your experience. For a year, I've been consulting a therapist in an effort to "liberate" the person I have "trapped" within me––I am a "5" on the Enneagram scale––and instinctively fearful about revealing myself. "Fives" ("Investigarors") are notoriously fearful, as are "Fours" ("Individualists") and "Sixes" ("Loyalists"), but "Fives" can border on bipolarism. In other words, they can be perceptive and innovative but also secretive and isolated. My weakest link is with a "Two," who are "Helpers"  and care-givers and are characterized by their demonstrative, generous, and people-pleaasing ways yet can be possessive and suffer from sadness. (No woman who is a Two should ever watch "Looking for Mr. Goodbar.") I understand those men who desperately want the love of a Two. I'm hopeful the Emmaus Walk will strengthen my resolve to find balance in my life––defined benefits in my retirement and in my faith––and to serve God.


02/16/22 09:21 AM #52    

 

Charles Boyd

Dan,

I attended the the walk to Emaus quite a few years ago.  It was very helpful for me to see how important that it is to be in tune with the Love of Jesus for each of us!!!  Since then I have been more adept at meeting with him each day, even during very hectic days.  Do I always do it well, no.  But I do attempt to be in touch with him each and every day!  Be blessed brother and let the Spirit guide you in your walk!!!

Your Indian in Jesus, 

Chief


02/18/22 12:54 PM #53    

Ruthie Darby (Laughery)

Lynda, you are in my prayers.  Thots and love 


02/19/22 08:20 AM #54    

 

Charles Boyd

Oh Jesus, wash Lynda with your awesome peace, comfort and presence today!!!  Take care of her Lord!!!

Your Indian in Jesus,

Chief


03/14/22 01:23 PM #55    

 

Lester Dan Langley

The Emmaus Walk is a form of "spiritual hazing," but I've experienced nothing like it––fifteen sessions from "Priorities" to the "Fourth Day" in which the participant hears lay and clerical presenters speak to their lives of despair and recovery. I now understand what Christian brotherhood means. I sat at a table with three former prisoners––one of them a brute of a man with tattoos on both arms––and listened to their experiences with the "Walk" that takes place in prisons. Then there are the moving chapel events with supporters who are praying for those who are going on the "Walk." My sponsor––a Methodist pastor––has suggested that I play a role at a future Emmaus meeting, but I am hesitant to do so. I am unworthy. What do I say to a group of men who have endured a hell I never experienced and recovered? What do I say to people who know who I am when I have spent most of my life trying to figure out my identity? Paul Tillich was right. One has to make a leap of faith. But how do I blend, fuse, knot together or whatever, reason and analysis with faith? Perhaps a story will suffice. My roommate at Emmaus was a 33-year old trucker engaged to a 45-year-old and deeply religious cosmetologist. He seemed uncertain about the marriage's survival. "She can't come with me on the road." "Don't worry," I told him. "You are in store for some very special homecomings."

 

 


03/15/22 10:33 AM #56    

 

Charles Boyd

Dan,

I too was blessed on the walk to Emmaus!  Is anyone worthy except our Jesus? No, you and I are called to boldly stand for and with Jesus each day and in every way.  Sounds easy, but it does require lots of hard work.  So spend your time proclaiming Jesus and let him use you to bless others remembering it is he that does all of the blessing, you and I just his instruments!!!  wa do ji sa!!!

Your Indian in Jesus,

Chief

P.S.:  "wa do ji sa" is simply Thank you Jesus in Cherokee!!!

 


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