Posted by: readerjohn | August 24, 2016

Wednesday 8/24/16

  1. The danger of strong opinions
  2. 3rd-Grade nicknames
  3. Cockamamie legal theory du jour
  4. Strangest coincidence …
  5. If you’ll bow down and worship me
  6. Comprehensive Cogi review

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Posted by: readerjohn | August 23, 2016

Tuesday 8/23/16

  1. Narcissist amateur Trump aces reptilian pro Clinton
  2. We now expect birth certificates to lie
  3. Shea whups Zmirak, but pays a price
  4. The rest of the story

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Posted by: readerjohn | August 22, 2016

Monday 8/22/16

  1. P.T. Barnum vs Lady Macbeth
  2. Swetlandism and infallibility
  3. Imagine a competent GOP Candidate
  4. When do we go back to school?
  5. Who still speaks for conservatism?

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Posted by: readerjohn | August 21, 2016

Death and funerals

The last Aunt or Uncle of my parents’ generation died Saturday as I was tied up in seminars, a longish road trip back home, a quick power nap to compensate for a bit of insomnia Friday-Saturday, Vespers, dinner, and finally some Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and social media — where I learned that the anticipated death had indeed occurred.

The Facebook condolences to my cousin, with whom my Aunt lived, were bountiful and well-meaning, but I’ll give you a Pro Tip: Do not rely on funeral home comments or social media comments about a death to build a Christian view of the afterlife anything.

They seem to fall into an odd category of speech, like “Hi, how are ya?,” that must baffle anyone with autism spectrum disorder, since they are not really what they purport on the surface. Most of what I have in mind is pink ponies ‘n angel wings ‘n reunion with spouse ‘n beloved Fido and such. (I’ve never overheard what my autism-spectrum brother says to the bereaved at funeral visitations, now that I think of it.)

I guess “social convention” is the best label for this category of speech, though it can get pretty unconventional. I recall the parents of an adopted son who had been killed in a traffic accident at age 19 or 20. Greeting the mourners coming through the visitation line, the parents, instead of bereavement, expressed that they had asked the Lord keep their son from damning sins (they said it more circuitously than that — I don’t remember the exact words) and that they were comfortable with this, His terrible swift answer.

I’ve offered my cousin my own Facebook condolences (“Eternal be her memory!”) that probably strike others as odd.

If you want to say something at my wake, maybe the best would be “Finally, he gets some uninterrupted time to figure out all this stuff.” This, too, would be bad theology, but bad in a good way.

But if you stay for my funeral, what you’ll hear will shock you if you’ve never been to an Orthodox funeral. After serving them in a small parish for nearly 19 years, I’d paraphrase thus:

He’s dead,
He’s dead,
He’s really dead.
Remember him, O Lord, when You come into your Kingdom.
And remember, O man,
That you’ll soon be dead, too.

Thus for about 60 minutes. Then you’ll get a chance to kiss my cold, dead self (I almost reduced that to “body,” but that would be dubious theology) goodbye.

You don’t need to build that, as Christ’s Church already, and long ago, did that for us.

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“In learning as in traveling and, of course, in lovemaking, all the charm lies in not coming too quickly to the point, but in meandering around for a while.” (Eva Brann)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.

Posted by: readerjohn | August 20, 2016

Saturday 8/20/16

  1. The faddishness of trans
  2. My God, he’s going to run as Donald Trump!
  3. This is not about Donald Trump
  4. Neither is this
  5. But this is about the Clintons
  6. Dilbert Does Donald
  7. Our brother who was in despair

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Posted by: readerjohn | August 19, 2016

Friday 8/19/16

  1. Flagrant RFRA Abuse by ACLU!
  2. Flagrant intelligence insults by politicians!
  3. Don’t move your lips!
  4. Three things that cheered me
  5. Religious doubt

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Posted by: readerjohn | August 18, 2016

Thursday 8/18/16

  1. Anthony Esolen, Lawgiver
  2. ABA, SJW — what’s the difference?
  3. Will the GOP be pushing up daisies soon?
  4. Election update

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Posted by: readerjohn | August 17, 2016

Wednesday 8/17/16

  1. “Discrimination” claim loses, hurray!
  2. What do people get out of being racist?
  3. Third Temple?

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Posted by: readerjohn | August 16, 2016

Tuesday 8/16/16

  1. Voting against your interests 1
  2. Voting against your interests 2
  3. “The right to be believed” bites HRC on the arse
  4. He who must remain unnamed
  5. Olympics’ coolest optics?
  6. Democrats on religious liberty freedom to worship

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Posted by: readerjohn | August 15, 2016

Dormition 2016

  1. My last word on Trump?
  2. Just a twitching bundle of desires
  3. Religious neutrality paradox
  4. Snappy comeback
  5. All religions are fundamentally alike
  6. Dormition

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