I’m not sure if anyone still reads this blog. I wouldn’t know how one would these days. Is Feedly still a thing? Do people keep up with RSS feeds anymore? I imagine that those who still follow me on Twitter might see a link to this pop up once I post it. But anyway…
So I’ve been up to a lot. I met a beautiful young woman last year and we began dating but knew almost immediately that we were meant for one another. So last week, yes, seven days ago today, I married this beautiful creature. We enjoyed a lovely honeymoon on a cruise and arrived home this Friday past. We’ve spent the weekend getting the house ready for cohabitation. There’s still plenty to do! Just today my lovely bride and her two daughters moved in with me and my daughter. So I am now living with four, I repeat FOUR women! It’s going to be a wild ride!
That’s the big news. In smaller matters I’m still the associate pastor of my church New Hope Fellowship. I’m still earning a living as a barber/barbershop manager. We’ve since moved our business location a few doors down in the same plaza. I like the new space much better.
I have moved all of the books out of my bedroom and into my office, which I plan to convert into more of a library than an office, although it will still have a desk and my computer(s). Although I haven’t made much time to read anything other than the Bible I’ve still been purchasing books. I hope when things settle down and I have the house the way that I want it I’ll be able to start reading regularly and perhaps even set aside some time to blog about what I’ve been reading.
I’ve seen a ton of movies since I’ve last been active on the interwebs but I doubt I’ll have much to say about any of them. Maybe one day I’ll bang out a quick movie notes post. But yeah, that’s about it. Work, marriage, family, church, house. Not much else happening. I’m looking forward to all that God has in store. And of course I’ll be posting pictures once the library is complete!
The title of this post is actually not true. I do discuss politics. All the time in fact. I just don’t like to discuss politics. I think the main reason is that I’m a realist. Being a realist also makes me a political cynic. I have no confidence in the American political system (or any other political system of this world). I’ve come to believe that politicians of any party will promise whatever they can to get elected and then do very little to fulfill those promises unless those promises serve their own agendas and the agendas of those they serve.
And while I’m on that, I think all American politicians, regardless of what side of the aisle they sit on, serve a super wealthy elite . The two party system exists to convince us that we really have a choice. At the end of the day it’s the same folks calling the shots. My vote matters only in the sense that it makes me feel as if I’ve exercised a right. Well bully for me!
But here’s my real issue. When I discuss politics I see people who are optimistic and idealistic and who expect real and significant changes. I don’t think it’s wrong to be hopeful. I do think it’s naive to think that American politicians will bring them. At least if the changes we’re expecting are positive. It’s basically like this: the country is getting worse. It has been in decline for a long time. I don’t see things getting better in a real and significant way until the Messiah returns and ushers in God’s kingdom.
Does that mean we stop hoping for change? No! Does it mean we stop taking steps to affect change? No! To the contrary, we have to occupy until Jesus returns, but I’m not expecting the kinds of changes that I’d like to see until that day comes. If the present US presidential election teaches us anything it should be that bad leaders (and that’s what we’re going to be stuck with regardless of who wins!) are God’s judgment on an unfaithful nation.
In a word: work. I’ve been working. A lot. Like 70 hours a week. For over a year. It’s been lucrative. It has. Really. But it doesn’t afford me much time to do pretty much anything. Except church that is. There’s Sunday service and Wednesday evening Bible study. I do that too and when I’m there there’s a few things I do to help the service run smoothly. So I’ve been busy. Really busy.
The business of life hasn’t afforded me much time to blog. Not because blogging takes that much time, but rather because I’m occupied with things that don’t give me as much time to think of the things that make for good blog fodder. Make sense? I used to have a bunch of time to read and review books. I don’t have that any more. I used to have a bunch of time to study Scripture and reflect on it. I don’t have that any more (although rest assured I still read my Bible).
For a while I was keeping my reading audience abreast of what books I’ve been ordering and receiving (that’s right folks, I’m exclusively buying books these days!) but that’s been mostly relegated to my social media outlets, If I even keep up with it there. The truth is that my addictive personality has struck again and I’ve added a new addiction to the repertoire. Sneakers. But not just sneakers in general, rather Jordan 1s in particular.
I’ve never been a Jordan guy. I was always a Knicks fan so wearing Jordans back in the day was never a thought in my mind and I’ve not been a fan of the various iterations of his shoes anyway. But I do like the 1s because they’re really just Nikes. They got their design language from the Air Force 1, which is undoubtedly my favorite sneaker of all time. But I digress… Anyway, after never having owned a pair of Jordans I now own 7 with plans to get more in the very near future. I’d like to stop but being the way I am I probably won’t.
I’ve also taken up comic book reading. After consulting with my friend Bryan L. a few months back I subscribed to Marvel Unlimited and I have access to thousands of comics on my iPad. I’ve been reading the Civil War series and it’s pretty good. Quite a bit different than the last Captain America film, which I loved, but still good.
And there’s the beat making. It’s slowed a bit but I still dabble. I really do have to post some of the stuff I’ve made. One day…
Oh, and then there’s my daughter. She’s in high school now which means she wants nothing to do with dear old dad so I have to take every moment I can spend with her and spend it. Consequently, I have to take every waking moment to fight off the depression of being old enough to have a daughter in high school! Just kidding. I don’t get depressed. I’ve got the joy joy joy joy down in my heart, (where?) down in my heart, (where?) down in my heart…
So that’s it in a nutshell. I’d like to talk politics real soon but I have a sneaking suspicion that I won’t. Until then…
…you forget to wish your best good friend and brother from another mother a happy birthday. My dear friend Fr Esteban Vázquez just celebrated another year of life this past August 29th and I was too busy cutting some vagrant’s hair to remember to send him my best wishes. So happy belated birthday bro! Something is on the way!
Oh, and Jim West grew even more decrepit on the same day, so congrats on that Jim.
I have a lot to say about the recent police shootings that have happened but I won’t say it here. I will say two simple things:
- Police officers, in most circumstances, can subdue suspects without taking their lives. Discharging a firearm should be the last resort and an action that should be taken only if another’s life is immediately in danger.
- Suspects need to cooperate with police officers, which means no resisting arrest as well as not reaching for anything unless instructed to do so. I’m convinced that if this were the case then there would be less deaths at the hands of police officers.
I would also like to add that I don’t much care for the rhetoric of “murder” being used so carelessly in each and every one of these cases. At times the police officers are guilty of murder, but more often than not they’ve simply killed someone, which is tragic, but not murder in and of itself.
That is all.
My dear friend Esteban Vázquez sent me an Amazon gift card for my birthday as is his custom. I won’t repeat the message but there was a hashtag that said #choosewisely. So I took that to heart and mulled over my decision for a couple of days. I decided to use it to purchase Thomas F. Torrance’s The Christian Doctrine of God: One Being Three Persons and The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church.
These are both second editions reissued by Bloomsbury T&T Clark in their Cornerstones series and they contain new introductions by Paul Molnar and Myk Habets respectively. I have digital copies of both books in their first volume but I figured that it would be nice to have them adorning my Trinity shelves as well.
I’d also add that I opted to by new copies of each book from a third part seller because doing so saved me $12 per book off Amazon’s price. Sure, I’m paying for shipping but that’s only $4 per book. In the end saving that $16 made it possible for me to get both books with the one gift card. So thank you Esteban, I do believe that I’ve chosen wisely and that said wisdom has been applied to more than just the choice of books!