Monday, February 27, 2012

Old St. Nik, Part 7

Before setting out that night, Nik needed to to attend to a chore.  He went down to the forge, where the boys were finishing up for the day.  The tallest of the boys was showing a smaller one how to clean and hand up his tools properly.  Nik waited until they were done.  The older boy smiled reassuringly at the younger one, ruffled his hair, and dismissed him from work.  They turned to leave, and all the boys noticed Nik at once, and bowed.  "You," said Nik to the tallest boy, "come with me."

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Old St. Nik, Part 6

Abbess rose before the sun, as always.  She had long ago resolved herself to being a morning person with a nocturnal master.  She was grateful for the solitary time to focus and work uninterrupted every morning, and she took a lot of naps.  After her private prayers in her small cell of the stone abbey, and leading the nuns through their morning worship in the drafty sanctuary, she retreated into her office to find an unannounced visitor.  "Aposose," she greeted him warmly, "you know that he won't be up for hours.  Did you come just to see me again?"  She sat down at her ancient, wooden desk, and motioned him to the chair opposite.  

Monday, February 13, 2012

I am a pornographer.

1 Corinthians 6: 12, Galatians 5: 1, 13 , 1 Peter 2: 16, 2 Peter 2: 19

At work, in charge of magazines, I stock the porn without objection.  I believe in freedom of expression and consumption.  But I keep it behind the register, because otherwise it gets stolen, which is silly because you can get it free on the internet.  And by stolen, what I mean is that we find it lying open on the floor in the men's room, where, theoretically, children could see it.  Should freedom have limits?

Monday, February 6, 2012

I've never heard a sermon on these 6 Bible texts.

1.) Romans 13: 1-7

I always wonder where the 'Christian Nation' argument comes from when I read this passage.  Paul is telling Christians in Rome that God himself has approved their government, which was killing them for sport.  Then, he tells them not to rebel, and reminds them to pay their taxes without complaining.  I think if more Christians took this passage to heart we could really make some positive changes in our country.  Instead, we insist that we must take charge because our leadership is immoral.  We go on TV and tell everyone that rebelling against the British was God's idea in the first place, and therefore the US is His favorite nation in the world, and belongs to primarily to Christians.  But Paul was pretty clear, political revolution is not our job, no matter how awful our government gets, and we are not in charge.