A Christmas Post Mortem

Yesterday I packed up the last of my Christmas decorations. I usually take my time because for all the work setting the stuff up I want to enjoy it in proportion. This year there were still a lot of gifts under the tree that had yet to be distributed. And it caused me to considerContinue reading “A Christmas Post Mortem”

Repentance

After the 2016 election I was struck by how churches responded to their various congregants reactions to the election. I say struck, I mean disappointed, angry even. It seemed to me based on the reactions of both parties the election was like a ancient near east clash of the gods. Each army had lined up,Continue reading “Repentance”

How to Read this Blog

Dear Reader, Welcome to Southern Reformed Smoker, we are glad to have you. Wether you are here to click around hit like and try and get us to reciprocate on your own WordPress blog, a CCP bot, or an actual person who fell down the internet rabbit hole and this is where you landed, Welcome. Continue reading “How to Read this Blog”

Thankful for 2020

Editors Note: This post is a tad shorter and a day behind the publishing schedule. The reason being that what I had intended to post was just not up to snuff. Instead here is a new musing for the end of the year. I think it might be something of a new tradition that JohnContinue reading “Thankful for 2020”

By the Hammer of Christmas

Editors Note: It being the week of Christmas I am posting a shorter article for all five of you to snicker at then go back to spending time with the actual human beings who are with you. So here I sit, at my local watering hole in sunny seventy degree weather. Sipping on a winterContinue reading “By the Hammer of Christmas”

Book List 2020

“Well we come now to that part of the show when I say: ‘Well we come now to that part of the show…” – Stephen Fry As so many blogs do around this time of year I now present a reading list. This is supposed to be the best books I have read this year.Continue reading “Book List 2020”

Overlooking for Joy

There are complicated passages of Scripture and there are easy ones. I would like to take one of each sort show how they are connected and then apply them across a few scenarios in the hope that all five of you who read this will be edified.  “Good sense makes one slow to anger, andContinue reading “Overlooking for Joy”

Cultural Marxism

Looking around all that I survey, I stumble into a vast plain of ignorance. I am told that Cultural Marxism is either the fount of all evil or the head waters of all that is good, decent, and long division. Therefore I sought to research this phenom, and after receiving instruction from my aged andContinue reading “Cultural Marxism”

Give Thanks for the No

We come now to my favorite holiday: Thanksgiving. Of the four major American holidays Thanksgiving is kind of the underdog.* Matt Chandler pointed out how ignored it is “I feel like our kids are going to grow up saying, “Happy Forth of July.” “And Merry Christmas to you!” Halloween does not help either, stealing someContinue reading “Give Thanks for the No”

My Wife Has an Offensive Joke

My wife has an obscure, sometimes dark sense of humor. And occasionally there arrises a moment in social gathering or conversation that we enjoy an ongoing joke. People will ask how we met and our story and she will relate it. In which I pursued her for four years consistently declaring my intent to marryContinue reading “My Wife Has an Offensive Joke”