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”

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”

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”

Encouragement for Young Men

Introduction Can we begin with the assumption that young men have brains and occasionally those things get used? I probably over cite Luther’s quote on humanity being like a drunk on a mule who falls off on one side and just to keep things even makes sure to fall off the other side the nextContinue reading “Encouragement for Young Men”

Mere Hospitality

Introduction There is a short quote in Mere Christianity that always sticks out to me. Or more specifically it sticks in my craw, which was his confessed intent. Sometimes our pride also hinders our charity; we are tempted to spend more than we ought on the showy forms of generosity (tipping, hospitality) and less thanContinue reading “Mere Hospitality”

Yet Another Article on the Proverbs 31 Woman

Introduction  An excellent wife who can find? Done! Not the brag, but I found one. Seriously, I am not trying to brag. I would like to take this particular post and honor my excellent wife, N*. My goal is not so much instruction as to simply praise the really lovely woman I married.  First aContinue reading “Yet Another Article on the Proverbs 31 Woman”