Job 16; Acts 21-23

Pro-Choice

One knows so much that he is blind
Two seek the truth hoping to find
Three are wise with their understanding combined
Six are world changers of hearts intertwined
Twelve form a committee stuck looking behind
A mob is a fanatic without a mind
A democracy confirms the sin of mankind
So we vote in the Way we are inclined

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Job 15; Acts 19-20

No Class

Professor Brown had a frown as he taught theology.
His black gown proved his renown to speak sardonically.
Hence, the students wrote his every quote quite religiously.
It may be on the test so they did their best to record his oratory.
Now you may find it odd that he talked of God purely academically.
But that just shows how little you know of educational propriety.
From big books, Professor Brown took his bloated vocabulary,
With a voice of lead that would leave Eutychus dead from terminal ennui.
Tenured at God U there was nothing to do to a member of The Friends of Job Fraternity.
He churns out thinkers who still are stinkers, hardly masters of divinity.
Good news had not sunk in to their prideful sin, worshiping the latest modernity.
Their spirits were irrelevant; to speak such irreverent—intellectual naivete.
Intellegentsia’s spies keep open their eyes to embarrass orthodoxy.
As Daniel declared, people run here and there, seeking knowledge desperately.
Then full of hot air no one has a prayer to challenge their superiority.
And not a few look down on the pews at their ignorant bourgeoisie.
These high-faluters have mental clarity, but where is the charity for the rest of humanity?
Brown, the bombastic, kept up the cerebral gymnastics, when he was shaken suddenly.
To Brown’s disappointment, with no appointment, Jesus came unexpectedly.
“Professor Brown it’s time to bow down, for you pontificate arrogantly.
You should be distressed for you are possessed by demons of rationality.
Why do you disdain what you cannot explain, as if you know so absolutely?
You think the authors were absurd to pen my Word as an unsophisticated philosophy.
Yet you are a lout who can’t figure out its profound simplicity.
You scholars publish unending rubbish that helps no one become holy.
Repent and walk with me into eternity where Love reigns triumphantly.
Live in the kingdom of God, free of the façade of your pomposity
Don’t be afraid that grace is greater than grades in the Lord’s sovereignty.
Let me put it succinctly: I want you to know me more distinctly than any -ology.
So here I stand, reach out your hand to touch a mystery.
My daily miracles and healings will leave you reeling, for they are as real as me.”
“I’m sorry,” said Brown with that same frown, “That does not fit my systematic theology.
I don’t want to sound like a brat but I’ve moved beyond that by several higher degrees.
You must know we’ve evolved to strengthen our resolve for academic acceptability.
Therefore, every aberration has an explanation that can be discovered logically.
So, take this tome and read it at home—you will understand yourself completely.”
With tears in his eyes, Jesus said goodbye, and walked away disbelievingly.
It was not far to the nearest bar, where Jesus entered thankfully.
Here he could come across someone who was lost and needed him urgently.
While Professor Brown cleaned his glasses and went back to his classes, naturally.

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Job 13-14; Acts 17-18

Fail!

Fail, confident that experiments lead to discoveries.
Fail in dream-sized crashes that unearth lagniappe.
Fail often so you can get on with success.
Fail publicly, conquering your mortifying fears.
Fail but don’t confuse yourself with the event.
Fail, risking your reputation so you can forge a new one.
Fail facing the mirror, growing wise.
Fail into grace, breaking free from the Adversary.
Fail gloriously, be humbled, cry out to God.
Fail to fail and you will fail to live.

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Job 11-12; Acts 15-16

Duel Meanings

I savor a cup of coffee
with its dark complexity;
A bite of chocolate melts me—
bitterly and sweetly;
Jazz plays hypnotically
that intriguing intricacy;
The stage fills with tragedy,
exposing my insecurities;
The night stirs me nervously,
lost in the mysteries.

Finding joy ambivalently,
deliverances from mundanity;
Yet cowering at ambiguity,
pleading for consistency;
Stuck in life’s contingencies
missing God’s transcendency.
Taste and see the intensity
as divine opportunity.
Even questioning his integrity,
the Lord draws near benignly.

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Job 9-10; Acts 13-14

Life’s Important Formulas

2 + 2 = 4
a^2 + b^2 = c^2
e = mc^2
∑Life ≠ God
X + Me = ∞

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Job 6-8; Acts 12

Politicks

The Left’s not right and the Right is wrong,
Political idolaters and mindless throngs.
Structural evil, personal irresponsibility,
Running for fame, leveraging liberty.
It’s politicks sucking the life out of me.

Always campaigning, pandering for power,
Caricature assassinations from ivory towers.
Navigating by the hot winds for their sales,
Forgetting a compass, hiding their trail.
It’s politicks sucking the life out of me.

We are content to have someone to shame,
As long as we don’t have to face the blame.
Where has the strength of the people gone?
We are the leaders, not the pawns.
It’s politicks sucking the life out of me.

Not everyone has to agree for us to be one,
Not everyone has to bow to the Son
Yet, without guidance from on heaven high
The nation is lost, its end is nigh.
It’s politicks sucking the life out of me.

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Job 5; Psalm 108; Acts 10-11

The Sun’s Resurrection

I want to play dawn’s wake-up song—
The music of the spheres
Filling all the spaces.

I want to dance on the day’s first rays—
Quantum leaps on shining beams,
Steps of illumination.

I want to laugh with the earth’s relieved mirth—
An outburst for the morning,
Darkness extinguished in light.

I want to paint sky with the palette of Adonai—
Flinging radiance everywhere,
Splashing joy rapturously.

I want to honor God with praise and laud—
For the happiness this day holds,
Moments crammed with infinity.

I want to live here and now any how—
Constrained only by love,
Free to grab the horizon.

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