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About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations.

Tut-tut! Naughty Cat

Dig this–bold as brass, the cat invades a neighbor’s property and walks off with one of his plush toys. A little weak on the law, I guess.

This is how our Robbie, when she was just a tiny kitten, used to carry my wife’s slippers around the living room. But she never went next door for someone else’s slippers.

P.S.–I have successfully resisted the temptation to post a video about somebody’s pet clam.


Another Big Piece of the Story

As you’ll know if you’ve been following this blog, I write my Bell Mountain novels piece by piece, as God gives them to me. I don’t dope them out beforehand; instead, I wait for what He gives me. This can lead to a certain amount of artistic uncertainly, but it’s also very exciting.

For years, now, I’ve been wondering why the people of Obann shun the sea, but are unable to explain why. What happened to make the sea so dreadful to them? It must have been something to do with the Day of Fire, in which God destroyed their civilization a thousand years ago. But what could it have been?

As of today, I know!

I never expected this to be any part of the book I’m writing now, The Silver Trumpet: but suddenly I see that it really has to be. History, even ancient history, never dies; like it or not, the past is always part of the present. It has shaped the present and will shape the future. It’s a continuum of everything that’s happened, and can nowhere be cut off.

I can hardly wait to get to work on this tomorrow.


They’re Not Just Idiots…

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What would you think of someone who went into a church and then complained  that he saw people praying?

Each morning I visit youtube, looking for a hymn that I can post here. These hymns are to be found on pages that have been set up to display them. Those pages are the work of Christians who wish to share the hymns with other Christians, and anyone else who might come along.

How often do I find comments by atheists, complaining about “religious utterances” made by Christians on a page set up by Christians to display a Christian hymn! Like, man, that’s religion, man! And it shouldn’t be allowed! It violates the separation of church and state!

Only two things wrong with that argument. 1) The words “separation of church and state” are not in the Constitution. 2) If you can’t have “religious utterances” in a forum set up by religious believers for that very purpose, where can you have it? But then for libs and progs–atheists are mostly libs and progs–the state is an all-devouring mass that knows no boundaries.

Well, you can accuse these atheists of a lot of things, but you can never say they have good manners. No “live and let live” for them. They are aggressive, they are intrusive, and for whatever inconceivable motivation  that keeps their fire burning hot, they try to stamp out all religious expression, all religious feeling, wherever they can find it. To what end? I very much doubt they know.


Sing It! ‘Love Divine’

I wasn’t able to find the name of this great Welsh choir, nor the site of this performance–but we don’t really need anything more than just to hear it. This is Love Divine (Welsh: Carau Unedig), and it proclaims the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the sovereignty of God the Father.


More Cats and Babies

Look how good these cats are with these babies! Can that be anything less than wonderful for a child’s development?

A sign in my doctor’s office says that babies who interact with cats and dogs develop measurably stronger immune systems than babies who don’t. That’s as may be–but you simply can’t go wrong with love and cuddles.


Movie Classic: ‘A Matter of Life and Death’

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We watched a film classic yesterday: A Matter of Life and Death (1946), also known as Stairway to Heaven.

David Niven plays a WWII British pilot who is killed in action when he’s forced to bail out of his plane without a parachute. But for reasons that aren’t made quite clear, even though he’s supposed to die, he doesn’t.

His arrival in “the next world” is delayed by 20 hours, during which time he falls in love with an American girl (Kim Hunter). Because he has hallucinations about a “conductor” who is trying to move him on to the next world (only they aren’t hallucinations, are they?), he comes under the treatment of a neurosurgeon (Roger Livesey).

Ultimately he has to have a trial in the next world to see whether he can go on living or have to die, after all.

Now, this is an extremely creative and entertaining movie, but no one ought to watch it expecting a theology lesson. The Christian viewer has to have his wits about him, because the “next world” in the movie might be Heaven, but if it is, it’s an interfaith mish-mosh of Heaven in which pretty much anything goes, doctrinally: Plato and Mohammad, for instance, are set on the same plane with Moses and Our Lord Jesus Christ. It’s no use getting offended: this movie is a romantic fantasy, whose theme is the great power of love.

The war was still going on when production of the film began; and if you’re too young to have seen it for yourself, you need to know that World War II had its hand on everything. No one could get away from it. The war permeated every aspect of life, for everyone. Those of us who didn’t live through it ourselves might find this rather hard to grasp; I know I do. I find I don’t quite like it. But maybe that’s because I wasn’t there. Slightly older persons tell me there was something quite good about everybody being on the same page, every day. But it’s hard for me to imagine.

“The next world” is full of Allied soldiers and airmen, but no Germans or Japanese. A British or American audience of 1946 would have been scandalized to see any of the enemy in those scenes.

Anyhow, it’s something different, with a witty screenplay, high-quality acting, and will give you a few things to think about.


Are We Really Deserting Christ?

Linda sent me a dcclothesline article today with the alarming headline, “More Americans Than Ever Are Leaving Christianity” ( http://www.dcclothesline.com/2016/08/28/more-americans-than-ever-are-leaving-christianity/ ).

One sentence, regarding the findings of a recent Pew Poll, jumped out at me: “[The] biggest cultural shift has been among young people.”

That made me remember a 2008 study by Professor Rodney Stark, director of the Institute of Studies of Religion at Baylor University. Dr. Stark, whom I interviewed at the time, said that throughout American history, it has never been unusual for young Christians to leave the church, only to return when they’re a good deal older. So I think we ought to take that into consideration.

But there are other factors.

Chiefly, our public schools, our colleges, and our popular culture labor night and day, every day, to pry young people away from Christianity. We shouldn’t be surprised that this much indoctrination really works. And Christians should not be sending their children to those schools and colleges.

Also, America’s mainline/flatline Protestant churches have virtually ceased to be churches. Instead of God’s word, they devote themselves to fund-raising, entertainment, story-telling, and all kinds of interfaith frolics–as abundantly chronicled in this blog, throughout the year. Is it any wonder they’re losing their grip?

America needs to be re-Christianized: no two ways about it. This is a job that can’t be done by all too many of our churches, and which will be strenuously resisted by our beloved educators.

Of course, to be unaffiliated with a church does not mean a person has ceased to be a Christian. If Jesus has left the building, so should you.

In my Bell Mountain books, First Prester Orth has a vision for the Temple: that instead of a building, a hierarchy, etc., it ought to consist of God’s people nourished on God’s word, with its walls the four corners of the earth and its roof the very heavens: a church not made with human hands, which human hands cannot destroy.

I believe we can be sure that Jesus Christ Our Lord, the King of Kings, will not let His Church go extinct.

But He may very well decide to change it.

 


By Request, ‘In the Middle of Tomorrow’

At Erlene’s request, here is Carroll Roberson with In the Middle of Tomorrow, at the Agape Garden in Tennessee.

I hope nobody minds my posting another bit of worship music before I tackle the news tidbits Linda has sent me–if I tackle them at all. Judah the Maccabee kept a custom of refusing to make war on the Sabbath day, unless his army was actually attacked and forced to defend itself. I have tried to keep that custom, too: it was Judah’s way of proclaiming the Lordship of Almighty God.

But then if I were an ordained minister, I would have a duty to preach about these subjects during Sunday services. Either way, to do or not do, as long as it’s to the glory of God, we’re covered.


‘A Mighty Fortress’

Even on a Sunday, the bad news doesn’t stop bubbling up from the bottom of the cauldron. Our God laughs at it. The heathen rage, but the walls of the City of God are impregnable.

Does anybody know a glorious, blow-Satan-and-his-stooges-into-extremely-tiny-pieces version of this hymn? If you do, tell me where to find it, and I’ll post it.


Video Treat: Cats & Stairs

Betcha never knew there were so many different ways of climbing up or down a flight of stairs.

Cats know all of them!


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