Yearly Archives: 2018

Who’ll Have Jesus’s Back?

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

Hopefully most value “Well done’s better than well said.” Millions claim they do. In that context, how often has someone told you, “I’ve got your back!” Anyone navigating this orb for any time has likely heard that idiom. In the cyber realm of Mozilla Firefox, this likely means protecting users from security breaches, unwanted pop-ups, and malicious attacks that compromise browsers. “Having one’s back” means someone to look out for another’s welfare; someone to rely upon who looks out for one’s best interest, as a good parent or ally does. Someone who’ll vouchsafe for another. Law enforcement and firefighters “have our backs.” Wouldn’t one “have the back” of those most beloved? read more

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A World Turned Upside Down

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

How could two people, two millennia ago, given communications’ pace of the day, be characterized by citizens, at the end of Acts 17, “These, that have turned the world upside down have come here also.” That’s astonishing that any man, or men, like Paul and Silas, could’ve influenced their culture so dramatically. The rumor mill of that day had traversed from Philippi, to Thessalonica, more than one-hundred miles away-about nine travel days back then. Looking backward, down the corridor of time, one must understand that it was their preaching of the Gospel that had upset the status quo in the dominant social order-throwing it into cultural chaos. God had upset Satan’s stronghold, and the religious tradition of latitudinarianism. The Old and New Testament chronicled those who shook the establishment to its’ core. Amos, Elijah, Jeremiah and Ruth were forerunners of “making waves.” They too “turned their world upside down.” read more

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Handel Was Right!

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

That familiar ring of the Salvation Army’s brigade of bell ringers, Red Kettle campaign, and Silicon Valley’s cyber blitz, serve as a quasi-official notice, signaling American retailers and consumers, that the Christmas shopping season has begun. There’s a more pleasant heralding of the Season, that’s less impertinent. George Frederick Handel’s “Messiah” is universally considered as the opus of musical composition, and another tradition of Christmas worldwide. For many Americans it remains an “unwrapped Christmas gift” never having the auditory privilege of experiencing its transcending, gripping performance. None other than Beethoven himself, reportedly once said of Handel, “To him I bend the knee, for Handel is the greatest, ablest composer that ever lived.” read more

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Avoiding Shadow Boxing

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

For those who’ve embraced Marconi’s gift, that later ushered in commercial radio, one of the most memorable early radio programs, in its’ heyday, was The Shadow Knows, a drama that began as a pulp magazine series, then graduated to radio in the late 1930’s. The principle character was Lamont Cranston, and his female companion, Margot Lane. He opened each drama with, “Who knows what lurks in the hearts of men…The Shadow knows.” He battled crime and evil doers with his hypnotic power to cloud men’s minds, rendering them unable to see him. He was the master sleuth. It spanned nearly sixteen years on the air waves, it graduated into a TV drama, never catching fire as the radio show had earlier. It was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989. read more

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“Wear A Suit & Tie and Have A Job!”

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

Only a few political races are undecided after the mid-terms. Florida’s infamous Broward and Palm Beach counties, where a $178,000 a year Election Supervisor can’t count-and apparently neither can the machines. Election laws and time lines are merely suggestions. In Congress Nancy Pelosi’s positioned to commandeer the House Majority job. For the few apposing her, it comes with a warning label. GOP’s Kevin McCarthy prevailed as Minority Chief. Drew Carey’s envious of the  deals made in those two chambers. We do know that both side’s attorneys can count. They’re on the clock 24-7. No matter who you’re rooting for, it’s business as usual. read more

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