I had a loved one invite me over for Christmas. I offered to introduce them to Dan, the guy I have been dating since mid-November. They kindly declined the offer ending with the, "I'm still working on adjusting to your lifestyle" statement. On that note, it would be easy to get argumentative, but this loved one and I didn't argue. Instead, they decided to do other things, and I will do my thing with Dan and friends. But, there is one "thing" that transcends all of this. More on that in a minute. To be sure, I can empathize with how easy it would be to see it, the "lifestyle" label, as dismissive and insulting when it is applied to those of … [Read more...] about Consider Jesus’ “Lifestyle,” Not My Alleged Gay One, This Christmas
Yay Christmas! I am a little late this year but I would like to send you a Christmas Card! It's become an annual tradition where I send out one of my cards, with my own design on the front, to whoever wants one. SO, if you would like a funky trippy Christmas card, please sign up below. It is free. However, if you would consider becoming a Patreon Patron (for as little as $1 a month) that would help. But, again, not required! If you signed up last year, go ahead and sign up again to make sure I have your address on this year's list (especially if you have moved.) The cutoff for this year's sign-up will be this Friday, December 16th. I … [Read more...] about Christmas Card 2016 – I Would Like To Send You One!
This Thanksgiving, while meditating on all that I have to be grateful for, I keep getting stuck on the word "miracle." One definition of "miracle" is: .. an extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequences. Genuine Friendship is miraculous. Selflessness, Sacrifice, Humility ... all miracles. Compassion, Passion, Service ... miracle, miracle, miracle. Love is miraculous. As a Christ follower, I believe we are "made in the Image of God." Some people believe that to be in our physical appearance and religiously taught gender attributes. I am not sure about how much those might play into … [Read more...] about Thankful for the Most Amazing Miracle of All… You
These are the three pies I made today for friends and stuff. I posted photos of the first one social media and I already started getting messages and comments for the recipe (do every year cause this is like pie angels would eat). I figure this blog would be a good easy to remember place to keep the recipe if needed in the future and to share with others. So the super easy recipe is below and I have added some thoughts. I originally got the recipe from Jim Burroway right before the holiday season three years ago. Jim rocks. Enjoy! Whiskey Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe Pastry for 9-inch One-Crust Pie (use any recipe you fancy … [Read more...] about Whiskey Chocolate Pecan Pie (Recipe)
Back in the early '00's I can remember sitting on the living room floor, on a laptop that weighed about the same as a small Volvo, playing around with an early version of blogging software. I told my roommate at the time that I wanted a blog domain name that ended with .BLOG. Specifically, I wanted RandyThomas.Blog Well, .BLOG Url's became available at 10 am EST this morning. I bought this one at 10:07 am. The template was installed before noon. I was a little excited. This may also be the simplest blog/website I have ever built. I love it! Simple theme, simple plugins on the backend... just easy. I hope those who read this blog will … [Read more...] about Welcome To My Dream Blog Home!