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Here’s where the roving eye of Bob Sitze lands on interesting or important events, trends, discoveries, opinions or research that are part of contemporary life. Sometimes missed in spiritually oriented utterances, the stuff of life consists of all the places where God’s hand stirs, supports or motivates. These blogs may also include links for further information or action.

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Old fools near and far

  “The only thing worse than a fool is an old fool.” So goes a maxim that was easy to believe when I was younger—it didn’t apply to me. Not so these days—when the folly of older men seems to be front-and-center in the news. Yes, much of the stupidity of sexual predation can be blamed on genuine jerks. But some of these older fellows have also exhibited garden-variety foolhardiness: They’veMORE...

Why “scam artists” bother me

It’s a fact: Senior citizens are a preferred target for online and on-phone predators. *The AARP knows this, you know this and God knows this: So-called scam artists think that we’re especially prone to fall prey to their lying, cheating and stealing. This makes me angry—and I want to tell you why! (Self-disclosure: In the months I’ve been posting these blogs, a lot more spamming/scamming schemesMORE...

A key to understanding theodicy

  Today let’s explore one feature of the Christian theological landscape: The irksome questions that swarm around theodicy. How can an All-Powerful God allow evil to happen? Does God not care about evil ? Is God actually NOT all that powerful? I will NOT be parsing this doctrine here. Instead, let me suggest something a bit different: You could be the key for some folks to understand howMORE...

Beyond the first paragraph

  In a recently televised interview, author/columnist Thomas L. Friedman has coined an expression that calls for further reflection. He compared the dynamics of Brexit and the American presidential elections to following the advice of “someone who has no second paragraph.” His turn of phrase is clear: Some folks have few clues about what to do the morning after their viewpoint or candidateMORE...

What will they think of next?

Every so often I have to hitch up my suspenders, pretend to be a grumpy old man and utter the old guy phrase that comprises this entry’s title. What brings me to this state of astonishment is the news that at least two of the nation’s premier providers of healthcare housing for seniors are actively planning for the establishment of high-end assisted living apartment projects that will take careMORE...

Another Greatest Generation?

I’ve just finished viewing the PBS series, The VietNam War, and have come to this thought: Those of you who served the country during this time—whether or not in combat, whether or not willingly—may be America’s next “Greatest Generation.” Looking at the world and life through the eyes of the men and women in the documentary, I’m pretty sure that we may have underestimated your importance to ourMORE...

Old wounds?

Vietnam vets—this one’s for you…. I’ve been watching the Ken Burn’s PBS documentary, The Vietnam War ( ) and it occurred to me that I should write these few words to you…. I want to acknowledge that you may have sacrificed some important parts of your life in order to serve the country in that war: Your education, your friendships, your youth, your spirit and probably your physical well-beingMORE...

Quiet church?

It’s pretty noisy out there—perhaps especially for those of us who are older.  Not just literal noise and not just because we can’t handle the ringing in our ears or high-decibel sounds. The world today is filled with clamorous commotion in every way, most of it moving too fast and perhaps unaware of those of us who move deliberately and quietly through life. Those of us who treasureMORE...

Maudie

Let me be direct: You should see this film, or wait for it to appear in the listings of streaming services to which you subscribe. The title, “Maudie” names the film’s primary character, Maud Lewis, someone with unnamed physical disabilities whose soul is full of spunk, empathy and love. The plot—based in the life story of this remarkable woman—follows her journey to self-reliance and lifeMORE...

It’s all been taken away

The effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are continuing to come into focus. Those of us who are older realize that it’s not only the residents of Texas and Florida who feel as though they have lost everything. We older adults can see how we might find ourselves in the same position. No matter how robust our lives and how sure we are of our capabilities, there will be times when we realize thatMORE...

Bob Sitze

BOB SITZE has filled the many years of his lifework in diverse settings around the United States. His calling has included careers as a teacher/principal, church musician, writer/author, denominational executive staff member and meat worker. Bob lives in Wheaton, IL.

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