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Procrastination, my vice

November 18, 2010 Leave a comment

“We, the jury, find the defendant, Richard Paul Zowie, guilty of procrastination!”

I consider procrastination to be the Eighth Deadly Sin and wonder how many other Christians out there struggle with procrastination. This is one vice I battle daily. Lately, it’s been getting the better of me.

When it comes to reading the Bible, it seems impossible to unglue myself from my computer or from leisurely activities. There always seems to be far too many other things to do. Before I know it, by the time I have free time, it’s around 11 p.m. at night and I’m far too tired. It’s the same with writing and taking care of chores around the house.

What is the solution? One person has suggested to me the importance of creating lists. Each day, make a list of things you must do. Do not allow yourself any leisure activities until either you’ve completed all the tasks or have knocked out a big chunk of them.

I wish there was some type of drug that could suppress the procrastination gene and unleash the right chemicals in your brain that will make you want to take care of what needs to be done.

Richard Zowie is a Michigan-based writer who, though a Christian for 29 years, still has a lot to learn about God, the Bible, the world, life, etc. Post comments here or e-mail him at


‘Bless God, do NOT plug in that electric guitar!’

November 16, 2010 Leave a comment

For Christians, there are certain truths in life that are spelled out in black-and-white terms: salvation, Jesus’ divinity, among them.

And then there are those that abide in gray hues ranging from bright silver to charcoal.

Visit any independent, fundamental Baptist church and you’re bound to hear a pastor from the pulpit thunder about the dangers of rock music. Many of those dangers are warranted; many others are not.

One minister spoke of how music should not be “rhythm dominated” while others believe musical accompaniment should be limited to pianos, acoustic guitars, banjos and other traditional instruments.

For many younger Christians in this generation, that is a one-way ticket to Boredomville.

Twenty summers ago, I went on a missions trip to Victoria Ciudad, Mexico to an independent Baptist church. The night at the service, the pastor took an electric guitar, hooked it up and played it as they sang a few hymns.

An electric guitar?! I wondered.
Some Christians would consider this Les Paul Gibson guitar an instrument of evil.


The summer before, I’d gone before my home church and had destroyed several cassette tapes of mine: a few mixes of various songs, a Phil Collins tape and four “Weird Al” Yankovic tapes.

I listen to “Weird Al” these days along with many of the songs on those tapes. To me, the line you draw in music is in the message. Some also draw it at the lifestyle of the performer, which is fine also. Others don’t like music that features loud music or music that doesn’t have melody to it.

When it comes to rock music, I like some songs by Van Halen such as Eddie Van Halen’s Eruption guitar solo, Little Dreamer and 5150. I prefer to pass on songs like Jamie’s Cryin’ (about a one-night stand) and Hot For Teacher (too raunchy, especially the video). I never have been a big fan of my high school class song (Beeville, Texas, A.C. Jones High School, Class of 1991), Don Henley’s End of the Innocence. The song starts off with a great message about how we are innocent as kids until we leave the nest, but then it goes into a stupid anti-Ronald Reagan, anti-war rant that seems oblivious of the dangerous enemies we face.

There many country songs I detest. A few weeks ago, I made one of my sons shut off a song where a guy talks about a wet t-shirt contest. Other songs in the genre glorify getting drunk or getting too friendly with someone you’re not married to. But then there are the uplifting songs by Darius Rucker along with Jamey Johnson’s In Color.

Richard Zowie is a Michigan-based writer who, though a Christian for 29 years, still has a lot to learn about God, the Bible, the world, life, etc. Post comments here or e-mail him at