The No Kool-Aid Zone Blog

I Don't drink the Kool-Aid. For anyone.

A midterm soliloquy.

Clarity: 7 Stanzas at Midterm

November 16, 2022

Hail! The midterms are here; Let us greet them with cheer, As we suffer this national frump. We’ve got problems galore, Folks in pain, and what’s more, The Dems run D.C.; one big clump! ___ The border, inflation, Too much crime in our nation; The voters will know who to dump: Pelosi, and Schumer, And…

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Conservative? Yes, I’m 62 and Unequivocally Still a Conservative*

July 1, 2022

Conservative Politics Silence I have not had a lot to say about political things recently. Oh, sure, there’ve been a few cultural issues (which have political implications) upon which I’ve weighed in, but when it comes to partisan politics, I’ve been pretty silent. Get used to it. Politics occupies way too large a place in…

Leaving the Church over Roe?

June 30, 2022

A friend recently shared with me a piece of correspondence he had had with a young lady whom he had known since childhood. In her note to him, she shared her anger and frustration with the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe, and one of the things she said and reiterated is something I’ve heard…

On Roe and Motives

June 27, 2022

Roe v. Wade has now been overturned by the Supreme Court, and predictably, there are people who are thankful and happy that this has happened–I am among that number–and others who decry the decision. We knew this was coming, and so it’s no surprise to anyone. Some who support the decision have reacted inappropriately; I…

What Can we Do?

June 3, 2022

I haven’t had anything yet to say on the recent spate of horrific mass shootings, the most recent being the killing of four in a doctor’s office in Tulsa. One main reason is that I’ve decided that since the “hot take” is often the WRONG take (which doesn’t stop many from insisting on speaking, often…

On Sermons and Supreme Court Justices

March 19, 2022

As I write this, I am preparing to preach tomorrow, a passage from Colossians 2 on the subject, “Don’t Follow the Rules”. As always, I’m excited to dig into what the text entails, ferret out its meaning as best I can, bridge its timeless truths into the 21st century context in which we find ourselves,…

How to Elect a President

By Byron / July 7, 2020 /

Short answer: NOT the way we are doing it. As I write this, Americans are looking at a choice that many find very unappealing: Donald Trump or Joe Biden will be sworn in on a cold Wednesday in January. This on the heels of the election of 2016, where both candidates were loathed to a…

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The State of the Fame: 2020 Baseball Edition

By Byron / July 7, 2020 /

One of my favorite sports topics is the question of sports “immortality”, as in, “who belongs in the Hall of Fame”, or “who’s the greatest of all-time” at a given position. Baseball and football are the two sports I feel most qualified to speak about, knowledge-wise, and with baseball gearing up to finally get going…

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On Monuments

By Byron / June 29, 2020 /

I didn’t use to call this blog “The No Kool-Aid Zone”. In fact, it wasn’t even me who changed it. “The No Kool-Aid Zone” used to be the subtitle, I guess you would call it, but one day I came to the blog and found that WebbieDude Paul, in doing some refreshing of my blog,…

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I Quit Responding “All Lives Matter”–Because I Believe the Bible

By Byron / June 3, 2020 /

All lives matter. I believe that with every fiber of my being. I believe it because I am a follower of Jesus Christ, and as a follower of Jesus, I am obligated to believe that the Bible is completely true, and that its precepts are binding on me. And the Bible teaches it, plain and…

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It’s Not a Coup

By Byron / November 20, 2019 /

So stop saying it. The impeachment proceedings may be ill-advised, and end up being a political windfall for the Republicans. Time will tell. But it’s not a coup. The Democrats have certainly demonstrated that they want to remove this president from office; this has seemed to be their intent, one way or another, essentially from…

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