August 12, 2012

"I am not ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God...."

Somewhere in America, I stopped to take a photograph of a collection of signs...

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I wanted to take a photograph of the café itself, and I needed to ask this man if it was okay if I included his motorcycle in the picture, and he was happy to pose for the picture...

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... to display his vest for closeup photography...

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... and to tell me he is not ashamed of the gospel.

Here's the website for the Black Sheep, a Christian ministry to bikers.

52 comments:

ddh said...

Ranchester, WY!

bagoh20 said...

From certain spots you can see that it's a very cool country we have here.

James said...

LOL... the 307 area code is visible in at least two of the photos.

MadisonMan said...

Did you dine in or carry out? I'd've dined in, at a place like that.

AprilApple said...

If you happen to drive through Cody, make sure to stop at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Best collection of Western Art in America.

Caedmon said...

(from England) It's a very cool country that you have there.

wyo sis said...

James
I can't see the area code in any of the pictures. Impressive detective work.

bagoh20 said...

Thanks, Caedmon, and our English roots are a good part of our what makes us who we are.

edutcher said...

Wyoming is magnificent. We stayed in Cheyenne as we drove through.

Watch out for the wind, though. On the road from Cheyenne to Laramie, we passed 4 or 5 semis blown over, not to mention a pickup with a horse trailer - the horse was unharmed, btw.

As we crossed the Continental Divide, we stopped for gas and let B Treasure Dog out to do her thing. The wind was so stiff, however, I could just about fly her like a kite on the leash.

AprilApple said...

You know what else is cool in Wyoming? Besides the obvious Yellowstone...
Thermopolis.

James said...

@wyo sis: The phone number is clearly visible of you look at the photo on Flickr. It wasn't me who disclosed the location but if you Google Sunset Cafe and the phone number you'd see the location.

Jason said...

I see angels in aerials, black leather and chrome, / Coming down from heaven to carry me home!!!!

madAsHell said...

One of the neighbors jumped on his Harley wearing a leather jacket. The jacket was festooned with regalia, and a very large patch stating "The Tribe".

I googled "Tribe motorcycle club", and I expected to see newspaper articles documenting their exploits, assaults, and convictions.

What did I find?

A whole lot of duuuhh! It is so obvious, and I missed it entirely. The Tribe is a Jewish motorcycle club. They raise money for disabled kids.

Does Seinfeld know about this??

Wally Kalbacken said...

That looks like kind of a prissy bike.

ndspinelli said...

I certainly hope no children are being abused by having to sit in a car and see this country of ours. NO KIDS in cars for extended periods. NO KIDS in airplanes. I guess Althouse believes kids should be Fed Exed places..wait that would mean flying and driving.

AllieOop said...

Mail your kid to camp! Sorry that just struck a funny bone.

Methadras said...

This is a great country. That a man on a motorcycle can tell a total stranger his desire for the gospel and how he ministers to others in an unconventional way is a testament to its foundational principals. That others seek to incrementally and substantively try to strip that away little by little? Not so much.

Chip Ahoy said...

I notice a lot of people like to be photographed.

A paper, a small tablet as Dad keeps, he buys those little tablets by the gross, to jot an email to send the picture to the person. They love that. Especially young people. Take my picture, take my picture, take my picture, they love that.

Outrageous people want you to take their picture. They'd like to have one themselves.

I'm getting better at this. Twice this happened and I'm thinking about how to capture it. A group of restaurant workers are talking and they look perfect. It's a perfect natural group shot. The moment you lift the camera they scatter because no worker want's to be caught idle.

Set up the shot so you can lift the camera, frame it, and shoot, no fussing around. Here's my plan. The key: they're used to taking orders. That's the thing. So.

"Dont move! You're perfect, you're beautiful *click* just like *click* that *click* don't move an *click* inch." But they move anyway *click* it works *click* yes *click* but only briefly *click* until they realize *click* they don't have to *click* listen to you. Thank you.

rhhardin said...
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rhhardin said...

Takes care of Ohio sinners.

(retrying link, I wonder why sometimes cut and paste doesn't work. Nor does preview.)

The Crack Emcee said...

A holy roller motorcycle club?

Well, That's One Way To Kill A Sunday (And That's A Great Idea,...)

ndspinelli said...

Allie, USPS would be inhumane, one really should Fed Ex overnight kids to camp.

alan markus said...

I wonder what kind of treatment a preacher dressed like that would get if he was sitting outside a Chick-fil-A.

Chicago Chick-fil-A Kiss-In Protesters "Chalk" Homeless Street Preacher

traditionalguy said...

Just back in from church and seeing this post headline quoting saint Paul is a surprise.

That nobody is ashamed of power, was his point, I suppose.

Jim said...

Unless he is a one-percenter, interesting how that meaning is different from the OWS world, most motorcyclists would love to have you photograph their ride.

David said...

Back in the Hamptons again, I see.

Elitists.

garage mahal said...

Driving through Wyoming we joked that we should stop and ask some of the locals how we get to Gillette. Pronounced "Ji-lay".

The Crack Emcee said...

Call the bike club:

"God Didn't Give Me Sexy Boobies - I Bought Them!"

AprilApple said...

Alan Markus -
The behavior of the self-absorbed intolerant angry gay boys in that video is nauseating. We are told by the hard core left and hollywood that we are to embrace that, blindly. Or else we are bigots.

garage mahal said...

Chicago Chick-fil-A Kiss-In Protesters "Chalk" Homeless Street Preacher

Hey I'm all for conservatives having free speech. After they're all in camps.

Methadras said...

alan markus said...

I wonder what kind of treatment a preacher dressed like that would get if he was sitting outside a Chick-fil-A.

Chicago Chick-fil-A Kiss-In Protesters "Chalk" Homeless Street Preacher


I've read many times from the homosexual activists on how being a homosexual is so hard in a straight world. Why would a homosexual choose to be a homosexual when there is nothing but repression and bigotry against them and they still choose to be a homosexual and out? Then I see this video and it reinforces the story of the deviants that try to attack a humble servant of the lord.

Reprehensible homosexuals being reprehensible. Their parents must be so proud.

Quaestor said...

"$10 Haircuts - Country Rose Hair Solon"

Haircuts, cheap and legal. (Sorry, that was the best joke I could come up with.)

Titus said...

Did you visit the fence where Matthew Shepard died?

Synova said...

There's a christian biker group in this area, too, and I see their jackets every now and then. (Just like the silly movie with John Travolta, bikers really do all drive up up the road from here to Madrid on a nice weekend.)

Our church in Florida called a new minister right before we moved to California and he'd been in bike gangs and stuff. I don't know how much he and his wife rode anymore, but their conversion was post-tat. Not even a suit and tie made him look like something other than a biker. ;)

Really great couple. Now that I thought of them I'm sorry we didn't get a chance to know them.

EMD said...

Driving through Wyoming we joked that we should stop and ask some of the locals how we get to Gillette. Pronounced "Ji-lay".

Garage -- Bellefontaine is a city in Ohio. Guess how it's pronounced?

Quaestor said...

Titus wrote:
Did you visit the fence where Matthew Shepard died?

Countless times you've visited upon us details of your toilet habits and the jejune delight you take in vacating your bowls. Perhaps you should a make a pilgrimage to that place and commemorate the event by taking a dump.

garage mahal said...

Garage -- Bellefontaine is a city in Ohio. Guess how it's pronounced?

I didn't google it I promise. I'm going with just how it's spelled?

Quaestor said...

garage mahal wrote:
I didn't google it I promise. I'm going with just how it's spelled?

To be pronounced "Ji-lay" it would be spelled Gilet.

But the city is called Gillette, which is pronounced "gil-let, which is slightly different from the French. Aren't you glad you didn't ask the locals the way to Ji-lay? They would have thought you peculiar.

sydney said...

Not at all. It is "bellfountain." We are descended from Englishmen and Germans around here. We pronounce French words as we please.

sydney said...

"I am not ashamed of the Gospel"

I often wish I had the courage to witness like that. I can't tell you how many times I have sat in an exam room listening to some horrific story of a life and thinking to myself "Here is something only the love of God can heal." But it has been so effectively drummed inot me that it is wrong for a doctor to share his religious beliefs with a patient that I never take that step (Unless I have some clue that the patient already shares a belief in God.) This is an attitude of mine that I am trying to change, but so far my courage falls short.

Quaestor said...

We are descended from Englishmen and Germans around here. We pronounce French words as we please.

Imagine if Brian Williams pronounced the name of a certain large city in Missouri as "san-loo-ee", would he be reviled or applauded?

Sheridan said...

The area around Ranchester south to Buffalo, WY is beautiful. Just to the west is the Bighorn National Forest with opportunities to enjoy the outdoors through all seasons. Many historic sites to visit. Good, decent folks.

furious_a said...

A holy roller motorcycle club?

Sitting on the patio of our suburban drive-through Starbucks this past 9-11. Group of older, um, fit-the-bill Harley Riders. No jail tats, but their Ol'Ladies looked like they could take care of themselves. Fair sprinklin' of Vietnam service patches among the men.

All at sudden they stood, and joined hands and asked politely if others sitting near them would like to join (several others and I did). One of the ladies then spoke a prayer for the 9-11 Fallen. Then they wished everybody a nice day.

garage mahal said...

Aren't you glad you didn't ask the locals the way to Ji-lay? They would have thought you peculiar.

We were never going to actually carry out the joke. Which was mispronouncing the word on purpose.

Synova said...

In California we lived in El Sobrante (El So-bran'-tay) right next to Pinole (Pin-ol).

I gave up.

kentuckyliz said...

On his way back home from Sturgis, checking out all the Christian biker chicks' tits?

bagoh20 said...

Few city names are Americanized as heavily as the familiar Los Angeles. Every one of the four syllable and half the letters are altered from the original loas unghalase.

jeff said...

I see the religious bikers all the time. A great many of them are vets and a lot of them from Viet Nam. All the ones I've met are really friendly guys. I'm not exactly sure why this is, but if you ride a Harley you get used to talking to strangers at gas stations, restaurants, rest stops etc on the highway. Never happened when I rode a Kawasaki back in the early 80's but every time I go cross country I have people coming up to me whenever I stop. "That looks like kind of a prissy bike." Weird comment. I see nothing wrong with his ride. What exactly are your issues with it?

jeff said...

"Did you visit the fence where Matthew Shepard died?"

Yes, I think we've all noticed the massive lack of sympathy for gay people by Althouse. No doubt you light a candle at Stonewall every weekend.

Jim Howard said...

I rode motorcycles in college in the 70s, and didn't ride again until four years ago.

I wanted to like Harley Davidson, but I'm an engineer and couldn't get over the way Harleys are kind of rolling museums.

So I bought a sophisticated Yamaha 'Sport Touring' bike, and have really been enjoying riding ever since.


There are many religous oriented motorcycle related groups, this is extremely common.

Motorcycle riders form a complex and interesting society.

For example, I wear a bright 'hiviz' yellow Kevlar riding suit, which places me in the 'Big Bang Theory' section of the motorcycle lunch room.

There is a huge body of law concerning what may and may not be worn on a motorcycle vest, and what groups of riders may call themselves.

You'll note, for example, that the words 'motorcycle club' or the letters 'M/C' do not appear on the Professor's rider friend's vest.

His vest has the letters 'MM', which mean 'Motorcycle Ministry'.

This vest does not have an upper or lower arch shaped patch with a club name or geographic location.

Display the letters 'M/C' or 'rocker' patches is tightly regulated.

The penatliy for violating these regulations and many other laws are sever, up to an including the death penality.

These laws are not taught in our Professor's law schools, but they are very real out on the highway.

Methadras said...

Synova said...

In California we lived in El Sobrante (El So-bran'-tay) right next to Pinole (Pin-ol).

I gave up.


Lol, I remember hearing that. I used to work in Martinez and Concord. I lived in Pleasant Hill for a while. The regulars told me to never go east of the 4 into Pittsburgh and Antioch. I did it once and I swear to God I thought I was in the deep south.

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