Author Archives: nathanalbright

About nathanalbright

I'm a person with diverse interests who loves to read. If you want to know something about me, just ask.

Bebe Rexha: A Case Study In Star Power

One of the unfortunate aspects of art and celebrity culture is that there is a big disconnect between who we are and who we appear to be as stars. The difference between person and persona has always been present, and … Continue reading

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When I’m Back On My Feet Again

Recently I decided to play my Greatest Hits album by Michael Bolton, and in light of the way I have been hobbling about the last week or so, I found that one of the more interesting and relevant songs for … Continue reading

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Book Review: A History Of Ancient Egypt: Volume 2

A History Of Ancient Egypt: Volume 2: From The Great Pyramid To The Fall Of The Middle Kingdom, by John Romer This book follows from the author’s previous volume and contains many of the same flaws. The author makes his … Continue reading

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Pentecost And The Lovely Feminine Touches Of Ruth

[Note: This is the prepared text for a split sermon given to the Portland, Oregon United Church of God congregation on Sabbath, May 15, 2021.] I would like to begin my message today by quoting from page 407 of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: A History Of Ancient Egypt: Volume 1

A History Of Ancient Egypt: Volume 1: From the First Farmers To The Great Pyramid, by John Romer One of the biggest faults of his history is something that a reader can learn from, and that is the fault of … Continue reading

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On Stony And Thorny Ground

When talking about the parable of the sower and the seed, Jesus Christ says something about thorny and stony ground that is well worth considering as a warning. Matthew 13:18-23 reads as follows: “ “Therefore hear the parable of the sower:  … Continue reading

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An Offense Against The Dignity Of The Artist

Is it an offense against the dignity of an artist to make music that resonates with the general public? Is it demeaning to create songs that are melodic and pleasant to listen to and full of hooks that are catchy, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Reading While Black

Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation As An Exercise In Hope, by Esau McCulley This book is not written for a reader like me. Sometimes this can be a bad thing, but in this case the fact that the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Reading, Writing, And Racism

Reading, Writing, And Racism: Disrupting Whiteness in Teacher Education And In The Classroom, by Bree Picower I would like to begin this review with a thought experiment. I have taken perhaps the most egregious passage of this book and will … Continue reading

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Suite: Judy Blue Eyes: A Case Study In The Kuleshov Effect

One of the joys of having a bit of historical context is that one is able to put things in their proper context. Relatively recently a song came out that was credited to rapper Travis Scott (but which featured uncredited … Continue reading

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