Category Archives: History

Some Thoughts On The Doctrine Of The Laying On Of Hands: Part One

Some time ago, a local church elder in our congregation gave a very thoughtful sermon on the doctrine of the laying on of hands, a subject I do not ever remember hearing a message on beforehand. This message sparked, as … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Student’s Guide To U.S. History

A Student’s Guide To U.S. History, by Wilfred M. McClay Three times in my grade school experiences I had year-long courses devoted to U.S. History, and in many ways they were done according to the way discussed in this book, … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Student’s Guide To American Political Thought

A Student’s Guide To American Political Thought, by George W. Carey I am of somewhat mixed feelings regarding this book.  On the one hand, I love the book’s content and have found myself pondering the sort of issues this book … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Student’s Guide To International Relations

A Student’s Guide To International Relations, by Angelo M. Codevilla This was the first of fifteen books in this series that I happened to acquire, and it made for an interesting and short read of about 100 pages.  Indeed, I … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Case Of @ChartData

Who is @chartdata?  As someone who probably spends more time on Twitter than is probably good for me, one of the many feeds I follow is one by Chart Data that posts information about songs and albums and artists that … Continue reading

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Antifa: A Case Study In The Ignorance Of History

Admittedly, I don’t write as much history as I intended to when I started this blog.  I write a fair amount of book reviews that relate to history, and a fair amount of music history as well, but not nearly … Continue reading

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Book Review: Flying At Night

Flying At Night:  Poems 1965-1985, by Ted Kooser This is the second book by the poet I have read, and it serves as a bit of a “best of” compilation, something that is common in poetry [1].  While it is … Continue reading

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Who Told You?

[Note:  This is the prepared text for a sermonette given at The Dalles congregation of the United Church of God on August 11, 2018.] I imagine that most of us here are familiar with dinner parties held with other brethren … Continue reading

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Eleanor Rigby

Earlier this week I answered a random twitter question that asked what songs would be good to make television series from?  The first song I happened to think of was Eleanor Rigby, which is perhaps an easy thing to understand.  … Continue reading

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Liveblogging Spectrum Pulse’s 1000 Worst Songs

Alright, every once in a while I like doing a liveblogging experience, and this one is courtesy of music reviewer Spectrum Pulse, who made a list of what he considered to be the 1000 worst songs on Spotify that he … Continue reading

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