Category Archives: History

Short Library Book Reviews: Part Eight

Civil Wars: A History In Ideas, by David Armitage This is not a bad book, but it is a frustrating book. The content of the book and its topic matter is certainly interesting enough, in that the author seeks to … Continue reading

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Traveling To Thyatira

[Note: The following is a prepared text of the sermonette I gave to the Portland congregation of the United Church of God on Sabbath, September 18, 2021.] Picture the scene. You are part of three buses of tourists who are … Continue reading

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Album Review: Love Songs (Dan Fogelberg)

Love Songs, by Dan Fogelberg I was looking at the discography of Dan Fogelberg while listening to the Very Best of Dan Fogelberg and saw that I already had listened to and liked nine of the ten songs that appear … Continue reading

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It’s Not Quite What I Expected, But Definitely What We Needed

Yesterday, as I write this, we had split sermons in Portland and both of them had some striking similarities in their approach that let me know that both speakers were motivated by their own (understandable) concerns about the moral bleakness … Continue reading

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On Free Will And The Savior

As I write this, it is about four and a half ours or so into the Day of Atonement where I reside. One of the most relevant chapters about this day, one that I have heard cited at least a … Continue reading

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I Acknowledge Your Suffering, Now Go Back And Suffer

I have been taking, in such limited free time as I have this month, a course from Hillsdale college on the book of Genesis that is about halfway done. Earlier today (as I write this) the third lesson of the … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened To Sky Ferreira?

When I was looking up information about Sky Ferreira’s debut album, I was struck by the familiarity of some of the names of people who were writing and producing her music with her. One name in particular stood out, only … Continue reading

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Album Review: Night Time, My Time

Night Time, My Time, by Sky Ferreira While I was doing a rankdown of underrated songs, Spotify played another song by this artist in addition to the one that was on the rankdown and I figured it would be worthwhile … Continue reading

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Short Library Reviews: Part Five

Women Of The Blue & Gray: True Civil War Stories Of Mothers, Medics, Soldiers, And Spies, by Marianne Monson It is perhaps a bit unfair to point to the fact that the author is not a historian but really a … Continue reading

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Album Review: Arrival (ABBA)

Arrival, by ABBA Continuing our tour of the ABBA discography to place ABBA’s body of work as a whole compared to the all-time greats, we come to Arrival, an album that marks a high point of commercial appeal for the … Continue reading

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