Category Archives: Musings

Some Thoughts On The Genre Of Sermonette

For at least three periods of my adult life (first, from 2004 to 2006, then from 2011 and 2012, and from 2015 to the present-day), I have been a writer and a speaker in an obscure genre of religious writing … Continue reading

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Onan The Barbarian

Yesterday afternoon in the Speaker’s Workshop, someone said of my sermonette that it made a few of the ladies uncomfortable, dealing with the awkward and unpleasant examples of rape and incest, although I did not dwell on them.  As someone … Continue reading

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For You Observe Trouble And Grief

[Note:  This is the prepared text for a sermonette delivered at the United Church of God congregation in Portland, OR on Sabbath, March 9, 2019.] One of my favorite genres of book to collect is called theodicy [spell out word].  … Continue reading

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Dalla Dalla, Or Different Just Like Everybody Else

In life there are at least two kinds of difference.  There are differences we choose for ourselves and those differences that are forced on us by others.  And, as might be imagined, we tend to feel very differently about those … Continue reading

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Skinned Knee, Or The Problem Of Painting Oneself As A Victim

I find it somewhat humorous and perhaps a bit telling to contrast the debut efforts of my younger brother and I in writing in elementary school.  In the fourth grade at our elementary school it was assigned to students to … Continue reading

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Talking Is Hard: The Many Consequences Of An Obvious Truth

From time to time I like to reflect on the connections that draw my often disparate reflections and ruminations together.  I tend to find that I am both more complex and more simple than people tend to recognize, more layered … Continue reading

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Coming To Terms In The Creation And Enjoyment Of Music

There is often a great disconnect between various different audiences and stakeholders when it comes to the world of music.  Over and over again, music critics (many of whom I spend a fair amount of time listening to) lament the … Continue reading

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Mysteries Of The Bible: Did The Office Of Prophetess Continue Into The New Testament Church?

Over the past few weeks or so I have written far more often than I would have liked on the question of women in the church.  Yet this particular issue seems to strike at a variety of fault lines and … Continue reading

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Absence

What fit of absence led me to pack a change of clothes for this afternoon and to forget to bring a jacket to wear that would keep me warm in the face of winter’s chills, not least when I am … Continue reading

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Shredding The Chords

Since I’ve been rather busy this weekend, even by the fairly busy standards of my time, I thought it would be interested to note one of the threads that kept on appearing throughout the course of my weekend’s activities despite … Continue reading

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