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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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Book Review: Glimpses Of The Devil

Glimpses Of The Devil:  A Psychiatrist’s Personal Accounts Of Possession, Exorcism, And Redemption, by M. Scott Peck I’m not exaggerating when I say that this is a pretty terrifying read.  For some reason, I have read a fair amount of … Continue reading

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The Shadow Of The Day Will Embrace The World In Gray

Yesterday, as I was sitting and reading and enjoying my dinner and occasionally looking up to see college football scores, I happened to hear a song that I have not heard for a while on the radio, though it is … Continue reading

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A Man Who Things Happen To

One of the most notable aspects of Isaac is that he is a man who things happen to.  There are some people in scripture who are best known for what they do.  We imagine Moses holding his staff over the … Continue reading

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God Gives To His Beloved Sleep

For a variety of reasons I have often looked at Psalm 127 and its importance (often alongside Psalm 128) [1].  Although Psalm 127 is short, it touches on a lot of themes that are of deep personal interest to me, … Continue reading

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Portland Anonymous: Fragment Eleven

Benefit concerns have a long history in rock & roll and other genres.  In 1971 there was a benefit concert to help those in Bangladesh after the horrors of their war of independence against Pakistan.  Then there benefit concerts for … Continue reading

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The Devil Inside

Over the past few weeks, I have read far more about and from Graham Greene than I had previously thought possible [1].  To be sure, I have known about him as a writer for some time, reading Our Man In … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gathering Courage

Gathering Courage:  A Life-Changing Journey Through Adoption, Adversity, And A Reading Disability, by T.A. McMullin [Note:  This book was provided free of charge through BookCrash.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] This book certainly lives up to its name, … Continue reading

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On Memiors Of Crappy Childhoods

“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”  So begins Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina, a statement I believe is fundamentally wrong.  The reason why is fairly simple and straightfoward.  I am a prolific … Continue reading

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Book Review: Driving In The Dark

Driving In The Dark:  A Childhood Memoir, by Zoe Niklas with Janice Harper For various personal reasons, I happen to be both a reader [1] and a writer [2] in the popular genre of literature known as “memoirs of crappy … Continue reading

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