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On The Boundaries Of Taking God’s Name In Vain

[Note: This is the prepared text for a sermon given to The Dalles congregation of the United Church of God on Sabbath, December 4, 2021.] When we think about taking God’s name in vain, the usual concern is that we … Continue reading

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On The Property Rights Of Those Often Considered To Be Without Property

Social media can be a great place to find terrible takes, and today I found one particular take that sought to impose the sorts of limits on voting to those who held real estate property, seeking an argument that was … Continue reading

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On The Clout Economy

There is a lawyer who has gotten an entire secondary income and reputation in encouraging rappers to stop self-snitching who records humorous but also poignant videos discussing how it is that rappers get themselves into trouble by telling on themselves. … Continue reading

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A Well-Armed Society Is A Polite Society

One of the most profound similarities between the generally antagonistic cultures of the Antebellum white South and contemporary black culture is something that is also shared with the culture of Southeast Asia that I witnessed in my time in Thailand. … Continue reading

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A Healthy Sense Of Pride In Who You Are

It should not be a controversial statement to believe that everyone should have a healthy sense of pride in who one is. To be sure, there is plenty of disagreement that can take place over what involves a healthy sense … Continue reading

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De Salutare Meum

A few years ago, I worked for someone who claimed to have a great insight in the people he had to deal with concerning the importance of saving face in the local culture.  Indeed, saving face is a widespread human … Continue reading

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The Honor Of Oathbreakers

What is the importance of an oath?  There are certain groups of people who are required at certain points of their lives to take oaths.  For example, people who marry take wedding vows in which they promise to love and … Continue reading

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Is Karen A Slur, Or, The Continuing Problems Of Incivility In Identity Politics

One of the bad things about being isolated from real human beings is that one has more time to see people online.  As is frequently the case, people are not at their best when communicating on social media, and today’s … Continue reading

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Objectification Is Idolatry

In recently reading a book by noted Inkling Owen Barfield, I was struck by how his clarity of thinking must have influenced his fellow Inklings into a greater respect for the thinking of the Middle Ages, although it must be … Continue reading

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Speak No Ill Of The Dead

Since before the time I have blogged about it, or blogged about anything at all, I have been fascinated by the role of death in reputation, and yesterday provided two very distinct occasions where I had cause to ponder about … Continue reading

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