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What’s In A Name?

[Note: This is the prepared text for a message given to the United Church of God congregation of Portland, Oregon, on Sabbath, July 24, 2021.] A few months ago we looked at the promise given to all believers in Romans … Continue reading

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Inside/Outside: Part Two

One of the issues we regularly discuss here because it comes up in so many facets of existence is the subjectivity of people. An objective reality exists outside of us but we have no reliable means of grasping that reality … Continue reading

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Book Review: Reading While Black

Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation As An Exercise In Hope, by Esau McCulley This book is not written for a reader like me. Sometimes this can be a bad thing, but in this case the fact that the … Continue reading

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What Is The Worth Of Self-Identification?

For a long time I have pondered the way that nations choose their names. Over and over again, if one looks around the world, one sees that the names that nations choose are not a reflection of reality but a … Continue reading

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Book Review: To Make Our World Anew

To Make Our World Anew: A History Of African Americans, edited by Robin D.G. Kelley and Earl Lewis This book suffers from a problem that is common to many books of its kind, in that the authors of this book … Continue reading

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Religious In Spite Of Ourselves

It is remarkable just how few people want to be considered religious. Even people who, by any definition of the word belong to organized religious groups with whom they attend religiously and which have organized clergy, formal liturgy, and well-defined … Continue reading

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You’re All The Same

One of the difficulties of talking about identities is a certain asymmetry that does not often get enough attention. When we judge identity for those who are close to us, we have the ability to make all kinds of very … 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 Case Of Missed Identity

Recently I read three memoirs by musicians that seemed in many ways to intersect. Indeed, all of the memoirs were connected by a variety of common threads–all three of the musicians were ones whose best years were behind them as … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Meaning Of Mariah

The Meaning Of Mariah, by Mariah Carey with Michaela Angela Davis It must have been a difficult task for the co-author of this book to take the scattered and not very chronological tea dished out by Mariah Carey and to … Continue reading

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