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Book Review: The Global Soul

The Global Soul:  Jetlag, Shopping Malls, And The Search For Home, by Pico Iyer The more I read from Pico Iyer, the less I like him as an author.  This book helps explain why.  The author and I are rarely … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Case Of @ChartData

Who is @chartdata?  As someone who probably spends more time on Twitter than is probably good for me, one of the many feeds I follow is one by Chart Data that posts information about songs and albums and artists that … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Education Of A British-Protected Child

The Education Of A British-Protected Child, by Chinua Achebe As someone who had to read the author’s perennially overrated book Things Fall Apart in high school, and who apparently still somewhat resents the time wasted reading and talking about this … Continue reading

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Who Told You?

[Note:  This is the prepared text for a sermonette given at The Dalles congregation of the United Church of God on August 11, 2018.] I imagine that most of us here are familiar with dinner parties held with other brethren … Continue reading

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Glorious Things Of Thee Are Spoken

[Note:  This sermon was given in the Portland congregation of the United Church of God on Sabbath, June 9, 2018.  Below is the prepared notes] [Optional introductory comments:  I would like to thank the songleader for choosing Glorious Things of … Continue reading

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What Do We Mean By Nature Anyway?

When we examine questions of dispute or importance, it can be a difficult matter to precisely define our terms.  Let us take as our example today the word nature.  The Merriam-Webster online dictionary, for example, gives nine distinct meanings for … Continue reading

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2 Clement, Hebrews, And The Metadata Problem Of Homilies

For those who may not be aware, a homily is another word for a sermon that is focused on spiritual edification rather than doctrinal instruction.  Most of the people reading this will probably have listened to many sermon messages that … Continue reading

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The Issue Of Identity And Pseudonymity In The Epistle Of Barnabas

Would the Epistle of Barnabas be known or cared about at all aside from those who like obscure ancient literature if its reputed author did not have the same name as one of the Bible’s most beloved apostles?  Although the … Continue reading

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Book Review: War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning

War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning, by Chris Hedges This book’s title, if it was not immediately obvious, is highly ironic since the author (as might be expected) looks to love to provide meaning and views war in … Continue reading

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Fauxcahontas Strikes Back

Like many Americans whose political views tend to the right of center, I have long enjoyed mercilessly mocking the claims of one Massachusetts senator to claim legitimacy with regards to our nation’s troubled identity politics by pointing to her Cherokee … Continue reading

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