Tag Archives: identity

Portland Anonymous: Fragment Five

One of the most important aspects of the Portland Anonymous Crew was names, and while most of our musicians chose flamboyant names for themselves, he chose the most obvious name of all, #N/A.  The hashtag was appropriately hipster for coming … Continue reading

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Woe To The Scribes And Pharisees: Part Three

In our closing section of this particular discussion [1], it is worthwhile to discuss the melancholy nature of the origin of conflict between the biblical worldview of Christianity and the Talmudic worldview of the scribes and Pharisees that formed the … Continue reading

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Blame It On Intersectionality

When I was in graduate school, I remember hearing a story from one of my professors who taught a class on intellectual property law about how he had worked for an engineering firm for several years and had pretended to … Continue reading

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Book Review: All Together Different

All Together Different:  Upholding The Church’s Unity While Honoring Our Individual Identities, by J. Brian Tucker & John Koessler [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Moody Publishers.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] When reading a … Continue reading

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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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