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Peeking Into The Gulag Window

One of the first lessons that children learn in abusive families is how to navigate the unsafe adults around them. Children in such circumstances become expert at discerning the varied moods of those around them, knowing when conditions are good … Continue reading

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On The Necessity Of Power

There is a great deal that one can do without politics so long as one is willing to engage in building communities and institutions. If a group of people are concerned about the same issues and communicate those concerns with … Continue reading

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Monkeys With Backers

There is a common cliche that people use as a means of discussing probability and statistics that ponders how many monkeys with keyboards it would take to create the works of Shakespeare, and the answer is usually some sort of … Continue reading

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No Immunity, No Indemnity

One of the most richly satisfying moments in film history, for me personally, is the moment in the Lethal Weapon franchise when the baddie proclaims “Diplomatic Immunity” immediately before being shot. The moment, which has been heavily anthologized and is … Continue reading

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Kings And Priests In The Bible

[Note: The following is the prepared text for a Bible Study given to the Portland congregation of the United Church of God on September 28, 2022.] This is a busy time of year for all of us as we prepare … Continue reading

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The Biblical Value Of Social Truth: Part One

The noted fantasy author Lois McMaster Bujold argued that the difference between honor and reputation rested in the fact that honor was about one’s true character and reputation was what others thought of you. One of the notable aspects of … Continue reading

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Long Live The King?

If one either feels rapturous or hostile feelings towards a person or institution, it seems easy to write about it, but my own feelings about monarchy, whether based on my own limited and unpleasant personal experience with the institution thus … Continue reading

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On Reading Critical Literature

Today I received three books in the mail that all happened to be Norton Critical Editions of three of Jane Austen’s novels: Persuasion, Sense & Sensibility, and Mansfield Park. I already had, thanks to a couple of online courses at … Continue reading

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On The Purposes Of Rhetoric

Rhetoric is the last stage of the basics of classical education in the trivium, and is present in a great deal of the communication that we encounter in life. When a lawyer argues a case, they are engaging in rhetoric. … Continue reading

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Representation In The Writings Of Paul: Part Three

[Note: The previous parts of this series may be found here and here.] Having examined, at least briefly, the way that Paul uses representation when it comes to matters of ethnicity and political identity, it is worthwhile to ponder the … Continue reading

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