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But You Have Made It A Den Of Thieves

[Note: This is the prepared text for a sermonette given to the Portland UCG congregation on February 20, 2021.] I would like to begin today with a thought experiment. Imagine, if you will, that you are part of a mob … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Carole King

Technically speaking, Carole King is already in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as part of a songwriting team, but as a performer she is not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The question here is whether … Continue reading

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Book Review: Pseudo-Epileptic Seizures

Pseudo-Epileptic Seizures, edited by Lennart Gram, Svein I. Johannessen, Per Olof Osterman, and Matti Silanpaa In many ways, this particular book gets off on the wrong foot and never manages to fully overcome a negative first impression. Part of the … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Melissa Etheridge

A while ago, I was doing some searching online about acts neglected by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (an occupational hazard when one writes about them as often as I do), and I came across a website whose … Continue reading

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Mostly True Tales?

Recently I read a book that tried to present itself as being a true story of a particular person whose name is not necessarily well known but who had an important role in bringing a particular animal to the consciousness … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Struggle For Civil Society In Egypt

The Struggle For Civil Society In Egypt, by the U.S. Congress In 2014, in the aftermath of the supposed Arab Spring, the House of Representatives’ Committee on International Relations spent some time talking about the struggle for civil society in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Nigeria’s Struggle With Corruption

Nigeria’s Struggle With Corruption, by the U.S. Congress This is difficult to think of a more hypocritical and self-serving phenomenon than seeing corrupt members of Congress whose public service turns them from upper middle class people to extremely wealthy elites … Continue reading

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The Quest For Legitimacy

One of the things I enjoy doing is watching people play games, or watching people talk about games and game playing, which is what one does when one takes games more seriously than perhaps they were meant to do. One … Continue reading

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Book Review: Empire: The British Imperial Experience From 1765 To The Present

Empire: The British Imperial Experience From 1765 To The Present, by Dennis Judd Although I have to say that this book was more than a little bit disappointing because of some of its contents, there are at least a few … Continue reading

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In Defense Of Bad Novels: Part Four

We have previously discussed bad novels as being worthy of defense, and a couple of grounds for defending bad novels in terms of the questions that they raise and the preoccupations that they show. I would like to close this … Continue reading

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