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The Macedonian Call

[Note: The below is the prepared text of a sermonette given to the Portland UCG congregation on October 24, 2020.] We have just returned from a Feast of Tabernacles that is different from any one in recent memory. Most of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Bradt: Falkland Islands

Bradt:  Falkland Islands, by Will Wagstaff Admittedly, my interest in the Falklands Islands and its history [1] is probably unusual.  Still, given that this book exists, and is in my local library, it cannot be such an unusual interest that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Bleaker House

Bleaker House:  Chasing My Novel To The End Of The World, by Nell Stevens Any fool can make a book–this book is evidence of that, as long as one has the right agent and editor who can piece together fragments … Continue reading

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The Doors Are Closing

Every year the American Society of Engineers publishes a harsh and alarmist critique of the state of American transportation infrastructure in the so-far vain hope of encouraging the United States to pay the attention to make it better. One thing … Continue reading

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Book Review: Empire Antarctica

Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins, by Gavin Francis If you go to Antarctica, does it mean you are going to write a book about it? This book is a strange one. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad one … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Lost Empire Of Atlantis

The Lost Empire Of Atlantis: History’s Greatest Mystery Revealed, by Gavin Menzies Starting with 1421 [1] and then 1431, Menzies is an author who was on the path of squandering considerable promise as a popular (if unconventional) historian with an … Continue reading

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This Isn’t Where I Parked My Taxi

It is Thursday, just about 10:45PM, and I have arrived at the Portland International Airport, expecting to catch a flight at the last minute after a disastrously long journey from home, and I arrive to the airport only to find … Continue reading

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Because It Wouldn’t Be 2020 Without….A Liveblogging Experiment

3:56PM PDT As it stands right now, I am getting ready for a red-eye flight to Florida and then a transfer to a flight to Jamaica. But because it’s 2020, things can’t go down without some last minute drama. As … Continue reading

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Book Review: The History Of Oregon, Geographical And Political

The History Of Oregon, Geographical And Political, by George Wilkes This is a strange history. I’m not sure exactly why this book strikes me as such an odd example of a history, except that it contains elements that I would … Continue reading

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It’s Hard To Say What You Mean

It is striking just how often communication becomes an issue in life. Today was, like many days for me, even as someone who does not necessarily interact with very many people personally over the course of day, a day that … Continue reading

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