I may be the last person in the Episcopal Church that dislikes calling the last Sunday of the Church year “Christ the King.” The problem is the word “king.”
Tagged As: 2012, Election, Initiative 502, marijuana, Washington | Categories: Politics | Leave a Comment
I strongly support the idea behind this initiative. However, if you can do the right thing for the wrong reason you create even bigger problems.
Tagged As: 2012, charter schools, Election, initiative 1240, Washington | Categories: Politics | Leave a Comment
Charter schools have been repeatedly been defeated in Washington State. The evidence so far is that we would be wasting our time if we do approve them. So, why do we want to create a new bureaucracy to do what we are already doing?
Tagged As: 2012, Election, initiative 1185, Washington | Categories: Politics | Leave a Comment
We have founded for you a republic if you can keep it. Vote no. And, if your legislator acts improperly, vote to replace your legislator.
Tagged As: Everett, Vancouver | Categories: Personal | Leave a Comment
On June 4, 1792, Captain George Vancouver claimed a region he called New Georgia for his monach, King George III of Great Britain. When he did this, he was anchored in the waters of Possession Sound near the site of present-day Everett, Washington. In the end, we know how this story ended.
Tagged As: fable, Faith, Miracles, Myth, Science | Categories: Christianity | Leave a Comment
Recently on Facebook, I posted a link to a video about Hanukkah with the comment, “Happy Holidays! Do you believe in miracles?” A friend matter-of-factly replied, “No, not really.” That statement was an opening for a discussion. However, the problem with Facebook is that nuanced answers given in postings are almost impossible. Here is an attempt to answer “yes, but” in a meaningful way.
Tagged As: ambiguity, language | Categories: Spirituality | Leave a Comment
The English language is an imprecise language. As a person involved in technical communications, I have reminders of this every day I work. How does using an imprecise language like English for worship change the approach of the faithful to God?
Tagged As: Hooverville, Occupy, Protest | Categories: Politics | Leave a Comment
What does the Occupy movement want to accomplish? The Occupy movement gained the floor but lacked a clear agenda. Without a clear agenda, you never have a finish line to cross. It is not as if there are not urban encampments of the unemployed in US cities already.
Tagged As: Alcohol, Initiative 1183, Liquor Control Board, Sales, Washington | Categories: Politics | Leave a Comment
Initiative Measure 1183 seeks to turn liquor sales in Washington State over to the private market. It is the second time in two years we have voted on this. Initiative 1183 has several problems from my point of view without giving any advantages. Why give up what works well?
Tagged As: Democrats, Redistricting, Republicans, Snohomish County | Categories: Politics | Leave a Comment
I am one of five members of the Snohomish County Districting Committee. On Tuesday, August 9, 2011, there will be a public meeting where we will receive public comment on two different plans. Here are my views on both of the plans.
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Harold Camping is not the first person to long for the end of time. What is unfortunate is that Camping is not the first to set a time certain for adjournment. Don’t we all want to escape the problems of this world?
Tagged As: Bin Ladden, Marshall Plan, Recovery, War | Categories: Death | Leave a Comment
Osama Bin Laden is dead. This does not even things up or settles anything. The real battle is still ahead. That is, if we want peace and prosperity.
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There is an show about the Stonewall Riots in New York in 1969 scheduled for showing in April 2011. Would I have stood up for my rights if I had been living in Greenwich Village in 1969? My guess is that it would depend on what my options were and what I understood to be at stake. Still, it is easier to man the barricades when you are running out of other options.
Tagged As: Evangelism, Honesty | Categories: Christianity | Leave a Comment
There are many statements made as aphorisms about the subject of getting young people or young adults to come to church. Most have to do with the need to do things that show the church is “with it.” There is someone with experience as a college chaplain that has a list which includes none of the standard items.