Archive for August 2009

Why Calvinism is evil

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Built on the Rock, the Church doth stand, even when steeples are falling

When I took a Bible as Literature course in college from Gene Warren Doty, I fell in love with the Book of Job, as translated in the Jerusalem Bible. The text is lyrical, as far as I am concerned. I could imagine the lutes accompanying the troubadours in the background as I read. Being drawn [...]

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Donald Vollema: Piano realization of Symphony in C, 3rd Movement, G. Bizet

Posted 23 August 2009 by
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When interviewing for the associate minister of music position at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood, Washington, my partner had to prepare suggested music for the first service at the Pointe of Grace campus on Sunday, September 13, 2009. An unusual feature of Pointe of Grace is that there is no organ, but a good Boston [...]

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How to increase the actual number of followers you have on Twitter

Posted 18 August 2009 by
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Make posts that interest people. It is that simple. That is not what I receive in direct messages and see in other accounts’ time lines, though. The only purpose of many accounts on Twitter is to tell you how to increase the number of followers you have. I guess simply increasing the number of followers [...]

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Hey! Twitter works!

Posted 17 August 2009 by
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“Are you Bob Chapman?” It isn’t too often when a visitor to church already knows my name, so I was a bit surprised. More interestingly is why the person recognized my face. The web editor of the Everett Herald (@everettherald) follows my Twitter account. Since I tweet about local events, including re-tweeting items from the [...]

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Would Harvey Milk, MOF, survive media scrutiny today?

Posted 15 August 2009 by
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Harvey Milk in 1978 at Mayor Moscone's Desk

Harvey Milk filling in for Mayor George Moscone for a day in 1978. (Daniel Nicoletta, retrieved from Wikipedia on 15 August 2009 under GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2) This past week was an interesting. It started with me asking my partner to put Milk on his Netflix cue so we could watch it. Why [...]

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Another Rick Larsen achievement

Posted 13 August 2009 by
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Hon. Rick Larsen on the Colbert Report

In honor of US Rep. Rick Larsen’s hosting of a medical reform legislation town hall meeting with about 3,000 people last night in Everett, it is time to honor Larsen’s other great achievement. Being on the Colbert Report. The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Better Know a District – Washington’s 2nd – [...]

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Kabuki theater can be a good thing

Posted 12 August 2009 by
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Rick Larsen at the Everett Town Hall on Health Care

The Hon. Rick Larsen, US Representative from the 2nd District of Washington State (D), moved his Everett, Washington, town hall forum on health care to Everett Memorial Stadium. For a bit more than 2.5 hours, Rep. Larsen led a respectful discussion with a crowd estimated by several sources of around 3000 people, including the Everett [...]

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Kabuki health care theater

Posted 11 August 2009 by
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Since the word kabuki is believed to derive from the verb kabuku, meaning “to lean” or “to be out of the ordinary”, kabuki can be interpreted as “avant-garde” or “bizarre” theatre. The expression kabukimono (歌舞伎者) referred originally to those who were bizarrely dressed and swaggered on a street. (Wikipedia, Kabuki, retrieved 11 August 2009) US [...]

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How does that new @wsdot Twitter service work?

Posted 11 August 2009 by
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Since @KING5Seattle has made me the unofficial Joe Traffic Twitter for the Puget Sound region, I thought I would post how you get a specific report from the Washington Department of Transportation (@wsdot) using Twitter: Travel times in King and Snohomish Counties. See how to enter specific start and finish points. Mountain pass condition reports. [...]

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What I do in my spare time

Posted 10 August 2009 by
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Today on Twitter there was the following from @KING5Seattle: Anyone check your commute through @wsdot_traffic ‘s twitter stream? Let us know! I responded, “I do! I do!” This lead to me meeting Glenn Farley and a camera operator at a park-and-ride in Lynnwood to talk about using Twitter for navigating Seattle traffic. I was the [...]

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From Now On

Posted 4 August 2009 by
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The Rt. Rev. Nedi Rivera immediately following her consecration

The Rt. Rev. Nedi Rivera, Bishop Suffragan of Olympia, has announced her upcoming retirement. She plans to be retired by February 1, 2010. That makes this baptism, at which yours truly was honored by being the Bishop’s Chaplain during the service, feel a bit more special.

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