Archive for 2011

Do you believe in miracles?

Posted 24 December 2011 by
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The Virgin Mary in Stained Glass at the Florence Henry Memorial Chapel

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.

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Expectant

Posted 11 December 2011 by
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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?

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Occupy Effectiveness

Posted 19 November 2011 by
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Hooverville from west (June 20, 1933), from Seattle Municipal Archives

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.

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I’ll not drink to that

Posted 24 October 2011 by
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I'll not drink to Initiative 1183.

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?

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Lo, he comes

Posted 20 May 2011 by
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Christ of the Ozarks

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?

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Public service

Posted 5 April 2011 by
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Snohomish County Flag

Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. This is a lesson understood on the Snohomish County Council. Why isn’t it understood elsewhere?

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40 years

Posted 30 March 2011 by
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A barricade on the Rue Soufflot (with the Panthéon behind)

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.

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How to get young people in church

Posted 12 March 2011 by
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How to get young people to come to church

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.

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A half-baked absolution for a half-baked confession

Posted 10 March 2011 by
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Blessed are the Pure in Heart

The way the 1928 Book of Common Prayer words things still abides with me. Most of the time, the wording provides a memorable, clever, and poetic way to say things. One time, though, the 1928 Book of Common Prayer wording is simply half-baked. And, it was carried into the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.

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Ash Wednesday in the streets

Posted 10 March 2011 by
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Taking it to the streets

What happens when two people wearing black cassocks walk towards you? One person had a smoking thurible (incense burner). The other person had a baby food jar with black ashes in it.

I think I can answer this question from experience.

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Lent and Advent have the best music

Posted 9 March 2011 by
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Flowering trees in Spring

Life is more than happiness. Music needs to be more than happiness to be real and meaningful to life. Here are some Lenten suggestions for you that go beyond “happy, happy, joy, joy.”

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Engage the culture, change the world on your own dime

Posted 12 February 2011 by
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Seattle Pacific University

Seattle Pacific University can do whatever it wants to do. It can support or condemn what it wants to. That is this institution’s right. It is my right not to support SPU when it goes against my beliefs.

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It is not the end of the world as we know it

Posted 11 February 2011 by
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Corporation for Public Broadcasting

We have the Republican Party trying to zero out CPB funding, again. Moveon.org is trying to get people to sign petitions to save NPR and PBS. Apparently, the Left knows as much about CPB funding as the Right. Let your representative and senator know your opinion. And, do not panic.

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God is not real. God is complex.

Posted 6 February 2011 by
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The Rev. Canon John Fergueson, Rector, Church of the Redeemer

The Rev. Canon John Fergueson is giving three questions for people to think about during the Creed during Ephiphany 2011. They are (1) God is real, (2) God can transform, and (3) I love Jesus. I wish to disagree with statement number 1.

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Follow Ronald Reagan’s actions about tax increases

Posted 4 February 2011 by
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Official Portrait of President Reagan, 1981

In his campaign rhetoric, Ronald Reagan said we needed to reduce taxes and the size of government. Personally, I think it is time to do something closer to what Reagan actually did as governor of California and president of the United States.

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The cloud went away

Posted 1 February 2011 by
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Puget Sound under broken clouds

Cloud computing has been the on the ascension for a while now. While hosting your applications this way has advantages, I have had concerns about an over reliance on the cloud. Flickr deleting 4000 pictures on a paid account demonstrates why.

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The Not-so-great Communicator

Posted 28 January 2011 by
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President Obama greets the Speaker of the House before the State of the Union Address

On January 25, 2011, President Barack Obama fulfilled his obligation by giving the State of the Union Address. If a President where always to get what they want out of their own political party, we would have a public (government) option in the health care reform bill. As a co-equal branch of government, Congress does what Congress wants to do. Because the State of the Union is a wish list only, the President has to sell the agenda in it. Today Mr. Obama seems to be at a rhetorical disadvantage to sell his agenda. What should be done about it?

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To fraking go where no one has gone before

Posted 23 January 2011 by
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Battlestar Gallactica, BSG-75

While there are bad episodes, most Star Trek episodes from any of the series bear re-watching. The episodes of Battlestar Gallactica are dark, brutal, violent, and sexual, sometimes much more than necessary to make a point. How far does art need to go to make its point?

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