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.
Archive for 2011
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.
Tagged As: | Categories: Christianity | Leave a Comment
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.
Tagged As: Gay Rights, Stonewall Riots | Categories: Civil Rights | Leave a Comment
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.
Tagged As: Book of Common Prayer, Confession, Contrition | Categories: Christianity | Leave a Comment
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.
Tagged As: Ash Wednesday, Processions | Categories: Christianity | Leave a Comment
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.
Tagged As: Bach, Hymns, Lent | Categories: Christianity, Spirituality | 1 Comment
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.”
Tagged As: Human Sexuality | Categories: Civil Rights | 2 Comments
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.
Tagged As: American Public Media, CPB, Moveon.org, NPR, PBS, Public Radio International, Republican Party, Tea Party | Categories: Media | Leave a Comment
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.
Tagged As: Athanasian Creed, God is real, Nicene Creed | Categories: Christianity | Leave a Comment
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.
Tagged As: Deficit, Ronald Reagan, Taxes | Categories: Politics | 2 Comments
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.
Tagged As: Cloud Computing | Categories: Technology | Leave a Comment
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.
Tagged As: Budget, Communication, Politics, State of the Union | Categories: Politics | Leave a Comment
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?
Tagged As: Battlestar Gallactica, Star Trek, Violence | Categories: Media | 1 Comment
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?