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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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A prayer in darkness

Posted 9 January 2011 by
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A Prayer in Darkness

A contractor can be held liable if a construction site is not secured and a child is injured. It is also illegal to incite others to riot. Why should a politician not be held responsible for using violent speech?

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In joy and terror the Word is born!

Posted 5 January 2011 by
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Winter Night

It is popular by some to say that Christmas is all about children, family, and warm feelings. It is not that I am against children, family, and warm feelings, but is that what Christmas is about?

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Merry Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Longhu6: Take your pick

Posted 26 December 2010 by
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Love in the Ruins

The child of Kwanzaa has grown up and left home to find its way in the world. How long will it take for Disney to create a storyline about a Wise Community Leader visiting children on a chariot pulled by impalas to encourage them to be good? For most people, it does not make any difference whether it is Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Longhu6.

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The manger and the myth

Posted 11 December 2010 by
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Nativity Icon

On Weekend Edition Saturday on December 11, 2010, there was a story about views about the Nativity of Jesus Christ on opposite sides of the Lincoln Tunnel. Atheists, on the New Jersey side, said “You know it’s a myth.” Roman Catholics, on the New York side, said “You know it’s real.” To both sides, I have an answer for you.

Yes.

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You only have to shoot straight

Posted 2 December 2010 by
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Barry Goldwater campaign button in 1964

Senator John McCain thinks that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” needs more study. Maybe Senator McCain needs to read the reports that the late Senator Goldwater had read. And, listen to Senator Goldwater.

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Now I lay me down to sleep

Posted 23 November 2010 by
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Providing music for my mother

A simple, concrete trust of youth leaves many questions unanswered in our Christian faith. There are questions that we need to answer for ourselves. Yet, there are times we return.

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Love Dream

Posted 17 November 2010 by
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Dorothy Chapman

I still cannot listen to Liebesträume. When taking piano lessons when growing up, one of the instruction books I contained a simplified version of Liebesträume No. 3 by Franz Lizt. My mother loved listening to me play it. Over and over. Again and agin. I became sick of it. Now that my mom is only receiving comfort care in the hospital, I know what would make her the happiest.

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The Morning Trumpet

Posted 16 November 2010 by
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The Morning Trumpet (Southern Harmony, 1835)

It seems to me that a large part of worship during the 1700s and 1800s was about escaping from the trials of today to an existence I would consider somewhat boring over the long run. How rough and heavy life must have been to only want the next life to be spent on a cloud in endless idleness. Having leisure time in our lives today has changed the need for that personal longing. If life has changed that much, then why does “The Morning Trumpet” comfort me today?

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