Monthly Archives: December 2008

How embarrassing

I’ve heard the song “And So This is Christmas” for years, and yet somehow I never realized that it was a John Lennon song. First Pete Seeger, now John Lennon. The question isn’t where I was during the 1960s and … Continue reading

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What was Paul smoking?

“For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you.” (Romans … Continue reading

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Yet another reason to use

I’ve been using for most of my reading needs for a few months now, ever since a good friend of mine turned me on to its wonders. The web site works on the simple premise that it makes sense … Continue reading

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‘Dawn Treader’ treading water?

Citing disappointing returns on “Prince Caspian,” Disney has opted not to co-produce a third installation in the Chronicles of Narnia film series, meaning that Walden Studios is now shopping around for a partner. In other words,┬áthere is now some question … Continue reading

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Melissa Etheridge on Rick Warren

As the inauguration of Barack Obama nears, the president-elect unfortunately has become caght in early controversy by virtue of Rick Warren, the minister he has chosen to preside over the benediction. Warren, whom I admit I have never paid much … Continue reading

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Enmity with the world

There’s something fundamentally wrong not just with the human condition but with the evangelical church and its response to the human condition. Evangelicalism has created a sense of communal identity where an attack on one part is an assault upon … Continue reading

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I love Broadway musicals, by and large. To make it on Broadway, musicals have to have solid performers, excellent lyricists and talented composers. Musicians like Paul┬áSimon can make the crossover with “Urinetown,” but you’ll never see a musical on Broadway … Continue reading

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Bucking the Christian Right

The growing Religious Left isn’t entirely a new story in itself, but I do think it’s interesting to note how much it’s growing. After the narrow focus of the leaders of the Christian Right the last 30 years, particularly as … Continue reading

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Failure in the Customer Service Department

Today, despite the mix of rain and snow blanketing Iowa, I took the girls to the local Mathpark for a brief visit this afternoon, to get a few items. We got what we needed, and went to the checkout lane. … Continue reading

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I’ve come to the conclusion that I speak four languages. I gained two of them in the past year. Of the four, obviously I speak English the best. That’s my first language, and the one I’m proudest of. Some of … Continue reading

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