Thoughts on Racism (8)
on February 18th, 2022
Listening to Others The much sought after honest national conversation on race will only be possible if it is a two-way conversation, with neither side making up the rules. Nevertheless, those who urge that majority culture be quiet so that minority voices alone may be heard have a point. Many of us need to hold our tongues and listen. However, the need to listen also raises an obvious question, w...  Read More
What I Did on My Sabbatication
on January 18th, 2022
here is my accounting for my sabbatication  Read More
Understanding Family Worship
on January 1st, 2022
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Men's Reading Club
on January 1st, 2022
From 1998 - 2022...  Read More
Hymns and Psalms for 2022
on January 1st, 2022
This year we will follow the same basic calendar of hymns as we have in previous years. This is the second year of the “learn the psalms” format. Last year we sang our favorite 26 psalms (list “A”) four times throughout the year. This year we will sing those 26 psalms once, and add to them 26 new psalms (list “B”), which we will sing three times, once in the morning and twice in the evening. Other...  Read More
Thoughts on Racism (7)
on December 3rd, 2021
New Tribalism The Apostle Paul presents us with the Christian ideal: “we regard no one according to the flesh” (2 Cor 5:16) “Flesh” here indicates all manner of worldly criteria: class, ethnicity, wealth, race, education, or physical appearance. Having once misjudged Jesus Christ according to fleshly criteria (wrong family, wrong schools, wrong hometown, wrong profession, wrong agenda), we are det...  Read More
Thoughts on Racism (6)
on November 4th, 2021
Escalating Racial Tensions Today As recently as the aftermath of the 2008 national election America widely was proclaimed to be a “post-racial” society. President Obama had been elected. This remarkable milestone was greeted all across the political spectrum as a sign that our national racial past could be put behind us. A new era of racial harmony and equality had arrived. Instead, by 2020 we wer...  Read More
Thoughts on Racism (5)
on October 1st, 2021
Barriers to Social ProgressSome undoubtedly will object to what we have presented so far, maintaining that we fail to understand its continuing structural, or systemic nature. Racism may not be personal. Rather it continues in a more subtle, institutional and therefore more insidious form, it is claimed. While we want to avoid being superficial, we want to ask the obvious question. Where? What str...  Read More
Thoughts on Racism (4)
on September 3rd, 2021
WHAT IT IS AND ITS LEGACY The threshold of tolerance for racism since the mid-20th century is very low and should be. The Soviet Union under Stalin executed or sent to the Gulags whole classes of persons based on group identity. Aristocrats, merchants, Ukrainians, Cossacks, Kulaks (prosperous peasants) were murdered or imprisoned by the millions. Germany under Hitler did the same: Slavs, gypsies, ...  Read More
Thoughts on Racism (3)
on August 3rd, 2021
What it Isn’t (continued) We have been tip-toeing through the minefield of today’s racial tensions attempting to identify more precisely what is and what is not properly called racist. So far we have argued:Preference for the familiar is not necessarily racist;Recognition of racial, ethnic, gender, and cultural differences is not necessarily racist;Privileging of one’s own is not necessarily racis...  Read More
Service Times Changing
on August 1st, 2021
For many years I have sensed that our Sundays feel rushed. When years ago the evening service was at 6:30 PM, the time between services was more restful. The extra hour turn-around time made a significant difference. During the pandemic we experienced a few Sundays with a 10:00 AM service (to avoid the on-line congestion at 11:00 AM, you may recall). Many of our members loved it. They thought it w...  Read More
Thoughts on Racism (2)
on July 16th, 2021
We are addressing the emotionally charged issue of racism in our Messenger, risking as we do inflaming the very emotions that we wish to cool. We have urged so far first, that a preference for what is familiar is not necessarily racism; and second, that recognition of racial, ethnic, gender, and cultural differences is not necessarily racist, sexist, or bigotry. This leads to our next point. Third...  Read More