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Life Itself

I just saw the new documentary biography of Roger Ebert, titled after his memoir, Life Itself. This film, by Steve James, gets two thumbs up from me. Before seeing the film, I would not have described myself as a big fan of Ebert. I remember seeing him on TV, fighting about movies with Gene Siskel…

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the Faith of Discrimination

A friend shared an article on Facebook today that has left me conflicted and pondering things in my heart. The article, from the New York Times, is about universities and evangelical Christian student groups in conflict over non-discrimination policies. In a collision between religious freedom and anti-discrimination policies, the student group, and its advisers, have…

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To Remember When Waking

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church on June 6, 2014. Genesis 28:10-19a Dreams are a weird business. Cultures have been interpreting dreams from ancient days. There are numerous dream accounts in scripture, other than this dream of Jacob’s. There are dreams interpreted in the ancient story of Gilgamesh. Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung made…

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Land of the Free?

Originally posted on RevGalBlogPals:
(With apologies to Revgals who don’t live in the USA) Here in the United States, we’re preparing to celebrate Independence Day, commemorating the signing on July 4, 1776 of the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by…

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Whose Religious Freedom?

I spoke this weekend at the Community Progressive event in Julia Davis Park. Here’s a recap of my remarks, updated in light of the Supreme Court ruling today. There seems to be some confusion in our political and cultural discourse lately about what, exactly, constitutes “religious freedom”. The idea of religious freedom is deeply coded…

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Gift of Sabbath

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church on June 28, 2014 (This was at our Saturday Evening Sabbath Service. We’ll be doing this, instead of Sunday worship, the last week of each month.) Exodus 18:13-27 Thank you for being here tonight. I truly am grateful for your willingness to try something very different. I know…

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Buffer Zones around Women’s Rights

The Supreme Court today unanimously (!) overturned 35 foot buffer zones to protect women from being harassed by anti-choice protesters outside women’s health clinics. (They did split 5-4 on whether there should be any buffer zones at all, but the overturning of the Massachusetts law was unanimous). There had been a 35 foot buffer zone…