Monthly Archives: March 2005

Evidence of Biblical Antiquity

The headline of this CBS news item”Science Unlocks Biblical Secrets” sound more impressive than the actual news reported therein. An Israeli found a couple of small silver scrolls that have the Priestly benediction of Number 6 written on them. Now … Continue reading

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Justification & Ecclesial Legitimacy after N.T. Wright

In an email discussion group about the theology of Tom Wright issues of Justification and Ecclesial Legitimacy have been some recent topics. I see a connection between the two in Wright’s approach and wrote what is below: Some Orthodox (I … Continue reading

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The Public Sphere, Secularity, and Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor is one of my favorite philosophers. I find his Sources of the Self and volumes of philosophical papers (one, two and three) to be very helpful in understanding the rise of modernity and the transition to postmodernity. I … Continue reading

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Terri Schiavo

Almost everyone has an opinion about the Terri Schiavo case. I’m delayed commenting for a long time, but here are some observations and things to consider. I know no one who wants to be fed by a feeding tube. Yet … Continue reading

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First United Methodist Church History

First United Methodist Church Sanctuary: 1905 – 2005 If we are to understand the building of our current sanctuary, 1888 is a good starting point. In that year Rev. J.A. Wyatt was the pastor. The church was growing rapidly, so … Continue reading

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How Politicians Read Letters

I’m a slow learner. Since the early 1980s I’ve been writing letters to my representatives about Social Security. Even back in the olden days I was doubtful of its future efficacy. Inevitably the responses I got pooh-poohed my concerns, saying … Continue reading

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Texas City Explosion – Higher Gas Prices?

Texas City has never been on the list of places I’d want to live. Though we need the chemicals produced in that region (the chemical plants stretch from Texas City up the Houston Ship Channel quite a ways), the pollution … Continue reading

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