Monthly Archives: November 2009

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The “Yuck” Vote Strikes Again

Well, the dark forces have prevailed again, this time in Maine. Voters there, by a narrow margin, vetoed marriage rights for same-sex couples. The narrowness of our loss is not much comfort. The “Yuck” Vote strikes again. Basically, the argument of the anti-equality crowd was

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Life’s Great Truths Adults Have Learned

1) Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree. 2) There is always a lot to be thankful for, if you take the time to look. For example, I’m sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don’t hurt. 3) One reason to

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Life’s Great Truths Children Have Learned

1) No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats. 2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don’t let her brush your hair. 3) If your sister hits you, don’t hit her back. They always catch the second person. 4) Never ask

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Would You Like Fries With That?

Preached October 18, 2009 at Garden of Grace United Church of Christ, Columbia, SC Readings: Psalm 104 Mark 10:35-45 Bob Dylan was born May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minn., as Robert Allan Zimmerman. He formed several bands as a teenager, but was discovered in 1961

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Do-it-Yourself Salvation

Preached September 13, 2009 at Garden of Grace United Church of Christ, Columbia, SC Readings: Mark 8:27-38 Philippians 2:1-13 Our song this morning comes from a country music legend named Tom T. Hall. Born in 1936 in Oak Hill, Kentucky, Hall had a successful career

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Tis the Season of More Mythology

The Norman Rockwell American Thanksgiving is a feast of mythology about pilgrims and Indians sitting down like buddies giving thanks to the Christian god for a successful harvest. Add the picture of the perfect American family, every member home for the holiday, sitting down together

Three Kings

Can You Hear It?

While Jacob sat patting his young pup, his mother finished serving several portions of the evening meal into a large covered dish, and added a bag containing bread for all those who watched that night. It would be his job to take these meals to

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Letters to the Editor

Editor: I am a lesbian and I am not Christian. I stumbled upon this site, and, even though it is not my religion, I absolutely love it! I think it’s wonderful to hear such a refreshing, acceptant voice, and, I think is an important wonderful

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Controlling the Words

One of the most popular biblical translations among evangelical conservatives is the New International Version. Introduced in 1978, and immediately endorsed by Billy Graham, the NIV has sold over 300 million copies. As of 2011 the NIV is scheduled for an update. Editors argue that