Duty. Honor, Country. This was a phrase that I became very acquainted with while a member of the US Armed Forces. Not in the sense that it has been perverted in today’s world of right-wing neo-fascists, white supremacists, or MAGA heads, but in the sense that we as individuals have the duty to think beyond … Continue reading Duty, Honor, Country
It is abundantly clear over the last four years and especially within the bounds of this last election cycle that the Republican Party is no longer the party that President Eisenhower was a member of. That Republican Party gave us the Interstate Highway system advocated for unions signed the civil rights act of 1957 and … Continue reading Eulogy for the Republican Party
Psalm 2 2:1 Why do the nations conspire, and the peoples plot in vain? 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and his anointed, saying, 2:3 "Let us burst their bonds asunder, and cast their cords from us." 2:4 He who sits in the heavens … Continue reading Sermonizing yet again…
The journey has been long that brought me to you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, as I seek ordination. In some sense, I have come full circle, having started my faith journey as a Baptist, then as a “none”, as a Presbyterian, and finally back to where I started. How to start? Well, once … Continue reading Statement of Faith
The perils of fashion as a middle aged man. My disclaimer is that in my middle age, I can now begin to appreciate the trials and tribulations of women trying to find decent clothes that fit, function, and give them a sense of well-being. I say begin because women have always had it harder than … Continue reading On the light side….
The following is a sermon I gave at Crescent Hill Baptist Church on July 8, 2018. In it I draw a parallel between Jesus being rejected by his hometown with the current climate of attacking the messenger because the message is threatening those of privilege and power. The text is from Mark 6 verses 1 … Continue reading Sermonizing
“Capitalism is a beast that must be guarded carefully and secured by strong bonds lest it break free and consume not only the people but those who think of themselves its masters.” Ernie Romans 2018 While I am no fan of US Free Market Capitalism, I have come to realize that it’s all we have … Continue reading Capitalism – Taming the beast
We have reached that time of year when those collecting for various charity causes emerge from their winter hiatus. We see them on the street corners such as the “boot” campaign of firefighters, the Shriners and their fezzes taking life and limb risks by inserting themselves into the traffic flow collecting money for Shriners Hospitals, … Continue reading Charity
“Yes, you are unique… Just like everyone else.” Slightly paraphrased quote – Rev Dr JoAnne Morris Brian to the crowd: “You are all individuals!” The crowd in unison: “Yes, we are all individuals!” Monty Python’s Life of Brian 1979 I have to admit, that Holy Week was a particularly bad week for me as well … Continue reading Is there Redemption?
The following text is one of my favorites because it speaks directly on how we as individuals and as a nation might live fully into our humanity. It comes from Matthew chapter 25 verses 31 through 46 in the New Revised Standard Version which I copied from http://www.biblegateway.com. Take a minute and read these words … Continue reading More Lamentations of Greatness