Monthly Archives: April 2014

No Longer Columbus Day

I live in a small Minnesota town called Red Wing, named after a Native American chief in this area in the early 19th century. Our city council voted last night to change the name of the holiday Columbus Day to … Continue reading

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The Best Classical Music (for me)

One of the immeasurable joys for me over the years has been music, starting with the Christmas season of 1956. I was fourteen years old and my parents and I were decorating our tree with the sounds of Bing Crosby … Continue reading

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Explaining Away Jesus Christ

A recent article in the Boston Globe (accessed online through  aldaily.com  on April 24) is an interview with Bart Ehrman, who claims that, rather than seeing Jesus after the resurrection, his followers had visions of him — hallucinations — and … Continue reading

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A Christian Nation? Another Thought

As I sit at my desk, listening to some beautiful choral music by Vaughan Williams, my mind has continued to mull questions of whether the UK and the US can be called “Christian nations.” It occurs to me that the … Continue reading

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A Christian Nation?

The UK, the “mother country” of the US, is in a bit of a row over recent comments by Prime Minister David Cameron.* He said publicly that Britain should be “more confident about our status as a Christian country.”  Several … Continue reading

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The Radical Jesus

We had a great time in the adult class at our church this morning, looking at a couple of stories about Jesus. It hit me all over again how radical a reformer Jesus was. In chapter 7 of the Gospel … Continue reading

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That’s a very thoughtful worm!

A recent New York Times Review of Books* includes a lengthy review by Oliver Sachs. The subject of the several books he reviews is the “mind” of the lower animals and even plants. Scientists as far back as Darwin have … Continue reading

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