Monthly Archives: October 2017

Quick Thoughts on “Dover Beach”

Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) was an English poet, essayist, and schoolmaster…..and Christian. The following excepts comes from a poem entitled Dover Beach—which is the assumed setting. Very likely you were assigned the following poem in high school…possibly it did not impress … Continue reading

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Fajitas and Fakery

Melinda and I don’t know much about Mexican food. We puzzle over those long, repetitious-sounding menus and tend to re-order the tried-and-true. She became intrigued by one aromatic, sizzling dish we saw and smelled—and heard—being delivered to other tables. Finally … Continue reading

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Services for Those Without a Religion

What does a pastor or eulogist say at the funeral of an atheist? In the UMC Manual of Services, for instance, there are indeed some printed short services to use at the funerals of non-believers. I believe humanist organizations and … Continue reading

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A Literal Picture of Hell

Adriana Tragiani grew up in Virginia and now lives in New York City. A film-maker and a writer with experience in many fields, she was the guiding light behind Bill Cosby’s TV show. In recent years, she has been gaining … Continue reading

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Venice is Sinking

That’s true, or nearly so. Maybe it’s more accurate to say that the Adriatic Sea is rising. But the net effect is the same: each year the water in and around Venice is a bit higher. Each extra-high tide covers … Continue reading

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School Prayer

The famous (or infamous) school prayer decision came down in 1963. I’d graduated from high school in 1960, so my public school generation was among the last to know daily Scripture readings in home room, prayers in assemblies, and the … Continue reading

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