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Sunday
Feb102019

The Moral Ambiguities of Living with Climate Change

“Global warming” has been abandoned as a term intended to evoke widespread attention among climate watchers. Far more places are getting warmer than are getting colder, but still, “climate change” is now the operative expression. Nevertheless, there is almost as much strong opposition to the idea as there is strong support for it. Nothing I shall say in this sermon will change the mind of anyone who denies the concept of climate change, nor shall anything herein add fuel to the disputatious fire that is already burning. The debate shall continue whether or not a preacher preaches anything about this.

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Sunday
Jan272019

To Know All Is to Forgive All

The French have a proverb, “To know all is to forgive all.” It also can be translated as “To understand all is to forgive all.” What does that mean? It does not refer to academic knowledge or understanding. Rather it has to do with a knowledge or understanding of people’s behavior, and in particular the behavior of people other than ourselves. If we knew the complete life story of everyone we encounter, we might more readily forgive their failings and foibles.

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Sunday
Jan202019

The Meaning of Metaphor

A metaphor is a simile that is enlarged or extended or expanded to a much bigger concept than a mere simile. In Coleridge’s long poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, he tells of a lone sailor, lost somewhere in the South Seas, i.e., the South Pacific. It says of him that “he sailed upon a painted ship upon a painted ocean.” The ancient mariner didn’t literally do that, because he was in a small sailboat upon the actual ocean. However, he was actually becalmed in a vast expanse of placid water from which he might never escape, if wind should never again appear. In a short poetic figurative phrase, Coleridge captured the predicament of the old sailor all by himself in a tropical and potentially lethal oceanic calm.

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Sunday
Jan132019

The Limits of Language

Certain events leave an indelible impression on us, and we cannot find words which sufficiently describe what we experience. Seeing the Grand Canyon is always like that for me. Seeing a newborn baby the first time, especially one’s own child or grandchild, may create a similar awe-stricken moment.

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Sunday
Jan062019

Our 15th Anniversary: Backward and Forward

Being a pastor of a congregation our size also has been the happiest pastorate I have had in 54 years of ministry. Large churches are more stressful than small churches, and greater numbers of people in worship invariably affects the nature of worship. Things are more casual here than they were even in Bayfield, Wisconsin, where there were almost a hundred in attendance each Sunday, or Warren, Ohio, where there were about seventy-five. I can honestly report to you that it is almost a totally unmitigated pleasure and not at all a burden to be the pastor of The Chapel Without Walls!

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