Tag Archives: #politics

My Thoughts – BlackkKlansman

I’m not a movie critic. Sometimes when I read what others have written about movies, my own thoughts seem to be so inadequate. Maybe if I saw more movies, and then chose to review them I’d get better at it. But then, life as a movie critic is not my job. My current job is […]
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God cares. Do you?

Sermon for June 24, 2018 based on Mark 4:35-41 and 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 Last Thursday I went to Los Angeles to participate in an interfaith religious leader protest. There were probably 250 people of many faiths, with the majority being Christians and Jews. I think there were 9 of us Lutherans. Why would various religious […]
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They are People and Deserving of Dignity

Today I took a glance at my Twitter feed and came across this quote from the current president: Trump on deportation: “You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals and we’re taking them out of country.” This should be shocking, but based on the last couple of years it […]
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Locked in Fear

This is pretty close to what I preached on April 8th…

Quit Blaming the Kids

In the aftermath of an atrocity such as the massacre last week we enter into the Facebook and other social media debate. One unfortunate aspect of that debate inevitably is one that argues that the young people themselves are at fault…or if not the young people, then the culture around these young people.   I […]
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Growing up racist #5…or I never knew that

I’ve been reading the very good, but very uncomfortable to read book, “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.” It’s been a slow read for me, but from an historical perspective I am finally to the 60s, thus to when I was born. One paragraph struck me today because it […]
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Can anything good come out of …? Today’s sermon

Can anything good come out of Oxnard? I remember an encounter in my first days here at Our Redeemer. It was with Rusty Jackson, a long time (but not his entire life) Oxnard resident and founding member of the church. Upon our introduction, he looked at me, and with a twinkle in his eye said, […]
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An Idle Tale

But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.” Where did I get this quote? Was it from the news today, yesterday, last week, last month, last year? An idle tale…maybe a bit archaic. How about, “they thought they were lying, and they did not believe them.” In this case […]
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Tired of the Meanness

As I walked through Costco today I could sense a change in the people. It seems as if we were all a bit subdued, quiet, going about our business by rote. Of course I’m the first to admit that this could also be just me projecting my feelings onto the world around me. Is it? […]
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Waking to Bad News

Like most Americans I woke this morning to the horrible news of the massacre in Las Vegas. More death at the hands of a man with a gun. The news was so shocking that I had trouble believing it. Maybe you felt that also. A few minutes later I was surprised at my shock. Why […]
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