Testing a milepost100 entry
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2w ago
  Milepost 100 A Advent 1 Link to the texts for this week. This week begins the lectionary year A. That cycle begins with Advent, the 4 weeks before Christmas, the anticipation of the coming of Christ. This year, we will view that from the gospel of Matthew. Most of the TV specials and Christmas pageants you are likely to see will draw from Luke as well as Matthew, combining parts of each to build the narrative. It makes for a better and more familiar story. But try reading either Luke or Matthew's first few chapters all the way through and see what you recognize or what you notice is m ..read more
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American History of Slavery
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2M ago
I have read books, listened to lectures, attended college classes, and heard speeches on the topic of slavery all my life. I'm still surprised by some of the details that I find. Recent memorials and museums will hopefully help all of us better understand our own history. My great grandfather was born into a slave-owning family, in 1860. He wouldn't remember it, but his family moved west to opportunity, and I'm sure it was a difficult life. We have very little record of it.  I try to address all of the anecdotes I have heard, as well as the major milestones that are well documented. Some ..read more
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Wisdom Through the Ages
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2M ago
 I started this for a friend of mine. It still needs some work, probably some review by a better historian than me. It's been a hobby for a while, but it's turning out to be more applicable to the world's political problems. We have always fought over resources, and pondering our existence needs some time of peaceful reflection. To have that, someone else needed to be protecting borders and working to create that stability.  The same forces that create civilization often are the ones that destroy other civilizations. Centuries of this have led to scientific exploration into how the m ..read more
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You Are Here
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10M ago
You’re in My Light A blog about my upcoming novel One of my reasons for wanting to write this book was the story of how religious freedom has evolved in the United States over my lifetime. There are some good sociology books on this topic and plenty of polemics from one side or another as well as those who say they have found a middle way. I hope I’ve avoided any of those types of presentations. Instead, I follow two people who were born in the middle of these changes.  I don’t ever mention the attack of 9/11 in the book. The Orions arrive on earth in 1999 and that event does not occur in ..read more
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 The Worst passage in the Bible. Another expanded sermon helper. Easter Sunday, Year C I link to an article titled “The Worst passage in the Bible” this week. It’s the Corinthians passage, actually scheduled for Tuesday.  It’s not one of those articles that goes on about evil Christians who want to see people burning in hell. It’s not that kind of bad. It’s bad because it is not seen as bad by perfectly kind and loving people. What’s bad about it is that it sets up a wall between Christianity and anything good that doesn’t validate or might even contradict it. It renders useless any ..read more
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Sermon Helper: Hagar
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1y ago
Starting now, I’ll be selecting sermon helpers from milepost100.com and digging to them for more insights or just interesting tidbits. This won’t be every week. I’ll pick the ones that I think stand out.  The second Sunday of Lent in Year C I didn’t link to the sermon from Cedric Lundy before, but I’m glad it was easy to find. He’s funny, he’s smart, and he brings a new point of view on inclusiveness, a broader one that we could all take a moment and hear. He jumps off from Hagar feeling like an extra in this Genesis story and relates it to an experience from his own youth of going to a m ..read more
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When Time is Sacred
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1y ago
In one of my more recent past lives, that is, a part of this life that I am living, I looked for traditions within religions that could and maybe should be kept. It was sometimes challenging. Sam Harris does it like he's ordering coffee.  Sam Harris on Deep Time He and Oliver Burkeman discuss the simple topic of time management but in the context of the not-so-simple question of the meaning of life. In the last ten minutes or so, they get to the topic of how difficult it is for any three adults to arrange an evening together or even a lunch (unfortunately, you need to subscribe to get pas ..read more
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A parent's view of existentialism
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1y ago
 A philosopher facebook friend had a baby a few years ago. While trying to figure out what that baby needed one day, he took some notes: So, basically the routine with baby is pretty simple. I pick her up and sit down and hold her and talk to her and smile at her until she smiles back. We stay like this for as long as possible until she starts expressing agitation. Then there's basically a rundown of options. First, check the diaper and if it needs changing see if we can go back to normal after that. If not, a bottle if it's been more than two hours. If it's not been two hours, I try burp ..read more
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Superior Hiking Trail Lismore Rd
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1y ago
 Previous Section                  4 miles               Next Section Two campsites not far from the Lismore. Rural area with some housing nearby Mild hills https://superiorhiking.org/trail-section/duluth-to-two-harbors/#section_0  Lots of warnings and notices that this is no longer a trailhead with overnight parking. We parked on the edge of the road near the driveway and felt safe. The landowner is making improvements, including a house. You walk right through his yard for the first hundred feet or ..read more
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Superior Hiking Trail Traditional Start
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1y ago
Previous Section                                                              Next Section First campsite, about 4 miles from Martin Rd. Many road crossings, but no stores or parking. Steady mild uphill climb north from the lake.  https://superiorhiking.org/trail-section/duluth-to-two-harbors/#section_0  Not much to say about the first 3.1 miles of this section. It's snowmobile trail, so it's wide. The grass can get high, but we we ..read more
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