The Eagles Rights Amendment

Birds are among God's most beautiful creatures and bird watching in the world around us is a pure delight.  People of the Middle Ages were also fascinated by birds and filled the borders of their manuscripts with obsessively accurate drawings of birds.  Birds were regarded as cheerful, hopeful, impudent and above all free.  They enrich our lives and some of them enrich our tables.

Speaking the Truth in Love

A friend of mind has said from time to time concerning persons in the church with whom she violently disagrees, "Talk? I wouldn't want to be in the same room with that person!"

Amendment O is Bad Polity

Before the presbyteries for a vote, as the new year begins, is the issue of Amendment O. Narrowly passed last summer by the 212th General Assembly, Amendment O proposes an addition to the PC(USA) Directory of Worship to the effect that church property shall not be used for, nor shall any church officer "take part in conducting any ceremony or event that pronounces blessing or gives approval of the church or invokes the blessing of God upon any relationship that is inconsistent with God's intention" of monogamous marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness.

A Four Letter Word

By ceaseless and careless repetition, our society teaches us many things.  Few Presbyterians under 40 years of age, I suspect, can distinguish between Rosinante and Dulcinea.  However, everyone knows, and has been influenced by, Don Quixote's conviction, "When in Rome do as the Romans do"  (Part II, Chapter 54).

Elder Hostile

All good teaching elders have bad consciences and genuine humility because first-class seminaries instruct them in how much there is to know about divine science (including human and natural science) and how little they ever will.  In addition, Presbyterian seminaries do not encourage the notion that any amount of pious zeal can make up for abysmal ignorance.