October 11, 2018
by Dr. R. Scott
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Not. A. Metaphor.

The storms raged in Indonesia. The storms raged in South Carolina. The storms raged in Florida. Sometimes storms are not metaphors. Sometimes people are literally going through it. Literally hanging on by their fingernails. Literally losing loved ones and burying … Continue reading

September 25, 2018
by Dr. R. Scott
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Art. Life.

Years ago, when I had finished four straight years of graduate school, I was startled to discover that my soul was as dry as Death Valley. I knew a lot about history and theology and hermeneutics, but on the inside … Continue reading

September 19, 2018
by Dr. R. Scott
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Empathy.

In the Jewish tradition today is Yom Kippur, a day to reflect about one’s sin and shortcomings. It’s also a day to turn toward the forgiveness of God. There’s something healthy about contemplating our mistakes. But contemplation of shortcomings should also … Continue reading

September 11, 2018
by Dr. R. Scott
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9/11

I am remembering today. I am remembering and grieving and giving thanks for acts of courage and love and compassion on 9/11. I can easily date my ministry as a clergyperson — before 9/11 and after 9/11. It was that … Continue reading

September 8, 2018
by Dr. R. Scott
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Thank. You.

This coming Sunday I will celebrate my 10th year anniversary as Senior Minister of First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. All I can think about this week are the people who have made such a positive difference in my life. … Continue reading

August 31, 2018
by Dr. R. Scott
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John. McCain.

It’s been all John McCain all week, and deservedly so. I’ve tried so many times this past week to write something about him, but everything seems redundant and/or superfluous I’m just going to say it unfiltered — I admired John McCain. … Continue reading

August 17, 2018
by Dr. R. Scott
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For. The. Children.

I want to write about Aretha Franklin today but I can’t. I loved her music. But I will not write about her today, because I have to write about the horrendous report that was released this past week regarding the … Continue reading