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Charles Bayer

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Blaming the Troops for the War

By Charles Bayer

August 20, 2014

When our soldiers who had fought in the civil war in Vietnam came back home, many of them were treated shamefully. If today’s military veterans are not being welcomed with jeers or worse, they may be fairing just as badly at the hands of an ... Read more »


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Global Warming is Not the Only Environmental Problem

By Charles Bayer

August 4, 2014

It is increasingly clear that the great crisis of our era is the warming of the planet, and how human activity has dramatically exacerbated this pending calamity. But its corollary rests in the irreparable damage we are doing to the planet.  Some years ago while ... Read more »

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The Molten Rock Under the Surface

By Charles Bayer

May 28, 2014

A volcano is one of nature’s most destructive events. Molten rock is spewed into the air and solidifies as it makes its way down the slopes, obliterating everything in its wake. The cloud of powdered rock produced by the eruption at Mount St. Helens was ... Read more »

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A Very Unusual Seder

By Charles Bayer

May 23, 2014

Over the years I have been privileged to participate in a number of Jewish Passover — Seder — services. I have been a guest at synagogues, and at the home of a Rabbi. The church I served held such a service for our members each ... Read more »

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The Value of Self Interest

By Charles Bayer

May 14, 2014

There was a time in my life when I held a dim view of anyone who operated out of self-interest. As a dedicated Sunday School child I knew that JOY meant Jesus, Others,Yourself — in that order. It didn’t take me very many years to ... Read more »

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Pure Motives Are Hard to Come By

By Charles Bayer

May 8, 2014

Søren Kierkegaard, a 19th century philosopher and theologian, is called the father of existentialism. This “dismal Dane,” whose nickname comes from the stark nature of his perspective on life, is the author of a series of essays, which he called “Edifying Discourses.” One of the ... Read more »

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Human Values and Social Structures That Deny Them

By Charles Bayer

April 30, 2014

I am convinced that most of us do the best we can — or nearly so — most of the time. I depart from those theologians who hold that all humans are born with the proclivity to do wrong things — “sins,” they call these ... Read more »

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Which Ones Would You Hire?

By Charles Bayer

April 23, 2014

Let me tell you a story from my personal experience.  Only a name is changed. The church I served had joined with several others in running a free lunch program in our city. We provided a hot meal for from 200 to 400 people every ... Read more »

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