Same Sex Marriage


Below is a comment that I posted to a Roman Catholic blogger and legislator, Rebecca Hamilton, who opposes same-sex marriage.  Her blog site can be found at PublicCatholic.com. Rebecca, There are a number of reasons that I will disagree with you profoundly. 1) My wife and I married when we were both in our lateContinue reading “Same Sex Marriage”

The Inequity of Public Sector Pensions


This article is written about public pensions in California.  But many states face similar issues as well.  There is an outcry for reform of the public pension system. It is bankrupting our governments and creating the most egregious disparities between public and private sector workers. Public employees are retiring in their fifties with fat pensionContinue reading “The Inequity of Public Sector Pensions”

The American Heritage of Religious Dissent


Conservative Christians, especially those of the biblical fundamentalist variety, will tell us that America is a theocracy under their God’s rule.  They will tell us that America is a Christian nation, born of a divine covenant. They will attempt to use government and civil authority to compel us to live according to their God’s design.Continue reading “The American Heritage of Religious Dissent”

Pentacost and The Global Village


United Church of Cloverdale Sermon: Acts 2:1-21 05/23/2010 Greg Bentall It was nightfall in the village but the temperature was still very hot.  My hosts asked me if I wanted hot water for my shower, but I declined. Agua fria, por favor.  Hay mucho calor. I explained in my very rudimentary Spanish.  The village ofContinue reading “Pentacost and The Global Village”

John Calvin and the American Experiment in Democracy


United Church of Cloverdale Sermon: The Theology of Liberation Amos 2: 6-8 07/04/10 Greg Bentall Before there was a Thomas Jefferson, before there was a Jean-Jacques Rousseau, before there was a John Locke, there was John Calvin.  John Calvin, the progenitor of the Reformed Tradition, of which we are a part, first propounded the modernContinue reading “John Calvin and the American Experiment in Democracy”

Corporate Greed as Sin


SERMON: The Tragedy of Sin United Church of Cloverdale 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-15 Sunday, June 13, 2010 Greg Bentall The explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig on April 20 could be expected.  It was clearly NOT an accident, but a DISASTER waiting to happen.  According to the dictionary, an accident is: Any event thatContinue reading “Corporate Greed as Sin”