Author Archives: Quentin Chin

About Quentin Chin

Eclectic interests: religion, technology, food, music, current events. I live in the reality-based world.

Who’s a Fool?

I know I haven’t posted in some time. My life has been too full lately. I’m finally finding some balance. This is the sermon I preached today for Easter based upon Mark 16:1-8. The period from Maundy Thursday, which was … Continue reading

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A Silver Lining in the Tax Cut

The recent tax cut makes me angry and leaves me in despair.  The time, however, to lament is over. This was not tax reform.  Primarily, tax reform would be revenue neutral, certainly not blowing a hole in the federal budget.  … Continue reading

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Advent Lighting Liturgy 2017

I’m late posting this, probably because I’m not preaching every week in Advent this year.  This liturgy uses the Isaiah texts for Year B, except on the fourth Sunday, which I used Romans.  You can use this liturgy for home … Continue reading

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Two World Views

I preached this sermon on Sunday in North Adams, MA. It was based upon the morning’s gospel reading Matthew 22:15-22. I also made slight allusions to the morning’s psalter, Psalm 96. Jesus’ answer to the tax question was laden with … Continue reading

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An Opening to Healing

I covered the  pulpit yesterday for a friend.  This is the sermon I preached using the texts from Isaiah 25:1-9 and Matthew 22:1-14. I serve Soldier On, a transitional shelter program for homeless veterans, as one of its chaplains.  Serving … Continue reading

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DACA – Anger and Sadness

The president rescinded DACA today. I will agree with one thing.  DACA could not indefinitely stand as an executive order.  It needed passage by Congress. However, Obama signed the executive order because Congress, specifically the House, could not pass any … Continue reading

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Charlottesville and Three Lectionary Readings

I’ve been thinking how to express the emotional turmoil in me regarding Charlottesville.  I initially thought that I could write something combining lectionary readings from August 6 (Genesis 32:22-31, Jacob wrestling with the unnamed man) and August 13 (Matthew 14:22-33, … Continue reading

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Graduation: Expense or Investment?

Today I attended the graduation of eight men (plus one who was already released) who took a course offered by Berkshire Community College at the Berkshire County House of Corrections.  They learned about landscaping.  I was one of the instructors; … Continue reading

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Stop this Madness

Trump exposed the GOP. Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight Committee, asked for “memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings” pertaining to discussions between Trump and Comey.  It’s a start. The GOP’s indignation over the president’s conduct has been imperceptible.  The … Continue reading

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100 Days – Sad

The first 100 days of the new administration was a demonstration of breathtaking incompetence.  President Trump’s lies, racism, personal attacks, ethical failings and just plain meanness made clear that this president is truly unfit for office.  The travel ban targeting … Continue reading

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