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Latest thoughts from First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood Pastor, Dan Baumgartner

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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 Category Dan's Musings
In a word- yes. Our beliefs matter because the way we choose to live will be based on something. Everyone’s life is based on something. It might be as simple as the desire to be happy, or the compulsion to satisfy certain appetites. Decisions made to support those goals will cause life to go in a particular direction.  Someone else may make choices based on a complicated philosophical or religious belief system, and their life will take a different path. But everyone bases their life on som...
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Friday, 30 June 2017 Category Dan's Musings
And then the entire congregation exits the sanctuary, and gathers out on the church lawn near the rose garden. A circular galvanized horse trough has mysteriously appeared on the grass, and it is full of...water. One at a time, four youth from our community step into the water with me and either Nick or Natalie, our youth directors. The traffic on the 101 is as loud as ever. People walking by on Yucca Street keep on walking. A helicopter races across the blue sky. In many ways, just an ordinary...
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Friday, 23 June 2017 Category Dan's Musings
Disney Hall in downtown LA is a cultural treasure, outside and in. The unique exterior of the Frank Gehry-designed building is amazing. The sightlines and acoustics of the soaring interior are breathtaking. But the truly wondrous thing, of course, is what happens in the space. Thursday night we were fortunate to be there for a concert of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The program was a mix of several things in the first half, followed by a 20th anniversary rendition of Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Ae...
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Thursday, 15 June 2017 Category Dan's Musings
“No man is an island...” starts a famous paragraph in John Donne’s Meditations from 1623. Donne is wrestling with the amazing way in which the lives of human beings are interconnected. He even marvels over how the death of one person can cause others to think long and hard about how they are living. The sound of a church bell, in Donne’s day a likely indicator that someone had died, was not only an announcement of news, but a challenge for the hearer to reflect on how their life, death and ...
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Thursday, 08 June 2017 Category Dan's Musings
Worship is ascribing ultimate worth. Worship is serving God.  Worship is telling the truth: God is God and we are not. Worship is acknowledging the power, compassion and presence of God. Worship is paying attention to God. Eugene Peterson writes “Worship is the strategy by which we interrupt our preoccupation with ourselves…and attend to the presence of God.” Worship happens in every corner of our lives. It also happens on Sunday morning. How do we prepare ourselves for something so moment...
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Friday, 02 June 2017 Category Dan's Musings
Yep. It’s a crazy world. Things are changing faster than any one person can follow.  Yesterday Anne and I walked down Hollywood Boulevard in the late afternoon, en route to an event at the El Capitan Theater. Though I am often on the Boulevard, it never ceases to amaze me. Steering around the tourists, police cars, tour buses, superhero characters and street folks is a cultural experience all by itself. Then I looked across the street and saw the signage for a relatively new building front:...
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Friday, 26 May 2017 Category Dan's Musings
The question came up spontaneously over a couple dinners with friends- what are you afraid of? Our answers ranged all over the place, most of them quite weighty. Some people talked about job fears- the potential of being out of work, or conversely, stuck in a job that sucked life out of them. Others mentioned common phobias- fear of heights, fear of public speaking, fear of flying. Many of us with kids talked about fears for their safety, or the influence of a confusing culture or doubts as...
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Friday, 19 May 2017 Category Dan's Musings
If you know me at all, you know I love to read- widely, deeply, critically. And I tend to read several books simultaneously, from a variety of genres. The author Diane Duane once wrote “Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.” If I have several books going, it means that I have one for whatever mood I’m in- theology, novel, poetry, history. It also means that a few times a year I finish a number of books all at once. So here’s the recently completed list:The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steve...
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Friday, 12 May 2017 Category Dan's Musings
I mentioned a novel by Steven Galloway called The Cellist of Sarajevo in a sermon a few weeks ago. It is based on a true story which occurred during the Bosnian War of the 1990’s. Unfortunately, many of us barely remember that war, which happened after the dismantling of Yugoslavia. It was awful. Any war is terrible, but this one included the killing of thousands of civilians, mass rapes and pillaging that went unchecked, ethnic cleansing and concentration camps. It was confusing because of the ...
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Thursday, 27 April 2017 Category Dan's Musings
This week seven young pastors in their 30’s or early 40’s will be with me in Los Angeles for 3 ½ days. They will come from Missoula MT, Milwaukie OR, Petaluma CA, Grand Junction CO and three from WA: Spokane, Aberdeen and Tacoma. It is an annual retreat group that started in 2009 with a trip to a cabin Anne and I once owned on Whidbey Island’s Useless Bay. Accordingly, we referred to the group as the Useless Bay Pastors.  Eventually, we sold the cabin, so the group shortened its name to sim...
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