If your eyes have opened, and you see the truth, then you know that liberty means no ruler.
You know that democracy is not the goal, since it is just a form of government. You understand that a constitutional government is still a government, and that a constitution does not really constrain.
You recognize that politics is not the answer, since involvement only encourages the false legitimacy of the state. You also realize that politics attracts the worst people, and that the state will not voluntarily relinquish its power.
When you speak with others, be kind and be bold. Tell them the truth. The state is a fraud, a criminal enterprise. It is a creature of coercion, not consent, and it lives on plunder. [click to continue…]
It has been my privilege to know a few great men. One was Rev. Spencer Morgan Rice, who passed away on January 15, 2014.
In 1989, a friend who was active in Trinity Church in Boston, Massachusetts suggested that I attend an Inquirers’ Class. This was a good idea. After Rev. Rice’s presentation, I was hooked. I was an active member of the church through 1992, when Rev. Rice retired. I became fond of Rev. Rice as well as his wife Harriett, who was a wonderful, gracious person.
The Boston Globe obituary captures Rev. Rice well. He was a gifted, passionate, and charismatic preacher. His sermons were brilliantly woven, and his delivery was masterful. He made each of us in the congregation feel that he was speaking directly to us. He understood our struggles, and conveyed his own struggles. A friend observed, “Rev. Rice extolled us to face the fear, the pain, the suffering in our lives, to accept the tension and the uncertainty, and to thereby open ourselves up to spiritual growth and ultimately wisdom.”
Rev. Rice drew people to Trinity not only through the quality of his sermons, but also through ensuring the excellence of the music. My friend who introduced me to Trinity remembers that Rev. Rice considered the music “a gift to the people,” and obtained private funding for special music. “This meant, at least once a month, either a string and wind ensemble or a brass and timpani ensemble.” Rev. Rice knew the power of music to reach hearts. [click to continue…]