Monthly Archives: January 2011

Fond Wishes For A Successful Conference

Today and tomorrow there is a special General Conference of Elders being held by the United Church of God, for which an agenda can be found here [1].  It is my hope that the elders who attend there are able … Continue reading

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A Friendly Critique of the Intelligent Design Movement Thus Far

I have long been a fan, and sometimes a minor participant [1], in the Science Wars currently underway between the beleaguered supporters of undirected naturalistic evolutionary processes and the increasingly confident supporters of Intelligent Design. Nonetheless, the vast majority of … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on the Scientific and Theological Implications of Intelligent Design

[Note:  This was written in February 2009 after visiting a colloquium on Intelligent Design in Tampa, Florida.] As someone who has long been interested in the Intelligent Design movement, both as an occasional writer [1], a frequent reader of books, … Continue reading

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It Pays To Have Powerful Friends: A Musing on the African Union

The African Union has long maintained that they respect colonial borders and are not willing to set a precedent where secession movements can run rampant in Africa.  Within the next few days, though, they appear poised to recognize a new … Continue reading

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Wouldn’t It Be Good

In seeking to understand the events of the last few months, I have pondered long and often about what quirks it was that allowed me to recognize the connection between the people involved.  Though whatever glory and credit there is … Continue reading

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A Look At My Library List II

Like my previous look at my library list [1], I thought it worthwhile to explain the sort of books I am reading to show some of the research topics I am exploring and some of the book reviews that (hopefully) … Continue reading

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The Antikythera Mechanism and Its Calendar Implications

[Note: This essay examines some very obscure ancient technology and its implications for the calculations of lunar months, a matter of some importance in determining the timing of the biblical Holy Days.] Despite (or maybe because of) the fact that … Continue reading

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Thomas Didymus: The Man and the Myth

[Note:  This post, like my previous one [1], is part of a personal study I did on the twelve apostles a few years ago.] Dedication: To Elizabeth Zahar Russ, second child (and first daughter) of Bobby and Jackie Russ, born … Continue reading

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Introducing and Ranking The Twelve Apostles

[Note:  The following entry is something I wrote up about the Twelve Apostles a few years ago for a personal study of mine.  I hope you are all able to enjoy it.] Introduction The twelve apostles have long held a … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Wicked Man: Proverbs 6:12-19

It is interesting to note that in within Proverbs 6, a collection of proverbs dealing with different problems of self government, that the middle section of this section of Proverbs deals with two different portrayals of the wicked man.  While … Continue reading

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