Monthly Archives: May 2012

Divine Providence In The Book Of Ruth: Part One

[Note: This is a very long essay, over 30 pages of text, and it covers some of the aspects of divine providence in Ruth chapters 1 and 2, including connections between Ruth and the rest of scripture. A commentary on … Continue reading

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Purposes Of The Sabbath: Part Two

[Note: This is the second part of a continuing series on the purposes and meaning of the Sabbath day. The first part of this message can be found here: https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/the-purposes-of-the-sabbath-part-one/ The first part of this series talked about the different … Continue reading

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Night Falls On Ayutthaya

After more than an hour and a half of one of the most disturbing and uncomfortable ceremonies I have ever witnessed (on television), I could bear to stand it no longer. An elderly and frail king in a wheelchair sitting … Continue reading

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Bigger Fish To Fry

When truth is unable to be discussed, even small and unpleasant truths can cause massive problems when uttered, simply because the habit of denying what is there has become so pervasive that the truth cannot be seen anymore. Such is … Continue reading

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Psalm 48: Great Is The Lord, And Greatly To Be Praised

In many ways, Psalm 47 [1] and Psalm 48 are closely connected as Psalms that together praise God for his rule, for his conquest of the heathen nations that rose up against God and have opposed God’s ways during human … Continue reading

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Doctrinal Castles Made Of Sand

How does one differentiate between heresy and honest reasoning and speculation? How does one differentiate between someone whose quirky unorthodoxy is acceptable and even refreshing and someone who is a dangerous heretic threatening to divide a congregation? How do we … Continue reading

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Book Review: Thy Rod And Thy Staff, They Comfort Me

Thy Rod And They Staff, They Comfort Me: Christians And The Smacking Controversy, by Samuel Martin In this slim, 160-odd page book, Samuel Martin (son of Ernest Martin) makes some large and fundamental worldview errors. For one, he pits law … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: The Carpenters

There are some people who read this entry and its title and who would think, “The Carpenters aren’t rock & roll. Why would they belong in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?” As it happens, Nat King Cole and … Continue reading

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Slender Is The Thread

We are all connected to other people, whether we like it or not. Our connections are of many different kinds, and many different thicknesses, like the variety of threads that can be used to sow. Our lives are a tapestry … Continue reading

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Because We Would Rather Be Right Than Be Right With Others

I spend a lot of time engaged in and thinking about conflict. I studied military history not because I’m a very militaristic person, but because conflict is such a fascinating and omnipresent aspect of my existence. And I will own … Continue reading

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