Monthly Archives: January 2023

The Journey And The Destination

For most of my life to date I thought that I cared far more about the destination of my travels than the stops along the way, but a few aspects of travels changed my mind, namely the way that the … Continue reading

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Basics Of Biblical Justice

[Note: This is the prepared text for a Bible Study given to the Portland, Oregon congregation of the United Church of God on January 25, 2023.] There are few subjects that our contemporary age is as interested in talking about … Continue reading

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A Documentary Hypothesis

Within the last few months, we have been treated to what seemed at first to be a politically motivated attack on a former president over the status of classified documents that he had the authority–whether or not he had used … Continue reading

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Center Of Gravity

Frequently in life I have found the troubled relationship of cores and peripheries to be the cause of many situations of unhappiness and many failures of justice and reciprocity. There is a clear asymmetry between those who fancy themselves to … Continue reading

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Album Review: Master Of Puppets

Master Of Puppets, by Metallica By the time they were beginning work on their third album, Metallica had moved from the minor leagues to a larger label, and their earlier albums had slowly grown into popular albums that demonstrated that … Continue reading

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Album Review: Look Into The Future

Look Into The Future, by Journey Only one year after their debut, Journey recorded eight songs for their follow-up album. It is unclear if the band itself was aiming for pop success, but at least in terms of the runtime … Continue reading

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Put Up Or Shut Up

Recently I have watched a few videos from people who are seeking to support the development of rail transportation in the United States as a supplement (or even a replacement) to America’s driving. There are polls that demonstrate that a … Continue reading

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On Persian Restaurants And The Matthew Principle

The Matthew Principle is one of those odd aspects of the Bible that applies to life by which those who have something end up with more of it while those who don’t have a lot end up with even less. … Continue reading

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Come On Ride It (You Can Ride It)

As human beings, we tend to live a somewhat paradoxical existence. There are billions of us, and yet we tend not to celebrate our relationship with the larger body of humanity but rather the smaller groups that we are closest … Continue reading

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Are We To Be Governed by Laws Or Men?

Do laws and rules exist as common standards to govern our conduct, to be enforced as fairly and justly as is possible, or are we to be governed by people based on questions of identity? We have at present in … Continue reading

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