Category Archives: Christianity

On Free Will And The Savior

As I write this, it is about four and a half ours or so into the Day of Atonement where I reside. One of the most relevant chapters about this day, one that I have heard cited at least a … Continue reading

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I Acknowledge Your Suffering, Now Go Back And Suffer

I have been taking, in such limited free time as I have this month, a course from Hillsdale college on the book of Genesis that is about halfway done. Earlier today (as I write this) the third lesson of the … Continue reading

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An Unfair Criticism About Trumpets

Yesterday during his sermon during the morning service of the Feast of Trumpets, our retired pastor made a comment about a piece of criticism that stuck with him as a young pastor who had been upbraided by an evangelist after … Continue reading

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The Three Responses To Jesus Christ In Matthew 2:1-12

As it is the appropriate time to talk about both the first and second coming of Jesus Christ, let us examine Matthew 2:1-12, which discusses the arrival of the famous wise men of the East to see the Savior some … Continue reading

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On The Boundaries Of Murder

[Note: The following text is the prepared text for a sermon given to the United Church of God congregation in the Dalles, Oregon, on Sabbath, September 4, 2021.] If you remember my previous message in this disorderly series on the … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts On The Logistics Of The Liturgy Of The Church Of God

One of the underrated aspects of liturgy, a subject I am interested in but am also quite aware that others are not as interested in, at least deliberately and consciously, is the matter of logistics and planning. It is perhaps … Continue reading

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Giving The Creator His Due

It has always puzzled me that many people who identify as historians have a deeply inconsistent standard when it comes to their understanding of ancient and classical history. While I recently commented on my thoughts about the deliberate exclusion of … Continue reading

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Some Notes On The Concept Of Civil War In The Bible

This evening at dinner I read the first half of a sizable book on the subject of civil wars that pointedly ignores the historiography of civil wars as a concept in the Bible while discussing it from Greco-Roman, Arabic, and … Continue reading

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On Injecting Your Personality Into Being A Songleader

Although it is an unusual interest as far as religious matters go, I have a personal interest in liturgy and how important people consider it to be. This subject has come up from time to time, and today I would … Continue reading

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A Man In Search Of His Lost Ferret

Yesterday at church I had one of those occasional odd but memorable experiences with someone that happens from time to time in the Portland area and (truth be told) outside of it as well. As a writer, one of my … Continue reading

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