Category Archives: Christianity

Book Review: Sabbath: Restoring The Sacred Rhythm Of Rest

Sabbath:  Restoring The Sacred Rhythm Of Rest, by Wayne Muller This book was disappointing.  On the positive side, it is to the author’s credit that he views the Sabbath as a liberating practice rather than something that impoverishes and diminishes … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sabbath Day Of Eternity

Sabbath Day Of Eternity, by Aryeh Kaplan There is a fundamental flaw of logic at the heart of this book.  The author writes about the Sabbath from a Jewish perspective, specifically from the erroneous premise that the Talmud springs from … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Sabbath Question Illustrated

The Sabbath Question Illustrated, by a Roadside Enquirer In reading this book I was struck by the melancholy reflection that evangelical Christianity has tended to have a bad reputation in England but a better one in the United States.  There … Continue reading

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Book Review: Refiner’s Fire

Refiner’s Fire:  The Struggle And Triumph Of John The Baptist:  Tools For Navigating Doubt, Reclaiming Faith, And Discovering The Gospel All Over Again, by Rachel Starr Thomson [Note:  This book was given free of charge by the author in exchange … Continue reading

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Book Review: Essays One

Essays One, by Lydia Davis There is always something intriguing about reading the essays of someone whose other works one is entirely unfamiliar with.  Since one comes in with no expectations, one is free to examine the author’s small works … Continue reading

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Keeping The Night To Be Much Observed While Maintaining Social Distance

During these times of Coronavirus, many governors have ordered that people avoid social gatherings of more than ten people.  Oregon’s governor, for example, has made the following statement about social gatherings:  “All non-essential social and recreational gatherings of individuals are … Continue reading

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Book Review: City Of Silver

City Of Silver:  A Mystery, by Annamaria Alfieri Very frequently I find myself somewhat disturbed by the sort of books I read, and this book has that personal effect on me.  Why is that?  I am fond of historical mysteries … Continue reading

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The Quarantine Before The Exodus

Yesterday I had the chance to listen (along with a few thousand other people) the weekly church services that were being filmed in a generally empty hall by the Home Office of the church I attend.  Among the many practical … Continue reading

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On The Dilemmas Of Self-Government

Can people be relied upon to conduct basic actions that help with self-preservation, like washing hands and conducting basic social distancing in times of panic such as the present time?  It would appear that for many people, the answer is … Continue reading

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Ruth And The Subtlety Of Divine Providence

I once write an extremely long essay that covered divine providence in the book of Ruth and only managed to get halfway through the book, and I have lacked the sustained time to complete the project so far.  Suffice it … Continue reading

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