Category Archives: Christianity

The Dividing Line Between Fact And Fiction

For those of us who are believers in an objective reality, however problematic our understanding and interpretation of it may be, it may seem to be an obvious thing to divide fact and fiction. For many people, literature and art … Continue reading

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Hard To Read Minds

Yesterday we had a sermon from one of our local elders that was prompted by a comment made in our speaker’s club about why it is that it does not seem that God is calling large numbers of people in … 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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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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Bid’ah: A Fountainhead Of Problems

One of the worthwhile tests of oneself is to think of what a bad innovation would be. Within the cultural mindset of the West, innovation and creativity are so highly praised and valued that one seldom thinks of there being … Continue reading

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Vessels Of Clay

What glory is contained within vessels of clay? In 2 Timothy 2:19-21, Paul makes a curious statement: “Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ … Continue reading

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What Do You Want From Me?

One of the downsides of gifts is the way that it shifts the expectations that others have of you. Without ever having been a particularly handsome person, I can nevertheless understand something of the burden of beauty by the way … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Anglo-Israel Thesis

The Anglo-Israel Thesis: Compelling Evidence That Caucasian Europeans Descended From The Ancient Israelites, by Reed Benson A great many readers will understand what this book is about from their own research and will find it a bit puzzling how the … Continue reading

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Faraway, So Close: Part Three

[Note: Parts one and two.] When we look outside of the Gospels, we find that there exists in some stories the same tension between those who view themselves as obedient to God and yet are hostile to the repentance of … Continue reading

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Faraway, So Close: Part Two

[Part one can be found here.] When we examine the Gospels as a whole, we find numerous interactions and parables that have a strong resemblance to the structure of the parable of the lost son. In these particular parables and … Continue reading

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