Category Archives: Christianity

What John Really Wanted You To Know In John 20:1-10

Yesterday I had the chance to teach Sabbath school and talk about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and its importance, and one of the things that struck me was what John most wanted to communicate. It is always interesting to … Continue reading

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They Only Hate You Because They Want To Be You

Many of the scriptures of the Bible that are viewed most harshly in the present day relate to the thorny subject of authority. Honoring imperfect fathers and mothers, refraining from viewing authorities with contempt, and giving honor to leaders whom … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Scripture Index To Rabbinic Literature

A Scripture Index To Rabbinic Literature, by Caleb T. Friedeman [Note: This book was provided free of charge by Hendrickson Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.] This is a most useful book … Continue reading

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On Talmudic And Midrashic Reasoning

I had the chance to read (review forthcoming) a lovely resource on classical Jewish sources, and it led me to ponder what it is about such writing that I do and do not appreciate so much. In previous reviews about … Continue reading

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What Fills You These Days Of Unleavened Bread

[Note: This is the prepared text for a sermonette given to the Portland UCG congregation on the First Day Of Unleavened Bread, March 28, 2021.] There are some things that are rather obvious but that are still worth talking about … Continue reading

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Is The Ship Still Stuck, Or How I Learned How To Stop Complaining And Started To Change The Way I Thought About Being Stuck

For the last few days, like many people, I have been greatly amused by the saga of ship that has gotten stuck in the Suez Canal, thus shutting down one of the world’s most commonly used trade routes, to the … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts On The Slave Mentality

One of the more unfair statements made about the Judeo-Christian perspective is that it is slave religion. It is common, though, if lamentable, for people who are hostile to the Bible to project the problems of their own existence onto … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Birnbaum Haggadah

The Birnbaum Haggadah, by Philip Birnbaum As someone who reads the Haggadah from a place outside of a Jewish background, I find the proliferation of Haggadahs and commentaries upon them to be somewhat fascinating and curious. It appears to me, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Passover Haggadah

The Passover Haggadah, by E.D. Goldschmidt, edited by Nahum Norbert Glatzer This book is a good work to read if one wants to find out what exactly a Haggadah is and what it covers. As far as its organization goes, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Improvement Of The Estate

The Improvement Of The Estate: A Study Of Jane Austen’s Novels, by Alistair M. Duckworth Although this book is by no means a new study, it remains one of the more important studies of Austen’s novels because it takes her … Continue reading

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