Category Archives: Bible

Mysteries Of The Bible: The Connection Between The Nephilim And The Giants

Last night while I was at dinner with one of our congregation’s retired pastors [1], I received a request to write about one of the more intriguing mysteries relating to origin in the Bible, that of the pre-flood Nephilim and … Continue reading

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Days Of The Week

I remember when I was fourteen years old going to a lock-in in Dothan, Alabama with my mother and stepfather.  While playing a lot of sports and dancing, I also remember the sermon that was given during Sabbath services, although … Continue reading

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On Beams And Specks, Or, The Fundamental Flaw Of Visionary Politics

While I was eating lunch today one of my coworkers asked me what I thought about the impeachment trial that is going on right now.  I replied, after thinking a bit, that there had never been a genuine impeachment trial … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Art Of Friendship

The Art Of Friendship:  Creating And Keeping Relationships That Matter, by Kim Wier [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Bethany House.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] When it comes to books like this, I wonder … Continue reading

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Immortal Worms And Mortal Souls

[Note:  These are the notes to a sermonette spoken to the United Church of God congregation in Portland, Oregon on January 11, 2019.] How often do you think about immortal worms?  If I had to guess, it is not very … Continue reading

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Book Review: Aerial Atlas Of The Holy Land

Aerial Atlas Of The Holy Land, by John Bowker, Photography by Sonia Halliday and Bryan Knox It seems baffling that three recorded authors were required to make this book.  It is not hard to see why a book like this … Continue reading

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Book Review: Old Testament Parallels

Old Testament Parallels:  Laws And Stories From The Ancient Near East, by Victor H. Matthews and Don C. Benjamin Anyone who has both scholarly interests and an abiding respect and honor for the scriptures is used to the claims that … Continue reading

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Omne Solum Forti Patria Quia Patris

At the end of a very good if highly ambivalent book by a distant relative of mine is the Latin quote “Omne solum forti patria quia patris,” which is translated as “To the brave man every land is a fatherland,” … Continue reading

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On Service As A Cure For Envy

Yesterday one of the deacons in our congregation gave a sermon on the first eight verses of Romans 12, looking at the practical implications of Paul’s view of what our rational and reasonable service to God and others are.  For … Continue reading

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It Is The Glory Of Kings To Conceal A Matter: Part Three

Having discussed the problems of concealment by human authorities here and here, let us conclude our present discussion of this topic with a look at why it is that human rulers like to conceal matters in the way that God … Continue reading

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