Category Archives: Bible

Measure For Measure

Matthew 7:1 is among the most misquoted scriptures in the entire Bible, and that is saying something. The passage in which this verse appears, which takes in the first five verses of the third and final chapter of the Sermon … Continue reading

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Book Review: Reading Judas

Reading Judas: The Gospel Of Judas And The Shaping Of Christianity, by Elaine Pagels and Karen L. King The authors of this book have a lot of mistaken ideas, and a great deal of those problems relate to the problem … Continue reading

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Solomon, If You Walk In My Ways

[Note: This is the prepared text for a split sermon given to the United Church of Congregation in the Dalles on Sabbath, January 9, 2021.] Our first impression of Solomon is generally a positive one. Perhaps most notably among these … Continue reading

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Book Review: Romans: A Self-Study Guide

Romans:  A Self-Study Guide, by Irving L. Jensen As someone who enjoys reading Bible study guides [1], it should not be too unexpected that my attention should turn to those books readily available around me.  In fact, as our congregation’s … Continue reading

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And If I Could Walk On Water

Yesterday (as I write this), I had a Sabbath School class on the miracle of walking on water. One of the aspects of walking on water that I have long found to be highly interesting is the way that it … Continue reading

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The Feast Of Dedication

[Note: This is the prepared text of a sermonette given to the Portland United Church of God congregation on Sabbath, December 19, 2020.] In one of the sermonettes I remember hearing from my childhood, my maternal grandfather asked the congregation … Continue reading

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Nothing Is Sound

The band Switchfoot has, throughout their career, shown a great deal of attention in dealing with questions of the worldview of Christianity, in a philosophical sort of way, that has often resonated with a wide audience that includes plenty of … Continue reading

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Wuv, Sweet Wuv: A Case Study In The Problem Of Projection

A long time ago [1], I had reason to examine the doctrine of love. As is typically the case, there is a wide gulf between our perceptions of being and feeling loved and the reality of love that exists in … Continue reading

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How Zadok Got His Priesthood

[Note: This is the prepared text for a sermon given at The Dalles congregation of the United Church of God on Sabbath, December 12, 2020.] Several months ago now, Mr. Ken Loucks gave us a sermon about the priesthood of … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Manual Of Devotion

A Manual Of Devotion, by Thomas Frank Gailor This particular book was written by the chaplain of the University of the South towards the end of the 19th century, and it is interesting to see what devotion meant to someone … Continue reading

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