Category Archives: E Pluribus Unim

Ὁσάκις γὰρ ἂν

Under what circumstances do we keep the Passover?  To be sure, most of us will be keeping the Passover this coming year under different circumstances than we normally do.  At least in my own experience since being baptized slightly more … Continue reading

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A Psalm Of Ascents Check-Up

[These are the notes for a message that was given to the Portland UCG congregation on Sabbath, March 7, 2020.  The audio for the message can be found here.] Many of us are familiar with the reality of the annual … Continue reading

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Contra Novo Arius

Some years ago, when I lived in Florida, I knew a gentleman who had a heretical view of the nature of God that he viewed as springing from a supposed Gospel of the stars which came from a particular interpretation … Continue reading

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Book Review: All Together Different

All Together Different:  Upholding The Church’s Unity While Honoring Our Individual Identities, by J. Brian Tucker & John Koessler [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Moody Publishers.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] When reading a … Continue reading

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Who Told You?

[Note:  This is the prepared text for a sermonette given at The Dalles congregation of the United Church of God on August 11, 2018.] I imagine that most of us here are familiar with dinner parties held with other brethren … Continue reading

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If We Loved One Another

From time to time at church we sing a particular hymn that has never failed to move me. The hymn is probably familiar only to the relatively small church culture from which I come, but I have long pondered its … Continue reading

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Fertilizing The Tree Of Liberty

In one of his more hyperbolic statements about liberty and freedom, which he was wont to say from time to time, Thomas Jefferson remarked that occasionally it was necessary for the tree of liberty to be fertilized with the blood … Continue reading

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Book Review: How The States Got Their Shapes Too

How The States Got Their Shapes Too: The People Behind The Borderlines, by Mark Stein I randomly picked up this book from the library yesterday figuring it would be a good read, and I was right. That does not mean … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Conservatrian Manifesto

The Conservatarian Manifesto: Libertarians, Conservatives, And The Fight For The Right’s Future, by Charles C.W. Cooke [Note: This book was provided free of charge by Blogging For Books/Crown Forum in exchange for an honest review.] I read this book knowing … Continue reading

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Welcome To The Family

When someone that I know is baptized into the body of Christ, usually (but not always) as a young adult, it is customary for me to give them a warm embrace and tell them, “Welcome to the family.” Of course, … Continue reading

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