Category Archives: E Pluribus Unim

Exploring The Reasons Why, Or Some Thoughts On The Political Theory Of The Bible: Part Four

Already, so far in this brief series of posts, we have looked at some of the combination between equality and oneness in history, in the relationship between God and Jesus Christ, and in human institutions. While there is a great … Continue reading

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On Earth As It Is In Heaven, Or Some Thoughts On The Political Theory Of The Bible: Part Three

Previously, we have discussed the tension between oneness and equality in history as well as in the relationship between God the Father and Jesus Christ. What I would like to do now is to comment on the biblical relationship between … Continue reading

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Subordination And Equality, Or Some Thoughts On The Political Theory Of The Bible: Part Two

Earlier, I discussed that a deacon in our congregation gave a sermon yesterday on a subject that demonstrated the implicit political philosophy of the Bible. I would like to go into more detail today on the way that the Bible … Continue reading

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The Focus And The Directrix, Or Some Thoughts On The Political Theory Of The Bible: Part One

Yesterday, as I write this, a deacon from our local congregation gave a discussion of unity and oneness in the Bible in a way that helped, at least to me, to bring out a great deal of the nature of … Continue reading

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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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