Category Archives: Church of God

A Law That Everybody Breaks

[Note: This is the prepared text for a sermonette given to the United Church of God congregation in Portland on Sabbath, October 23, 2021.] Today, I am going to talk about a law in the Bible that everyone breaks. In … Continue reading

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The Household Codes

[Note: This is a prepared text to the Bible study given to the Portland, Oregon congregation of the United Church of God on October, 20, 2021.] Today I would like to talk to you about a subject that I have … Continue reading

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On The Basis Of An Argument

Today while I was listening to an online lecture from Hillsdale College on mathematics and logic, the professor giving the lecture discussed a revealing passage from the Screwtape Letters where Screwtape is chiding his naive and inexperienced relative and novice … Continue reading

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On The Feeding Of Reindeer And Alpacas

Today I spent a fair bit of time this afternoon both going to and from a place where more than sixty of t he people who went to the Feast of Tabernacles in Anchorage, Alaska. This place happened to be … Continue reading

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The Greatest Servant

Today we had the live broadcast from Panama City Beach from services and it is clear that the theme of service was being targeted pretty heavily. This is definitely something that I consider for the best, even though I have … Continue reading

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The Glory Of The Latter House

How is it that we understand the principle of multiple layers of biblical meaning? Today I listened to three messages and each of them offered a different approach as to how this could be done, and it is well worth … Continue reading

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The Lord Eternal Reigns

Yesterday evening, we had an opening message from our festival coordinator that struck my mother–quite understandably–as very Nathanish, and I mean that definitely as a good thing. The sermon focused on a set of psalms, Psalms 93-100, that are labeled … Continue reading

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Traveling To Thyatira

[Note: The following is a prepared text of the sermonette I gave to the Portland congregation of the United Church of God on Sabbath, September 18, 2021.] Picture the scene. You are part of three buses of tourists who are … Continue reading

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It’s Not Quite What I Expected, But Definitely What We Needed

Yesterday, as I write this, we had split sermons in Portland and both of them had some striking similarities in their approach that let me know that both speakers were motivated by their own (understandable) concerns about the moral bleakness … Continue reading

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An Unfair Criticism About Trumpets

Yesterday during his sermon during the morning service of the Feast of Trumpets, our retired pastor made a comment about a piece of criticism that stuck with him as a young pastor who had been upbraided by an evangelist after … Continue reading

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