Category Archives: Church of God

Who Made You A Judge Over Israel?

For a period of some years, from my childhood until my father died, my father and I had a long argument about the nature and structure of authority.  My father was a firm believer in the legitimacy of top-down one-man … Continue reading

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Delivering Unto Satan:  Disfellowshipment In 1 Corinthians 5 and 1 Timothy 1

Normally we would not think it to be a good thing to be delivered to Satan.  It is hard enough for most of us to cope with the spiritual challenges of our lives without losing the protection that comes from … Continue reading

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The God Of Peace Will Crush Satan Under Your Feet: Satan In Romans 16

There are times where a passage that may seem ordinary inspiration actually has a great deal of insight and complexity hidden with it, and that is the case with Paul’s brief mention of Satan being crushed under the feet of … Continue reading

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War Stories

[Note: This is the prepared text for a sermonette given at the Portland congregation of the United Church of God on Sabbath, November 2, 2019.] When I was an undergraduate student minoring in military history, one of the most interesting … Continue reading

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A Heart Of Compassion

It is difficult in thee days to have a heart of compassion for others, and somewhat rare for people to even try.  To be sure, to be like God one needs mercy as well as justice, and both are exceedingly … Continue reading

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Book Review: God Gave Us The Bible

God Gave Us The Bible:  45 Favorite Stories For Little Ones, by Lisa Tawn Bergen, art by David Hohm [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Multnomah/Waterbrook Press.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] As a Sabbath … Continue reading

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Speak No Ill Of The Dead

Since before the time I have blogged about it, or blogged about anything at all, I have been fascinated by the role of death in reputation, and yesterday provided two very distinct occasions where I had cause to ponder about … Continue reading

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On The Misuses Of Duality And Allegory In Biblical Interpretation

One of the people I follow on Academia.org regularly writes and self-publishes papers that seek to argue that X personage in the Bible really referred to some other person Y who shared some sort of qualities with him.  And so … Continue reading

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On Priesthood And Authority

As someone who has written quite a bit about the role of a priest and how it relates to believers [1], one of the more fascinating aspects of priesthood one has to wrestle with is the question of the priesthood … Continue reading

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Diagnosis: Folly

[This is the prepared text for a sermonette given to the Portland congregation of the United Church of God on Sabbath, September 7, 2019.] When we read the book of Proverbs, we can find dozens of bad things that the … Continue reading

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