Category Archives: Church of God

Book Review: Institutes Of The Christian Religion

Institutes Of The Christian Religion, by John Calvin I likely would never have read this book, despite my considerable curiosity about Calvin and his religious system [1], had this book not been included as one of the twenty five books … Continue reading

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What Does The Lord Require Of You On This Day Of Atonement?

[Note:  This is the prepared text for a sermonette given at the Day of Atonement at the Portland congregation of the United Church of God on September 19, 2018.] As I stand before a group of hungry and thirsty people, … Continue reading

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Behind The Veil

For those people who have been to weddings, one of the more fascinating aspects of the contemporary Western wedding, even if few people stop to think of its meaning with regards to their own conduct before marriage, is the matter … Continue reading

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Where Did The Pharisees Go Wrong?

I have written at some length previously about the usurpation of the Pharisees [1], and yesterday there was a sermon by one of our deacons (the second part of a message that is scheduled–so far–for four parts, of which I … Continue reading

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A Thin Blue Line: Part Two

Having previously introduced the topic of the legitimacy of police and related professions within the Church of God community, I would like to take this time to discuss the nature of police action and how it appears within the Bible.  While … Continue reading

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Some Ultimately Trivial Unsolved Mysteries This Feast Of Trumpets

Every once in a while there are mysterious aspects to a day like this one, and as someone who likes to have some sort of mystery to ponder over, I found a lot about this day very interesting and very … Continue reading

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Stumbling Block

It is quite remarkable that the seemingly obscure term stumbling block should appear in both the Hebrew scriptures and the New Testament and should appear so consistently.  After all, we in the contemporary world are not used to such things, … Continue reading

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Tell Me Your Authority, And I Will Tell You Your God

It is common in this age, and in many ages of human history, for people to rebel against existing authorities.  It does not matter whether these authorities are political, cultural, religious, or scientific in nature, as there is a certain … Continue reading

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A Modest Proposal For The Development Of A Robert “Bobby” Fischer Chess Tournament For The Church Of God

Although I am by no means a proficient chess player, once upon a time I was good enough at playing chess to win third place in my elementary school’s annual chess tournament and thus have my name put on a … Continue reading

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A Thin Blue Line: Part One

As I commented on before [1], a friend of mine and his wife recently visited Portland, and I had a discussion with them about various matters.  Much to my surprise, he mentioned that he had recently graduated from the very … Continue reading

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