Category Archives: Church of God

Basics Of Biblical Justice

[Note: This is the prepared text for a Bible Study given to the Portland, Oregon congregation of the United Church of God on January 25, 2023.] There are few subjects that our contemporary age is as interested in talking about … Continue reading

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Faraway, So Close: Part Three

[Note: Parts one and two.] When we look outside of the Gospels, we find that there exists in some stories the same tension between those who view themselves as obedient to God and yet are hostile to the repentance of … Continue reading

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Faraway, So Close: Part Two

[Part one can be found here.] When we examine the Gospels as a whole, we find numerous interactions and parables that have a strong resemblance to the structure of the parable of the lost son. In these particular parables and … Continue reading

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Faraway, So Close: Part One

This past Sabbath, in the second split sermon, a pastor of another congregation in the Pacific Northwest got emotional while talking about the implications of the parable of the prodigal son. The speaker’s point, and it was a worthwhile point, … Continue reading

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Are You For Us Or For Our Adversaries?

[Note: This is the prepared text for a sermonette given to the Portland congregation of the United Church of God on Sabbath, December 17, 2022.] Not too long ago, I discussed with you all the biblical understanding that God is … Continue reading

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Kings And Priests In The Bible

[Note: The following is the prepared text for a Bible Study given to the Portland congregation of the United Church of God on September 28, 2022.] This is a busy time of year for all of us as we prepare … Continue reading

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The Feast Of Trumpets In Reverse

[Note: The following is the prepared text for a sermon delivered to The Dalles congregation of the United Church of God on Sabbath, September 24, 2022.] It is customary as we approach the Feast of Trumpets to view this festival … Continue reading

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Representation In The Writings of Paul: Part Four

[Note: Parts One, Two, and Three of this paper can be read through the provided links.] Having examined representation in the writings of Paul as far as the relationship between husbands and wives and the role of women in the … Continue reading

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Representation In The Writings Of Paul: Part Three

[Note: The previous parts of this series may be found here and here.] Having examined, at least briefly, the way that Paul uses representation when it comes to matters of ethnicity and political identity, it is worthwhile to ponder the … Continue reading

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Representation In The Writings Of Paul: Part Two

[Note: Part One of this series can be found here.] When we hear the term representation in the contemporary world, the idea is often that various subaltern groups who have suffered at the hand of a reputedly cruel and unjust … Continue reading

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