Category Archives: Church of God

On The Selectorate In The Church Of God During The Modern Era

If we define the selectorate as those people who are able to choose the leaders of institutions and governments, and whose opinion actually matters in the operation of those institutions, we will find that the history of the modern era … Continue reading

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Feet Don’t Fail Me Now

One of the results of having feet as painfully afflicted as my own is the way that one notices the troubled feet of others as well.  Over the last few days I was at our church’s regional camp for preteens … Continue reading

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Too Late To Apologize

During the summer of 2013, when I was staying for a period of some weeks at the home of close friends who I did not realize at the time were distant relatives, a young woman of the family kept on … Continue reading

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Relying On God And Christ

Before I begin talking too much, I would like to ask you some questions.  The theme for this year’s preteen camp is relying on Christ, who is our rock.  What are some areas in your life where it is important … Continue reading

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αυτονομία

The subject of autonomy is one about which my feelings and opinions are characteristically ambivalent.  Much depends on what one means by autonomy.  I general, I support the right of smaller regions and peoples to be free from despotic and … Continue reading

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The Fourteen Mandates Of 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22

Today, while I was at church services in San Jose, California, the visiting elder (who attends a neighboring congregation outside of Oakland) made reference to a recent article from the Beyond Today magazine that discussed the desirability of thinking about … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts On Cessationism

As a result of reading a lot of literature from other religious traditions than my own, I have become aware of various doctrinal disputes that exist in other religious traditions apart from my own, and among these various disputes is … Continue reading

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On Analogy And Identity In Biblical Interpretation

From time to time I have pondered the question of how we should best interpret the Bible, and what principles work the best for understanding the Bible well, including an awareness of the importance of both near and whole biblical … Continue reading

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With A Firm Sense Of Justice

Frequently I comment on the messages that are given at services on the Sabbath, after I have had some time to reflect and ruminate on them a little bit, and I would like to do so today as well.  Yesterday … Continue reading

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Con Los Años Que Me Quedan

As is generally the case, I found a lot that was deeply thought-provoking and personally relevant in the sermon given today by our retired pastor.  He asked the simple question:  “are you content,” and then commented on various ways that … Continue reading

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