Category Archives: Church of God

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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Self-Censorship: An Ambiguous Sign Of Coercion

While I am by no means an extremist when it comes to libertarianism in such ways as free speech, as a somewhat outspoken and well-traveled writer I am certainly familiar with the awkwardness and unpleasantness that results from living in … Continue reading

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Zechariah 12:10-14: And The Family Of The House Of Nathan By Itself

This past Sabbath I was having a conversation with a few brethren and one of the party asked about a particular obscure passage found in Zechariah 12:10-14:  ““And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants … Continue reading

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Letters From My Mailbox: Part Four

This morning when I opened my e-mail I saw the following message sent by one of our congregation’s retired pastors about one of our elderly members who had gone into surgery about a week or so before our congregation’s recent … Continue reading

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Fireside Tales

Given that most of the people I camp with have tended to have a great deal more experience at camping than I do, I have often tended to think that it is somewhat unusual that I had no real camping … Continue reading

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We Beefin

I love beef.  And while I do not get to eat beef as much as I would like, I am not talking here about the kind that comes from mostly placid hooved ruminants, but rather the sort of beef that … Continue reading

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On The Opposite Of Creativity

Thanks to some research I have been doing with a friend and co-worker of mine, I have read many dozens of books on the subject of creativity and innovation and thought about the subject from a variety of different perspectives.  … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Case Of The Sabbath Homeless Altercation

During the course of Sabbath services this afternoon, my mother sent me two messages about a mysterious altercation involving some homeless people that happened right outside the location where the Tampa congregation of my church organization has their church services … Continue reading

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