Category Archives: Church of God

Immortal Worms And Mortal Souls

[Note:  These are the notes to a sermonette spoken to the United Church of God congregation in Portland, Oregon on January 11, 2019.] How often do you think about immortal worms?  If I had to guess, it is not very … Continue reading

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Book Review: When Women Were Priests

When Women Were Priests:  Women’s Leadership In The Early Church & The Scandal Of Their Subordination In The Rise Of Christianity, by Karen Jo Torjesen This book has a terrible title, but it is not a terrible book.  That does … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Divine Secret

The Divine Secret:  The Awesome And Untold Truth About Your Phenomenal Destiny, by Joe Kovacs Having previously read and reviewed the author’s previous book Shocked By The Bible [1], a friend of mine from church loaned the book to me … Continue reading

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Book Review: Small Groups Made Easy

Small Groups Made Easy, by Ryan Lokkesmoe [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Bethany Books. All thoughts and opinions are my own.] It is always interesting to know what particular agenda a book has when it is … Continue reading

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Endogamy Revisited

In a previous essay [1], I explored the phenomenon of pedigree collapse as occurred in one of my family lines.  Having found another spectacular case of this in a different line of my family, where where one Sara Quackenbush had … Continue reading

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The Synagogue Of Satan In John’s Letters To Smyrna And Philadelphia

What makes a church into the synagogue of Satan?  And why is it that the two churches that had to deal with this are the only two that receive no blame but only commendation and encouragement in Revelation 2 and … Continue reading

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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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