Category Archives: Sermonettes

Lessons From The Hyrax

[Note:  This is the prepared text for a sermonette given to the UCG Portland congregation on June 27, 2020.  The message is based on a previous study of the hyrax done by the author.] Are you smarter than a Bible … Continue reading

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Creating A Holy Nation

[The following is the text for a message given to the UCG The Dalles congregation for Pentecost on May 31, 2020.] Almost 3500 years ago, as the festival of Pentecost was approaching, the children of Israel, who had just been … Continue reading

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But Without Your Consent, I Wanted To Do Nothing

[Note:  This is the prepared text for a sermonette given to the UCG Portland congregation on Sabbath, May 16, 2020.] The problem of coercion and consent are important ones in our times.  Whether we examine the continuing debate over the … Continue reading

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A Tale Of Two Mounts

[The following are the notes for a sermonette given to the Portland UCG congregation on April 11, 2020.] I know that most of us have not been traveling very much recently because of the stay at home order in this … Continue reading

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A Psalm Of Ascents Check-Up

[These are the notes for a message that was given to the Portland UCG congregation on Sabbath, March 7, 2020.  The audio for the message can be found here.] Many of us are familiar with the reality of the annual … Continue reading

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They Will Look Upon Me Whom They Pierced: Part One

How much foreknowledge does the Bible offer us in its prophecies?  There are hundreds of prophecies about Jesus Christ that are present in the Old Testament.  Today I would like to look at one of the more obscure ones that … Continue reading

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The Art Of The Sermonette, Or, On The Difficulties Of Cultural Change

Just about every two weeks or so between the Feast of Tabernacles and the Days of Unleavened Bread, my congregation has a sermonette workshop for those of us who are involved in giving sermonettes.  It has always greatly amused me … Continue reading

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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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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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It’s A Small World After All

Recently I was having dinner with some brethren in this congregation and, as is sometimes the case, I received a request to speak about a particular topic that one of the people at dinner was interested in, namely the connections … Continue reading

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