Category Archives: Sermonettes

Solomon, If You Walk In My Ways

[Note: This is the prepared text for a split sermon given to the United Church of Congregation in the Dalles on Sabbath, January 9, 2021.] Our first impression of Solomon is generally a positive one. Perhaps most notably among these … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Biblical History, Christianity, Church of God, History, Sermonettes | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

According To The Bride-Price Of Virgins

Today I would like to do something that is a bit unusual, and that is to provide a detailed examination of obscure biblical law that deals with marriage under less than ideal circumstances, and how it was that biblical law … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Biblical History, Christianity, Church of God, History, Love & Marriage, Sermonettes | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The Macedonian Call

[Note: The below is the prepared text of a sermonette given to the Portland UCG congregation on October 24, 2020.] We have just returned from a Feast of Tabernacles that is different from any one in recent memory. Most of … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Biblical History, Christianity, Church of God, History, Musings, Sermonettes | Tagged , | Leave a comment

They Will Look Upon Me Whom They Pierced: Part Two

[Note: This is the prepared text for a sermonette given to the Portland, Oregon congregation of the United Church of God on Sabbath, August 29, 2020.] Just a bit more than six months ago, as we approached the Passover and … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Biblical History, Christianity, Church of God, History, Musings, Sermonettes | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Saying The Quiet Part Out Loud

[Note:  This is the prepared text for a message given to the Portland congregation of the United Church of God on Sabbath, July 18, 2020.] There is saying that you know you are in trouble when you have to say … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Biblical History, Christianity, Church of God, History, Sermonettes | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Bible, Biblical History, Christianity, Church of God, History, Musings, Sermonettes | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Bible, Biblical History, Christianity, Church of God, History, Sermonettes | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Bible, Biblical History, Christianity, Church of God, History, Sermonettes | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Bible, Biblical Art of War, Biblical History, Christianity, Church of God, History, Military History, Musings, Sermonettes | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Bible, Christianity, Church of God, E Pluribus Unim, Musings, Psalms, Sermonettes | Leave a comment