Category Archives: Biblical History

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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Juneteenth And Salvation

In many ways, the festival of Juneteenth can be seen as an analogy to the process of salvation.  Although I have written about the festival before [1], it has gotten a lot more attention as of late as a celebration … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Hittites And Their World

The Hittites And Their World, by Billie Jean Collins What aspects of the Hittites and their world are of most interests to others?  Much depends on what angle you approach this subject from.  A reader like myself, for example, is … Continue reading

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Book Review: The World Of The Neo-Hittite Kingdoms

The World Of The Neo-Hittite Kingdoms:  A Political And Military History, by Trevor Bryce This book would have been better if the author would have taken the Bible more seriously.  Unfortunately, it is the habit of those who fancy themselves … Continue reading

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Book Review: The First Civilizations

The First Civilizations:  The Archaeology Of Their Origins, by Glyn Daniel What is civilization?  In Southern Europe there were a variety of cities that were built by speakers of unknown and lost languages, and few books are written about them … 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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Book Review: An Introduction To First Century Judaism

An Introduction To First Century Judaism:  Jewish Religion And History In The Second Temple Period, by Lester L. Grabbe Those looking to this book for insights on Jewish religion and history in the second temple period will be hindered by … Continue reading

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Book Review: Restoring The Jewishness Of The Gospel

Restoring The Jewishness Of The Gospel, by David Stern David Stern is one of the most notable Messianic Jews of the last generation or so, and this book gives his thoughts with regards to how Christians need to better understand … 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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