Category Archives: Biblical History

Yesterday, Today, And Forever

Some time ago I wrote a post, one that has been among my most popular (and one that has even ended up being linked on sites like Conservapedia) that discusses the implications of a familiar passage in James 1:17 that … Continue reading

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Criticism Is A River That Flows Both Ways

One of the most profound ironies in a life that has shown many profound ironies is that I have devoted so much time and effort to developing and practicing and perfecting the art of criticism while being a person who … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Prodigal Prophet

The Prodigal Prophet:  Jonah And The Mystery Of God’s Mercy, by Timothy Keller In this short and easy-to-read book, the author makes an interesting commentary on the book of Job and its applicability for contemporary believers by comparing Job’s actions … Continue reading

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Book Review: Judges For You

Judges For You, edited from the study by Timothy Keller This book was not quite what I expected it to be.  I expected a somewhat intellectual discussion of the relevance of the Bible’s judges for believers and how that related … Continue reading

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Onan The Barbarian

Yesterday afternoon in the Speaker’s Workshop, someone said of my sermonette that it made a few of the ladies uncomfortable, dealing with the awkward and unpleasant examples of rape and incest, although I did not dwell on them.  As someone … Continue reading

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For You Observe Trouble And Grief

[Note:  This is the prepared text for a sermonette delivered at the United Church of God congregation in Portland, OR on Sabbath, March 9, 2019.] One of my favorite genres of book to collect is called theodicy [spell out word].  … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Prodigal God

The Prodigal God:  Recovering The Heart Of The Christian Faith, by Timothy Keller The parable of the prodigal son, as it is often known, is full of depth, and this book is at least the second great book (the first … Continue reading

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Mysteries Of The Bible: Did The Office Of Prophetess Continue Into The New Testament Church?

Over the past few weeks or so I have written far more often than I would have liked on the question of women in the church.  Yet this particular issue seems to strike at a variety of fault lines and … Continue reading

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Mysteries Of The Bible: Where And Who Are The Priests Of The Order Of Melchizedek Today?

Hebrews 7:1-3 gives some fascinating ideas about the priesthood of Melchizedek as follows:  “For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes:  Cultural Studies In The Gospels, by Kenneth E. Bailey Although I feel it necessary to say at the outset that I do not agree with all of the author’s comments and I have a different … Continue reading

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