Category Archives: Biblical History

On Lumping And Splitting

When I was a young person and downloading music files from various sites on the interwebs, one of the irritations I had to deal with was the labeling of the music files. As one might imagine, I would look for … Continue reading

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Does The Church Have A Heart Problem?

Between 2005 and 2007 I lost three of my closest relatives on my father’s side of the family due to heart attack, thus moving from a relatively low risk to a high risk for being felled by such a problem … Continue reading

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On Sovereignty In The New Covenant Church

One of the more remarkable aspects of David’s life when he was on the run from the homicidal king Saul was the regard and respect he had for Saul as the Lord’s anointed. Repeatedly we find him feeling guilty even … Continue reading

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Authority And Consent In Sovereignty

Previously, we looked at some scriptures that dealt with the subject of sovereignty in the Bible and where it springs from. Many more could be chosen, and others will be discussed in later parts of this larger discussion, but perhaps … Continue reading

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On The Source Of Sovereignty

We live in a world where questions of authority are immensely challenging because their implications are so serious. Yesterday at services there were two split sermons that were both dealing with questions of authority, and they addressed subjects that I … Continue reading

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On The Flexibility And Inflexibility Of God

I have often mused, mostly to myself at least, about the subject of God with regards to his approach to matters of tactics and strategy. One of the supposed weaknesses of God alluded to in 1 Corinthians 1 is that … Continue reading

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Love Sweet Love, Or, On The Fallacy Of The False Dilemma

There are a great many cases where a discussion of the Bible and of its contents leads people to engage in false dilemmas that seek to pit some aspect of biblical virtue against another. There is the persistent attempt of … Continue reading

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On The Boundaries Of Taking God’s Name In Vain

[Note: This is the prepared text for a sermon given to The Dalles congregation of the United Church of God on Sabbath, December 4, 2021.] When we think about taking God’s name in vain, the usual concern is that we … Continue reading

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Light Out Wanderlust

I think it may be safely said that, for whatever reason, I have a fair amount of wanderlust. The word wanderlust means, rather simply: a strong desire to travel, and I do not think that such a thing could possibly … Continue reading

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The Household Codes

[Note: This is a prepared text to the Bible study given to the Portland, Oregon congregation of the United Church of God on October, 20, 2021.] Today I would like to talk to you about a subject that I have … Continue reading

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