Category Archives: Biblical History

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

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Book Review: Romans: A Self-Study Guide

Romans:  A Self-Study Guide, by Irving L. Jensen As someone who enjoys reading Bible study guides [1], it should not be too unexpected that my attention should turn to those books readily available around me.  In fact, as our congregation’s … Continue reading

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The Feast Of Dedication

[Note: This is the prepared text of a sermonette given to the Portland United Church of God congregation on Sabbath, December 19, 2020.] In one of the sermonettes I remember hearing from my childhood, my maternal grandfather asked the congregation … Continue reading

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How Zadok Got His Priesthood

[Note: This is the prepared text for a sermon given at The Dalles congregation of the United Church of God on Sabbath, December 12, 2020.] Several months ago now, Mr. Ken Loucks gave us a sermon about the priesthood of … Continue reading

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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

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Something Missing

One of the more ominous verses of the Bible reveals the decision that was placed before mankind in the garden of Eden that is symbolic of the choice that human beings have had to make over and over again in … Continue reading

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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

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On The Divine Providence Of Plague

In 2020, it seems appropriate that we should reflect upon the divine providence of plague as it relates to the fate of people and nations. As might be imagined, these are matters that cut multiple ways, and sometimes plague is … Continue reading

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On Earth As It Is In Heaven

One of the aspects of divine reproduction in mankind that is of importance is the way that God has sought to create things on earth the way that they are in heaven. This particular area of the Bible has a … Continue reading

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Public Health: Same As It Ever Was

It is not often when the Washington Post and I agree on something, but today I found an example of a case where this happens. The Washington Post reported, as if it was a new and unusual insight, that the … Continue reading

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