Category Archives: Biblical History

Book Review: The Biblical World: An Illustrated Atlas

The Biblical World:  An Illustrated Atlas, by Jean-Pierre Isbouts I’m going to have a lot of negative things to say about this book, so I’d like to begin by saying that I did not think that this book was a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Holman Bible Atlas

Holman Bible Atlas:  A Complete Guide To The Expansive Geography Of Biblical History, by Thomas Brisco I enjoyed reading this book a great deal.  Being generally fond of historical geography, especially related to scripture [1], I have had this book … Continue reading

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What Does The Lord Require Of You On This Day Of Atonement?

[Note:  This is the prepared text for a sermonette given at the Day of Atonement at the Portland congregation of the United Church of God on September 19, 2018.] As I stand before a group of hungry and thirsty people, … Continue reading

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Behind The Veil

For those people who have been to weddings, one of the more fascinating aspects of the contemporary Western wedding, even if few people stop to think of its meaning with regards to their own conduct before marriage, is the matter … Continue reading

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Where Did The Pharisees Go Wrong?

I have written at some length previously about the usurpation of the Pharisees [1], and yesterday there was a sermon by one of our deacons (the second part of a message that is scheduled–so far–for four parts, of which I … Continue reading

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A Thin Blue Line: Part Two

Having previously introduced the topic of the legitimacy of police and related professions within the Church of God community, I would like to take this time to discuss the nature of police action and how it appears within the Bible.  While … Continue reading

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Stumbling Block

It is quite remarkable that the seemingly obscure term stumbling block should appear in both the Hebrew scriptures and the New Testament and should appear so consistently.  After all, we in the contemporary world are not used to such things, … Continue reading

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Here We Are, Servants Today!

Yesterday our congregation’s retired pastor gave a sermon message that was deeply interesting, as it often is when he speaks [1].  As is at lest somewhat frequent in his messages, he gave our congregation homework to read Nehemiah 8 and … Continue reading

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The Gospel Of Matthew Is A Long Way From The Koran, Or The Strange Ignorance Of Victor Davis Hanson

For all of his scholarly pretensions, Victor Davis Hanson has a curious lack of knowledge when it comes to understanding the Bible.  Twice in his book The Father Of Us All:  War And History – Ancient And Modern, he makes the … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts On The Doctrine Of The Laying On Of Hands: Part Four

Having previously introduced the doctrine of the laying on of hands, and discussed its practice in the Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament, let us now conclude our discussion of this doctrine by pointing to the commonalities between the practice of … Continue reading

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