Category Archives: Biblical History

What’s In A Name?

[Note: This is the prepared text for a message given to the United Church of God congregation of Portland, Oregon, on Sabbath, July 24, 2021.] A few months ago we looked at the promise given to all believers in Romans … Continue reading

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The Politics Of Philemon And The Christian

[Note: This is the prepared text for a split sermon given to the Dalles congregation of the United Church of God on July 3, 2021.] Let’s talk about the politics of Philemon and how they relate to the Christian. One … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean To Be A Friend Of God?

What does it mean to be a friend of God? To fully explore the implications of that question would take far more time than I have, but I would like to look at a fundamental aspect of this question. What … Continue reading

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Pentecost And The Longing Of God

[Note: The following is the attached prepared text for a Bible Study given to the Portland, Oregon United Church of God congregation on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.] At the end of my last Bible study I discussed how it was … Continue reading

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Pentecost And The Lovely Feminine Touches Of Ruth

[Note: This is the prepared text for a split sermon given to the Portland, Oregon United Church of God congregation on Sabbath, May 15, 2021.] I would like to begin my message today by quoting from page 407 of the … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day In The Bible

For a variety of reasons, including the random way that speaking schedules work, I often end up being the instructor for either mother’s day or father’s day and such was the case today. One of the challenges of talking about … Continue reading

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On Earth As It Is In Heaven, Or Some Thoughts On The Political Theory Of The Bible: Part Three

Previously, we have discussed the tension between oneness and equality in history as well as in the relationship between God the Father and Jesus Christ. What I would like to do now is to comment on the biblical relationship between … Continue reading

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Subordination And Equality, Or Some Thoughts On The Political Theory Of The Bible: Part Two

Earlier, I discussed that a deacon in our congregation gave a sermon yesterday on a subject that demonstrated the implicit political philosophy of the Bible. I would like to go into more detail today on the way that the Bible … Continue reading

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What Fills You These Days Of Unleavened Bread

[Note: This is the prepared text for a sermonette given to the Portland UCG congregation on the First Day Of Unleavened Bread, March 28, 2021.] There are some things that are rather obvious but that are still worth talking about … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts On The Slave Mentality

One of the more unfair statements made about the Judeo-Christian perspective is that it is slave religion. It is common, though, if lamentable, for people who are hostile to the Bible to project the problems of their own existence onto … Continue reading

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