Category Archives: Musings

Bitten By Your Bad Reputation: Echoes Of 1 Corinthians In 1 Clement

It is our contemporary understanding of grace that when something is forgiven that one simply never brings it up again [1].  Indeed, this idea is so firmly planted within the contemporary mind that for someone to bring up past faults, … Continue reading

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Something To Ponder

Remember the times when you would tell younger black comedians that they shouldn’t use swear words in their comedy because it wasn’t friendly to family audiences?  It’s a little thing, but it is comments like that which made you seem … Continue reading

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The Legend Of The Phoenix In The Epistle Of 1 Clement

Many contemporaries are aware of the legend of the phoenix.  Fans of the Harry Potter series will note that J.K. Rowling integrated this legend into her novels in a variety of ways, with having both Harry Potter and Tom Riddle … Continue reading

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The Epistle Of 1 Clement And The Prelude To Papal Claims Of Authority

It is perhaps little surprise that the first time that a congregation seeks to interfere in the leadership of another congregation, that the interfering congregation happens to be Rome and that the move to bolster friendly authorities in another congregation … Continue reading

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Tantrums In The Street

Little children throw tantrums in the street blocking off the roads that go to the airport and endangering those who remind them of wealthy American expatriates who clearly must be up to no good and whose infusion of cash into … Continue reading

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Rethinking Polycarp As A Friend Of The Sabbath

Was Polycarp a friend to genuine Christianity?  If there is one Apostolic Father that is recognized by a large proportion of members of the Church of God, it is Polycarp [1], and he is recognized primarily for his opposition to … Continue reading

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Mysteries Of The Bible: Three Days And Three Nights

Yesterday while I was at services in my usual congregation, I was asked by one of my fellow brethren to help him with a question a Quaker had asked him concerning the expression “three days and three nights” in Hebrew.  … Continue reading

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Quadratus The Obscure

By far the most obscure of the Apostolic Fathers is Quadratus, of whom one Christian site [1] says the following: “Quadratus is spoken of by Eusebius as a “man of understanding and of Apostolic faith.” And he celebrates Aristides as … Continue reading

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Martyrdom In Ignatius Of Antioch’s Epistle To The Romans

In our previous discussion of the Ignatius of Antioch’s Epistle to the Romans [1], we briefly noted that this letter standards apart from the other six letters from the author on two grounds.  For one, this letter is the only … Continue reading

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O Tinnitus (After Gerard Manley Hopkins)

O Tinnitus, buzzing in my ears– Wretched blasted buzzing thickets– Haunted my life for years With a sound like chirping crickets. Does this sound come from playing The noble viola for too long? Or is the sound due to laying … Continue reading

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