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Pinochle Season

While I missed the first pinochle party of the current season in our local congregation, last night I was able to make it to the event hosted by some friends of mine where fourteen of us (one new player, one … Continue reading

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Do Not Ask For Whom The Bell Tolls

I have read it somewhere that once upon a time in New Guinea, it was the case where when strangers met that they would start talking about their connections and friends and relatives in the hope of finding someone in … Continue reading

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Return Of The Native Son: Chapter Twenty

The next day Lord Lipton was sitting in his library doing some reading when someone was introduced. He looked up from his book at his desk and saw that it was his maternal uncle. He raised an eyebrow. “I have … Continue reading

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On The Boundaries Of Honoring Parents

[Note: This is the prepared text for a sermon at the United Church of God congregation in The Dalles, Oregon, given on Sabbath, October 30, 2021.] For the last few weeks we have been discussing the limits of various commandments, … Continue reading

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Read To Me

One of the rather obvious things that happens when you acquire a well-earned reputation as a reader is that you are asked to read to others. This happened to me rather recently when I was visiting some friends who had … Continue reading

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The Plain Truth About Snitching In The Bible

[Note: This is the prepared text for a message given to the United Church of God congregation in The Dalles, Oregon, on Sabbath, October 2, 2021.] It might come as no surprise to you that you cannot find the word … Continue reading

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A Modest Proposal For The Encouragement Of Genealogical Research In The Church of God

Even if it does not always make itself obvious here, at least not yet, I have a great deal of interest in genealogical research in my own family and have found quite a few interesting connections between myself and others. … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Case Of The Missing Welsh DNA

I had always been told by my family that there was some Welsh DNA in my family background, and this would make sense for obvious genealogical reasons. After all, my official great-grandfather on one of my paternal lines is one … Continue reading

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Book Review: Midrash And Multiplicity

Midrash And Multiplicity: Pirke de-Rabbi Eliezer And The Renewal Of Rabbinic Interpretive Literature, by Steven Daniel Saks While I am somewhat familiar with Jewish midrashic literature, I must admit that I am not very familiar personally with the Pirke-de Rabbi … Continue reading

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Book Review: Wolves: A Modern Look

Wolves: A Modern Look, by the Wolves In American Culture Committee Does this short book make me view wolves, or the authors of this book, in a particularly positive light? No. I certainly think that there is a way that … Continue reading

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