Tag Archives: authority

If It Coughs, It Lags

Since I have a bit of time while we wait in the Wichita airport for our plane to arrive, from wherever it happens to be at present, I thought it would be worthwhile to write a bit about something I … 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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Exploring The Reasons Why, Or Some Thoughts On The Political Theory Of The Bible: Part Four

Already, so far in this brief series of posts, we have looked at some of the combination between equality and oneness in history, in the relationship between God and Jesus Christ, and in human institutions. While there is a great … 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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They Only Hate You Because They Want To Be You

Many of the scriptures of the Bible that are viewed most harshly in the present day relate to the thorny subject of authority. Honoring imperfect fathers and mothers, refraining from viewing authorities with contempt, and giving honor to leaders whom … Continue reading

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But You Have Made It A Den Of Thieves

[Note: This is the prepared text for a sermonette given to the Portland UCG congregation on February 20, 2021.] I would like to begin today with a thought experiment. Imagine, if you will, that you are part of a mob … Continue reading

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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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On The Residual Force Of Laws

One of the more fascinating debates that C.S. Lewis was often involved in, and which remains important when one judges the moral effect of religious beliefs, is the issue of the morality of unbelievers. It has always been true that … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Struggle For Mastery

The Struggle For Mastery: The Penguin History Of Britain 1066-1284, by David Carpenter Between 1066 and 1284 there was a great deal of conflict within the British Isles over mastery. Through England had long been more powerful than the other … Continue reading

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