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Monkeys With Backers

There is a common cliche that people use as a means of discussing probability and statistics that ponders how many monkeys with keyboards it would take to create the works of Shakespeare, and the answer is usually some sort of … Continue reading

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Kings And Priests In The Bible

[Note: The following is the prepared text for a Bible Study given to the Portland congregation of the United Church of God on September 28, 2022.] This is a busy time of year for all of us as we prepare … Continue reading

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Long Live The King?

If one either feels rapturous or hostile feelings towards a person or institution, it seems easy to write about it, but my own feelings about monarchy, whether based on my own limited and unpleasant personal experience with the institution thus … Continue reading

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Representation In The Writings of Paul: Part Four

[Note: Parts One, Two, and Three of this paper can be read through the provided links.] Having examined representation in the writings of Paul as far as the relationship between husbands and wives and the role of women in the … Continue reading

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Representation In The Writings Of Paul: Part Three

[Note: The previous parts of this series may be found here and here.] Having examined, at least briefly, the way that Paul uses representation when it comes to matters of ethnicity and political identity, it is worthwhile to ponder the … Continue reading

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Representation In The Writings Of Paul: Part One

Yesterday, as I write this, I had a conversation with a deacon from a nearby congregation whom I happen to know fairly well who was talking about a paper he was working on concerning the contentious issue of women’s roles … Continue reading

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It’s Almost As If They Want You To Break The Law

One the characteristic aspects of life in a corrupt and tyrannical state is the problem of entrapment. It was the habit, for example, of the Jacobean and Elizabethan police state in England to use police spies as agent provocateurs to … Continue reading

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The Purpose Of Going Undercover

One of the shows I am fond of watching clips of when I have the opportunity is Undercover Boss. The appeal of the show is that CEOs generally do not have the skill and practice at menial and repetitive tasks … Continue reading

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On How Republics Die

If you are the sort of person who is inclined to seek insights in the republics of the past, Cicero is the sort of person who is easy to appreciate. A smooth-tongued new man who rose from provincial status to … Continue reading

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First With Their Backs To The Wall When The Revolution Comes

When regimes start to go rogue, it is little surprise that the legal system is one of the places that falls under the most pressure. It is tough, even with the prerogatives of lifetime service, for justices to remain independent … Continue reading

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