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I Acknowledge Your Suffering, Now Go Back And Suffer

I have been taking, in such limited free time as I have this month, a course from Hillsdale college on the book of Genesis that is about halfway done. Earlier today (as I write this) the third lesson of the … Continue reading

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A Reflection On South Sudan, Ten Years After Independence

It is hard to remember that only ten years ago a near unanimous vote of the people of South Sudan voted to separate from that country in light of the nearly continuous fighting among itself that South Sudan has seen. … Continue reading

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Some Notes On The Concept Of Civil War In The Bible

This evening at dinner I read the first half of a sizable book on the subject of civil wars that pointedly ignores the historiography of civil wars as a concept in the Bible while discussing it from Greco-Roman, Arabic, and … Continue reading

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Not Your Ally, Not Your Buddy

[Note: This is the prepared text for a split sermon given to the Portland congregation of the United Church of God on August 14, 2021.] When I previously spoke about those who were blessed enough to be called friends of … Continue reading

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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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