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The Prince Of Ezekiel 45 and 46

[Note: This is the prepared text of a sermon given to the Dalles congregation of the United Church of God on the Feast of Trumpets, Sabbath, September 19, 2020.] Who will sit on the throne of David after the return … Continue reading

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Exploring Why The Personal Is Political And Vice Versa

One of the common statements that is made by people, especially those of an activist persuasion, is that the personal is the political. One of the aspects that makes politics so contentious and so fierce, regardless of one’s worldview, is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Just The Arguments

Just The Arguments:  100 Of The Most Important Arguments In Western Philosophy, edited by Michael Bruce and Steven Barbone This is not quite as good a book as the authors think it is.  That is not say it is a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Free At Last: A Documentary History Of Slavery, Freedom, And The Civil War

Free At Last: A Documentary History Of Slavery, Freedom, And The Civil War, edited by Ira Berlin, Barbara J. Fields, Steven F. Miller, Joseph P. Reidy, And Leslie S. Rowland This was a fascinating book, and reading this book is … Continue reading

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On The Relationship Between Epistemology And Authority

Some time ago I wrote a post that dealt with the epistemological issues of scripture that came about when a sermon speaker explicitly mentioned the subject of epistemology in his message [1]. Yesterday, though, at services, the two messages both … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hitler’s Bureaucrats

Hitler’s Bureaucrats:  The Nazi Security Police And The Banality Of Evil, by Yaacov Lozowick This book is really centered on demonstrating to the reader (and perhaps to the writer as well) how it is that the documents of the Nazi … Continue reading

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Two Stairs Into Heaven

Although I must have seen the episode many years ago when I was a child, I can still remember an episode of a television show called “Touched By An Angel,” which dealt thoughtfully with the behavior of human beings–if by … Continue reading

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Young Master Albright

When I was a teenager, one of the gentlemen in our local congregation referred to me as “Young Master Albright.”  Since the person who did this was a friendly fellow and I got along with him and his family, I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Proof: How The World Became Geometrical

Proof:  How The World Became Geometrical, by Amir Alexander There is something deeply ironic in this book.  The irony exists on several levels.  Some of the book’s ironies are intentional, such as the way the author spends most of his … Continue reading

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Book Review: For Good And Evil

For Good And Evil:  The Impact Of Taxes On The Course Of Civilization, by Charles Adams Even without knowing the author in person, this book gives a good idea of what he would be like.  He’s a bit of a … Continue reading

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