Tag Archives: authority

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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Philosophers In The Dock

In some ways, to philosophize is human. Despite the fact that not many people explicitly study the subject of philosophy, it is nonetheless true that people, whether they realize it or not, have philosophical views and positions simply by virtue … Continue reading

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Book Review: Change Your Questions, Change Your Life

Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 10 Powerful Tools For Life And Work, by Marilee Adams This book is one of many in business that revolves around presenting a fake but “realistic” scenario in order to present the main character … Continue reading

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How Zadok Got His Priesthood

[Note: This is the prepared text for a sermon given at The Dalles congregation of the United Church of God on Sabbath, December 12, 2020.] Several months ago now, Mr. Ken Loucks gave us a sermon about the priesthood of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Queens Of The Conquest

Queens Of The Conquest: England’s Medieval Queens: Book One, by Alison Weir This is the sort of book that is somewhat inevitable in our times, as writers seek to plumb the depths of of source material that they can find … Continue reading

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Book Review: Blood Royal: The Wars Of The Roses: 1462-1485

Blood Royal: The Wars Of The Roses: 1462-1485, by Hugh Bicheno This is an interesting book about the War of Roses, and offers a distinctive approach that many readers will appreciate. Rather than being a military history and focusing on … Continue reading

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Book Review: Erin’s Blood Royal

Erin’s Blood Royal: The Gaelic Noble Dynasties Of Ireland, by Peter Berresford Ellis This is a fascinating book for several reasons. Among the reasons is that the place of the Irish nobility within Irish society has been a contentious one, … Continue reading

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