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The Subtle Coercion Of Events

This morning I had an instructive performance that was somewhat complex, and as part of my working out my complex feelings about it, I will write, as is my fashion.  So, I got up this morning and dressed up for … Continue reading

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On The Legitimacy Of The Oral Law

In his discussion of Hillel called Hillel:  If Not Now, When?, noted contemporary conservative Jewish rabbi and author Joseph Telushkin commented that given the Bible’s assumption of various matters being in existence outside of the written text, that the oral … Continue reading

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Book Review: To Change The Church

To Change The Church:  Pope Francis And The Future Of Catholicism, by Ross Douthat As someone who is at least a moderately serious observer of the Roman Catholic Church [1], I have somewhat mixed feelings about this book.  I think … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Little Bit Of Runes

A Little Bit Of Runes:  An Introduction To Norse Divination, by Cassandra Eason Admittedly, the practice of divination is one that I have endeavored to stay far away from [1].  The author, though, shows no such compunctions, and as neo-pagan … Continue reading

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How To Keep A Nation From Turning To God

As someone who spends a fair amount of time thinking and reading about societal revival, sometimes I like to engage in thought experiments [1].  In this particular case, I would like to engage in a bit of devil’s advocacy.  Assuming … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Treasured King

The Treasured King:  A Walk Through The Life Of David, by Jeff Middleton [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Adams PR Group.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] From time to time I review books for … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Dictator Pope

The Dictator Pope:  The Inside Story Of The Francis Papacy, by Marcantonio Colonna (pseudonym) It took a while for this book to get to me, and it was one I was eagerly waiting for.  For odd reasons I do not … Continue reading

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Where Did The Pharisees Go Wrong?

I have written at some length previously about the usurpation of the Pharisees [1], and yesterday there was a sermon by one of our deacons (the second part of a message that is scheduled–so far–for four parts, of which I … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: Origins And Ideologies Of The American Revolution: Part Two

Great Courses:  Origins and Ideologies Of The American Revolution:  Part Two, taught by Peter Mancall I must admit that I found this particular part of the course to be rather compelling.  In particular, I am fascinated about situations where communication … Continue reading

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Someday We’ll Be Together

One of the more problematic aspects of Jesus’ ministry is the way that unity and disunity are juxtaposed so often in Christianity.  Let us take two passages and examine them together.  Matthew 10:34-39 tells us:  “Do not think that I … Continue reading

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