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Days Of The Week

I remember when I was fourteen years old going to a lock-in in Dothan, Alabama with my mother and stepfather.  While playing a lot of sports and dancing, I also remember the sermon that was given during Sabbath services, although … Continue reading

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Although It’s Been Said Many Times, Many Ways

Why are Christmas songs so bad?  This is not to say that there are not any good songs, even for someone like myself who does not celebrate Christmas.  The melodies for classic songs and religious songs, like the melody for … Continue reading

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Goats Behind The Door

[Photo courtesy of jewornotjew.com, in their discussion on Monty Hall.] [Note:  This is the prepared text for a sermonette given to the United Church of God congregation in Portland, Oregon on May 11, 2019.] How many of you here have … Continue reading

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The Effect Of The Rules Of Postponement On The Timing Of Passover And The Feast Of Weeks: A Preliminary Investigation

One of the hazards of being someone who is at least moderately a data nerd is the fact that questions tend to become opportunities for research.  Recently I was chatting with one of our congregation’s deacons as well as with … Continue reading

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Why Do We Need April Fools’ Jokes Anyway?

As I have commented before, I am not fond of April Fool’s jokes for a variety of reasons [1].  For one, I happen to be one of those people who happens to believe that the year should start at this … Continue reading

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The Bible’s Movable Feasts

There are two types of festivals when it comes to their occurrence.  The first of these are fixed days that take place on a particular date.  For example, the United States always has its Independence Day on July 4th, even … Continue reading

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On Consolation Prizes And The Calendar

Earlier today one of my readers related a complaint that someone (she did not specify who) had about the Winter Family Weekend, a complaint that is likely to be had by at least some people, and that is that the … Continue reading

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Server’s X-Mass Party: A Short Story

It was a Monday night, and being a creature of habit, I went to the bar of the restaurant I have gone to on almost all Monday nights from time immemorial and sat down with a couple of books to … Continue reading

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Mysteries Of The Bible: Three Days And Three Nights

Yesterday while I was at services in my usual congregation, I was asked by one of my fellow brethren to help him with a question a Quaker had asked him concerning the expression “three days and three nights” in Hebrew.  … Continue reading

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A Little Folly

I have never been particularly fond of the sort of joking and teasing that goes on relating to April Fool’s Day [1].  There are several reasons for this, but before I discuss the reasons I would like to discuss the … Continue reading

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