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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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Who Told You?

[Note:  This is the prepared text for a sermonette given at The Dalles congregation of the United Church of God on August 11, 2018.] I imagine that most of us here are familiar with dinner parties held with other brethren … Continue reading

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Glorious Things Of Thee Are Spoken

[Note:  This sermon was given in the Portland congregation of the United Church of God on Sabbath, June 9, 2018.  Below is the prepared notes] [Optional introductory comments:  I would like to thank the songleader for choosing Glorious Things of … Continue reading

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Alone Together

For a long time I have understood the awkward feeling of being alone in a crowd of people, and I think it is worthwhile to ponder this.  Most of the the time I wonder about this phenomenon I am thinking … Continue reading

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In One Of Your Tribes

In Deuteronomy 12:9-14 there is an interesting note that has some surprising relevance to our own worship practices related to the Feast of Tabernacles:  “You shall not at all do as we are doing here today—every man doing whatever is … Continue reading

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Brother, Where You Bound?

Yesterday after services, I had the chance to speak at some length to the gentleman who gave the Bible study on the letter of the Apostle John to the Church at Ephesus, with its emphasis on recovering our first love, … Continue reading

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Join Or Die

On July 5th of this year, while I was being roasted by the hot summer sun down near Salem [1], I managed to meet a few groups of people involved in civil war reenactment on the side of the Union, … Continue reading

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