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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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What Do We Mean By Nature Anyway?

When we examine questions of dispute or importance, it can be a difficult matter to precisely define our terms.  Let us take as our example today the word nature.  The Merriam-Webster online dictionary, for example, gives nine distinct meanings for … Continue reading

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2 Clement, Hebrews, And The Metadata Problem Of Homilies

For those who may not be aware, a homily is another word for a sermon that is focused on spiritual edification rather than doctrinal instruction.  Most of the people reading this will probably have listened to many sermon messages that … Continue reading

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The Issue Of Identity And Pseudonymity In The Epistle Of Barnabas

Would the Epistle of Barnabas be known or cared about at all aside from those who like obscure ancient literature if its reputed author did not have the same name as one of the Bible’s most beloved apostles?  Although the … Continue reading

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Book Review: War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning

War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning, by Chris Hedges This book’s title, if it was not immediately obvious, is highly ironic since the author (as might be expected) looks to love to provide meaning and views war in … Continue reading

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Fauxcahontas Strikes Back

Like many Americans whose political views tend to the right of center, I have long enjoyed mercilessly mocking the claims of one Massachusetts senator to claim legitimacy with regards to our nation’s troubled identity politics by pointing to her Cherokee … Continue reading

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Everybody Feels Misunderstood

From time to time I reflect upon the fact that many of the novels I appreciate come from a very particular narrow slice of fiction that involves the “hidden prince” or “hidden princess” story [1].  A great deal of the … Continue reading

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Camera Obscura

Yesterday, as it happened, our congregational choir sang a song called “In His Hand,” by Marty Parks.  The opening lyrics, sung by the ladies, goes as follows:  “In my darkness He is light, in my weakness He is might.  In … Continue reading

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We’re All In This Together

Once upon a time, someone thought it necessary to improve my taste in movies by having me watch most of High School Musical before I had to fly back home to Central Florida, where I lived at the time.  The … Continue reading

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Where Are My Muffins, Or, Let’s Hear It For The Apology Tour

Yesterday, while I was chatting with a friend, she told me a funny story.  The family had gotten banana nut muffins to eat and there had not been enough muffins for everyone, and so my friend’s sister was upset.  This … Continue reading

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