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Inside/Outside: Part One

One of the most common issues that I come across with regards to dealing with communication with other people is that the difference between inside and outside plays havoc with how we see others and how we deal with the … Continue reading

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Grading On The Curve

One of my more entertaining moments as a student was when, when I was studying for my first graduate degree and the program made me take an undergraduate statistics course because one was missing from my undergraduate transcript. Although I … Continue reading

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Jesus Christ, The Temple, And Passover

[Note: This is the prepared text for a Bible study given to the Portland UCG congregation on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.] It is hard to overestimate the importance of the temple for the ministry of Jesus Christ as well as … Continue reading

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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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The Ministry Of Rebukes: A Discussion Of Correction In The Bible: Part One

Recently, a loyal reader of this blog posed a difficult question related to a sermon that the person had heard that made the claim that it was required that people go around rebuking others. This person was, perhaps unsurprisingly, rather … Continue reading

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Measure For Measure

Matthew 7:1 is among the most misquoted scriptures in the entire Bible, and that is saying something. The passage in which this verse appears, which takes in the first five verses of the third and final chapter of the Sermon … 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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Crime Without Criminals

Like many people, I find myself fascinated by books and documentaries relating to true crime. I remember one example of a true crime book I read that I found fascinating which showed the obsessive attempts of someone to solve the … Continue reading

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Something Missing

One of the more ominous verses of the Bible reveals the decision that was placed before mankind in the garden of Eden that is symbolic of the choice that human beings have had to make over and over again in … Continue reading

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On The Divine Providence Of Plague

In 2020, it seems appropriate that we should reflect upon the divine providence of plague as it relates to the fate of people and nations. As might be imagined, these are matters that cut multiple ways, and sometimes plague is … Continue reading

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