Tag Archives: judgment

Cum Enim Omnia Saeva

What is it that makes our contemporary situation so harsh and savage when it comes to politics? To be sure, I feel the savagery as much as anyone else does, and perhaps unlike most, I wish to understand it. What … Continue reading

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The Fire Next Time

It has always struck me as a bit daring and misconceived that those who would rely on the symbol of a rainbow to claim the promise that God will not destroy the world again by flood do not take heed … Continue reading

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Future Negative Nostalgia

One of the most fascinating asymmetries that exists in the lives of human beings is the asymmetry between looking forward and looking back. As imperfect as our memories are, whether speaking individually or collectively, they are nonetheless far better than … Continue reading

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They Will Look Upon Me Whom They Pierced: Part Two

[Note: This is the prepared text for a sermonette given to the Portland, Oregon congregation of the United Church of God on Sabbath, August 29, 2020.] Just a bit more than six months ago, as we approached the Passover and … Continue reading

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Omnia Mors Aequat

Are all equal in death? On April 25, 2013, Al Arabiya English said the following: “Saying that death makes everyone equal is true, but not absolutely. It is true that there must be no aristocracy in death or pain, but … Continue reading

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A Thin Line Between Friends And Snakes

Recently I read a story about a church that promised a sort of tithe of reparations for some sort of imaginary wrongs as a way of appealing to the woke, perhaps as an attempt to evangelize to them.  Politics has … Continue reading

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On The Courage To Speak The Gospel

Yesterday was the annual start of the General Conference of Elders, and even if the Coronavirus crisis has caused a change in how this is to be undertaken, the messages themselves appeared to set a theme that desired to encourage … Continue reading

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According To You

Yesterday I found myself the unwitting witness of an attempt by someone to justify not behaving in a loving and Christian fashion towards someone he considered to be a horrible sinner.  This is not an uncommon occurrence, and perhaps you … Continue reading

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Contra El Corriente

One of the more puzzling aspects I have found in the past few weeks is the complicated interaction between my own personal life and how it is going and the fate of the world around me.  As is likely the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Death And Resurrection

Death And Resurrection, edited by the Vista It can be a deeply fascinating thing to look at at the way that different religious traditions view the subject of death and resurrection.  This particular small book is written from the point … Continue reading

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