Tag Archives: justice

Joseph And The Alchemy Of Suffering

Joseph provides a worthwhile case study in the transformative effects of suffering.  When sold into slavery at seventeen, Joseph was a callow young man who based his sense of security on the love of his father, whose favoritism actually put … Continue reading

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On The Purposes Of Job’s Suffering

Yesterday in his latest installment in a series of sermons relating to the book of Ephesians, our pastor made an offhand comment that a fellow member of our church’s Council of Elders had stated that the purpose of the book … Continue reading

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Our Picture Of God’s Judgment

[Note:  The following is the prepared text for a sermonette given at the Portland congregation of the United Church of God on Sabbath, January 5, 2019.] Imagine the following scene.  You are on the third floor of the Washington County … Continue reading

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It’s All Fair Game

In our contemporary age, once someone is a public figure every aspect of their lives and behavior is viewed as fair game in attempting to destroy or discredit them.  It should be noted, though, that this tendency is not limited … Continue reading

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Attributes Of A Just Man

Today at services we had two messages that meshed well with each other.  As I was the slightly hobbled songleader for Sabbath services this afternoon, it was my pleasure to thank both of the speakers after their excellent messages.  Of … Continue reading

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Book Review: One Nation Under God

One Nation Under God:  His Rule Over Our Country, by Tony Evans [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Moody Publishers.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] I must admit that I was unfamiliar with the author’s … Continue reading

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Labels

I have always hated moving, and one of the things that I hate most is having to put my hundreds of loosely piled books into boxes and putting labels on them, knowing the books will weigh 50 pounds or more … Continue reading

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Book Review: Redeeming How We Talk

Redeeming How We Talk:  Discover How Communication Fuels Our Growth, Shapes Our Relationships, And Changes Our Lives, by Ken Wytsma and A.J. Swoboda [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Moody Publishers/Net Gallery.  All thoughts and opinions are … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lord, Have Mercy

Lord, Have Mercy:  The Healing Power Of Confession, by Scott Hahn Confession has a bit of a bad name, and it happens to be a major Catholic sacrament, and so it little surprise that the author would want to talk … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts On The Weighty Matter Of Justice: An Imaginary Dialogue

Although from time to time I have reflected on the phenomenon of imaginary dialogues previously [1] or even shared genuine question and answers that I have participated in [2], today I thought I would do something different and write an … Continue reading

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