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A Law That Everybody Breaks

[Note: This is the prepared text for a sermonette given to the United Church of God congregation in Portland on Sabbath, October 23, 2021.] Today, I am going to talk about a law in the Bible that everyone breaks. In … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Mystery Of Israel And The Middle East  

The Mystery Of Israel And The Middle East: A Prophetic Gaze Into The Future, by James W. Goll [Note: This book was provided free of charge by Chosen Books in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are … Continue reading

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Witness

One of the stranger aspects of witness in the Bible is that the task tends to go two ways. It is by no means surprising to those of us who grew up in legal systems that have been influenced by … Continue reading

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The Glory Of The Latter House

How is it that we understand the principle of multiple layers of biblical meaning? Today I listened to three messages and each of them offered a different approach as to how this could be done, and it is well worth … Continue reading

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Traveling To Thyatira

[Note: The following is a prepared text of the sermonette I gave to the Portland congregation of the United Church of God on Sabbath, September 18, 2021.] Picture the scene. You are part of three buses of tourists who are … Continue reading

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It’s Not Quite What I Expected, But Definitely What We Needed

Yesterday, as I write this, we had split sermons in Portland and both of them had some striking similarities in their approach that let me know that both speakers were motivated by their own (understandable) concerns about the moral bleakness … Continue reading

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I Acknowledge Your Suffering, Now Go Back And Suffer

I have been taking, in such limited free time as I have this month, a course from Hillsdale college on the book of Genesis that is about halfway done. Earlier today (as I write this) the third lesson of the … Continue reading

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An Unfair Criticism About Trumpets

Yesterday during his sermon during the morning service of the Feast of Trumpets, our retired pastor made a comment about a piece of criticism that stuck with him as a young pastor who had been upbraided by an evangelist after … Continue reading

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Not Your Ally, Not Your Buddy

[Note: This is the prepared text for a split sermon given to the Portland congregation of the United Church of God on August 14, 2021.] When I previously spoke about those who were blessed enough to be called friends of … Continue reading

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Subordination And Equality, Or Some Thoughts On The Political Theory Of The Bible: Part Two

Earlier, I discussed that a deacon in our congregation gave a sermon yesterday on a subject that demonstrated the implicit political philosophy of the Bible. I would like to go into more detail today on the way that the Bible … Continue reading

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