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Dispensationalism and Primates

One lesson unsuccessful people do not learn is delayed gratification. Unsuccessful people look ahead about 1 day. More successful people can look ahead farther, plan better. I’m not that good at chess. We continue to re-learn how to think ahead–as … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for Ebola

Remember, Covid-19 is just practice for the coming Ebola pandemic. The Ebola fatality rate is 66%. Friends, I’m a bit of a pessimist. Optimism? Well, the Ebola pandemic may not happen in my lifetime, but it might. Just do your … Continue reading

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The Stoning of Baruch: A Midrash on Leviticus 20:13

My name is Philemon ben Phalaris. I am a Jew from the town of Elasa. Jonathan is king in Jerusalem. A fortnight ago I walked out to the barn and saw my son, Baruch, and Nathan his friend, the son … Continue reading

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How Could They?

Evangelical grandchildren, great-grandchildren, will look back at this time and ask, “How could they have supported Trump and the Great Oppression?” Someone will say, “God gave them over to a great delusion. They actually thought they were doing God’s will.”

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What the Spirit says to the Churched Today

Hear what the Spirit says to the churched. The Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my sisters and brothers who are oppressed, I have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come among them to … Continue reading

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Political Reality: The Transition to a Racial No-Majority Political Landscape

Like many people, I’m sometimes in emotional distress from the images on my cell phone and the effectively agitating tweets from the District of Columbia. Recently I’ve been contacting old college friends from my fundamentalist alma mater Simpson University. My … Continue reading

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Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter

Although Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter are different from each other, they do teach us a common lesson. What you do or don’t do affects other people. In the case of Covid-19, if it’s life as usual for you, and … Continue reading

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Uncomfortable Conversations and My Own Woundedness

I re-posted an article on FB by a police union representative. He said, “We are not Derek Chauvin. We act with restraint.” I then made a brief mention of complaints regarding fairness, and urged my “liberal’ FB friends to take … Continue reading

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Yohanan b. Zakkai and the Galilee Persecution

Yohanan b. Zakkai is almost certainly the law enforcement officer involved in the Galilee Episode. Six years ago I posted about Rabbi Yohanan. You can read that post by clicking https://wp.me/p1biq8-5z2. Since then I have refined my thesis regarding Ribaz. … Continue reading

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Human Government in the Five-Fold Replacement of Torah

Paul mentions five sources of guidance that replace the Law. One of them is Love itself. The five sources of guidance are 1) the Spirit, 2) love, 3) human conscience, 4) human government, and 5) scripture. The one he discusses the least in … Continue reading

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