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Most Recent Bible Studies and Curmudgeonliness

  • Ruth 1:22-2
    Ruth goes to glean in Boaz’ field at the beginning of the barley harvest that takes place right after Passover. We learn that Boaz was a close relative who might become Ruth’s redeemer under the Law of Moses.
  • Ruth 1
    We begin our study of the book of Ruth with a brief introduction and a detailed look at Ruth chapter 1. The main lesson we glean from this chapter is encouragement to trust in God in the midst of adversity.
  • The Holy Spirit
    Notes for Our Discussion on the Holy Spirit – Led by Russ Garner
  • 1 Timothy 1:18-20 – What Does It Mean?
    A friend asked me what I thought these few verses mean. Taken in isolation, this passage is indeed a little confusing, so I took a few minutes to analyze it, and here’s what I came up with. 18This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, … More…
  • Do Human Clones Have Human Souls?
    Assuming that human science will soon be able to create human clones and/or artificial intelligence equal to or superior to human intelligence, what inalienable rights would such creations inherently possess?
  • Death and Resurrection
    We consider the subjects of death and resurrection using the booklet “Death and Afterward” by Dr. Lehman Strauss as a framework for our discussions.
  • 2017 Mercedes Sprinter Antenna Repair
    Our van’s navigation system stopped working, and then the overhead light console began dripping water. The integrated gasket material at the bottom of the plastic antenna mounting shell had gotten brittle and started to crumble which was allowing water incursion into the van’s interior. Replacing the antenna mount would have cost several hundred dollars, so … More…
  • Becky Bereans Hot Button Topic Discussion – Divorce
    We examine the topic of divorce within the Church, in the light of Biblical revelation.
  • Reflections on Mortality, My Father, and God’s Sovereignty
    I reflect on my relationship with my father on what would have been his 97th birthday in connection with my own mortality, a dream I had, and the reassurance we find in Psalm 139 on all these things.
  • Becky Bereans Hot Button Issues Discussion – Transgenderism
    Here are the notes for our discussion of Transgenderism – the first in our series of hot-button issue discussions at the Monday evening gatherings of the Becky Bereans.