Posts I Wrote Engaging Ron Dart’s Thought

Ronald L. Dart recently died.  Dart was a minister in the Worldwide Church of God (WCG).  When Garner Ted Armstrong left the WCG and founded the Church of God International (CGI), Dart became a minister at the CGI.  Later, Dart left CGI and founded his own ministry, Christian Educational Ministries (CEM).  Dart had a radio program entitled “Born to Win.”

I grew up in the Church of God International, so I got to listen to a lot of Ron Dart’s sermons and teaching.  We had cassette tapes of his messages, and I would listen to them often (including in art class at school).  Years later, I would listen occasionally to his radio program.

Mr. Dart was a good speaker.  There was an inviting, storytelling quality to his sermons.  There was an intellectual rigor to them, too.  I was recently reading a blog post about Dart’s passing, and a commenter said that he actually continued to listen to Dart even after becoming an agnostic!  I can identify with that!  I do not exactly put myself in the agnostic category, but I do know that I appreciated listening to Dart’s teaching, even after I stopped adhering to Armstrongite faith and practice.

Mr. Dart had a stroke, and that was sad.  Here was a man who loved to speak and to write, and he got to the point where he could no longer do that.

What follows are blog posts that I wrote over the years that engage Mr. Dart’s thought.  In some cases, I disagree with Dart.  In some cases, I agree.  Sometimes, I just reminisce.  Mr. Dart was a key influence on me in terms of my theology and knowledge of the Bible.  Even when I was in graduate school wrestling with academic biblical scholarship, Mr. Dart’s thought was still somewhere in my mind.

The posts are in chronological order.  If you are interested in listening to some of Dart’s sermons on YouTube, see here.

Meditating on the Law

Reflections on Malachi

More on Religious Pluralism: Clark Pinnock

How Many Times Was I Saved?

A Chance to Be Lost

John MacArthur on the American Revolution, Voting

Sabbatarian “Paul Would Have” Arguments

Are Gentiles Under the Law?

Eschatological Sabbath: The Literal Interpretation

The Pre-Sinai Argument

FOT 2008, Day 2

FOT 2008, Day 5

Samuele Bacchiocchi Has Passed Away

This Coming Week

Born Again, Immortal Soul

Ex-WCG Individualism

The Two Witnesses of Revelation 11

Hard-Headed Practical Wisdom

Pentecost 2009

Does “Sabbath” Mean Week?

Is Venting Effective?

What to Do with Agnosticism

Union with God

Respecting Other Gods, Philo on Inspiration

Criticism and Flattery, So THAT’S the Covenant Formula, Adam’s Naming of the Animals, Newness of Spirit and Oldness of Letter, Testimonia

II Kings 13

Van Seters on the Flood Doublet and the Pre-Sinaitic Law

Laws for the Ger


Torah or Moral Freedom?; Davies on I Corinthians 9

Speaking with Authority: Delivery

A Powerful Sermon Series

Animal Sacrifice and Substitutionary Atonement

Going Out on Your Own

Book Write-Up: Can Evangelicals Learn from World Religions, by Gerald R. McDermott

About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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