The Gulet Boat Adventures and More: Part Five


While Rhodes is a Greek island, it is really much more cosmopolitan than many of the quaint little Greek islands. Today, only a minority of the citizens are Rhodians by descent or even more broadly Greek. All kinds of people live here and move here even to retire. So take post cards like this one with a grain a salt....Much of the architecture and design looks non-Greek. It looks either Italian....Or medieval as we saw in the last post. You can go and see the remains of the temple … [Read more...]

The Gulet Boat Adventures and More: Part Four


Riding the boat is great fun in good weather, but we are not just wandering around, we are heading for Rhodes, a Greek island famous for its now long lost colossus. Here Ann and Yuliya are discussing what's next while sailing to Rhodes..Here's a little Wiki summary about the Colossus, which once was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.... "The Colossus of Rhodes was considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This giant bronze statue was documented as once … [Read more...]

The Gulet Boat Adventures and More: Part Three


I can smell the salt air, I can feel the sea breeze. It's a great treat to go for a week long sail in a Gulet Boat. This time we were in a bigger boat than when I went in 2010.And here is our able captain, Ahmed.And here are our able young energetic deck hands...And here's the whole crew including our fabulous chef.... with Levent.And here's the sleeping quarters...And here's the dining area on deck, under canopy...And here are our appetizers waiting for us … [Read more...]

The Gulet Boat Adventures and More: Part Two


On the way to Marmaris our friend Mark Fairchild suggested we stop at Nysa, not to be confused with Nyssa (as in Gregory's turf in Cappadocia). It is not a Biblical site, but it was once a pretty impressive Greco-Roman city, as you will now see, but first a pit stop at another one of those wonderful truck stops where we bought Magnum bars, Turkish coffee beans, and even zeytinyagi=olive oil...Here's a brief summary about the city of Nysa.. and an overview schematicNysa was indeed on … [Read more...]

The Gulet Boat Adventures and More: Part One


After leading a tour as extensive and intensive as the tour we did of Israel and Turkey, what do you do for an encore? Well, before the encore..... we went to the beach. A really nice beach, Chesme (which means fountain), on the east coast of Turkey, and not far from Izmir, which served as a sort of home base. And Chesme means....... well.... this...And this....And this...In case you are wondering, the Aegean is cool, but not cold in late May, early June. Myrtle Beach it is … [Read more...]

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Seventy Nine


Balance is what Tom calls for in the discussion of Paul's already and not yet comments on rulers and authorities, and I quite agree. And the not yet seems clearly enough in play in 2 Thess. 2.1-5 when we hear about the man of lawlessness who will be revealed, who usurps divine roles, making himself out to be a god. Here, it would indeed appear that the target may be the Emperor cult. Having said that, it is well to bear in mind that the description here seems indebted to the story about … [Read more...]

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God— Part Seventy Eight


Tom points to 1 Cor. 2.6-8 to make his point on p. 1285. Here he is probably right that human rulers are meant, especially since the crucifixion by them is mentioned in vs.6. What is said of them however is that they are not in on the eschatological secret that Christ is the Lord of glory, otherwise they would not have crucified him. Now this implies that with more knowledge they would not have done what they did. In other words, they are not portrayed as being like the malevolent powers and … [Read more...]

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God— Part Seventy Seven


It is always a dangerous thing to make categorical statements about either/ors when you are in a situation of already and not. Tom, however, following the lead of his doctor father George Caird, and others says on p. 1281--- "Either the history of Rome provides the true story, with Christian faith content to shelter as a permitted religion under its banner. Or the history of Israel climaxing in the crucified and risen Messiah must be seen as the true story, with that of Rome however much under … [Read more...]

America Has Lost its Mind


SPOILER ALERT: THE FOLLOWING IS A RANT!If you have been paying any attention to the news of late, you may well be doing more than just scratching your head. There is increasing evidence that America has simply lost its mind. Let's start with the story about the nine year old who accidentally shot her shooting instructor in Arizona while learning how to use an Uzi, not mind you on single shot, but on repeat. What kind of parent even allows a nine year to handle such a weapon, and this was … [Read more...]