Gary Hoag’s Wealth in Ancient Ephesus and 1 Timothy— The Issue of Wealth

Q12.BEN: It seems obvious enough that the Pastorals do call leaders and others to both good service of their fellow Christians, and to not be greedy. You give us various examples from Xenophon and elsewhere about how people sought the priesthood of Artemis for material gain, and I don’t doubt that. For the wealthy that was not always a primary motive, they were more looking for honor and publicity, and performing ‘liturgies’ to increase their honor rating. But there is another side to the Greco … [Read more...]

God on the Brain— During Scientific Tests

Here's part of an interesting article from the website with a remarkable testimony about a secular Jew who suddenly had a vision of God while they were testing his brain, since he was epileptic. See what you think. BW3 Thanks to alert reader James for the referral to this site--- ----This week, Israeli researchers report how a patient experienced an … [Read more...]

Muhammed Ali—- Someone Special

(picture courtesy of our Louisville Courier Journal). Ali, born Cassius Clay in Louisville Kentucky, was a remarkable boxer, and an even more remarkable human being. A charismatic personality, Ali, named after the famous Egyptian Muslim (who is memorialized in a Cairo mosque named Muhammed Ali Mosque). Ali was many things to many people. I am on record as not liking boxing. I really don't like watching people pummel each other, … [Read more...]

Francis of Assisi

Here's a fine post by my friend Timothy George.There lived in the town of Assisi a man whose name was Francis. . . . In him we can contemplate the excess of God’s mercy: he brought the good news of peace and salvation to all, like a true Angel of peace.” Thus Bonaventura, the official biographer of St. Francis, introduced his readers to one of the most popular and attractive figures in medieval Christianity. In his own lifetime, though, Francis did not seek glory and fame for himself—he sh … [Read more...]

Cartoon of the Day

Thanks to the Faithlife/Logos folks for the use of this cartoon. BW3 … [Read more...]

On Growing Old Gracefully— Sort of

It was the Who who said 'Hope I die before I get old'. Abandon hope Roger and Pete--- ya'll are certifiably old. Any band that celebrates 50 years of touring, or even 40, involves oldsters. And then there was Dylan Thomas who advised 'do not go gentle into that good night, rage, rage against the dying of the light'. Neither of these approaches have much to do with growing old gracefully.Some folks take the 'carpe diem' approach-- 'gather ye rosebuds while ye may', and there is something … [Read more...]

Famous Last Words

Today is the day Ann and I were married in S. Hamilton, Mass. in 1977. It seems like an opportune moment to reflect on some 'famous last words' none better than those of Jesus--- 'Father into thy hands I commend my spirit'.See in what peace a Christian can die. ~~ Joseph Addison, writer, d. June 17, 1719Waiting are they? Waiting are they? Well--let 'em wait. In response to an attending doctor who attempted to comfort him by saying, "General, I fear the angels are waiting for … [Read more...]

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