Aaron Copeland's A Lincoln Portrait— a 4th of July Treat

Here is my favorite 4th of July music, by one of America's greatest 20th century composers---  Aaron Copeland. … [Read more...]

Humilitas— Part Two


The literature on leadership issues, both within and outside of Christian circles is vast.  Indeed, the subject has been overdone and over-worked at this point.  Early in this second chapter John Dickson gives us a description of leadership--- "the art of inspiring others in a team to contribute their best toward a goal." (p. 33).   He is certainly right that it is an art, not an exact science as is always the case when you are working with other human beings.   One has to be flexible and even in … [Read more...]

Images of Turkey– Part Two

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In this post we have panoramic shots from Ani,  Ararat, and from the area of the Pasha's Palace near Ararat as well.   Notice the crosses on the walls of Ani  and the detailed Armenian inscription over the door of one of the churches at Ani. … [Read more...]

The New Philippians Commentary


(This commentary is now available for pre-order from Amazon, and on the market in the early Fall)Sometimes when you come to the end of something, it’s a relief,  like finishing a marathon.  Sometimes it’s a joy.  And sometimes it’s  sad.   I must confess to having all these feelings in regard to writing my last New Testament commentary, this one a full-dress socio-rhetorical commentary on Philippians.  After twenty-five years writing commentaries on each NT book it is hard to believe I am don … [Read more...]

Images of Turkey— Part One

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Here is a selection of images from Gobeckli Tepe I the first four)  the Urfa museum (including the oldest statue of a man from about 9,800 B.C. from the Urfa area)  images of 'eye gods'  (from which the God's eye idea may have come),  a picture of the beehive residences in Abraham's Haran,  then four pictures from beautiful Istanbul including the Galata Tower, and the Fenerbache championship flag flying there. … [Read more...]

Humilitas—- John Dickson's Reflections— Part One— Get Low!

Let me say from the outset,  I like John Dickson's work. He is one of my favorite Aussie Christian writers, and his  Christ Files DVD and guide book are great.  Here we will be reviewing however his latest little salvo on humility--- just out in May 2011.  Weighing in at 208 pages and with pictures no less, it is an easy read, on a complex and compelling subject.    John begins the book with typical humor saying he thought of entitling the book 'Humility and How I Achieved it'  and relates the ta … [Read more...]

More on Secret Mark


Here is a recent post of my friend and NT colleague Larry Hurtado on his blog--- in regard to the continual kerfuffle about Secret Mark, my view is--- it's a forgery.  BW3------------In a posting a few days ago on this site, I commented on the recent conference on "Secret Mark," observing that from reports not much seems to have changed on any side.  I then  reiterated some observations of my own, which are independent of (and were published originally prior to) the current co … [Read more...]

Words that Make a Difference— TAPEINOO


Not all words are created equal.  Some have more weight and importance, and more theological or ethical freight than others.  This is just as true in Greek as it is in English.  In Phil. 2.8 we find the use of the verb tapeinoo in the middle or reflexive sense talking about something the Son of God did to himself.  We normally translate it--- 'he humbled himself'.   You can look high and low, and you will have a hard time finding 'humility'  listed among the virtues in the Greco-Roman world's lis … [Read more...]


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Folk rock music carved out its own niche in the larger work of pop and rock music in the late sixties and into the seventies.  Drawing on the folk protest movement of the 50s and 60s it took on the mantle of rock music without leaving the harmonies, acoustic instruments, and often the message laden lyrics behind.   Sometimes picking up elements from country music as well,  it has been a diverse music form, distinguishable from straight pop, hard rock, heavy metal, jazz rock, and various other mus … [Read more...]