Visualizing Paul’s Corinth– Part Two

Very little was left of Corinth when the Romans leveled in the 2nd century B.C., except the ancient temple of Apollo, seen here...There were however in Paul's day shops like the one which can be seen here...And as the previous post showed, a major theater and an odeon as well to keep the folks entertained. Out in front of the theater was found an inscription stone. This one...Notice the inscription is in Latin and reads 'Erastus for the office of aedile, paved … [Read more...]

Visualizing Paul’s Corinth– Part One

"The past is like a foreign country, they do things differently there". This is all too true, and far too much of the trouble with modern interpretation of the Corinthian correspondence today has to do with what I will call bad visualization. So as something of a corrective here are some schematics of what Paul's Corinth, around A.D. 50 will have looked like.What these schematics (mostly found in guide books on Corinth or study Bibles) have in common is they represent ROMAN … [Read more...]

This is the Way the World Ends, not with a Bang but a Beer??

Sometimes the critics are just plain out to lunch, or in this case, off on a pub crawl. This is one of those times. The new movie with Simon Peg (aka Scotty in the Star Trek reboot), Martin Freeman (aka Watson and also Mr. Hobbit) and several other familiar British faces on the surface might have been a fun, and funny movie. Its given a 90% rating by critics and its been out several weeks now.The premise is simple--- get the old gang together and head back to the old hometown for a night … [Read more...]

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The Good News from Bombingham

[The following is a post by my friend and brother in ministry--- Timothy George]It was called “The Magic City,” “The Pittsburgh of the South” (because rich ore deposits had led to the development of a strong steel industry), the most segregated city in the country. After 1948, Birmingham, Alabama was increasingly called “Bombingham.” That was the year several African-American families moved into a hitherto whites-only neighborhood called Smithville, soon to become known as “Dynamite Hill.” Dy … [Read more...]

Nun of That! Nuns against the Pipeline

In 1824, in the knobby hill portion of central Kentucky between Springfield and Bardstown, Father Theodore Bardin gave a large farm to a group of 'sisters' (i.e. nuns) so that they could build a convent and a life together. Now there are a variety of monastic communities in Kentucky, perhaps most famously the monks of Gethesemane Abbey. Much of middle Kentucky was settled by Catholics, and more specifically Irish Catholics who only brought their faith to the 'western frontier' as it was called … [Read more...]

New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity

One of my very favorite series of texts dealing with original sources that illuminate the NT is the series now published by Eerdmans entitled New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity. It is a series originating out of the ancient history department at Macquarrie University in Sydney Aus. and is loaded with all sorts of inscriptions, many of them unpublished before now that helps us understand the linguistic and social context of the NT. Below is a helpful review of Vol. 10 of this series … [Read more...]

A Sentimental Journey Back Home– Part Three

Here, in Coleridge, was the house, a parsonage, that Ann and I and Christy moved into in 1980, with a lot of help from parishoners. I remember Charles Teague saying--- "he sure does have a lot of books". He was right about that--- several thousand. This was the first home in America for both Christy and when he was born in 1982, David. It was also Ann's first home in the South. It was an adjustment--- as they say. It was an excellent place to live out in the country, but it was fifteen miles … [Read more...]

A Sentimental Journey Back Home– Part Two

In the middle of North Carolina, in about a 50 square mile radius are dozens and dozens of potters all fired up to give you beautiful pots, plates, jars, cups, and much more, made out of the indigenous clay that undergirds the region. The Seagrove region includes little places like Why Not and the appropriately named Jugtown, and it is to the last of these we go first, because it's my favorite of all the pottery shops in the area, and you will soon see why. Jugtown as it turns out is not … [Read more...]