Ancient Settlement Uncovered in Israel

A 2,300 year old village dating to the Seleucid Dynasty (or perhaps earlier) has been uncovered during work on a natural gas pipeline. The settlement reached its peak in the 3rd century BC, and by the time of Herod (1st Century BC) was abandoned. The settlement was found not far from Mitzpe Harel in the [Read More...]

Light & Bread in the Gospel of John

This essay originally was published in an online journal, now defunct. I’m publishing it here in case it’s of interest. The full title is Light and Bread: A Sapiential Reading of Two “I Am” Statements in the Gospel of John. All the footnotes got stripped when I plopped the text into WordPress, but if you’re curious [Read More...]

What Happens When You Don’t Know How To Read the Bible

You get people reading Mark 16:18 and thinking they should do this: … for which the natural, tragic, and wholly expected consequence is this: Pastor Jamie Coots dies after snake he was handling bit him (WBIR) Kentucky Pastor Jamie Coots died Saturday night after he was bitten by a snake, according to Middlesboro Police Chief [Read More...]

Gesundheit! [App o the Mornin']

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Look, snot happens, and Gesundheit! (iOS: free, Mac: $5) just wants to put it to good use. The game, one of the better titles in the app store, was pulled for a while because of developer/publisher issues, but it’s back now and to bring attention to its return, it will be free for a limited [Read More...]

EasyABC Sheet Music Editor [App o the Mornin' Guest Post]

Will Duquette has today’s App o the Mornin’, so visit him to learn about EasyABC Sheet Music Editor: As I discussed last week, the standard tool for writing down folk music tunes these days is ABC notation. Once I realized that I needed to come to grips with ABC, I went looking for software: to convert ABC [Read More...]

Snow Day!

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…yet again. These kids are going to be going to school until August at this rate. Anyway, up here in the great northeast, we’re having the 9th major snowstorm of the year, and it’s already looking like predictions of a foot will be low. It’s supposed to keep going until tomorrow morning, and the drifts [Read More...]

Jack Lumber [App o the Mornin']

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Jack Lumber hates trees, and he has a good reason: trees killed his beloved granny. Now, Jack has sworn everlasting vengeance against all forms of lumber. He has an axe, he has a mission, and he has a woodchip on his shoulder. Jack’s tale of vengeance forms the extremely silly connective tissue for this funny, [Read More...]

Blind Willie Johnson: “Soul of a Man”

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The trailer for Son of God is making the rounds, and it includes a modern version of an old song by blues legend Blind Willie Johnson. You really should listen to more Blind Willie. Here’s the trailer: And here’s the new version in its entirety: It’s a not a bad cover: a little overwrought (why [Read More...]


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