Ghosts in the Bible: The Old Testament

Samuel Appearing to Saul (Fuseli 1777)

Ghosts posed a problem for the early Church because they seemed to reflect a holdover of pagan belief and superstition. Yet reliable witnesses continued to report encounters with what to appeared to be spirits, and witnesses were not so easily dismissed as they are now. As we head into Halloween, I hope to do a [Read More...]

Free Bonhoeffer Book From Logos

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The free book of the month from Logos is worth a download: Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works Vol. 3: Creation and Fall: Creation and Fall originated in lectures given by Dietrich Bonhoeffer at the University of Berlin in the winter semester of 1932–1933 during the demise of the Weimar Republic and the birth of the Third Reich. In [Read More...]

Should Parents Turn Gay Kids “Over to Satan”?

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Since this post wound up being too long, I’ll get to the short answer to the titular question and say, “No.” And let me just add “duh.” But noted anti-Catholic John MacArthur has a different perspective . He was asked a question about how a parent should respond to a child who is gay, and [Read More...]

And Then We Shall Die

Strozzi: Prophet Elijah and the Widow of Sarepta

1 Kings 17:7-16 contains one of those arresting sentences  that show the depth of suffering and living death people can reach before being restored to life by the Lord: [Elijah said] “Please bring me a little water in a vessel so I can drink.” As she went to bring (it), he called to her: “Please bring [Read More...]

“Jesus’s Wife” Scholar Admits: Where There Are Flames, There May Be Fire

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Partially conceding the bloody obvious, Harvard professor Karen L. King said the following to the New York Times: This is substantive, it’s worth taking seriously, and it may point in the direction of forgery. This is one option that should receive serious consideration, but I don’t think it’s a done deal. The “this” she’s talking [Read More...]

The Judas Tree, And Other Legends of the Betrayer

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This is cercis siliquastrum, the Judas Tree:   It is, according to legend, the type of tree from which Judas hanged himself, and its once-white blossoms blushed with shame to be part of such a terrible history. Or perhaps it’s called the Judas Tree because the clusters of blossoms sometimes hang from the branches, suggesting [Read More...]

Someone Finally Finds a Good Use for “The Message”

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Stopping a bullet: Rickey Wagoner told police in Dayton, Ohio, that he was repairing an electrical fault in his bus early yesterday morning when unknown attackers approached him and shot him three times. One bullet struck the 49-year-old’s right leg and the other two hit him in chest, reports the Dayton Daily News. Sgt. Michael [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...]


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