Geza Vermes, Biblical Scholar, Passes Away

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I learned from Mark Goodacre’s blog that legendary Biblical scholar Geza Vermes passed away this week. Like many, I first encountered Vermes in the massive and important Dead Sea Scrolls in English, the most widely available edition of the Qumran texts. Later, I read some of his more controversial work on the historical Jesus. I [Read More...]

“I Hope He’s In Hell”

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I’ve been reading and hearing variants of the words in this headline since Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev* was killed in a gun battle with police. Since the capture of his brother, Dzhokhar, I’ve also seen various sadistic fantasies about how he should be treated, each more lurid than the last, all of them steeped in blood and [Read More...]

He’s Alive

He really is, you know. I’ll let Dolly (and Peter) tell you how it happened: If that doesn’t give you chills, you should probably check your pulse. God bless you all, and have a very blessed Easter. Let the risen Jesus enter your life, welcome him as a friend, with trust: he is life! If [Read More...]

The Shroud of Turin 2.0

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Three big news items about the Shroud of Turin for Holy Week: new dating, a live broadcast, and a new app: 1. New Confirmation of Shroud’s Antiquity The flawed 1988 radiocarbon tests dating the shroud to the Middle Ages have been challenged for years. Giulio Fanti, professor of mechanical and thermal measurement at the University of [Read More...]

In Sickness and in More Sickness

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For the past week, and for only the second time in our marriage, my wife and I have been sick at the same time. It was just a nasty winter cold, but this season’s edition seems to stick around for 3-4 weeks. Between my wife’s asthma and complications from my medication, this kind of thing tends [Read More...]

The Broken Places

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There is a darkness in the world. It’s always been there, since we made our first wrong step and chose ourselves over God. Most of the time, the darkness is just a shadow on our souls where sin more readily grows. Sometimes, it erupts in spasms of violence or disease and knocks us back on [Read More...]

Wine in the Gospel of John

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The discussion of wine in the Old Testament provides the background for the Wedding at Cana in John 2, which is rich in OT imagery made new in Christ. The Evangelist tells us that Jesus has come to a wedding: a time of joy and celebration where wine would play a crucial role. But the [Read More...]

Bread in the Gospel of John

Giovanni Lanfranco, "Multiplication of the Loaves"

Yesterday, we saw the centrality to bread in the life of Jews. This is the context in which Jesus multiplies loves and preaches about the  Bread of Life. In John 6, Jesus takes five barley loaves and two fish and uses them to feed five thousand people. By producing food in a place where people [Read More...]


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