Does the World Need Another Book on Johnny Appleseed?

This post is part of the Patheos Book Club roundtable discussion of The Core of Johnny Appleseed: The Unknown Story of a Spiritual Trailblazer by Ray Silverman. When I heard that Ray Silverman (a former professor of mine at Bryn Athyn College) was publishing a book on Johnny Appleseed (or John Chapman, his real name), I [Read More…]

Brothers

This post is part of the Patheos Book Club roundtable discussion of Ghost Brother Angel by Grant Schnarr. On my to Bryn Athyn, PA, to visit my family with Anne! I’m sitting on a plane as I type this, and I just finished reading Grant Schnarr’s new book, Ghost Brother Angel. Although there are descriptions of strange [Read More…]

Is There Marriage in Heaven?

Are there marriages in heaven? The most obvious answer would seem to be no, based on Jesus’ words to the Sadducees as recorded in Luke 20:27-38, Matthew 22:23-32, and Mark 12:18-27. Here’s the Luke account: But certain of the Sadducees, who deny that there is any resurrection, came to Him and asked Him, saying, “Teacher, [Read More…]

A Happy Announcement

You may have noticed that posting has been light (i.e. non-existent) on this blog for the last month and a half. Of course, with this blog that’s not an unheard of occurrence, but this time there’s a very good reason for it. At the beginning of August I flew to Singapore to visit my girlfriend, Anne [Read More…]

Going Deeper in Genesis

Lots of mainstream, even conservative, Christian scholars advocate reading Genesis 1-11 as something deeper than a literal account of the physical world. But if it’s not about the creation of the physical world – then what IS it about? A better question might be, WHO is it about? [Read more…]

The Problem with Study Bibles

I hate study Bibles. Why? Same reason I hated textbooks in high school: an authoritative editorial voice that states interpretation as fact and leaves little room for dissenting voices. [Read more…]