Does the World Need Another Book on Johnny Appleseed?

Core of 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

Ghost Brother Angel

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?

Wedding Rings

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

Anne and Coleman Waterfall

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...]

Blogging the Bible: Acts 6-7: Jesus as the Fulfillment of Scripture

Right now, I have access to only one thorough, scholarly Bible commentary series: the Word Biblical Commentary, published by Thomas Nelson. I love these commentaries, but unfortunately, several volumes are still in the process of being written – including the volumes on Acts. With these chapters, Acts 6-7, I really missed that kind of commentary. [Read More...]

Blogging the Bible: Acts 4-5: Resurrection and Obedience

The Primacy of Jesus’s Resurrection Acts 4 and 5 continue to describe the ramifications of Peter’s healing in the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Peter again lays out the gospel, and again, the focus is not so much on Jesus’s death as it is on His resurrection and continuing power. Acts 4:10 again describes Jesus’s [Read More...]

Blogging the Bible: Acts 3

Who is Jesus? Acts 3:11-15  Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon’s, greatly amazed.  (12)  So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people: “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? [Read More...]

Blogging the Bible: Acts 2

I’m not going to be commenting on every chapter in Acts, but I’ll comment on things as they come up. My first thoughts are on chapter 2 of Acts. Acts 2:5, 6. “And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, [Read More...]


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