CNN’s “Finding Jesus” Week 2: The Bones of John the Baptist

Finding Jesus

On Sunday evening, CNN will air the second of six episodes in its original series Finding Jesus:  Faith, Fact, Forgery.  Each episode will explore a different historical object--a relic--which leads us to reflect on Jesus' life and times.Last week, I previewed the first episode of the series, which dealt with the Shroud of Turin.  According to Nielsen Fast National Data, Finding Jesus debuted as No. 1 in cable news in their respective time period in both total viewers and the demo 25-54 last … [Read more...]

The Madonna of the Candelabra

Madonna of the Candelabra stamp

Back in 2011, the U.S. Postal Service issued a Christmas stamp titled "Madonna of the Candelabra."  The stamp, which is still available for purchase today, is sold in books of 20 self-adhesive "Forever" stamps.  It features Mary and the Christ Child, with a lantern behind them.The stamp may have shown up on cards and letters in your mailbox; but you may not be aware that the image was edited to fit the standard size postage stamp, and that in editing for size, the USPS omitted some of the … [Read more...]

So…. Did Jesus Really Have Brothers and Sisters?

“Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are his sisters here with us?" --Mark 6:3DID JESUS HAVE BROTHERS AND SISTERS? The Gospel of Mark would seem to say so.And not only in the Gospel of Mark.  In Luke 8:19-21, the topic comes up again. Jesus is told by a crowd gathered to hear him speak.  The crowd says, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” But Jesus, rather than inviting the rest of his … [Read more...]