November 29, 2021

Five out of six of our extended family households were able to gather this year on Thanksgiving day. The other household was represented at some of our family events as well. We haven’t seen each other for almost three years! Family Vacay beginning November 17, 2021 On Wednesday, November 17, 2021 we set out for Southwest Missouri, driving straight through at over fifteen hours. A beautiful sunrise and clear skies started us out. I made a few posts on social… Read more

November 22, 2021

“Increased wealth will only produce increased people to consume it. The owner of the wealth will derive no advantage other than looking at his big balance sheet.” James L. Kugel As we delve further into the wisdom of the sage, we see another way he weaves truth into the fabric of his teaching. He often shows the strength of an ideal by contradicting it with its opposite, as we see in this article with riches and poverty. Koheleth not only… Read more

November 16, 2021

About the title Crazy Theophanies… I truly mean no disrespect. This is a very interesting topic. It is an attention-getter for people who may not otherwise look. Perhaps in a way Theophanies are attention-getters which stand on their own for us as well in the Old Testament. video setup (9 min 25 sec) We’re talking about the book of Daniel. Specifically we’re talking about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who have the names King Nebuchadnezzar gives them in Babylon. Crazy Theophanies… Read more

November 15, 2021

Last week, I strayed from my series on Ecclesiastes to share a topic we do not often speak of much. It is the topic of what to do with ministers specifically, after a divorce. Certainly these questions are handled by presbyteries, of which I have had the honor to serve on. Nonetheless, I was grateful for Joel Triska’s public openness. I asked if I could share his article. Joel said he is honored to share on Patheos To read his… Read more

November 10, 2021

Joel Triska shares some of the story on his divorce, a highly trained seminarian and leading pastor in his organization. I am divorced. Thought I’d just rip the bandaid off. Most people know this by now, or at least have rightly assumed. But I still run into someone every now and again who doesn’t know. For you few people who were still in the dark, I deeply apologize that you’re finding out via social media. But be encouraged! It saves… Read more

November 7, 2021

You’ll notice African Americans, Caucasians, and Latinos worshiping with Cory on stage together. I may be making a big deal out of a multiethnic worship team, but I really don’t think so. Sunday morning service in general is still a highly segregated time of each week in America. In this article there is no great deductive question to chase. This whole article is an inductive approach, where I collect some information and allow you to draw some conclusions, maybe even make… Read more

November 3, 2021

The authentic community of the visible church, in all the beauty and forms she displays, is greatly needed now. Now she is greatly longed for. God is using the church to attract postmodern seekers, digital natives, and the rest of us once again. Ecclesiastes 4.7-12 (KVJ, The Message) CLICK HERE Previous articles in this series can be found in the category The Writings CLICK HERE i. the person has no other Koheleth (literally Preacher, most often thought to be King… Read more

October 31, 2021

The term hell is actually a transliteration of the term gahenna. The term is often used by our Lord. This is often where we get the idea of fire and such types of torment. Various Christian universities are teaming up to offer the largest online Dante reading community in history. We are reading the Divine Comedy through next Easter. There is plenty of time to catch up and I urge you to do so. If you are wary of great works like… Read more

October 26, 2021

Demonology is never debated in the Early Church. They just know there are evil forces, and they are demons. i. this Scripture has always been unsettling for me So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall. No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that… Read more

October 26, 2021

I’m at the Salem Red Sox stadium… here in Salem, VA. I just realized that I’m at a Halloween gala with my niece, my wife, and some of the kids… and we are celebrating Halloween in Salem. Halloween in Salem? (2 min 36 sec) How weird is that? I was just thinking about some of the other celebrations during this time. There is the celebration for the newly sainted, Saint John Paul II, Pope (10.22.21). He probably did more for… Read more

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