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December 18 2017, 1AM

I went to the “Word of Faith” church and the Missouri Synod Lutheran church last Sunday.  Here are some items.A.  At the “Word of Faith” church, we had a guest speaker.  I call this church the “Word of Faith” church, but, as I ... [church]

December 16, 12 AM

Hank Hanegraaff.  MUSLIM: What You Need to Know about the World’s Fastest-Growing Religion.  W Publishing Group, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Hank Hanegraaff is president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the radio ...

December 14, 12 AM

I went to the Wednesday Advent service at the Missouri Synod Lutheran church.  Here are some items.  I will also be linking to previous posts that I have written.A.  The pastor opened his message with a personal anecdote.  He talked... [church]

December 11, 11PM

Yvonne Ortega.  Moving from Broken to Beautiful Through Grief.  EA Books Publishing, 2017.  See here or here to purchase the book. According to the “About the Author” page of the book, “Yvonne Ortega is a licensed professional counse...

12 AM

Here are some items from the church services that I attended last Sunday.  I visited the “Word of Faith” church and the Missouri Synod Lutheran church.A.  The pastor of the “Word of Faith” church was saying that snakes used to have le... [church]

December 9, 12 AM

Andrew T. Le Peau.  Mark Through Old Testament Eyes.  Kregel Academic, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Andrew T. Le Peau is an editor and a writer.  He has taught inductive Bible studies of the Gospel of Mark for over a decade a...

December 7, 1AM

On Wednesday, I went to a Missouri Synod Lutheran church’s Advent service.  It will have a Wednesday Advent service every week until Christmas (I think). The pastor was referring to J.B. Phillips’ 1952 book, Your God Is Too Small.  The pa... [church]

December 4, 1AM

For church last Sunday, I went to an evangelical church that I last visited over a year ago.  Then, I went to what I call the “Word of Faith” church.Here are some items.  I will be linking to past blog posts and discussions for the first two... [church]

December 3, 1AM

I read Blaise Pascal’s Pensees over the past month.  Specifically, I read the Penguin Classics edition, for which A.J. Krailsheimer wrote the introduction and translated.  Blaise Pascal was a seventeenth century mathematician.  His Pen...

December 2, 1AM

John Goldingay.  A Reader’s Guide to the Bible.  IVP Academic, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. John Goldingay teaches Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary.  This book is an introduction to the Bible, both the Hebrew Bi...

November 28, 12 AM

Julianna Deering.  Death at Thorburn Hall.  Bethany House, 2017.  See here to buy the book. This is Book 6 of the Drew Farthering Mysteries.  It is also the first Drew Farthering book that I have read.  There were details of the ...

November 27, 12 AM

For church last Sunday, I went to the “Word of Faith” church and the Missouri Synod Lutheran church.  Here are some items: A.  Both pastors shared stories about their experiences in ministry.  The pastor at the “Word of Faith” chur... [church] [Touched by an Angel]

November 25, 12 AM

R.A. Denny.  Refugees (Mud, Rocks, and Trees, Book 1).  2017.  See here to buy the book.Refugees is a work of fantasy.  The chapters are in the first person and alternate among different characters.I am not sure how exactly to dive int...

November 24, 12 AM

On Thanksgiving, I went to the Missouri Synod church’s Thanksgiving service. The pastor talked about a movie from the 1980’s entitled The Big Chill.  The pastor was saying that it is about University of Michigan students, and, while he himself ... [church] [movies] [Touched by an Angel]

November 21, 11PM

Dr. David Jeremiah.  People Are Asking…Is This the End: Signs of God’s Providence in a Disturbing New World.  W Publishing Group, 2016.  See here to buy the book. Dr. David Jeremiah pastors the Shadow Mountain Community Church in San D...

November 20, 12 AM

Last Sunday, I went to what I call the “Word of Faith” church, and also the Missouri Synod Lutheran church.  Here are some notes:A.  There is a new sermon series at the “Word of Faith” church.  It is about being surprised by God.&... [church]

November 17, 12 AM

Dixie Koch.  The Miracle Worker and the Misfits.  Revival Waves of Glory Books & Publishing, 2017.  See here to buy the book.The characters from this book who are presently in my mind are as follows, though I realize that there were mo...

November 13, 9PM

Evelyn A. Reisacher, ed.  Dynamics of Muslim Worlds: Regional, Theological, and Missiological Perspectives.  IVP Academic, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. This book contains papers that were presented at the Missiology Lectures of Fu...

12 AM

I went to the “Word of Faith” church and the Missouri Synod Lutheran church.  Here are some notes: A.  Eschatological hope was a theme in both services.  The pastor at the “Word of Faith” church was talking about how this world is ... [church]

November 8, 12 AM

Kathy Neary: A Call for “Housing First” (in response to chronic homelessness).

November 6, 9PM

DeVon Franklin (with Tom Vandehy).  The Hollywood Commandments: A Spiritual Guide to Secular Success.  HarperOne, 2017.  See here to buy the book. DeVon Franklin is a producer.  I think I watched an interview of him a while back, sinc...

November 5, 10PM

For church last Sunday, I went to the church I call the “Word of Faith” church, and also the Missouri-Synod Lutheran church. The pastor at the “Word of Faith” church was continuing his series on the Elijah-Elisha stories.  He focused on II K... [church]

November 4, 9PM

Simonetta Carr.  Irenaeus of Lyon.  Christian Biographies for Young Readers.  Reformation Heritage Books, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Irenaeus was a Christian leader and thinker in the second century C.E.  This book is ...

November 2, 7PM

Lynn Austin.  Where We Belong.  Bethany House, 2017.  See here to buy the book. Where We Belong is set in the nineteenth century.  Two sisters, Rebecca and Flora Hawes, live with their wealthy father in Chicago.  They are based ...

October 30, 8PM

For church last Sunday, I attended the church that I call the “Word of Faith” church, as well as a Missouri-Synod Lutheran church.  A common subject in both services was God’s grace, as in God’s unmerited favor towards people. The pastor a... [church]

October 26, 8PM

I read Walden and Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau.  Both works were in a Signet Classics edition.  There was also an afterword by Perry Miller, with whom I am familiar on account of his work on the Puritans.  Some poems by Tho...

October 25, 10PM

I did not go to church last Sunday morning, since there were forecasts of heavy rain.  Instead, I watched Charles Stanley’s “In Touch” program, and Bobby Schuller’s “Hour of Power.”  That afternoon, I went to a seminar on conflict... [church]

October 23, 9AM

Craig Shirley.  Citizen Newt: The Making of a Reagan Conservative.  Nelson Books, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Craig Shirley is renowned for his books about Ronald Reagan.  I first heard of him when I was watching a panel on ...

October 19, 9PM

Brian Zahnd.  Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God: The Scandalous Truth of the Very Good News.  Waterbrook, 2017.  See here to buy the book. Brian Zahnd is founder and pastor of Word of Life Church, which is in St. Joseph, Missouri.  ...

October 18, 6PM

Last Sunday, at one of the church services that I attended, the pastor was attempting to explain I John 5:16, which states (in the KJV): “If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them t... [church] [movies]

October 12, 11PM

Stephan Bauman, Matthew Soerens, and Dr. Issam Smeir.  Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis.  Moody, 2016.  See here to buy the book.Stephan Bauman and Matthew Soerens work for World Relief, which partners with church...

October 9, 12 AM

The pastor at one of the churches that I attended last Sunday was talking about finding one’s calling.  He said that we should be who God made us today rather than trying to be somebody else.  The pastor appealed to the “David and Goliath... [Asperger's] [church] [Touched by an Angel]

October 6, 11PM

Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz, with Christopher Greer.  Answering the Toughest Questions about Suffering and Evil.  Bethany House, 2017.  See here to buy the book. In this book, Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz address the problem of evil from a C...

12 AM

I read Augustine’s City of God over the last four months.  Here are some things that I found interesting (not that this post does justice to this mammoth work): A.  The back cover of my Penguin Classics edition states: “Augustine discusses...

October 2, 10PM

Leroy Hubbert.  Inspirational Explosion from Deep Within: God’s Anointed Touch.  Xlibris, 2014.  See here to buy the book. Leroy Hubbert served in the U.S. Air Force and was in the military for 22 years.  This book contains some of ...

October 1, 11PM

For church last Sunday, I attended the evangelical church that I call the “Pen Church” (since I get a free pen there), and the African-American Baptist church.  In this post, I will talk about something that happened to me at the Pen Church, t... [church] [Star Trek]

September 29, 12 AM

Wes Daughenbaugh.  21 Ways to Forgive: Plus Nine Reasons We Must Forgive.  Redemption Press, 2016.  See here to buy the book.Wes Daughenbaugh is a teacher and an evangelist, whose ordination is with the Assemblies of God.  In this boo...

September 26, 11PM

Beverly Lewis.  The Proving.  Bethany House, 2017.  See here to buy the book. Amanda (or Mandy) Dienner grew up in an Amish family in Lancaster County.  She had a twin sister, Arie Mae, and a brother, Jerome.  Mandy had a boyfri...

September 24, 11PM

Last Sunday, I attended two church services.  The first service was at what I have called, correctly or incorrectly, the “Word of Faith” church; some weeks the label fits because it has prosperity teaching, and some weeks the label does not fi... [church]

September 20, 12 AM

Gregory E. Ganssle.  Our Deepest Desires: How the Christian Story Fulfills Human Aspirations.  IVP Academic, 2017.  See here to purchase the book.Gregory E. Ganssle teaches philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, which is at Biola Univers...

September 18, 11PM

Gordon T. Smith.  Institutional Intelligence: How to Build an Effective Organization.  IVP Academic, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Institutional Intelligence is about how to run an institution.  Such institutions include non-p...

September 17, 11PM

For church last Sunday, I watched some church services at home.  The reason I did not go out was that the air quality was poor, due (I presume) to the recent forest fires in Washington and Oregon.A.  The first service that I watched was that o... [church]

September 14, 11PM

Peter Kreeft.  Between One Faith and Another: Engaging Conversations on the World’s Great Religions.  IVP Books, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Peter Kreeft teaches philosophy at Boston College and is the author of over fifty book... [pluralism]

12 PM

His name was Figaro.  I called him my “Figabuddy.”  He passed on this morning.  He was a sweet, lovey kitty.  We miss him.

September 13, 12 AM

John H. Walton and J. Harvey Walton.  The Lost World of the Israelite Conquest: Covenant, Retribution, and the Fate of the Canaanites.  IVP Academic, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Biblical scholar John Walton is known for his books,...

September 10, 11PM

I visited two churches last Sunday.  One was an African-American Baptist church.  The other was the evangelical church that I call the “Pen Church,” since I get a free pen there when I attend.  The sermons at both churches overlapped... [church]

September 7, 11PM

Dave Neuendorf.  The Enchanter King: Book Two of the Kalymbrian Chronicles.  NeuSys, 2017.  See here to buy the book. The Enchanter King is the second book of Dave Neuendorf’s Christian fantasy series, “The Kalymbrian Chronicles.”&nbs...

September 4, 11PM

William Gurnall.  Daily Readings from The Christian in Complete Armour.  Ed., James S. Bell, Jr.  Moody Publishers, 1994.   See here to purchase the book. William Gurnall was a Puritan pastor who lived in seventeenth century England.&n...

September 3, 11PM

I visited two churches today: a Presbyterian Church (USA), and a Missouri Synod Lutheran church.  Both interacted with roughly the same texts: the Old Testament reading was different, but the New Testament and Gospel readings were the same.  ... [church]

August 28, 11PM

Shelley Shepard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Irvin.  An Amish Summer: Four Novellas.  Thomas Nelson, 2017.  See here to buy the book. An Amish Summer contains four novellas about the Amish that are set in the summer. ...

August 27, 11PM

I attended the “pen church” last Sunday, and it was starting a new series on keeping things simple.  I may or may not stick around for the series, but here are some thoughts about last Sunday’s sermon: A.  The preacher was talking about ... [church]

August 23, 12 AM

Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes.  Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign.  Crown, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. As the title indicates, this book is about the 2016 Presidential race, primarily from the perspective of ... [politics]

August 22, 12 AM

Bryan Maier.  Forgiveness and Justice: A Christian Approach.  Kregel, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Bryan Maier has a PsyD from Wheaton College Graduate School and teaches counseling and psychology at Biblical Theological Seminary....

August 20, 11PM

For church on Sunday, I visited two services.  One was at the church that I often call the “Word of Faith” church, a label that sometimes fits and sometimes does not.  The other was at a Missouri Synod Lutheran church.Here are some items:... [church]

August 15, 11PM

Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky.  The Assault.  Bethany House, 2017.  See here to buy the book. The Assault is the second volume of the “Harbingers” series.  As in the first volume, authors Bill Myers, Fra...

August 13, 10PM

Last Sunday, I went to the evangelical “pen church,” where I get a free blue pen every time that I visit.  Here are some points that the pastor made in his sermon: A.  The overarching theme of the sermon was unity.  The pastor said t... [church]

August 7, 11PM

Tonya Jewel Blessing.  The Whispering of the Willows.  Capture Books, 2016.  See here to buy the book. The Whispering of the Willows is set in Appalachia during the late 1920s. Here are some of the main characters: Emerald, or Emie, is in t...

August 6, 10PM

The sermon at church last Sunday was about service.  It was delivered by a layperson, but it was very well-delivered.  There were a lot of moving stories.Here are some thoughts:A.  The preacher had two biblical texts.  The first was ... [church]

August 1, 12 AM

Jeremy M. Kimble.  40 Questions About Church Membership and Discipline.  Kregel Academic, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Jeremy M. Kimble has a Ph.D. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and teaches theology at Cedarville C...

July 31, 12 AM

For church last Sunday morning, I went to the “Pen Church,” an evangelical church where I get a free pen every time I attend.  The preacher was the pastor’s father-in-law, who used to pastor the church. What I will do in this post is identify... [church]

July 26, 11PM

Charles Carrin.  Spirit-Empowered Theology.  Chosen, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Charles Carrin is a minister.  He has a D.D., and his education was from the University of Georgia and Columbia Theological Seminary.  Spi...

July 23, 11PM

For church Sunday morning, I attended what I call the “Pen church” (since I receive a free pen when I go there).  The pastor started a six-week series entitled “No Perfect People Allowed.”  That is the motto of the church, and I figur... [church]

July 19, 11PM

Angela Hunt.  Egypt’s Sister.  Bethany House, 2017.  See here to buy the book. Egypt’s Sister is the first book of Angela Hunt’s “The Silent Years,” which concerns the so-called “Intertestamental Period,” the time between th...

July 16, 11PM

For church this morning, I attended an African-American Baptist church. The pastor was preaching about unity among believers, as well as Jesus’ statement in Matthew 12:30 and Luke 11:23 that whoever is not for him is against him. The pastor was saying... [church]

July 13, 1PM

A.W. Tozer.  The Wisdom of God: Letting His Truth and Goodness Direct Your Steps.  Compiled and edited by James L. Snyder.  Bethany House, 2017.  See here to buy the book. This book is a collection of A.W. Tozer’s reflections on the ...

July 12, 12 AM

Mark Leonard.  Let There Be Light.  WestBow Press, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Let There Be Light is a young-earth creationist science fiction novel.  It focuses on two scientist friends: Bill, an atheist with a Jewish upbringin... [Creation]

July 9, 9PM

I went to two church services this last Sunday morning.  The first was an African-American Baptist church, and the second was an evangelical church, which I call the “pen church” because I get a new pen there every time that I attend. Here are... [church] [movies]

July 8, 11PM

A.W. Tozer.  Jesus: The Life and Ministry of God the Son.  Chicago: Moody, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. This book is a collection of works by A.W. Tozer on Jesus Christ.  At least one of the chapters was a speech, for Tozer s...

July 5, 11PM

Karen Witemeyer.  Heart on the Line.  Bethany House, 2017.  See here to buy the book. Grace Mallory works at Harper’s Station in the late 1800’s.  She is a telegrapher.  She has been having telegraphic conversations with Amos...

July 2, 11PM

For church Sunday morning, I visited a local United Methodist church.  When I visited it last Easter, the pastor shared that she was thinking of retiring.  At church this morning, I learned that the church is currently without a pastor and wa... [church]

June 30, 12 AM

Rebecca VanDoodewaard.  Reformation Women: Sixteenth-Century Figures Who Shaped Christianity’s Rebirth.  Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. As the title indicates, this book is about sixteenth ... [history] [religion]

June 28, 12 AM

Mark Robert Anderson.  The Quran in Context: A Christian Exploration.  IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. The bio of Mark Robert Anderson on Amazon states: “Mark Robert Anderson has completed graduate degrees in Islamic ... [Koran]

June 26, 12 AM

At church this morning, the pastor spoke about spiritual gifts. Jesus’ Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16) was the biblical text that framed the pastor’s message this morning.  See here if you want to read the parable. ... [church]

June 21, 12 AM

Bob Santos.  Say Goodbye to Regret: Discovering the Secret to a Blessed Life.  Search for Me Ministries, Inc., 2017.  See here to buy the book. This is the third Bob Santos book that I have read.  Some of what he said in this book ove...

June 20, 12 AM

At church last Sunday, I learned something about the Greek of John 1:11.  Some of my readers may already know what I am about to share, but it was new to me, since I have not read the Gospel of John in Greek since I took New Testament Greek in col... [Bible] [church]

June 19, 12 AM

Jennifer Powell McNutt and David Lauber, ed.  The People’s Book: The Reformation and the Bible.  IVP Academic, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. As the title indicates, this book is about the Protestant Reformation and the Bible.&nbs... [history] [religion]

June 15, 12 AM

Craig G. Bartholomew.  Contours of the Kuyperian Tradition: A Systematic Introduction.  IVP Academic, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Craig G. Bartholomew teaches philosophy and religion at Redeemer University College, which is in Anc... [politics] [religion]

June 13, 12 AM

The pastor at one of the churches that I attended spoke about some issues that had been in my mind earlier that week.  They included dwelling in the past, and the fears that result from remembering past experiences.  That was a struggle for m... [church]

June 9, 11PM

Brennan Manning.  The Ragamuffin Gospel: Special Anniversary Edition.  Multnomah, 2015.  See here to buy the book.  (I think that is the edition I am reviewing here, though there was nothing by Michael W. Smith in the book that I read...

June 4, 11PM

At church this morning, the sermon was about finding one’s spiritual gift and contributing to the church. Here are some scattered thoughts: A.  Yes, there are people who are good at particular things.  But there are also a lot of people who a... [church]

June 1, 11PM

Geoffrey R. Treloar.  The Disruption of Evangelicalism: The Age of Torrey, Mott, McPherson, and Hammond.  IVP Academic, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. The Disruption of Evangelicalism is Volume 4 of the “History of Evangelicalism...

May 30, 12 AM

In John 2:1-11, Jesus and his disciples are at a wedding, and the wedding feast runs out of wine.  Jesus’ mother Mary tells Jesus about the problem, and Jesus replies, “Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come” (KJV).&nb... [Bible] [John] [religion]

May 29, 12 AM

I went to the "Pen Church" this morning.  Here are some items:A.  We saw a brief video about Memorial Day.  In the background was a speech by President Ronald Reagan.  Reagan said that many of us see soldiers as wise old men, but he... [church]

May 28, 12 AM

Robert J. Hutchinson.  The Dawn of Christianity: How God Used Simple Fisherman, Soldiers, and Prostitutes to Transform the World.  Nelson Books, 2017.  See here to purchase the book.In The Dawn of Christianity, Robert J. Hutchinson covers t... [Bible] [religion]

May 25, 5PM

http://biologos.org/blogs/ted-davis-reading-the-book-of-nature/did-darwin-promote-genocide [evolution]

May 24, 10PM

I visited two churches last Sunday.  The first is a non-denominational evangelical church.  I will call it the “Pen church” because I got a new pen there.  And these pens are long-lasting!  The second church is a largely African-A... [church]

May 23, 11PM

Eric J. Bargerhuff.  The Most Misused Stories in the Bible: Surprising Ways Popular Bible Stories Are Misunderstood.  Bethany House, 2017.  See here to buy the book. Eric J. Bargerhuff has a doctorate in biblical and systematic theology fr...

12 AM

Thomas a Kempis.  The Imitation of Christ.  New York: Dover Publications, 2003. According to the translators in the Foreword, the most popular view regarding this book’s origin is that it was written by a few members of the Brethren of the C...

May 21, 6PM

http://vridar.org/2017/05/21/why-did-luke-trace-jesus-genealogy-through-davids-son-nathan-and-not-solomon/ [Bible]

May 20, 12 AM

Lisa Sanders, with Cathy Bruning and Blake Sanders.  12 Days in Africa: A Mother’s Journey.  WestBow Press, 2013.  See here to buy the book. 12 Days in Africa is about Lisa Sanders’ time in Uganda.  She talks about the people she ...

May 19, 12 AM

Connilyn Cossette.  Wings of the Wind.  Bethany House, 2017.  See here to buy the book.Wings of the Wind is the third book of Connilyn Cossette’s “Out from Egypt” series.  The series is about the Exodus and Israel’s time in t...

May 18, 5PM

http://eerdword.com/2017/05/18/robert-e-lee-slavery-and-the-problem-of-providence/ [history] [religion]

May 17, 5PM

http://vridar.org/2017/05/17/how-philo-semitic-british-israelism-morphed-into-anti-semitic-white-supremacism-christian-identity/

May 14, 6PM

I attended a non-denominational church this morning.  I hadn’t visited this particular church in about a year, and the reason that I decided to visit it this morning was that I wanted a new pen!  A year ago, when I visited this church, I go... [church]

May 13, 11PM

Robert E. Picirilli.  Paul the Apostle: Missionary, Martyr, Theologian.  Chicago: Moody, 1986, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. In Paul the Apostle: Missionary, Martyr, Theologian, scholar Robert E. Picirilli goes through the life of t... [Bible]

May 10, 12 AM

John H. Sailhamer.  The Meaning of the Pentateuch: Revelation, Composition and Interpretation.  IVP Academic, 2009.  See here to purchase the book. The late John Sailhamer taught Old Testament at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in ... [Bible]

May 7, 6PM

I attended the traditional Lutheran service this morning.  When I quote a Scriptural passage, it will be from whatever English translation the bulletin was using.  Here are some thoughts. A.  One of the Scripture readings was from John 10... [church]

May 5, 11PM

Lucas R. Leach and Ashley J. Leach.  The Guide to Life: An Inspiration from the Bible.  Revival Waves of Glory Books & Publishing, 2016.  See here to buy the book. Lucas Leach has a B.S. in environmental science, served as a Marine in I...

April 30, 11PM

I am doubling down on my dissertation work, so I will not be blogging much this year (May 2017-May 2018). I will still write my weekly Church Write-Up, since that is a way that I keep a record of the church services that I attend and process what I hear...

10PM

For church this morning, I went to what I call (accurately or inaccurately) the “Word of Faith” church.  It had a guest speaker, who is a missionary to Brazil.  He was preaching about the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30.  ... [church]

April 28, 12 AM

J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig.  Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview.  IVP Academic, 2003.  See here to purchase the book. J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig are reputable philosophers and apologists.  This book... [Apologetics] [philosophy] [postmodernism] [religion] [virtue]

April 26, 11PM

Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky.  Invitation.  Bethany House Publishers, 2017.  See here to buy the book. Authors Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky have teamed up to write the “Harbinger” ...

April 25, 4PM

For church last Sunday, I went to the traditional Lutheran service.  The service focused on John 20:21-23, in which the risen Christ interacts with his disciples.  The passage states: “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my ... [church]

April 24, 5PM

I recently read the Tao Te Ching.  The version that I read was Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s Living the Wisdom of the Tao: The Complete Tao Te Ching and Affirmations. Dyer draws from a variety of English translations.The book is like a daily devotional. ... [movies] [philosophy] [Political Philosophy] [religion] [school] [Star Trek]

April 21, 3PM

I only have one article that I want to share for my Current Events Write-Up this week. Townhall: Lassie Come Home, by Ann Coulter.  Conservative columnist Ann Coulter criticizes President Trump’s bombing of Syria, and she expresses reservations ab... [Current Events]

April 20, 5PM

I went to two church services on Easter Sunday.  The first was the 8:30 am traditional service at a Missouri Synod Lutheran church.  The second was a United Methodist church service.Here are some of my thoughts:A.  I was expecting the 8:30 ... [church] [Holidays] [religion] [resurrection]

April 19, 3PM

Richard A. Muller.  Divine Will and Human Choice: Freedom, Contingency, and Necessity in Early Modern Reformed Thought.  Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. I will quote the description of the book on Amazon,... [Calvinism]

April 18, 4PM

I recently read Confucius’ Analects.  Specifically, I read the Penguin Classics version, for which D.C. Lau was the translator.  Lau also provided an informative introduction. Here are some of my thoughts: A.  I will quote a paragraph f... [Bible] [philosophy] [Political Philosophy] [religion]

April 17, 5PM

Erwin Lutzer.  Christ among Other Gods: A Defense of Christ in an Age of Tolerance.  Moody: 1994, 2016.  See here to buy the book. Erwin Lutzer is senior pastor as Chicago’s Moody Church and a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and ... [Bible] [pluralism] [religion]

April 13, 4PM

Last Sunday was Palm Sunday.  The pastor preached about Luke 19:28-44.  The theme was making Jesus the Lord of one’s life. In Luke 19:28-44, Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a colt, and a multitude of Jesus’ disciples acclaim his entrance, cel... [church]

April 12, 4PM

Time for this week’s Current Events Write-Up, in which I link to articles and comment on them. Reason: On Criminal Justice and Executive Branch Power, Neil Gorsuch May Be More “Liberal” Than Merrick Garland, by Damon Root. Of course, Neil Gorsuch ha... [Current Events] [politics] [religion]

April 11, 4PM

Lynn Austin.  Eve’s Daughters.  Bethany House, 1999.  See here to buy the book. The year is 1980.  Suzanne is planning on divorcing her husband, Jeff, because Jeff decided to take a job in Chicago without talking to her.  Suza...

April 10, 3PM

Kathleen Fuller. Written in Love.  Thomas Nelson, 2017.  See here to buy the book. Written in Love is Book 1 of the “Amish Letters” series.  One of the book’s main characters, Jalon, was in Fuller’s “Amish of Birch Creek” seri...

April 7, 3PM

At church last Sunday, the pastor was continuing his series on prayer.  He said that people do not need to kneel and close their eyes when they pray, for they can pray anywhere, even while they are driving their car.  The pastor referred to S... [Bible] [church]

April 6, 5PM

Teaching of the Buddha.  Tokyo: Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai, 1966, 1991.  Printed by Toppan Printing Co.I got this book at the Goodwill.  It contains Buddhist sayings from various Buddhist writings.I have long known about Buddhism.  I may have... [Bible] [buddhism] [movies] [religion]

April 5, 5PM

Ron Citlau.  Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted: Biblical Direction for Friends, Family Members, and Those Struggling with Homosexuality.  Bethany House, 2017.  See here to buy the book.Ron Citlau is a pastor.  He himself has struggled wi... [Bible] [religion]

April 4, 4PM

Time for my weekly Current Events Write-Up, in which I link to articles that I found interesting.It Really Sucks to be a Christian Right Now, by Steve Austin.This post was not what I expected.  I was expecting the usual progressive Christian screed ... [Current Events] [politics] [religion]

April 3, 4PM

Matthew W. Bates.  Salvation by Allegiance Alone: Rethinking Faith, Works, and the Gospel of Jesus the King.  Baker Academic, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Matthew W. Bates has a doctorate from the University of Notre Dame and teach... [Bible] [religion]

April 1, 2PM

Barbara Graziosi.  The Gods of Olympus: A History.  New York: Metropolitan Books, 2014.  See here to purchase the book. Barbara Graziosi is a scholar in classics.  The Gods of Olympus concerns views about the Greek gods throughout hist... [Greco-Roman] [history] [religion]

March 31, 4PM

At church last Sunday, the pastor continued his series on prayer.  His Scriptural text was Jesus’ parable about the persistent widow (Luke 18:1-8), who continually pleaded with the unjust judge until he granted her what she needed. The pastor to... [church]

March 30, 5PM

Time for a Current Events Write-Up!  I missed last week because I was writing book reviews.Romper: Is Pauline from "Feud" Based on a Real Person? The Ambitious Assistant Is a Fan Favorite, by Caralynn Lippo. I have been watching "Feud," which ... [Current Events] [Economics] [religion] [Social Skills] [Television]

March 29, 4PM

Cottie Burland.  North American Indian Mythology.  Paul Hamlyn, 1965, 1970.I checked this book out from the library.  Lately, I have been reading about different religions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.  Their overlap... [religion]

March 28, 3PM

Michael Hicks Thompson.  The Actress.  Shepherd King Publishing, 2017.  See here to buy the book. The Actress is the sequel to Michael Hicks Thompson’s The Rector.  The setting is still 1950’s Solo, Mississippi.  Hollywood pe...

March 27, 1PM

Ronald Beckham.  Achaia: The Days of Noah.  WestBow Press, 2016.  See here to buy the book. Achaia is largely set in antediluvian times, but it ends with the Flood.  Ronald Beckham depicts the antediluvian period as one of technologi... [Bible] [religion]

March 25, 1PM

Tracie Peterson.  Treasured Grace.  Bethany House, 2017.  See here to buy the book.Treasured Grace is set in the mid- to late-1800s.  Grace Martindale’s husband, a harsh pastor, has recently died.  Grace and her sisters Hope a...

March 23, 4PM

I have two items for my Church Write-Up this week. A.  Last Sunday, I visited a Missouri Synod Lutheran church.  The theme of the service was lament.  Preaching about Psalm 31:9-16, the pastor said that the Psalmist offers to God his sadn... [Bible] [buddhism] [church] [religion]

March 22, 5PM

John J. Bombaro and Adam S. Francisco.  The Resurrection Fact: Responding to Modern Critics.  New Reformation Publications, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Allow me to quote the description of the book on Amazon, before I offer my th... [Apologetics] [Bible] [religion] [resurrection]

March 21, 4PM

Michael Wear.  Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House about the Future of Faith in America.  Nelson Books, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Michael Wear was a staffer in the Obama Administration.  The inside fl... [Political Philosophy] [politics] [religion]

March 20, 3PM

Amy Clipston.  The Beloved Hope Chest.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2017.  See here to buy the book. The Beloved Hope Chest is Book 4 of Amy Clipston’s Amish Heirloom series. Each of the previous three books ended with some sort of unresolve...

March 18, 4PM

I don't feel like doing an extensive Current Events Write-Up today, so I will just link to two articles that I found interesting.The Atlantic: How Democrats Killed Their Populist Soul:In the 1970s, a new wave of post-Watergate liberals stopped fighting... [Current Events] [Economics] [Little House] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [Television]

March 17, 5PM

Scot McKnight.  The Hum of Angels: Listening for the Messengers of God Around Us.  WaterBrook, 2017.  See here to purchase the book.Scot McKnight teaches New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois.Here are some of my thoughts a... [Bible] [religion]

March 16, 4PM

Last Sunday, I visited what I call the "Word of Faith" church.  The label fits in some areas but not in others, but I don't want to identify the church by name, so that is the label that I will use.The pastor was speaking about Jesus' exorcisms and ... [Bible] [church] [movies] [religion]

March 15, 3PM

James M. Todd III.  Sinai and the Saints: Reading Old Covenant Laws for the New Covenant Community.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2017.  See here to purchase the book.Are Christians obligated to obey the laws that God gave to Moses at Sinai... [Bible] [religion]

March 14, 5PM

Mitri Raheb.  Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible through Palestinian Eyes.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2014.  See here to purchase the book.Mitri Raheb is a Lutheran pastor in Bethlehem.  He was born in Bethlehem to a family of P... [Bible] [Current Events] [religion]

March 13, 11PM

Lauren Green.  Lighthouse Faith: God as a Living Reality in a World Immersed in Fog.  Nashville: W Publishing, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Lauren Green is a religion correspondent for Fox News.  Many know her from her awful ... [religion]

2PM

Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kathleen Fuller.  An Amish Home: Four Novellas.  Thomas Nelson, 2016.  See here to buy the book.An Amish Home contains four novellas.  Each novella is by a prominent author of fiction about th...

March 12, 11PM

I recently watched the 2015 Lifetime movie, The Unauthorized Full House Story, which was about the actors in the hit ABC sitcom Full House.  The movie went from the actors’ rise from obscurity and disappointments to Candace Cameron’s wedding to... [movies] [religion] [Television]

March 9, 6PM

I finished the Catholic catechism a few weeks ago.  This blog post is my informal write-up about it.  Here are six points that I want to make. A.  What does Roman Catholicism believe about justification?  My understanding has long b... [Bible] [religion]

March 8, 6PM

Time for my weekly Current Events Write-Up! Surveillance of Trump’s Campaign? Transcript: ABC This Week for March 4, 2017. ABC This Week last Sunday, of course, was focusing on Donald Trump’s claim that Barack Obama in 2016 wiretapped Trump’s campa... [Current Events] [Deaths] [Health Care]

March 7, 5PM

For church last Sunday, I watched John MacArthur’s service, then I watched the service of the church that I normally attend.  In this post, I would like to mention something that MacArthur said.MacArthur said that there is a paradox in the Christ... [Bible] [church] [John MacArthur] [religion]

March 6, 5PM

Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock.  A Woman’s Guide to Spiritual Warfare: How to Protect Your Home, Family and Friends from Spiritual Darkness.  Chosen Books, 2017.  See here to buy the book. This is a revised and updated edition of a boo... [Bible] [politics] [religion]

March 4, 3PM

Time for this week’s Current Events Write-Up, in which I link to news articles and opinion pieces and comment on them.Townhall: The Stars of Sexist and Racist Hollywood Shine Bright Tonight, by Paul Jacob.I am glad that a conservative is criticizing sex... [Current Events] [politics] [Television]

March 3, 5PM

Elizabeth Camden.  To the Farthest Shores.  Bethany House Publishers, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. To the Farthest Shores is set in the early nineteenth century.  Jenny Bennett is a nurse at a Presidio army base, and she fal...

March 2, 7PM

At church last week, the pastor was continuing his series on unity.  He was saying that we should offer to pray for people in church.  I liked that he said that we do not have to inquire about the details of what people are going through when... [church]

March 1, 4PM

Jill Williamson.  King’s Blood.  Bethany House Publishers, 2017.  See here to buy the book.King’s Blood is the second book of the “Kinsman Chronicles” series.  It is a fantasy work.As would be expected, Book 2 takes up where Bo...

February 28, 4PM

Rhett Smith.  The Anxious Christian: Can God Use Your Anxiety for Good?  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2011.  See here to buy the book. Rhett Smith is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div., MSMFT) and a licensed marriage and famil... [Psychology] [religion]

February 25, 5PM

Tessa Afshar.  Bread of Angels.  Tyndale House Publishers, 2017.  See here to purchase the book.Bread of Angels concerns the events of Acts 16.  In Acts 16, we meet Lydia, who sold purple.  Lydia was a worshiper of God, probably ... [Bible] [religion]

February 24, 4PM

Charles Dyer and Mark Tobey.  Clash of Kingdoms: What the Bible Says About Russia, Isis, Iran, and the End Times.  Nashville: Nelson Books, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Charles Dyer is an associate pastor and a Bible professor at M... [Bible] [Current Events] [religion]

1AM

Time for my weekly Current Events Write-Up, in which I link to news and opinion pieces and comment on them. Dallas News: The first casualties of Trump’s trade wars are Texas cattle ranchers, by Richard Parker.  “Free trade” has its positives an... [Current Events] [Health Care] [politics]

February 23, 3PM

Ed Rocha.  Angels—God’s Supernatural Agents: Biblical Insights and True Stories of Angelic Encounters.  Minneapolis: Chosen, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. The “About the Author” section on Amazon states:”Ed Rocha has a th... [Bible] [religion]

February 22, 4PM

For church last Sunday, I watched John MacArthur’s service on the Internet, then I watched the service of the church that I normally attend.  It was supposed to rain last Sunday morning, so I stayed home.  But it turned out that it didn’t... [Bible] [church] [Hebrews] [religion]

February 21, 4PM

Danielle Shroyer.  Original Blessing: Putting Sin In Its Rightful Place.  Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. The “About the Author” page on Amazon says: “Danielle Shroyer is a sought-after speaker, res... [Bible] [religion]

February 20, 3PM

Leanna Cinquanta.  Treasures in Dark Places: One Woman, A Supernatural Mission and a Mission to the Toughest Part of India.  Minneapolis: Chosen Books, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Treasures in Dark Places is Leanna Cinquanta’s s... [Bible] [Hinduism] [religion]

February 17, 3PM

Time for my weekly Current-Events Write-Up, in which I link to news and opinion pieces and comment on them. The Middle East Townhall: ‘Middle East Conflict’ Describes More Than Just Israeli-Palestinian Dispute, by Jonah Goldberg. This part interested ... [Current Events]

February 16, 3PM

Lynn Austin.  All She Ever Wanted.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2005.  See here to buy the book.Why this book didn't win a Christy Award, I have no idea!  It is my favorite Lynn Austin book that I have read so far.  I... [Political Philosophy] [religion]

February 15, 4PM

Gary Dorrien.  The Making of American Liberal Theology: Imagining Progressive Religion (1805-1900).  Louisville, London: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001.  See here to purchase the book.Gary Dorrien taught at Kalamazoo College when he wrot... [Bible] [history] [religion]

12 AM

At church last Sunday, the pastor preached about loneliness.  The pastor’s text was II Timothy 4:9-17.  The text, in the KJV, states: 9 Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: 10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this pres... [Bible] [church] [religion]

February 14, 12 AM

I saw Star Wars: Rogue One this weekend. Jyn Erso’s father, Galen, helped to design and construct the Death Star for the Empire.  Because he hates the Empire, he placed a design flaw within the Death Star.  The Rebel Alliance rescues Jyn fro... [movies]

February 12, 5PM

Derek Leman was a Messianic rabbi, and I have been subscribing to his Daily D’var for years.  Now it is called the “Daily Portion.” In the February 12, 2017 Daily Portion, Derek was addressing Mark 6:6b-13.  The passage (in the KJV) state... [Bible] [religion]

February 10, 1AM

Time for a Current Events Write-Up.Neil Gorsuch Washington Post: Neil Gorsuch belongs to a notably liberal church — and would be the first Protestant on the Court in years, by Julie Zauzmer.I learned of this article from Steve Hays, who linked to... [Big Bang Theory] [Current Events] [Health Care] [Little House] [politics] [Television]

February 9, 4PM

At church last Sunday, it was raining outside, plus there were forecasts of an ice-storm.  I stayed home and watched John MacArthur’s service, then I watched the service of the church that I usually attend.  I hope I don’t get too comfort... [Bible] [church] [John MacArthur] [religion]

February 8, 3PM

Kari Kampakis.  Liked: Whose Approval Are You Living For?  Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2016.  See here to buy the book. In Liked: Whose Approval Are You Living For?, Kari Kampakis offers teenage girls advice in this social media age.  A... [religion] [Social Skills]

February 7, 3PM

Jeremy Wells.  The Coming Flood: A Call for the Endurance and Faith of the Saints.  LED Ministries, 2016.  See here to purchase the book.In The Coming Flood, Jeremy Wells argues against the pre-tribulational view of the rapture and offers ... [Bible] [religion]

February 4, 1PM

Brian Barcelona.  The Jesus Club: Incredible True Stories of How God Is Moving in Our High Schools.  Bloomington, Minnesota: Chosen Books, 2017.  See here to buy the book.According to the back cover of the book: “Brian Barcelona is the f... [religion]

February 3, 4PM

Jill Williamson.  King’s Folly.  Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2016.  See here to buy the book.King’s Folly is the first book of the “Kinsman Chronicles” series.  It is actually a combination of three novellas: Darkness Reigns, T...

February 1, 12 PM

Time for another Current Events Write-Up, where I link to news and opinion pieces and comment on them. The Travel Ban I really didn’t want to write about the Travel Ban.  I feel a variety of emotions about it, and these emotions are conflicting.&n... [Current Events] [politics]

January 31, 2PM

Timothy Keller and Sam Allberry.  90 Days in John 14-17, Romans, James.  The Good Book Company, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Timothy Keller and Sam Allberry are pastors.  As the title indicates, this book goes through John 14-... [Bible] [religion]

January 30, 2PM

I visited another church last Sunday.  I got up early, and I figured that I might as well attend the church’s early service, since I had a lot to do that day and I wanted to free up more time in the afternoon. I have visited this church before.&n... [Bible] [church] [religion]

January 28, 3PM

Richard A. Taylor.  Interpreting Apocalyptic Literature: An Exegetical Handbook.  Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Richard A. Taylor teaches Old Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary. Apocalyptic liter... [Bible] [religion]

January 27, 2PM

William Boekestein.  Bible Studies on Mark.  Reformed Fellowship, 2016.  See here to purchase the book.William Boekestein pastors the Immanuel Fellowship Church, which is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  His book, Bible Studies on Mark... [Bible] [religion]

January 26, 1PM

Ashley Stafford is a volunteer online blogger for treatmesothelioma.org.  She has a very special interest in helping Veterans as her father served in the Navy.  Along with donating her time to help our armed forces, she has an extreme curiosity ...
I went to church last Sunday.  The church had been closed for two weeks due to inclement weather. The man who was leading worship last Sunday was telling us that he found the time off to be edifying.  He is often busy, and his time at home fro... [church]

January 25, 2PM

Time for another Current Events Write-Up, where I link to news and opinion pieces and comment on them!  As you might expect, the focus this week is on Trump: the inauguration and his first days in office. The Trump Inauguration Christianity Today: ... [Current Events] [Political Philosophy] [politics]

January 24, 2PM

Stanley D. Gale.  Finding Forgiveness: Discovering the Healing Power of the Gospel.  Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2016.  See here to buy the book. Stanley D. Gale pastors the Reformed Presbyterian Church in West Chester, Pennsy... [Bible] [religion]

January 23, 3PM

John Thornton.  Jesus’ Terrible Financial Advice: Flipping the Tables on Peace, Prosperity, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2017.  See here to buy the book.John Thornton is a licensed accountant, has a doctorate ... [Bible] [religion]

January 21, 1PM

Ted Leach.  Companion to the Old Testament: For the Interpreter Within Each of Us.  Bloomington: WestBow Press, 2013.  See here to buy the book. Ted Leach was a United Methodist pastor for four decades.  His book, Companion to the Old ... [Bible] [religion]

January 20, 1PM

Henri J.M. Nouwen.  Love, Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life.  Ed., Gabrielle Earnshaw.  New York: Convergent, 2016.  See here to buy the book. Henri Nouwen was a Catholic priest, an author, a professor, and one who worked with the ... [religion]

January 19, 3PM

Time for another Current Events Write-Up, in which I link to news and opinion pieces and comment on them. Health Care I’d like to use as my starting-point Jason Easley’s article for PoliticusUSA, entitled “Paul Ryan’s Obamacare Replacement Is a De... [Current Events] [Health Care] [history] [politics]

January 18, 2PM

Due to inclement weather, the church that I normally attend cancelled services last Sunday.  As I did the previous Sunday, when it cancelled services, I watched the live-stream of John MacArthur, Jr.’s Grace Community Church. MacArthur is doing ... [church] [John MacArthur] [religion]

January 17, 3PM

Leslie Gould.  Amish Weddings.  Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2017.  See here to buy the book. Amish Weddings in the third book of Leslie Gould’s Neighbors of Lancaster County series.  The reason that the series is called the “Neighb...

January 13, 3PM

Time for another week of links to news and opinion pieces! Pharmaceuticals “Cory Booker and 12 Other Dems Just Stopped Bernie Sanders’ Amendment to Lower Prescription Drug Costs,” by Walter Bragman. Bad news!  Bernie Sanders proposed an amendme... [Health Care] [history] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [Television]

January 12, 3PM

Last Sunday, the church that I usually attend cancelled its services, since there was an ice-storm.  I live on the West Coast, so I was trying to find an online service that matched my time-zone.  I decided to watch Grace Community Church’s... [church] [John MacArthur] [religion]

January 11, 6PM

Douglas Van Dorn.  The Unseen Realm: Q&A Companion.  Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Douglas Van Dorn pastors the Reformed Baptist Church in Colorado.  The Unseen Realm: Q&A Companion is base... [Bible] [religion]

January 10, 6PM

Yvonne Ortega.  Moving from Broken to Beautiful through Forgiveness.  Salem, OR: Trinity Press International, 2016.  See here or here to purchase the book. According to the “About the Author” page of the book, “Yvonne Ortega is a Lic... [Bible] [religion]

January 9, 7PM

Michael S. Heiser.  The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible.  Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2015.  See here to purchase the book.Michael S. Heiser has an M.A. in Ancient History (with a focus on ancient Israel ... [Bible] [religion]

12 AM

Joni Eareckson Tada, with Larry Libby.  A Spectacle of Glory: God’s Light Shining Through Me Every Day.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016.  See here to buy the book. For almost fifty years, Joni Eareckson Tada has been a quadriplegic, deali... [religion]

January 5, 4PM

Time for this week’s Current Events Write-Up, where I link to news and opinion pieces and comment about them. Trump, Trump’s Appointees, Etc. Christianity Today magazine had a status above its article, “Here’s Who Will Pray at Trump’s Inaugurati... [Current Events] [history] [movies] [politics] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 4, 6PM

At church last Sunday, a couple gave their testimony.The husband introduced his wife, who would read their testimony.  The husband said that, in the decades before he became born again, he was a sinner whose sins put Christ on the cross.The wife th... [church]

January 3, 4PM

Benjamin H. Walton.  Preaching Old Testament Narratives.  Grand Rapids: Kregel Ministry, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Benjamin H. Walton has a D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has lectured at many Christian univ... [Bible] [Preaching] [religion]

January 2, 3PM

Erwin W. Lutzer.  Who Are You to Judge?  Learning to Distinguish Between Truths, Half-Truths, and Lies.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2002, 2016.  See here to buy the book. “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (KJV).  So said Jesu... [Apologetics] [Bible] [religion]

December 31 2016, 6PM

Time for my weekly Current Events Write-Up, in which I post links to news and opinion pieces that caught my attention this week.  I just want to make clear: I include different perspectives, so no author whom I include would necessarily agree with... [Current Events] [Deaths] [Health Care] [Political Philosophy] [politics]

December 30, 6PM

K. Scott Oliphint.  The Majesty of Mystery: Celebrating the Glory of an Incomprehensible God.  Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. K. Scott Oliphint teaches apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster... [religion]

December 29, 5PM

I went to church last Sunday, which was Christmas Day. The person preaching to us was drawing parallels between Mary and the church.  The angel calls Mary blessed in Luke 1:28, for example, and there are New Testament passages that call the church ... [Bible] [church] [religion]

December 28, 5PM

Jon Coutts.  A Shared Mercy: Karl Barth on Forgiveness and the Church.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Jon Coutts teaches theology and ethics at Trinity College, which is in Bristol, England.  A Shar... [Bible] [religion]

December 27, 3PM

I was watching The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies last night.  I found one scene especially interesting. The dwarves, the men, the elves, and the orcs are all gathered for battle.  The elf Tauriel wants to go help the dwarves, and one re... [love] [movies] [religion]

December 26, 5PM

I am currently reading John Coutts’ A Shared Mercy: Karl Barth on Forgiveness and the Church, and I will probably write my review of it tomorrow.  Today, I want to share something in the book about Jesus’ parable on forgiveness in Matthew 18:2... [Bible] [Matthew] [religion]

December 24, 5PM

David Guretzki.  An Explorer’s Guide to Karl Barth.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to buy the book. I have read books by and about Karl Barth, the renowned Swiss theologian.  To put myself on a spectrum, I would say t... [religion]

December 23, 2PM

Revelation Road is a 2013 Christian movie. David A.R. White plays Josh McManus, a traveling salesman with a violent past.  Josh has a couple of tussles with a biker gang, and, in one tussle, he fights and kills assailants with unusual speed.  ... [movies] [religion]

1AM

Time for another week of news stories and opinion pieces!The Trump CabinetStephen Chapman’s column appears on Townhall, and he is usually a critic of Trump.  He is praising Trump’s selection of Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State and Andrew Puzd... [Current Events] [history] [Political Philosophy] [politics]

December 22, 4PM

Jonathan Hoglund.  Called by Triune Grace: Divine Rhetoric and the Effectual Call.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Called by Triune Grace, by Jonathan Hoglund, is relevant to the Calvinist concept of irr... [Bible] [Calvinism] [religion]

December 21, 11PM

At church last week, the main Scripture text was Matthew 2:12.  Speaking about the magi who visited young Jesus, the passage states: “And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country a... [church]

4PM

I watched the 2016 Christian movie, God’s Not Dead 2, on Amazon last night.  God’s Not Dead 2 is the sequel to the 2014 movie God’s Not Dead. Here are some items.  In the course of my commentary, I will share aspects of the movie’s plot.... [Apologetics] [Asperger's] [atheism] [Bible] [movies] [religion]

December 20, 5PM

Andrew T. Abernethy.  The Book of Isaiah and God’s Kingdom: A Thematic-Theological Approach.  Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Andrew T. Abernethy teaches Old Testament at Wheaton College.  The... [Bible] [Isaiah] [religion]

December 19, 6PM

R.C. Besteder.  Adam: You Are Descended from Adam.  What About Adam?  Bloomington: WestBow, 2013.  See here to buy the book. This book has reflections and musings about the primeval history in the Book of Genesis (Genesis 1-11). Overal... [Bible] [religion]

December 18, 1AM

I’ve got some current events and opinions links for this week! The Trump Cabinet President-elect Donald Trump selected Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State. Pat Buchanan is happy with the decision, from the standpoint of supporting a more n... [Current Events] [Deaths] [Economics] [environment] [history] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [Television]

December 17, 7PM

Todd Wilson and Gerald Hiestand, ed.  Becoming a Pastor Theologian: New Possibilities for Church Leadership.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Todd Wilson and Gerald Hiestand co-wrote a book entitled The Pa... [Bible] [religion]

December 16, 5PM

At church last Sunday, the pastor used Micah 5:2 as a starting-point.  The passage states: “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Isra... [church] [religion]

December 15, 5PM

Mark R. Teasdale.  Evangelism for Non-Evangelists: Sharing the Gospel Authentically.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Mark R. Teasdale teaches evangelism at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, which ... [religion]

December 14, 10AM

Erwin W. Lutzer.  God’s Devil: The Incredible Story of How Satan’s Rebellion Serves God’s Purposes.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2015.  See here to buy the book. God’s Devil is about the origin of the devil, his motivations and agen... [Bible] [religion]

December 13, 1AM

William A. Dyrness.  Insider Jesus: Theological Reflections on New Christian Movements.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. William A. Dyrness teaches theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary.Can a... [Bible] [religion]

December 12, 2AM

Michael Rota.  Taking Pascal’s Wager: Faith, Evidence and the Abundant Life.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Michael Rota teaches philosophy at the University of St. Thomas, which is in St. Paul, Minnes... [Apologetics] [atheism] [Bible] [philosophy] [religion] [resurrection]

December 10, 6PM

Jayson Georges and Mark D. Baker.  Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures: Biblical Foundations and Practical Essentials.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Jayson Georges and Mark Baker both have extensive exp... [Bible] [religion] [Social Skills]

December 9, 6PM

At church last Sunday, the pastor talked about those who drop out of church.  Here are some thoughts: A.  The pastor referred to people in the Bible who wanted to drop out of the mission that God had for them.  He mentioned Elijah and Jer... [Bible] [church] [religion]

December 8, 7PM

I was going to post my Current Events Write-Up tomorrow, but the links are piling up, so I’ll share them today!The Trump Cabinet, or Potential Cabinet, or Trump Advisors, or Trump AlliesABC This Week Transcript for December 4, 2016I tape ABC This Week w... [Current Events] [history] [politics]

December 7, 5PM

Bryan Loritts.  Saving the Saved: How Jesus Saved Us from Try-Harder Christianity into Performance-Free Love.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016.  See here to buy the book.Bryan Loritts pastors the Abundant Life Christian Fellowship in Mountain... [religion]

December 6, 6PM

Jason J. Stellman.  Misfit Faith: Confessions of a Drunk Ex-Pastor.  New York: Convergent, 2017.  See here to buy the book. This book was not exactly what I expected.  It was better.  Much better. Jason Stellman was a Presbyterian... [religion]

December 5, 6PM

John Goldingay.  Biblical Theology: The God of the Christian Scriptures.  Downers Grove: Intervarsity, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. John Goldingay teaches Hebrew Bible at Fuller Theological Seminary.  Before that, he taught a... [Bible] [religion]

December 3, 4PM

I have some news and opinion links for this week!  I post left-wing links and I post right-wing links, and some of my links fall into neither camp.  My favorite links, though, concern people who say or think differently from people’s expect... [Current Events] [Political Philosophy] [politics]

December 2, 7PM

Rick Osborne.  At Work Within: Be Transformed into All God Created You to Be.  Impartation Idea, 2016.  See here to buy the book. In At Work Within: Be Transformed into All God Created You to Be, Rick Osborne talks about how Christians can... [Bible] [religion]

November 29, 6PM

I have three items about last Sunday’s church service. A.  Someone was telling the congregation about his Thanksgiving.  He was talking about sitting on the couch, watching football on TV after having his Thanksgiving meal, dozing off. ... [church] [religion]

12 AM

Psychiatrist Michiel Bosman edits the web site Open Forest.  This month, the site is focusing on the topic of anxiety.  Dr. Bosman asked me to share either the overview page or one of the blog posts, and I would like to share this article:Hel...
Virgil Anderson has Mesothelioma, and he asked me to post his story, which he sent to me.  Here it is: Mr. Anderson was born and raised in Williamson, WV.  His father, a coal miner, passed when Virgil was 8 years old. Virgil worked in demoliti...

November 28, 7PM

Daniel Henderson.  The Prayer God Loves to Answer: Accessing Christ’s Wisdom for Your Greatest Needs.  Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2016.  See here to buy the book. The back cover of the book says (and these are excerpts, not the whole two... [Bible] [Prayer] [religion]

November 27, 4PM

I have some links for my current events write-up this week!  I cannot guarantee that I will post a current events write-up every week, but, when I come across something that I think is worth sharing, I will share it. Fidel Castro’s Death Adam Di... [Current Events] [history] [Political Philosophy] [politics]

November 26, 7PM

Paul Copan.  A Little Book for New Philosophers: Why and How to Study Philosophy.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Paul Copan teaches philosophy at Palm Beach Atlantic University. As the subtitle of this b... [Apologetics] [atheism] [Bible] [philosophy] [religion]

November 25, 3PM

Michael J. Kok.  The Gospel on the Margins: The Reception of Mark in the Second Century.  Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015.  See here to purchase the book. The second century figure, Papias, has been significant in scholarly, apologetic, ... [Apologetics] [Bible] [religion]

November 23, 3PM

At church last Sunday, the pastor preached about Jonah.  Two of his insights, in particular, stayed with me during the week. The first insight was that, just because an opportunity opens up that appears beneficial to us, that doesn’t mean it’s f... [Bible] [church] [Jonah] [politics] [religion]

November 22, 7PM

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.  The Bhagavad Gita As It Is.  Second Edition: Revised and Enlarged.  The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, 1983.I was reading The Bhagavad Gita As It Is for my daily devotion over the past few months.  I w... [Bible] [Hinduism] [religion]

November 21, 3PM

Nancy Mehl.  Fatal Frost.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2016.  See here to buy the book. Fatal Frost is the first book of the “Defenders of Justice” series.  In this novel, Mercy Brennan is a U.S. Marshall.  After M... [religion]

November 19, 7PM

Michael R. Licona.  The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2010.  See here to purchase the book. Michael R. Licona has a Ph.D. from the University of Pretoria and has taught at Houston Ba... [Apologetics] [atheism] [Bible] [religion] [resurrection]

November 18, 4PM

I am thinking of doing a weekly version of what I did in my Election Day post this year: collecting links to news and opinion pieces and briefly commenting on them.  Whether I have the discipline to do that over the long haul remains to be seen!&nb... [Current Events] [Health Care] [Political Philosophy] [politics]

November 17, 4PM

At church last week, the pastor preached about being filled with the Holy Spirit.  I am in a bit of a hurry, so here are some thoughts: A.  The pastor was saying that a barrier many Christians have when it comes to being filled with the Holy S... [Bible] [church] [Hinduism] [religion]

November 14, 3PM

Beth Wiseman.  Love Bears All Things.  Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2016.  See here to buy the book. Love Bears All Things is the second novel of the “Amish Secrets” series.  The first novel of the series was Her Brother’s Keeper.&n... [religion]

November 13, 2PM

I was watching ABC This Week this afternoon.  It’s part of my Sunday ritual.  I come back from church, and I watch the episode of ABC This Week that was taping while I was away. Tom Friedman was being interviewed near the end of the episode.... [Economics] [Political Philosophy] [politics]

November 12, 1AM

My church write-up on last Sunday’s service may be rather terse!  I was too busy to write it today, and I’m not sure if I’ll have time to write it tomorrow, so I am writing it tonight.  Late tonight!A.  The sermon was about the Trin... [church] [religion]

November 10, 3PM

Derek Tidball.  The Voices of the New Testament: Invitation to a Biblical Roundtable.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. In The Voices of the New Testament, Derek Tidball creates a scenario in which New Tes... [Bible] [religion]

November 9, 1AM

Had Hillary Clinton won the election, I would not have written a post-election post.  But Donald Trump won, and I would like to offer my thoughts. Donald Trump’s victory speech was gracious, and I appreciated the goals that he articulated in tha... [Candidates] [Current Events] [politics]

November 8, 3PM

The Trump and Hillary ads that I saw last night were the best political ads that I had seen in the 2016 general election.  I got goosebumps after watching both of them!  They were very well done.  In this post, I would like to comment on... [Candidates] [Current Events] [john birch society] [politics]

3AM

IntroductionI voted earlier this month, since Oregon sends out ballots by mail.  I decided to cast my vote early because I was vacillating all over the place about whom I should vote for, and I wanted closure in that area.Believe it or not, I serio... [Candidates] [Current Events] [Political Philosophy] [politics]

November 7, 4PM

James L. Rubart.  The Five Times I Met Myself.  Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Imagine that you could go back in time and warn your younger self not to make the same mistakes that you did.  Is that somethin... [religion]

November 4, 2PM

At church last Sunday, the pastor was preaching about being on a team.  It was “Jersey Sunday,” so many people in church, including the pastor himself, were wearing jerseys of their favorite sports team. The pastor talked about how none of us i... [Bible] [church] [Downton Abbey] [religion] [Television]

November 3, 3PM

Peter Bussey.  Signposts to God: How Modern Physics and Astronomy Point the Way to Belief.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Peter Bussey is a particle physicist with a Ph.D. from Cambridge.  In Signpo... [atheism] [religion]

November 2, 2PM

Kevin J. Vanhoozer.  Biblical Authority After Babel: Retrieving the Solas in the Spirit of Mere Protestant Christianity.  Grand Rapids: Brazos Press (a Division of Baker Publishing Group), 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Kevin J. Vanh... [Bible] [religion]

October 31, 12 PM

Adam J. Johnson.  The Reconciling Wisdom of God: Reframing the Doctrine of the Atonement.  Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Adam J. Johnson has a Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is an i... [Bible] [religion]

October 28, 2PM

At church last Sunday, the pastor preached about the Holy Spirit.  Here are some items: A.  The pastor said that the Holy Spirit is a person, but that many Christians do not talk as if he is a person.  Rather, they talk as if the Holy Spi... [Bible] [church] [Hinduism] [religion]

October 27, 2PM

A.W. Tozer.  The Attributes of God: Volume 2: Deeper Into the Father’s Heart.  Chicago: WingSpread Publishers (an imprint of Moody Publishers), 2015.  See here to purchase the book. A.W. Tozer was a pastor and Christian author who lived f... [Bible] [Calvinism] [religion]

October 26, 1PM

Kathleen Fuller.  A Love Made New.  Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2016.  See here to buy the book. A Love Made New is the third book of the “Amish of Birch Creek” series.  I did not read the first book of the series, A Reluctant Bride,... [roots]

October 22, 4PM

D.L. McCarragher.  Mission Possible: Spiritual Covering.  Believing for Your Husband’s Salvation.  Alabaster Box Publishing, Inc., 2007, 2015.  See here to buy the book.  (The link is to the 2011 edition, which is cheaper.) Miss... [Bible] [religion]

October 21, 2PM

For church last Sunday, I watched the service at home, since there were forecasts of heavy winds and rains.The pastor was preaching about the Epistle to the Hebrews, specifically its admonitions to the Jewish Christians it stay in the faith rather than ... [church] [Hinduism] [religion]

October 20, 2PM

Madeleine L’Engle.  Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith & Art.  Preface by Sara Zarr.  New York: Convergent Books, 2016.  See here to buy the book. Madeleine L’Engle is perhaps best known for her renowned children’s book, ... [Madeleine L'Engle] [religion]

October 19, 12 PM

Christopher M. Hays, in collaboration with Brandon Gallaher, Julia S. Konstantinovsky, Richard J. Ounsworth, and C.A. Strine.  When the Son of Man Didn’t Come: A Constructive Proposal on the Delay of the Parousia.  Minneapolis: Fortress Press,... [Bible] [religion]

October 18, 5PM

Dr. Kathy Stewart.  Hebrews: It’s Not How You Start—It’s How You Finish: A Study Guide to the Most Encouraging Book in the New Testament.  Bloomington: WestBow Press, 2013.  See here to buy the book.As the title indicates, this book i... [Bible] [Hebrews] [religion]

October 17, 3PM

J.R. Daniel Kirk.  A Man Attested by God: The Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels.  Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. In A Man Attested by God: The Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels, New Testament s... [Bible] [Christology] [religion]

October 15, 4PM

Lynn Austin.  Waves of Mercy.  Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2016.  See here to buy the book. Waves of Mercy is set in the nineteenth century.  Anna Nicholson is a young woman from Chicago, and she is staying at Hotel Ottawa in Holland... [religion]

October 13, 2PM

Rodney Coe.  The Rise of the Prophet.  Crosslink Publishing, 2016.  See here to buy the book. The Rise of the Prophet is set in the fictional land of Habareet.  In the past, Habareet was prosperous and united.  Then, the Barar, ... [religion]

October 12, 2PM

It was supposed to rain five inches last Sunday, so I did not physically go to church that morning.  Rather, I stayed home and watched the service on the Internet.  It wasn’t the same, but it was something!The senior pastor was not preaching... [church] [Social Skills]

October 11, 2PM

Karen H. Jobes, ed.  Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader.  Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. The Septuagint (or LXX) is a Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible.  Many scholars agree that the ... [Bible] [religion]

October 7, 4PM

Jeremy Pierre.  The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life: Connecting Christ to Human Experience.  Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Jeremy Pierre teaches biblical counseling at Southern Baptist Theological Semi... [Bible] [Calvinism] [Psychology] [religion]

October 6, 5PM

At church last Sunday, the pastor was saying that Jesus did not water down his message to make people comfortable.  Jesus said that either you are with him, or you’re against him.  There is no “I suppose so” or middle ground. I’ve fou... [Bible] [church] [Hinduism] [religion]

October 5, 5PM

Beverly Lewis.  The Parting.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2007.  See here to purchase the book. I recently read and reviewed Beverly Lewis’ latest Amish fiction novel, entitled The Wish.  The last few pages of the book ha... [religion]

October 3, 6PM

At Wellesley College in 1969, Hillary Rodham, now Hillary Rodham Clinton, submitted her thesis about Saul Alinsky, a notorious community organizer. Hillary has been criticized in right-wing circles for doing this.  At the Republican National Conve... [Candidates] [Political Philosophy] [politics]

September 30, 3PM

At church last week, the pastor was talking about the second coming of Christ.  He focused on Matthew 24:36-39, which states (in the KJV): “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days... [Bible] [church] [Hinduism] [religion]

12 AM

David E. Alexander and Daniel M. Johnson, ed.  Calvinism and the Problem of Evil.  Eugene: Pickwick Publications (an Imprint of Wipf and Stock), 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Calvinism is a Christian belief system that holds that Go... [Bible] [Calvinism] [Once Upon a Time] [religion] [Television] [Theodicy]

September 28, 5PM

Dave Neuendorf.  The Summoned King: Book One of the Kalymbrian Chronicles.  2016.  See here to purchase the book. The Summoned King is a Christian fantasy book. High school student James Madison Young ends up in the fictional country of Ka... [politics]

September 27, 2PM

Beverly Lewis.  The Wish.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. The Wish is the latest Amish fiction novel by Beverly Lewis.  It is largely set in Lancaster County, where there is a sizeable Am... [religion]

September 21, 5PM

Julius Buchanan.  Sunlight: Acts of the United Sceptres, Book One.  Julius Buchanan, 2015.  See here to purchase the book. The back cover of this book says that Julius Buchanan “writes fantasy novels that drill into the deep questions of...

September 20, 2PM

Now for my church write-up!  I attend church every Sunday, and, each week, I write a post about something that I got out of the service.Warning: scattered ramblings ahead!At church last week, the pastor in his sermon was talking about how he and his... [Bible] [church] [music] [religion]

September 19, 3PM

I recently finished the Book of Mormon!  Here are some thoughts:A.  Let’s start with a summary of what the Book of Mormon is about.Jerusalem is about to be destroyed by the Babylonians in the sixth century B.C.E..  Lehi, who lives in Jer... [religion]

September 16, 4PM

Michael Kazin.  War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918.  Simon and Schuster, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Michael Kazin teaches history at Georgetown University and co-edits the publication Dissent.  War Agai... [history] [john birch society] [Political Philosophy] [politics]

September 15, 5PM

Erwin W. Lutzer. He Will Be the Preacher: The Story of God’s Providence in My Life.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Erwin W. Lutzer pastors the Moody Church in Chicago, and he has written a number of books.  T... [religion]

September 14, 3PM

The church that I attend is Baptist, and the pastor, of course, is Baptist.  Yet, he has a name-it-claim-it Pentecostal sort of background.  At times, he argues against that background.  In his sermon last Sunday, for example, he was say... [Bible] [church] [religion]

September 12, 4PM

Geerhardus Vos.  Reformed Dogmatics, Volume One: Theology Proper.  Translated and edited by Richard B. Gaffin, Jr, with Kim Batteau, Annemie Godbehere, and Roelof von Ijken.  Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012-2014.  See here to pur... [Bible] [Calvinism] [religion]

September 10, 4PM

Brian Han Gregg.  What Does the Bible Say About Suffering?  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to buy the book. Brian Han Gregg has a Ph.D. from Notre Dame and teaches biblical studies at the University of Sioux Falls in South Dak... [Bible] [religion] [Theodicy]

12 AM

After I wrote and published my blog post about the late Phyllis Schlafly a few days ago, I recalled two other interactions that I had about her.  These interactions converged around a particular issue: the U.S. Patriot Act. It was my third year at ... [Deaths] [George W. Bush] [Political Philosophy] [politics]

September 9, 1PM

At church last Sunday, the pastor offered an interesting interpretation of the Book of Revelation. The pastor’s text actually was not from the Book of Revelation, but it was from the Epistle to James.  James 5:9 warns the recipients of the letter... [Bible] [church] [religion]

September 7, 1PM

Jacqueline A. Bussie.  Outlaw Christian: Finding Authentic Faith by Breaking the “Rules.”  Nashville: Nelson Books, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Jacqueline A. Bussie teaches theology and religion at Concordia College.  In ... [Bible] [religion] [Theodicy]

September 6, 3PM

Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly has passed on at the age of 92.  In this post, I will share my interactions with her thought throughout the course of my life, as well as some links. When did I first hear of Phyllis Schlafly?  Well, her ... [Deaths] [Life] [Political Philosophy] [politics]

September 5, 10PM

James L. Papandrea.  The Earliest Christologies: Five Images of Christ in the Postapostolic Age.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. James L. Papandrea teaches church history at Garrett-Evangelical Theologic... [Christology] [religion]

September 3, 6PM

Elyse Fitzpatrick.  Home: How Heaven and the New Earth Satisfy Our Deepest Longings.  Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Elyse Fitzpatrick holds degrees in biblical counseling: one is a certificate from the C... [Bible] [religion]

September 1, 4PM

David Powlison.  Good and Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness.  Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. David Powlison is the executive director of the Christian Counseling and Edu... [Alcoholism] [Bible] [buddhism] [Psychology] [religion] [Social Skills]

August 30, 5PM

At church last week, the pastor was preaching about James 5:1-6.  In that passage, James criticizes the rich people who hoarded their wealth, lived in luxury while depriving their workers of pay, and condemned the just one to death. The pastor add... [Bible] [church] [religion]

August 29, 6PM

Bob Santos.  The Touchpoint: Connecting with God Through the Bible.  Indiana, PA: Search for Me Ministries, Inc., 2016.  See here to purchase the book.I read and reviewed Bob Santos’ The Divine Progression of Grace over a year ago and fou... [Apologetics] [Bible] [religion]

August 27, 5PM

Derek Leman was a Messianic rabbi, and I have been subscribing to his Daily D’var for years.  Now it is called the “Daily Portion.”In his August 27, 2016 Daily Portion, Derek addresses Acts 4:12.  Acts 4:12 is a famous passage, in which P... [Bible] [religion]

3PM

An Amish Harvest: Four Novellas.  Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2016.  See here to buy the book.As the title indicates, this book has four novellas.  Each is by a well-known author in the field of Amish fiction.  In this review, I will l... [religion]

August 26, 4PM

At church last Sunday, the pastor preached about humility.  He has been going through the Book of James, and his text last Sunday was James 4:13-15.  In that passage, James criticizes people who have grandiose plans about what they are going ... [Bible] [church] [sports]

August 25, 5PM

Gerald W. Peterman and Andrew J. Schmutzer.  Between Pain & Grace: A Biblical Theology of Suffering.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. George W. Peterman and Andrew J. Schmutzer teach Bible at the Moody B... [Bible] [religion]

August 24, 5PM

Donald Arlo Jennings.  Genesis Revisited: The Creation.  Bloomington: WestBow Press, 2013.  See here to buy the book. Donald Arlo Jennings has a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems and has written about healthcare technology.  In G...

August 23, 5PM

Morgan Guyton.  How Jesus Saves the World from Us: 12 Antidotes to Toxic Christianity.  Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Morgan Guyton blogs at the “Mercy Not Sacrifice” blog at Patheos and ... [Bible] [religion]

August 20, 2PM

John Dickson.  A Doubter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments: How, For Better or Worse, Our Ideas About the Good Life Come from Moses and Jesus.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016.  See here to buy the book.John Dickson has a Ph.D. in Ancient His... [Apologetics] [Bible] [David Marshall] [religion]

August 18, 4PM

Mary S. Hulst.  A Little Handbook for Preachers: Ten Practical Ways to a Better Sermon by Sunday.  Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Mary Hulst is a college chaplain and has been a professor of preaching and a... [Preaching] [religion]

August 17, 6PM

Michael F. Bird.  What Christians Ought to Believe: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine Through the Apostle’s Creed.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. In What Christians Ought to Believe?, New Testament sch... [Bible] [religion]

August 16, 3PM

At church last week, the sermon had a lot of things with which I disagree.  I can itemize them all in this post, but I don’t want to do that.  Instead, I’ll look for common ground and identify where I agreed. The pastor was talking about c... [church]

August 15, 5PM

Carl A. Raschke.  Critical Theology: Introducing an Agenda for an Age of Global Crisis.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Carl A. Raschke teaches religious studies at the University of Denver.  In Crit... [Political Philosophy] [religion]

August 13, 10PM

Derek Leman was a Messianic rabbi, and I have been subscribing to his Daily D’var for years.  Now it is called the “Daily Portion.”  In the August 13, 2016 Daily Portion, Derek shares some thoughts on what it means to be justified by fa... [Bible] [religion]

August 12, 4PM

Sarah Loudin Thomas.  A Tapestry of Secrets.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2016.  See here to buy the book. A Tapestry of Secrets is mostly set in 2008, but it occasionally is set in 1948.  The settings are Virginia and ...

August 11, 5PM

Colby Martin.  Unclobber: Rethinking Our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality.  Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Colby Martin was a pastor at a megachurch.  He was dismissed from his posit... [Bible] [religion]

August 9, 4PM

At church last Sunday, the preacher talked again about Christians being salt and light in the world, a la Matthew 5:13-16. I thought that he would say the same things that he said last week, and, in some cases, he did.  But he also presented new mat... [church]

August 8, 4PM

Derek Cooper.  Introduction to World Christian History.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to purchase the book.Derek Cooper teaches world Christian history at Biblical Theological Seminary.  His book, Introduction to World ... [religion]

August 5, 1PM

Kathleen Fuller. An Unbroken Heart.  Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2016.  See here to buy the book.An Unbroken Heart is the second book of Kathleen Fuller’s “Amish of Birch Creek” series.  The first book of the series is A Reluctant Bride...

August 4, 4PM

At church last Sunday, the preacher’s text was Matthew 5:10-16: 10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all m... [Bible] [church] [religion]

August 3, 3PM

Melissa Jagears.  A Heart Most Certain.  Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2016.  See here to buy the book.A Heart Most Certain is the first book of The Teaville Moral Society series, but there is also a novella to that series entitled Engaging t... [history] [religion]

August 2, 5PM

Ryan Nicholas Danker.  Wesley and the Anglicans: Political Division in Early Evangelicalism.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Ryan Nicholas Danker teaches about the history of Christianity and Methodism at... [history] [religion]

August 1, 4PM

Jonathan A. Anderson and William A. Dyrness.  Modern Art and the Life of a Culture: The Religious Impulses of Modernism.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to purchase the book.Jonathan A. Anderson is an associate professor of a... [history] [religion]

July 29, 5PM

Here are some thoughts about the Democratic National Convention this week.  I rephrase and elaborate on notes I jotted down last night in preparation for this post.Sarah Silverman told "Bernie or Bust" people that they were being ridiculous. ... [Current Events] [Political Philosophy] [politics]

July 28, 4PM

Kevin Tewes.  Answering Christianity’s Most Difficult Question—-Why God Allows Us to Suffer: The Definitive Solution to the Problem of Pain and the Problem of Evil.  Chapel Hill: Triune Publishing Group, 2015.  See here to purchase th... [Bible] [religion] [Theodicy]

July 27, 4PM

At church last week, the preacher was preaching about I Samuel 3, in which God calls the child Samuel at night. The preacher said that the high priest Eli failed to rebuke his two sons, Hophni and Phinehas.  According to I Samuel 2, Hophni and Phine... [Bible] [church] [religion]

July 26, 4PM

A.W. Tozer.  Culture: Living as Citizens of Heaven on Earth—-Collected Insights from A.W. Tozer.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. A.W. Tozer was a pastor and Christian author who lived from 1897 to 1963.&n... [Bible] [religion]

July 25, 2PM

Amy Clipston.  The Cherished Quilt.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016.  See here to buy the book. The Cherished Quilt is the third book of Amy Clipson’s “Amish Heirloom” series.  Book 1, The Forgotten Recipe, focused on Veronica and... [religion]

July 22, 3PM

The 2016 Republican National Convention is over!  This year, I adapted to watching it on the west coast, where the convention is on from 5-8 p.m. rather than 8-11 p.m.  I caught a lot of the speeches on YouTube. Here are some thoughts: A.&nbs... [Current Events] [politics]

July 21, 4PM

D. Jeffrey Bingham and Glenn R. Kreider, ed.  Eschatology: Biblical, Historical, and Practical Approaches.  Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic, 2016.  See here to purchase the book.  Eschatology is a collection of scholarly essays about esc... [Bible] [history] [religion]

July 20, 3PM

At church last week, the youth pastor was preaching the sermon.  The main topic of the sermon was sanctification, but a sub-topic was trials.  The preacher was saying that trials are a way that God refines us.  Suffering is not always Go... [church]

July 19, 2PM

I watched some of the Republican National Convention last night. At first, it was rather sleepy.  As far as I can see, Willie Robertson and Scott Baio got scattered, tepid applause. Then Marcus Luttrell, a former Navy Seal, spoke, and he brought down... [Current Events] [politics]

July 18, 2PM

Amy Clipston.  The Courtship Basket.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016.  See here to buy the book.The Courtship Basket is the second book of Amy Clipson's "Amish Heirloom" series.  Book 1, The Forgotten Recipe, focused on Veronica and he...

July 15, 1PM

Dina L. Sleiman.  Courageous.  Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2016.  See here to buy the book. Courageous is the third book of Dina L. Sleiman's Valiant Hearts series.  The Valiant Hearts series is Christian historical fiction that i... [history] [religion]

July 14, 12 PM

Rumor has it that G.O.P. Presidential candidate Donald Trump will pick Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate.  Maybe that will happen, and maybe it will not.  Trump likes theatrics, so he may surprise us by picking someone we don’... [Current Events] [Political Philosophy] [politics]

July 13, 12 PM

At church last Sunday, an associate pastor was preaching about II Chronicles 7, in which King Solomon of Israel is dedicating the Temple.  Solomon says that, when people sin, they can come to the Temple and pray.  The preacher said: "When is ... [Bible] [church] [Prayer] [religion]

July 12, 12 PM

Dina L. Sleiman.  Chivalrous.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2015.  See here to buy the book.Chivalrous is the second book of Dina Sleiman's "Valiant Heart" series.  The series is set in thirteenth century England.Chivalrous h... [Bible] [history] [religion]

July 11, 2PM

A.W. Tozer.  God’s Pursuit of Man.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2015.  See here to purchase the book.A.W. Tozer was a pastor and Christian author who lived from 1897 to 1963.  The page of the book that has the copyright information s... [Bible] [religion]

July 8, 1PM

I have three topics for my church write-up today.  Last Sunday, I went to a Baptist church.  Most of the people who attend, as well as the pastor, are African-American.  But there are a significant number of white people who also attend.... [Bible] [church] [Current Events] [Race] [religion]

July 7, 3PM

I have heard a particular Bible question three times in my life.  The question concerns the story of Joseph in the Book of Genesis.  You may know the story.  Jacob loved his son Joseph more than his other sons.  Jacob's other sons h... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion] [school]

July 6, 2PM

John Warwick Montgomery.  Tractatus Logico-Theologicus.  5th revised edition.  Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013.  See here to buy the book. John Warwick Montgomery is a Christian apologist, a Lutheran pastor, a lawyer, and a s... [Apologetics] [Bible] [religion]

July 5, 2PM

Abraham Kuyper.  Our Program: A Christian Political Manifesto.  Translated and edited by Harry Van Dyke.  Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2015.  See here to purchase the book.Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) was a Dutch minister, a member of ... [history] [Political Philosophy] [religion]

July 1, 1PM

Dina Sleiman.  Dauntless.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Dauntless is the first book of the Valiant Heart series.  I decided to read it and the second book (Chivalrous) because I requested... [history] [religion]

June 30, 1PM

Is God right just because God knows more than we do?  That question entered my mind years ago when I was reading the Book of Job in the Bible.  And it entered my mind recently when I was going through two books in volume 1 of James Charleswor... [Bible] [church] [Daily Quiet Time] [james] [Job] [religion] [Theodicy]

June 29, 1PM

A couple of comments about Christology stood out to me recently.  This post is not entirely about the debate in the theology-blogosphere about whether God the Son is eternally subordinate to God the Father, in a functional sense.  But it will... [Bible] [Christology] [church] [religion] [Television]

June 28, 1PM

A few weeks ago, I watched the 1955 movie, A Man Called Peter, which was about Peter Marshall, a preacher and Senate chaplain.  I did not know much about Peter Marshall himself, but I enjoyed his wife Catherine’s book, Christy, about with the TV... [Bible] [church] [Dr. Quinn] [movies] [music] [religion] [Television]

June 27, 1PM

Roger E. Olson.  The Mosaic of Christian Belief: Twenty Centuries of Unity and Diversity.  Second Edition.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to buy the book.Roger Olson teaches theology at George W. Truett Theological Semi... [religion]

June 24, 1PM

This post will be about two services from last Sunday: one at a Presbyterian church, and one at a Catholic church. At the Presbyterian church, the pastor artfully tied together three biblical texts.  The first text was I Kings 19, which was about El... [Bible] [church] [music] [religion]

June 23, 1PM

Tessa Afshar.  Land of Silence.  Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2016.  See here to buy the book.In Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-34, and Luke 8:43-48, there is the story about the woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment.&nb... [Bible]

June 22, 1PM

I mentioned yesterday that I watched some faith-affirming films last week.  I watched three of them that I want to discuss on this blog.  The first one was the 2014 romantic comedy Christian Mingle, which I wrote about yesterday.  The sec... [movies] [religion]

June 21, 1PM

I watched some faith-affirming movies last week.  Today, I will comment on the first one that I watched: the 2014 romantic comedy Christian Mingle.  Christian Mingle is a Christian dating site. Gwyneth Hayden is disappointed with the dating sce... [Bible] [movies] [religion]

June 20, 1PM

I reviewed Kevin Vanhoozer’s Pictures at a Theological Exhibition a few days ago.  I forgot to include an item in that review that I was planning to include.  Maybe that’s for the best, as you will see below. Basically, the deal was this: I... [Bible] [religion] [Star Trek] [Television]

June 17, 1PM

Kevin J. Vanhoozer.  Pictures at a Theological Exhibition: Scenes of Church Worship, Witness and Wisdom.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Kevin J. Vanhoozer is a theologian at Trinity Evangelical Divi... [Bible] [religion]

June 16, 12 PM

Michael Hicks Thompson.  The Rector: A Christian Murder Mystery.  Memphis: Shepherd King Publishing, 2015.  See here to buy the book. The Rector is set in 1950’s Mississippi.  David Baddour, the pastor of an Episcopalian church in t... [Bible] [religion]

June 15, 1PM

I visited two churches last Sunday.  The first church was a non-denominational Christian church that I have liked and have visited four times.  It feels like more, since I sometimes listened to the church’s sermons during the week!  Th... [Bible] [church] [religion]

June 14, 2PM

Uche Anizor and Hank Voss.  Representing Christ: A Vision for the Priesthood of All Believers.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to purchase the book.In Representing Christ: A Vision for the Priesthood of All Believers, Uche An... [Bible] [history] [religion]

June 13, 3PM

Paul Pathickal.  Christ and the Hindu Diaspora.  Bloomington: WestBow Press, 2012.  See here to buy the book.In Christ and the Hindu Diaspora, Paul Pathickal discusses ways that evangelical Christians can share the Gospel with Hindus in th... [Bible] [Hinduism] [religion]

June 10, 2PM

I visited two churches last Sunday.  One was a non-denominational church that I visited before.  The other was a Baptist church.  The Baptist church was like an African-American church, in that it had an African-American choir, an Africa... [Bible] [church] [I John] [james] [movies] [music] [religion]

June 9, 2PM

Angela Hunt.  Delilah: Treacherous Beauty.  Bloomington, Minnesota: Bethany House Publishers, 2016.  See here to buy the book.  Delilah was the woman who betrayed the Israelite strongman Samson in Judges 16.  Delilah: Treache... [Bible]

June 8, 12 PM

Kathryn Applegate and J.B. Stump.  How I Changed My Mind About Evolution: Evangelicals Reflect on Faith and Science.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to buy the book.How I Changed My Mind About Evolution contains reflections by... [Bible] [Creation] [evolution] [religion]

June 7, 1PM

Gillian Marchenko.  Still Life: A Memoir of Living Fully with Depression.  Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2016.  See here to buy the book.In Still Life, Gillian Marchenko shares her journey with depression.  Gillian is the wife of a pastor... [Psychology] [religion]

June 6, 12 PM

Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan.  Where Hope Prevails.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2016.  See here to buy the book. Where Hope Prevails is the third book of the “Return to the Canadian West” series.  The series is abo... [atheism] [religion]

June 3, 2PM

As I said in my post yesterday, I visited two churches last Sunday.  Today’s post will be about the second church that I visited. I have visited this church three times so far.  Sometime in the future, I may talk about what attracts me to thi... [Bible] [church] [religion]

June 2, 1PM

I visited two churches last Sunday.  I will write about one service today, and the other service tomorrow.The first church that I visited last Sunday had a guest speaker, since the pastor was away.  This person belongs to the congregation, and ... [atheism] [Bible] [C.S. Lewis] [church] [religion]

June 1, 1PM

Glenn R. Paauw.  Saving the Bible from Ourselves: Learning to Read and Live the Bible Well.  Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2016.  See here to buy the book. Glenn R. Paauw is critical of how Christianity has treated the Bible. He does not care f... [Bible] [religion]

May 31, 2PM

Elizabeth Camden.  From This Moment.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2016.  See here to buy the book.From This Moment is set in the nineteenth century.Romulus White is the editor of a well-respected scientific magazine that is publ...

May 27, 10AM

Dr. John F. Shackelford.  Knowing Yourself Knowing God: From an Ego-Run-Life to a God-Run-Life.  2015.  See here to buy the book. John F. Shackelford is a licensed psychologist.  He has a degree from the Rosemead School of Psychology a... [Psychology] [religion]

May 26, 3PM

Early in May, Rachel Maddow interviewed Bernie Sanders in Burlington, Vermont.  Maddow asked Sanders how his vast array of support could be marshaled into a political movement after the election.  She drew a comparison with Pat Robertson’s... [Current Events] [politics]

10AM

Last Sunday, I visited a non-denominational evangelical church.  This church is doing a series on disappointment.  It showed a scene from the movie Bruce Almighty in which Bruce is at Niagra Falls and learns on live TV that he did not get the... [Bible] [church] [movies] [religion]

May 24, 11AM

Jeremy Griffith.  Freedom: The End of the Human Condition.  Sydney, Australia: WTM Publishing, 2016.  See here to buy the book. Jeremy Griffith is an Australian biologist.  This book and his treatise have been recommended by a number ...

May 23, 11AM

A.W. Tozer.  The Counselor.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2015.  See here to buy the book. A.W. Tozer was a pastor and Christian author who lived from 1897 to 1963.  I have seen him quoted numerous times.  I have finally read a bo... [religion]

May 20, 11AM

Randy Alcorn.  If God Is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil.  Colorado Springs: Multnomah, 2009.  See here to buy the book. If God Is Good is about how Christians can interact with the problem of suffering.  This book is a... [atheism] [Bible] [religion] [Theodicy]

May 19, 11AM

For church last Sunday, I revisited an evangelical church.  I visited this church a few weeks ago, and it is close to where I live.  It’s about a fifteen minute walk.  It was raining outside last Sunday, and I did not want to make a hu... [church] [religion]

May 18, 10AM

I recently read the “Acts of Paul and Thecla” in The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden.I think it was in an introductory New Testament class that I first heard the idea that the Pastoral Epistles in the New Testament (I-II Timo... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion]

May 17, 10AM

Yesterday, I talked about the topic of the evil side doing miracles, as it is discussed in two ancient religious sources: the Apocalypse of Elijah and the Gospel of Nicodemus.  Today, I will briefly talk about what these two sources have to say a... [Bible] [church] [religion]

May 16, 10AM

Christianity has long regarded Christian miracles as signs that the Christian religion is true: God, through the miracle, is authenticating to people the truth of the Christian religion.  Yet, there appears to be some acknowledgment within the Old... [atheism] [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion]

May 13, 11AM

I recently read the “Gospel of Nicodemus” in The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden.  The English translation there is what I will quote in this post.The “Gospel of Nicodemus” is also known as the “Acts of Pontius Pila... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [movies] [Rabbinics] [religion]

May 12, 10AM

Last Sunday, I visited a Presbyterian church. It was Mother’s Day, so the pastor gave people in the audience the microphone so they could share thoughts about their mothers.  A young man talked about how his mother taught him not to have credit c... [Bible] [church] [Holidays] [religion]

May 11, 10AM

John A. Hostetler.  Amish Society: Revised Edition.  Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1963, 1968, 1971.I bought this book a while back at the Goodwill.  It looked to me like an informative, detailed, and judicious discussion... [Bible] [Family Guy] [history] [religion] [Television]

May 10, 10AM

Rice Broocks.  Man, Myth, Messiah: Answering History’s Greatest Question.  Nashville: W Publishing Group (an Imprint of Thomas Nelson), 2016.  See here to buy the book. Rice Broocks wrote the apologetic book, God’s Not Dead, which was t... [Apologetics] [atheism] [Bible] [religion]

May 9, 8AM

Ruth Reid.  A Dream of Miracles: An Amish Wonders Novel.  Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2016.  See here to buy the book. Mattie Diener is a widow and a single parent, and she is Amish.  She takes her young son Nathan to the doctor, and th...

May 5, 9AM

Last Sunday, I visited a non-denominational evangelical church.  I’ll probably be visiting a lot of those as I explore churches in the area!The sermon was somewhat meandering, but it was interesting.  If there was a key theme, it was the imp... [Bible] [church] [religion]

May 4, 10AM

Kristi Burchfiel.  Piecing Together Forgiveness: A Study of Philemon.  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014.  See here to buy the book. As you can tell from the book’s title, Piecing Together Forgiveness is about the subject ... [Bible] [religion]

May 3, 11AM

Ed. Beth Felker Jones and Jeffrey W. Barbeau.  The Image of God in an Image Driven Age: Explorations in Theological Anthropology.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to buy the book. This book is associated with the twenty-fourth ... [Bible] [religion]

May 2, 11AM

Mark A. Tietjen.  Kierkegaard: A Christian Missionary to Christians.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to buy the book.Soren Kierkegaard was a nineteenth century Danish Christian philosopher.  Kierkegaard had problems wit... [history] [philosophy] [religion]

10AM

N.T. Wright.  Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision.  With a New Introduction.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to buy the book.This book is a 2016 reprint of N.T. Wright’s 2009 book on justification.  It... [Bible] [religion]

9AM

Abraham Kuyper.  Common Grace: God’s Gifts for a Fallen World.  Volume I: The Historical Section.  Ed. Jordan J. Ballor and Stephen J. Grabill.  Transl. Nelson D. Kloosterman and Ed M. van der Maas.  Bellingham, WA: Lexham Pre... [Bible] [Calvinism] [religion]

May 1, 9PM

Shao Kai Tseng.  Karl Barth’s Infralapsarian Theology: Origins and Development, 1920-1953.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to purchase the book.The twentieth century Christian theologian Karl Barth professed to be a purifie... [religion]

5PM

Roberta Kells Dorr.  The Queen of Sheba.  HarperSanFrancisco, 1990.  In I Kings 10:1-13, the Queen of Sheba visits King Solomon of Israel.  She has heard of Solomon’s wealth and wisdom, and she is coming to Solomon to see if the... [Bible] [religion]

April 30, 3PM

I moved to Oregon recently, and I am checking out the local churches.  In contrast to my last move, which was to Washington, I am not particularly eager this time around to plant my roots at one church.  Right now, I want to explore.Last Sun... [church]

April 27, 2PM

Many of you are probably familiar with the Boromir meme.  You know, Boromir, from the Lord of the Rings.  Boromir is geared up for battle, and the top of the meme says “Brace yourself…”  Then the bottom of the meme can say a variety...

April 13, 12 PM

I read four Bible verses each day in Hebrew and Greek.  Right now, I am in the Book of Ezekiel.  I have been reading the Masoretic Text and the Septuagint for that book.  I read it on my BibleWorks, which is less time-consuming because I... [Bible] [Ezekiel] [religion]

April 12, 12 PM

Kate Grosmaire, with Nancy French.  Forgiving My Daughter's Killer: A True Story of Loss, Faith, and Unexpected Grace.  Nashville: Nelson Books, 2016.  See here to buy the book. Andy and Kate Grosmaire had a daughter named Ann.  ... [religion]

April 11, 12 PM

Beverly Lewis.  The Atonement.  Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2016.  See here to buy the book.Lucy Flaud, an Amish woman in her twenties, is doing a lot of community service work to atone for something she did in the past.  She is tryi... [religion]

April 10, 1PM

I visited another church this morning.  I have called it "The Sarah Palin church" because it is related to a church that Sarah Palin attended in Wasilla, Alaska. This church's service had four or five praise and worship songs before we got t... [church]

April 7, 1PM

Matthew Nelson Hill.  Evolution and Holiness: Sociobiology, Altruism and the Quest for Wesleyan Perfection.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to buy the book. Matthew Nelson Hill is an elder in the Free Methodist Church, an... [Bible] [evolution] [religion]

April 6, 12 PM

In Matthew 23:35, Jesus is lambasting the scribes and Pharisees, and he says:“That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the ... [Bible] [religion]

April 5, 12 PM

John H. Walton.  Ancient Israelite Literature in Its Cultural Context: A Survey of Parallels Between Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Texts.  Grand Rapids: Regency Reference Library (Zondervan Publishing House), 1989.  See here to buy the ... [Bible] [religion]

April 4, 12 PM

Tessa Afshar.  In the Field of Grace.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2014.  See here to buy the book.In the Field of Grace is a novel that is based on the biblical Book of Ruth.  Here are some of my thoughts about the novel.A.  In t... [Bible] [religion] [Ruth]

April 3, 1PM

I visited another church this morning.  I was awake at 8:30 a.m., and I figured I might as well visit the 9:15 a.m. service of a nearby church, which is Southern Baptist.  I just wanted to do something new this morning.  I also wanted to... [Bible] [church] [religion]

April 1, 1PM

C. Marvin Pate.  40 Questions About the Historical Jesus.  Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic, 2015.  See here to buy the book.Evangelical scholar C. Marvin Pate is the author of 40 Questions About the Historical Jesus.  In this book, Pate ... [Bible] [religion]

March 31, 2PM

"For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth" (Matthew 12:40).I was talking with a man on a Christian site six years ago.  This man was becoming... [Bible] [church] [religion] [resurrection]

March 30, 1PM

I'll make no secret about it: There are things Christians say that I do not find all that helpful.  Actually, I find them paralyzing when it comes to living the spiritual life.This is particularly the case when it comes to giving to the poor. ... [Bible] [religion]

March 29, 12 PM

Graham Hill.  Global Church: Reshaping Our Conversations, Renewing Our Mission, Revitalizing Our Churches.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to buy the book.Most Christians today live, not in the West, but in the Majority World:... [religion]

March 28, 1PM

In this post, I will use as my starting-point something that Philo of Alexandria says in Special Laws IV:109.  Philo of Alexandria was a first century Hellenistic Jewish thinker.  Special Laws IV:109 is part of Philo's larger discussion about... [Bible] [pluralism] [religion]

March 27, 12 PM

I have three items for my write-up on church this morning.  Since today is Easter Sunday, the sermon was about Jesus' resurrection.  The pastor focused on the story in Luke 24.A.  The pastor referred to the Jewish concept of chesed shel ... [Bible] [church] [religion]

March 26, 1PM

Exodus 22:2-3 posits a situation in which a thief is breaking into somebody's home: 2 If a thief is found breaking in, and is beaten to death, no bloodguilt is incurred; 3 but if it happens after sunrise, bloodguilt is incurred. (NRSV)When I first read t... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [Exodus] [Rabbinics] [religion]

March 25, 1PM

In Matthew 23:35, Jesus is lambasting the Pharisees, and he says:"That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the... [Bible] [Matthew] [Rabbinics] [religion]

March 24, 2PM

A while back, I wrote a blog post, "Judaism, Abortion, and Joan," in which I talked about ancient Jewish ideas about the unborn.  The post centered around different Jewish interpretations of Exodus 22:22-25.  This passage states (in the KJV):... [Bible] [religion]

March 23, 1PM

Kim Riddlebarger.  The Lion of Princeton: B.B. Warfield as Apologist and Theologian.  Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2015.  See here to purchase the book.B.B. Warfield was a theologically conservative professor at Princeton in the late ninet... [Apologetics] [Bible] [history] [philosophy] [religion]

March 22, 1PM

Timothy Keller.  The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness: The Path to True Christian Joy.  United Kingdom: 10Publishing, 2012.  See here to buy the booklet.I decided to read this after reading L.L. Martin's Positively Powerless.  Martin in ... [Apologetics] [Bible] [religion] [Social Skills]

March 21, 1PM

Claire Conner.  Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right.  Boston: Beacon Press, 2013.  See here to buy the book.  See also here, which has a later edition of the book.  One of the Amazon reviews there is... [john birch society] [politics] [religion]

March 20, 1PM

At church this morning, we sang the hymn “My Times Are In Thy Hand.”  It dates to the nineteenth century, so I am assuming it is in the public domain.  Here are the lyrics that we sang: My times are in Thy hand;My God, I wish them there;My... [Bible] [music] [religion]

March 19, 2PM

When I was in college, I would discuss religion with an atheist friend.  He would criticize the Bible, while I would try to defend it.  I still look at the Bible as a source of wisdom, but I have to admit: I still do not have good answers to ... [Bible] [movies] [religion]

March 18, 2PM

L.L. Martin.  Positively Powerless: How a Forgotten Movement Undermined Christianity.  WestBow Press, 2015.  See here to buy the book. In Positively Powerless, L.L. Martin critiques the positivity Gospel and presents an alternative way... [Bible] [religion]

March 17, 1PM

Herbert W. Bateman IV, General Editor.  Three Central Issues in Contemporary Dispensationalism: A Comparison of Traditional and Progressive Views.  Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1999.  See here to buy the book.I have been interested in dispensatio... [Bible] [religion]

March 16, 1PM

Jen Turano.  Playing the Part.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2016.  See here to buy the book. Playing the Part is set in New York city in the late nineteenth century.  Lucetta Plum is an actress.  Her step-father N...

March 15, 1PM

This will be somewhat of a rambling post, but not horribly rambling.  I will start out with what Philo says about the Exodus in Special Laws II:217-219.  Then, I will interact with a fictional book that I recently read about the Exodus: Mesu ... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion] [Television]

March 14, 1PM

I have been reading Philo's Special Laws.  Philo was a first century C.E. Jewish exegete in Alexandria, Egypt.  He interpreted the Torah in light of Greek philosophy.  In Special Laws, he attempts to give a rationale for various laws in ... [Bible] [church] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion]

March 13, 11AM

At church this morning, the pastor preached about the story in John 12:1-8 about Mary anointing Jesus for burial.In John 12:1-8, Mary (the sister of Martha, not Jesus' mother) anoints Jesus' feet with nard while he is having dinner with her brother Laza... [Bible] [church] [religion]

March 12, 12 PM

James Montgomery Boice.  The Parables of Jesus.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 1983.  See here to buy the book.James Montgomery Boice was a renowned Presbyterian pastor.  This book, The Parables of Jesus, is a collection of sermons that ... [Bible] [religion]

March 11, 2PM

Cornelius R. Stam.  Things That Differ: The Fundamentals of Dispensationalism.  Germantown, WI: Berean Bible Society, 1985.  See here to buy the book.A lady lent me this book over ten years ago, when I visited a dispensationalist Bible st... [Bible] [religion]

March 8, 3PM

Charles Caldwell Ryrie.  Dispensationalism Today.  Chicago: Moody Press, 1976. In Dispensationalism Today, dispensationalist Charles Ryrie addresses what he believes are unfair misconceptions about dispensationalism. Here are some item... [Bible] [religion]

March 7, 2PM

Mesu Andrews.  Miriam.  Colorado Springs: WaterBrook, 2015.  See here to buy the book.Miriam is the second book of Mesu Andrews' "Treasures of the Nile" series, which is about Moses.  The first book of the series was The Pharaoh's Daug... [Bible] [religion]

March 6, 1PM

At church this morning, the pastor preached about the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). Earlier in the service, there was a skit about the parable.The pastor made a point about the parable that overlaps with other themes that I have encounte... [Bible] [church] [Daily Quiet Time] [Greco-Roman] [religion] [Star Trek] [Television]

March 5, 12 PM

I recently finished Philo's Special Laws I for my daily quiet time.  Yesterday, I moved on to Special Laws II.  Philo was a first century C.E. Jewish thinker in Alexandria, Egypt.  He interpreted the Torah in light of Greek philosophy.Sp... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [Greco-Roman] [Hebrews] [Leviticus] [religion]

March 4, 9AM

Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin, and Vanetta Chapman. An Amish Market: Four Novellas. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2015. See here to buy the book.An Amish Market is a collection of four novellas about the Amish. The first three of them, at least, ... [religion]

March 3, 2PM

I have been reading Philo's Special Laws I for my daily quiet time.  Philo of Alexandria was a first century C.E. Jewish thinker in Alexandria, Egypt.  He interpreted the Torah in light of Greek philosophy.Sometimes when I read ancient interp... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion]

March 2, 2PM

Vern Sheridan Poythress.  Understanding Dispensationalists.  1986.  Here is the version of the book that I will be engaging.Understanding Dispensationalists is Vern Poythress' critique of dispensationalism.  Not long ago, I blogged abo... [Bible] [religion]

March 1, 2PM

Luke Cawley.  The Myth of the Non-Christian: Engaging Atheists, Nominal Christians, and the Spiritual But Not Religious.  Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2016.  See here to buy the book.Evangelical Christians believe in sharing the Gospel with n... [Apologetics] [atheism] [religion]

February 29, 1PM

Amy Clipston.  The Forgotten Recipe: An Amish Heirloom Novel.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015.  See here to buy the book. I read Amy Clipston's A Simple Prayer in July (see my review here).  I liked it.  Although the story was...

February 28, 2PM

I have three items for my write-up on this morning's church service.  The first items two relate to things I have recently watched and read.A.  In the children's part of the service, the pastor was continuing his series on the Lord's prayer.&... [Bible] [church] [Daily Quiet Time] [Greco-Roman] [movies] [religion] [Television]

February 27, 1PM

Last week, my church’s Life Group had its last meeting, for the winter, that is. One of the leaders of the group was sharing why she is so involved in the church.  She said that she is giving back.  There was a time when she was receiving fa... [Bible] [church] [religion]

February 26, 2PM

Tim McConnell.  Happy Church: Pursuing Radical Joy as the People of God.  Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2016.  See here to buy the book.Happy Church is about how God wants the church and the Christians in it to be happy.  Tim McConnell is... [Bible] [religion]

February 25, 2PM

Chris Rader and Johnnie Coley.  Yes, Dear, There Really Is a Devil.  Concept Sketch Design by Erin McKay.  Illustrations by Sonny Heston.  Cleburne, Texas: Hopkins Publishing, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Yes, Dear, There Real... [Bible] [movies] [religion]

February 24, 1PM

 Janet Marie Napper and Brenda Branson.  Overcoming Abuse God’s Way: Rags to Riches.  Bloomington: WestBow Press, 2012.  See here to buy the book.This book is Janet Marie Napper’s testimony and reflections about her experiences wi...

February 23, 1PM

 Michael Kibbe.  From Topic to Thesis: A Guide to Theological Research.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to buy the book.From Topic to Thesis is about how to write a research paper about theology or biblical studies. ... [religion] [school]

February 22, 10AM

Beth Wiseman.  An Amish Year: Four Amish Novellas.  Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2015.  See here to buy the book.An Amish Year contains four novellas about the Amish.  The stories get better as the book proceeds.Allow me to comment on eac... [Bible] [religion]

February 21, 2PM

At church this morning, the pastor preached about Luke 13:31-35.  The text states: 31 The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tel... [Bible] [church] [religion]

February 20, 2PM

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed on unexpectedly last week.  I have been wanting to write a post reflecting on him and his approach to constitutional law.  Here it is! A.  I do not know exactly when I first heard of Justice Sca... [church] [Current Events] [Deaths] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [religion] [school] [Television]

February 19, 2PM

Douglas Groothuis.  Philosophy in Seven Sentences: A Small Introduction to a Vast Topic.  Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to buy the book. In Philosophy in Seven Sentences, Christian philosopher Douglas Groothuis dis... [atheism] [dexter] [Greco-Roman] [philosophy] [religion] [school] [Television]

February 18, 2PM

Dwight L. Carlson.  Who’ll Be in Heaven and Who Won’t?: The Answer May Surprise You.  WestBow Press, 2012.  See here to buy the book. Dwight L. Carlson is a physician and a psychiatrist.  He has written Christian books about emoti... [Bible] [religion]

February 17, 3PM

Brian W. Thomas.  Wittenberg vs. Geneva: A Biblical Bout in Seven Rounds on the Doctrines that Divide.  Irvine, CA: New Reformation Publications, 2015.  See here to buy the book. I have long wondered what exactly the difference is between L... [Bible] [Calvinism] [religion]

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In Mark 11:15-19, Jesus drives the moneychangers  and merchants from the Temple.  Jesus tells them that the Temple is supposed to be a house of prayer for all nations, but they have made it into a den of robbers.  I found Messianic Jew D... [Bible] [religion]

February 16, 2PM

Mesu Andrews.  The Pharaoh’s Daughter.  Waterbrook Press, 2015.  See here to buy the book.Waring: Spoilers ahead!This is the first Mesu Andrews novel that I’ve read.  I’ve been wanting to read it for a while.  I decided to ... [Bible] [religion]

February 15, 2PM

John F. Hart, ed.  Evidence for the Rapture: A Biblical Case for Pretribulationism.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2015.  See here to buy the book. The rapture is the idea that Jesus Christ will come, resurrect the dead saints, and take the r... [Bible] [religion]

February 14, 1PM

At church this morning, the sermon was about Satan’s temptation of Jesus in the desert in Luke 4.  The story also appears in Matthew 4.  Pastors often preach about one of these passages to introduce Lent.Jesus in the desert had fasted for fo... [Bible] [church] [religion]

February 13, 2PM

I am still reading Evidence for the Rapture: A Biblical Case for Pretribulationism.  Moody Press sent me a complimentary review copy of this book.My favorite essay in this book so far is Michael J. Vanlaningham’s “Paul and the Rapture: 1 Corinth... [Bible] [religion] [resurrection]

February 12, 3PM

I’m currently reading Evidence for the Rapture: A Biblical Case for Pretribulationalism.  I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Moody Press, but this is not my official review.  Rather, in this post, I want to wrestle wit... [Bible] [religion]

February 11, 12 PM

My church’s Life Group is not meeting today, since one of the leaders and her husband are on vacation.  This post is about last week’s Life Group. As I’ve said before, I like how the group gives everyone a chance to talk and to share what is... [church]

February 10, 1PM

Mark Alan Bowald.  Rendering the Word in Theological Hermeneutics: Mapping Divine and Human Agency.  Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2015.  See here to purchase the book. The summary on the back cover of the book was a lot clearer than the b... [Bible] [postmodernism] [religion]

February 9, 1PM

Anthony Coleman.  The Evangelical Experience: Understanding One of America’s Largest Religious Movements from the Inside.  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Anthony Coleman deconverted from evan... [Bible] [religion]

February 8, 1PM

Leslie Gould.  Amish Sweethearts.  Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2016.  See here to buy the book. Amish Sweethearts is Book Two of the Neighbors of Lancaster County series.  I was able to follow and appreciate the second book without re... [religion]

February 7, 2PM

At church this morning, there were two things that stood out to me.  Both related to inclusion. A.  The church service was about the church’s youth camp.  A member of the church spoke to us about it.  She read us comments from peopl... [Bible] [church] [religion]

February 5, 2PM

Michael Horton.  God of Promise: Introducing Covenant Theology.  Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006. I decided to check this book out of the library after reading a book about dispensationalism.  Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology are rival way... [Bible] [religion]

February 3, 2PM

I’ve been blogging about my church’s Life Group that I attend.  In this post, I’d like to mention and comment on a discussion that the group had last Thursday morning.  I will refer to people by letter.The group was talking about family ... [atheism] [Bible] [church] [religion]

February 2, 2PM

Daniel R. Hyde.  1-2 Thessalonians: From the Pen of Pastor Paul.  Grand Rapids: EP books, 2015.  See here to buy the book. From the Pen of Pastor Paul is a collection of Daniel Hyde’s sermons about passages in 1-2 Thessalonians.  Hy... [Bible] [religion]

February 1, 6PM

Richard Carrier.  On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason to Doubt.  Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2014.  See here to buy the book. Richard Carrier is a Christ mythicist, one who does not believe that Jesus existed in history.&nbs... [Bible] [Greco-Roman] [religion]

January 31, 1PM

The sermon at church this morning was about Luke 4:16-30.  Jesus is at the synagogue in Nazareth, the town in which he was raised.  Jesus reads to the synagogue from Isaiah 61:1-2: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed... [Bible] [church] [religion]

January 30, 1PM

Eugene H. Merrill.  A Commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles.  Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic, 2015.  See here to purchase the book.Eugene H. Merrill is professor emeritus of Old Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary.  He has de... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [II Chronicles] [religion]

January 29, 1PM

Cindy Williams.  The Pounamu Prophecy: A Sweeping Story of Love, Betrayal and Hope.  Rhiza Press, 2015.  See here to buy the book. The Pounamu Prophecy is set in Australia and New Zealand.  Actually, this book was published in Austral... [history] [religion]

January 27, 1PM

D. Jeffrey Bingham and Glenn R. Kreider.  Dispensationalism and the History of Redemption: A Developing and Diverse Tradition.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Dispensationalism and the History of Redemption cont... [Bible] [religion]

January 26, 1PM

Ronald L. Dart recently died.  Dart was a minister in the Worldwide Church of God (WCG).  When Garner Ted Armstrong left the WCG and founded the Church of God International (CGI), Dart became a minister at the CGI.  Later, Dart left CGI ... [Bible] [church] [Deaths] [religion]

January 25, 12 PM

Patterns of Evidence is a 2015 documentary arguing that the biblical Exodus happened in history.  On the blog, Debunking Christianity, biblical scholar Hector Avalos extensively critiques the documentary.  I am sharing this for the information... [Bible] [history] [religion]

January 24, 1PM

The pastor in his sermon this morning was talking about crushed grapes.  He was using that as a metaphor for how life’s blows can make us better people.  He also talked about how God can heal us in the midst of our brokenness. I have though... [church]

January 22, 1PM

I went to my church’s Life Group yesterday.  We are going through Thom Rainer’s I Will: Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian. In the book, Rainer says that church people who only attend the worship service are more likely to drop out o... [church] [religion]

January 20, 1PM

Bruce Hennigan.  The 11th Demon: The Ark of Chaos.  Bloomington: WestBow Press, 2013.  See here to buy the book. This book is part of a Christian fiction series about Jonathan Steel, a demon hunter.  Essentially, Steel sends demons ba... [Apologetics] [religion]

January 19, 1PM

I want to pass on a couple of Paul Krugman’s recent blog posts.  They are critical of Bernie Sanders.  Paul Krugman is a notorious liberal economist who won a Nobel Prize.  He is an influential voice on the Left. Weakened at Bernie’s... [Candidates] [Current Events] [Health Care] [politics]

January 18, 1PM

I want to share two articles about Bernie Sanders’ health care plan.  The first is opposed to it and agrees with Chelsea Clinton’s characterization of it.  The second offers a different perspective. Chelsea Clinton Was Right: Everyone’s ... [Candidates] [Current Events] [Health Care] [politics]

January 17, 1PM

At church this morning, the pastor made an interesting statement during the prayer part of the service.  Our bulletin lists people to pray for, and our church was on the list.  The pastor said that it is acceptable for a church to pray for itsel... [church] [religion]

January 16, 12 PM

J.B. Lightfoot.  The Gospel of St. John: A Newly Discovered Commentary.  The Lightfoot Legacy Set, Volume 2.  Ed., Ben Witherington III and Todd D. Still.  Assisted by Jeanette M. Hagen.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015. ... [Bible] [history] [John] [religion]

January 15, 1PM

I went to my church’s Life Group yesterday.  I probably will not blog on days that I attend my church’s Life Group.  I didn’t blog yesterday!  And I enjoyed the break from blogging.The meeting actually went by pretty quickly, even t... [church] [religion]

January 13, 1PM

My church’s Life Groups will be reading Thom Rainer’s I Will: Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian.I finished the book.  It’s essentially the response that a lot of Christians give to those who are disenchanted with church.  It ... [church] [religion]

January 12, 3PM

In Genesis 6:1-4, the sons of God see that the daughters of men are beautiful.  The sons of God then take wives from the daughters of men.  V 4 states that, when this happened, there  were Nephilim—-often translated as “giants.”&nb... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion]

January 11, 1PM

We went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Saturday.  Here are some of my reactions to the movie, and to some of the previews that came before it.  This blog post will contain spoilers. A.  I don’t want to see the Teenage Mutant Nin... [movies] [religion]

January 10, 2PM

At church this morning, a young lady talked to us about her work at a homeless shelter. She said that working there has changed her view on service.  Many people serve because of how it can help them.  “I feel so good and fulfilled when I se... [church]

January 9, 1PM

Roberta Kells Dorr.  David and Bathsheba.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2013, 1990.  See here to buy the book.The story of David and Bathsheba is in the biblical book of II Samuel.  King David of Israel sees a beautiful woman bathing on... [Bible] [religion]

January 8, 2PM

John M. Frame.  A History of Western Philosophy and Theology.  Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2015.  See here to purchase the book. In A History of Western Philosophy and Theology, John Frame summarizes and critiques Western theolog... [Bible] [history] [philosophy] [religion]

January 7, 2PM

Peter Jones.  The Other Worldview: Exposing Christianity’s Greatest Threat.  Bellingham, WA: Kirkdale Press, 2015.  See here to buy the book. In The Other Worldview, Peter Jones distinguishes between two worldviews.  He calls one ... [Bible] [religion]

January 6, 1PM

I am reading Peter Jones’ The Other Worldview: Exposing Christianity’s Greatest Threat.  I received a complimentary review copy.  Not long ago, I linked to Jones’ critical article about Star Wars.A key villain in Jones’ book, and article... [Bible] [Michael Landon] [movies] [religion] [Television]

January 5, 2PM

I finished “The Conflict of Adam and Eve with Satan” not long ago.  This is a Christian work that dates anywhere from the fifth century C.E. to the ninth century C.E.  It was written originally in Arabic and was translated into Ethiopic. ... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion]

January 4, 2PM

I watched the 2014 movie, Ragamuffin, a couple of nights ago.  Ragamuffin tells the story of award-winning Christian Contemporary musician Rich Mullins.  It goes from his childhood, through his success and the time that he spent on a Native Am... [Alcoholism] [movies] [music] [religion] [school]

January 3, 3PM

My pastor at church this morning preached about the magi of Matthew 2.  According to my pastor, the star that proclaimed Jesus’ birth was there for everyone to see.  The reason that the magi saw it was that they were looking for it.  T... [church] [movies] [religion]

January 2, 12 PM

Elizabeth Camden.  Against the Tide.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2012.  See here to buy the book.I said after reading Until the Dawn that I wanted to read more Elizabeth Camden novels.  I just read Elizabeth Camden’s Agai... [religion]

January 1, 1PM

Many people see New Year’s Day as a time of hope and new beginnings.  We may have had a bad year, and we hope for a better one.  Or we may simply hope for a better year, even if the previous year was not particularly horrible. But we do thi... [Bible] [Holidays] [religion]

December 31, 1PM

I write a lot on this blog about forgiveness and unforgiveness.  A lot of the posts say basically the same thing: God is unfair and unloving to condition his forgiveness of me on my forgiveness of others; I am only human; what exactly counts as fo... [Bible] [religion]

December 30, 1PM

Susan Van Volkenburgh.  The Stone of Ebenezer.  Bloomington: Westbow Press, 2015.  See here to buy the book. The Stone of Ebenezer is a novelization of the biblical story in I Samuel 4-7.  In that story, Israel’s priesthood is corru... [Bible] [I Samuel] [religion]

December 29, 1PM

I was reading a comment about a debate this morning.  The debate was between biblical scholars Douglas Moo and Douglas Campbell.  It was about the definition of Pauline justification. I have not watched the debate yet.  The commenter, thoug... [Bible] [religion]

December 28, 1PM

Warren Austin Gage and Leah Grace Gage.  Milestones to Emmaus: The Third Day Resurrection in the Old Testament.  Fort Lauderdale: St. Andrews House, 2015.  See here to buy the book. The title of this book alludes to a story in Luke 24. ... [Bible] [religion]

December 27, 2PM

At church this morning, the pastor preached about Luke 2:25-38.  Simeon and Anna are at the Temple, and they bless the child Jesus.  They believe that Jesus will bring about the consolation of Israel and the redemption of Jerusalem.In Luke 2,... [Bible] [church] [religion]

December 26, 1PM

Robert J. Hutchinson.  Searching for Jesus: New Discoveries in the Quest for Jesus of Nazareth—-And How They Confirm the Gospel Accounts.  Nashville: Nelson Books, 2015.  See here to purchase the book. Every Christmas and Easter season, s... [Apologetics] [Bible] [religion] [resurrection]

December 25, 12 PM

In Matthew 2, magi from the east present the child Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  Why did they give Jesus those particular gifts?Here are three items.  The first two items draw from Tim Widowfield’s post on Vridar, “Wh... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [Holidays] [Isaiah] [Matthew] [religion]

December 24, 1PM

Christmas with a Capital C is a 2010 Christian movie produced by Pure Flix Entertainment.  It was on TBN last night. The movie is about a lawyer, Mitch Bright (played by Baldwin brother Daniel Baldwin), who returns to his hometown of Trapper Falls, ... [Holidays] [movies] [politics] [religion]

December 23, 1PM

I am reading John Frame’s A History of Western Philosophy and Theology.  I received a complimentary review copy through NetGalley. An issue that came up in my reading a few days ago is whether God can legitimately command people to believe or to f... [Bible] [philosophy] [religion]

December 22, 2PM

I was flipping through channels last week and came across the Catholic channel, EWTN.  Mother Angelica was discussing theology with some kids, probably sometime during the 1980s. Mother Angelica was trying to highlight how wonderful the incarnation... [Bible] [religion] [Television]

December 21, 2PM

Roberta Kells Dorr.  Solomon’s Song.  Chicago: River North, 2014.  See here to buy the book. Solomon’s Song is the third novel by Roberta Kells Dorr that I have read.  The other two books that I read are Abraham and Sarah and Sons ... [Bible] [I Kings] [II Samuel] [religion] [Song of Solomon]

December 20, 2PM

At church this morning, the pastor made five points that especially stood out to me. A.  The pastor said that God has shown us love through Jesus Christ, and now it’s on us.  God has done all that God can do to show us God’s love.  It... [Bible] [church] [philosophy] [religion]

December 19, 9AM

I am still reading “The Conflict of Adam and Eve with Satan.”  This is a Christian work that dates anywhere from the fifth century C.E. to the ninth century C.E.  It was written originally in Arabic and was translated into Ethiopic. In th... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion]

December 18, 12 PM

I want to share three links about Star Wars and Christianity.  All three are by Christians.  Two of the links are rather pro-Star Wars and believe that it has themes that overlap with Christianity.  The third link, not so much! Rachel in Re... [movies] [religion]

December 17, 11AM

Dr. Lina W. Liken with Cali Blalock.  The 5 Secrets to Social Success with Biblical Principles.  Bloomington: Westbow Press, 2014.  See here to buy the book. As a person with Asperger’s Syndrome, I can use guidance on how to interact wi... [Asperger's] [Autism] [Bible] [religion] [Social Skills]

December 16, 11AM

R.I. Willroth.  Absolute Love.  Bloomington: WestBow Press, 2011.  See here to buy the book. The message of this book is one that you will find in a number of Christian books: that God is love, and only in a relationship with God can one ... [Bible] [love] [love of God] [religion]

December 15, 11AM

Michael Harrington.  Socialism.  New York: Saturday Review Press, 1972.  See here to buy the book. Michael Harrington was an American democratic socialist.  Some have argued that his book about American poverty, The Other America, help... [Candidates] [Communism] [Current Events] [Economics] [Norman Thomas: The Last Idealist] [Political Philosophy] [politics]

December 14, 1PM

Thomas Jay Oord.  The Uncontrolling Love of God: An Open and Relational Account of Providence.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015.  See here to purchase the book. If there is a loving, omnipotent God, why is there evil in the world?  ... [Bible] [religion] [Theodicy]

December 13, 2PM

There have been floods, mudslides, and tornadoes in the Washington state area.  At church this morning, during the part of the service in which people share their joys and concerns for prayer, a lady was talking about her husband interacting with ... [church]

December 12, 1PM

In Matthew 24:35-37, we read:“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.  But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the co... [Bible] [Matthew] [religion]

December 11, 2PM

I’ve been watching the TV series Firefly, which was on for one season in 2002-2003.  It is science fiction.  Although it was only on for one season (plus a movie was made to wrap up the story), it gained a cult following.  I thought th... [Autism] [Current Events] [firefly] [movies] [religion] [Television]

December 10, 12 PM

Elizabeth Camden.  Until the Dawn.  Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Until the Dawn is set in the late nineteenth century.  The mansion of Dierenpark is a tourist attraction in the Hudson River Valley.&nbs... [religion]

December 9, 2PM

Christians have different forms of Christianity. I was eating dinner with a Catholic friend over a decade ago, and he was telling me how he believes that Christianity is about God changing him.  On another occasion, I had dinner with this Catholic ... [religion]

December 8, 1PM

Samuel V. Adams.  The Reality of God and Historical Method: Apocalyptic Theology in Conversation with N.T. Wright.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015.  See here to purchase the book. A question that has loomed large in post-Enlightenment th... [Bible] [history] [religion]

December 7, 2PM

I probably should have written this post when Ben Carson was higher up in the polls, but this is a topic of interest to me, so I will post it.Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who is running for the Republican nomination for U.S. President, is a Sev... [Candidates] [politics] [religion]

December 6, 2PM

The service at church this morning revolved around John the Baptist preparing the way for Jesus.  The pastor preached on Luke 3:1-18. We sang a worship song, “Here Is Our King.”  The song talked about spring arriving and healing the ground,... [Bible] [church] [Current Events] [Prayer] [religion]

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http://christthetao.blogspot.com/2015/12/bart-ehrman-scams-his-students.htmlNote: I don't endorse the post's provocative title, but the post itself is an informative evaluation of Ehrman's argument. [Bible] [David Marshall] [Greco-Roman] [religion]

12 PM

Yesterday, Derek Rishmawy posted some comments about the troubling story in II Kings 2 about God sending she-bears to maul young people who were mocking the prophet Elisha.  Jamie Duguid left an informative comment under Derek’s post about that sto... [Bible] [II Kings] [religion]

December 5, 3PM

Years ago, a group of us at the church that I attended was getting into some theological discussions.  Our Sabbath school lesson was about the rebellion of Satan and his angels against God: you probably know the story about how Satan was originall... [Bible] [church] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion]

December 4, 1PM

Rodrick K. Durst.  Reordering the Trinity: Six Movements of God in the New Testament.  Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic, 2015.  See here to purchase the book. Is the Trinity in the New Testament?  We do see New Testament references that ... [Bible] [Christology] [religion]

December 3, 3PM

I recently watched the 2014 Christian movie, A Matter of Faith.  See here to watch the trailer.  Familiar faces in the movie include Harry Anderson, who played in the 1980’s sitcom Night Court, and Clarence Gilyard, who played in Matlock; Walk... [Creation] [evolution] [movies] [religion] [Television]

December 2, 3PM

A few nights ago, I watched The O.J. Simpson Story, a 1995 made-for-TV movie about O.J. Simpson.  Last night, I watched the Emmy-nominated episode “Five-O” of the series Better Call Saul, which is a spin-off of the popular Breaking Bad series.&nb... [movies] [Television]

December 1, 3PM

Ed Shaw.  Same-Sex Attraction and the Church: The Surprising Plausibility of the Celibate Life.  Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Ed Shaw is a pastor in Bristol, England.  He has same-sex attraction, but he b... [Bible] [religion]

November 30, 3PM

A. Chadwick Thornhill.  The Chosen People: Election, Paul and Second Temple Judaism.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015.  See here to purchase the book. In the New Testament, there is talk about election and God choosing people before the ... [Bible] [Calvinism] [religion]

November 29, 3PM

At church this morning, the pastor preached about the story in Luke 1, which is about the birth of John the Baptist. Zechariah was a priest who was old, and he and his wife, Elizabeth, wanted a child.  Zechariah’s priestly section was on duty, and... [Bible] [church] [Luke] [religion]

November 28, 2PM

John H. Walton and Tremper Longman III.  How to Read Job.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015.  See here to buy the book. John H. Walton and Tremper Longman III are prolific scholars of the Hebrew Bible.  They are also evangelical Chris... [Bible] [Job] [religion] [Theodicy]

November 27, 2PM

I am reading “The Conflict of Adam and Eve with Satan” for my daily quiet time.  This is a Christian work that probably dates from the fifth century C.E. to the ninth century C.E. Did Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden have the Holy Spirit insi... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion]

November 26, 11AM

During my prayer time last night, the subject of thanksgiving entered my mind because, well, it is Thanksgiving!  Philippians 4:6 came to my mind: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your ... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [Holidays] [John MacArthur] [Life] [Prayer] [religion]

November 25, 2PM

Dr. Tim Clarey.  Dinosaurs, Marvels of God’s Design: The Science of the Biblical Account.  Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2015.  See here to buy the book.Tim Clarey is a young earth creationist, who serves at the Institute for Creation ... [Bible] [Creation] [evolution] [religion]

November 24, 3PM

I have been reading “Adam and Eve,” which is in The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden.  The book is often known as “The Conflict of Adam and Eve with Satan.”  It is a Christian work, originally written in Arabic a... [Bible] [Creation] [Daily Quiet Time] [evolution] [religion] [Unbelievable?]

November 23, 2PM

 Matthew E. Ferris.  Evangelicals Adrift: Supplanting Scripture with Sacramentalism.  Great Writing, 2015.  See here to buy the book.A number of evangelicals are converting to Roman Catholicism or Eastern Orthodoxy, seeking in these f... [Bible] [history] [religion]

November 22, 2PM

This morning at church, the pastor preached about Matthew 25:31-46. This is the passage in which the Son of Man separates the sheep from the goats.  The Son of Man welcomes the sheep into the Kingdom prepared for them from the foundation of the wor... [Bible] [church] [religion]

November 21, 2PM

David Zac Niringiye.  The Church: God’s Pilgrim People.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015.  See here to buy the book.David Zac Niringiye is an African theologian and former bishop in the Church of Uganda.  In The Church: God’s Pil... [Bible] [religion]

November 20, 1PM

Mark L. Strauss.  Jesus Behaving Badly: The Puzzling Paradoxes of the Man from Galilee.  Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Many Christians struggle with what is in the Old Testament, with its laws, wars, and portra... [Bible] [religion]

November 19, 4PM

Today, I was reading about the Admonitions of Ipuwer, which was discussed in the 2015 documentary Patterns of Evidence.  Patterns of Evidence argues that the biblical Exodus took place during Egypt’s Middle Kingdom Period.  The Admonitions of... [Bible] [Exodus] [history] [religion]

November 18, 2PM

This morning, I was researching some of the claims that were made in the 2015 documentary, Patterns of Evidence, which argues that the biblical Exodus occurred during the time of Egypt’s Middle Kingdom.  I would like to talk about two issues: the... [Bible] [history] [religion]

November 17, 1PM

Kenneth Berding and Matt Williams, ed.  What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Their Writings.  Second edition.  Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic, 2015.  See here to purchase the book. What the New Testament Author... [Bible] [religion]

November 16, 1PM

Patrick W. Carr.  The Shock of Night.  Bloomington, Minnesota: Bethany House Publishers, 2015.  See here to buy the book. The Shock of Night is a Christian fantasy book.  It is technically the first book of The Darkwater Saga, but Pat... [religion]

12 PM

https://www.yahoo.com/health/ben-carson-sometimes-deviates-from-gop-health-care-144459046.html Hopefully, he’ll continue being an independent thinker, rather than giving into the right wing. [Candidates] [Health Care] [politics]

November 15, 1PM

The text for this morning’s church service was Matthew 5:13: “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of ... [Bible] [church] [religion]

November 14, 1PM

I was reading Russell Moore’s “What I’m Reading” this morning.  One of the books that Moore listed was Jack Kemp: The Bleeding Heart Conservative Who Changed America, which was written by Morton Kondracke and Fred Barnes (the Beltway Boys).&n... [politics] [Ronald Reagan]

November 13, 1PM

A.  I read an article today about last night’s episode of The Big Bang Theory.  Unfortunately, I cannot find the article.  I did bookmark it, but apparently my bookmarks are not listed according to the order in which I bookmarked them,... [love] [movies] [religion] [Television]

November 12, 1PM

Amidst all the hubbub about Dr. Ben Carson’s life story, I decided to watch the 2009 movie in which Cuba Gooding, Jr. played Dr. Carson.  The movie is based on Ben Carson’s autobiography, and it is entitled, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story. ... [Candidates] [Current Events] [movies] [politics] [religion] [Television]

November 11, 1PM

Paul Wilbur.  Touching the Heart of God: Embracing the Calendar of the Kingdom.  Apopka, FL: Certa Books, 2015.  See here to buy the book.Paul Wilbur is a Messianic Jewish musician.  I love his music and have three of his CDs.If I were... [Bible] [Jewish-Christian relations] [religion]

November 10, 2PM

I recently watched the 2015 documentary, Patterns of Evidence, which is about the historicity of the biblical Exodus.  See here for the trailer.  You can watch the movie on Netflix.Before I offer some thoughts about the documentary, I would like... [Bible] [Exodus] [history] [movies] [religion]

November 9, 12 PM

Jody Hedlund.  Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion.  New York: Waterbrook Press, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Martin Luther married a former nun, Katharina von Bora.  Luther and Katharina is historical fiction about... [history] [religion]

November 8, 3PM

Robert Reich, a progressive who served in Bill Clinton’s cabinet, went on a tour of the red states.  Here is what he found: “But something odd happened. It turned out that many of the conservative Republicans and Tea Partiers I met agreed with m... [Candidates] [Current Events] [politics]
At church this morning, the pastor preached about Luke 14:1-14, in which Jesus eats a Sabbath meal with the Pharisees. The pastor referred to previous meals that Jesus ate with the Pharisees in the Gospel of Luke, and these did not turn out well.  T... [Bible] [church] [religion]

November 7, 1PM

Gary Chapman.  Anger: Taming a Powerful Emotion.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2015.  See here to buy the book.Gary Chapman is an evangelical Christian counselor.  This book is about how people can handle anger.According to Chapman, ange... [Bible] [religion]

12 PM

Ryan Bell is a former Seventh-Day Adventist.  His article on Ben Carson and Seventh-Day Adventism is brief, yet informative in talking about the historical beliefs and some of the nuances of the Seventh-Day Adventist church.  The article is m... [politics] [religion]

November 6, 1PM

John G. Stackhouse, Jr.  Partners in Christ: A Conservative Case for Egalitarianism.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015.  See here to purchase the book. Partners in Christ revises and expands on a 2005 book that John G. Stackhouse, Jr. wrot... [Bible] [religion]

November 5, 2PM

I recently watched Patterns of Evidence, a 2014 documentary about the historicity of the Exodus.  I may write a post about it next week (we'll see).  Here, I want to link to a summary of the documentary's arguments.  It is by Even Steven.&n... [Exodus]

November 4, 12 PM

Max Lucado.  Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now.  Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Max Lucado notices that a number of Christians are in a rut.  They are not overcoming temptation.  They wond... [Bible] [Joshua] [religion]

November 3, 2PM

This post is a follow-up to my review yesterday of Donald Guthrie’s New Testament Introduction.  I received a complimentary review copy of this book from IVP Academic, just to get that out there.  My post here will be a bit rambling. I was t... [Bible] [religion]

November 2, 1PM

Donald Guthrie.  New Testament Introduction: Fourth Edition.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015.  See here to purchase the book. Donald Guthrie (1915-1992) had a Ph.D. from the University of London, and he taught New Testament at London Bib... [Bible] [religion]

November 1, 2PM

At church this morning, we celebrated All Saints’ Day.  Here are two items about my pastor’s sermon this morning. A.  The pastor was telling us about a woman he knew in West Virginia who was called “Granny.”  Granny was welcoming t... [Bible] [church] [religion]

October 31, 11AM

Last Saturday night, we watched the 1931 Dracula movie, which starred Bela Lugosi as the Transylvanian vampire.  I had never seen it all the way through, so I wanted to watch it.  It was hosted by Svengoolie, who gave us a lot of interesting t... [movies]

October 30, 1PM

I listened to another Nick Peters’ podcast last night.  This one was from November 2, 2013.  It was with David Wood, and it concerned the problem of evil: the question of whether the existence of evil is compatible with the existence of an ... [Apologetics] [atheism] [Bible] [religion] [Theodicy]

October 29, 12 PM

I have had some insomnia recently, so I have been listening to things online while trying to sleep.  I mainly listen to religious things: Unbelievable with Justin Brierley, sermons, etc.  It just dawned on me when I was trying to sleep one ni... [religion]

October 28, 12 PM

I’ve been wanting to blog about Presidential candidate Ben Carson being a Seventh-Day Adventist.  Now that it is in the news quite a bit, I figure that now is a good time to write this post.  Here are some ramblings.A.  It interests me... [Candidates] [church] [Life] [politics] [religion]

October 27, 11AM

http://benstanhope.blogspot.com/2015/10/isaiahs-circle-of-earth-bad-creationist.html [Bible] [religion]

October 26, 12 PM

I am plowing through a 1000-page book on the New Testament, so I won’t be writing any book reviews for at least a week.  In this post, I want to write about a scene in the Testament of Solomon, which I read sometime back.  According to the ... [Bible] [LOST] [movies] [religion] [Television]

October 25, 12 PM

I have two items in my write-up about church this morning. A.  We sang a song that we sang last week, “Heart Won’t Stop.”  The song appears to be based on Romans 8:38-39: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, n... [Bible] [church] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion]

October 24, 11AM

Angela H. Reed, Richard R. Osmer, and Marcus G. Smucker.  Spiritual Companioning: A Guide to Protestant Theology and Practice.  Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015.  See here to purchase the book. Spiritual Companioning is about both one-on-... [Asperger's] [religion]

October 23, 11AM

Jonathan Jones II.  A Graceful Uprising: How Grace Changes Everything.  Dallas: Start2Finish Books, 2015.  See here to buy the book. A Graceful Uprising is about God’s grace, and it focuses on Paul’s Epistle to the Romans.  In ter... [Bible] [Calvinism] [religion] [Romans]

October 22, 11AM

Alex McFarland.  The God You Thought You Knew: Exposing the 10 Biggest Myths About Christianity.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Allow me to quote from the back cover of the book, and this will set t... [Apologetics] [religion]

October 21, 2PM

John D. Caputo.  Hoping Against Hope (Confessions of a Postmodern Pilgrim).  Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015.  See here to purchase the book. John D. Caputo is a philosopher, a theologian, and an author.  Hope Against Hope contains s... [Bible] [religion]

October 20, 3PM

Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.  Tough Questions about God and His Actions in the Old Testament.  Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. is a biblical scholar, who has taught the Old Testament and h... [Bible] [religion]

October 19, 11AM

I subscribe to Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation.  I liked the following part of today’s meditation: “For example, in centering prayer, you observe the hurt as it arises in your stream of consciousness, but you don’t jump on this boat and giv...

October 18, 2PM

For my blog post about church this morning, I would like to use as my starting-point the stanza of a song that we sang.  The song is entitled “All That I Am.”  The stanza goes as follows: “All that I am for all that You are my Lord, “A... [Bible] [church] [John MacArthur] [music] [People of the Lie] [religion] [Theodicy]

October 17, 3PM

Archie J. Spencer.  The Analogy of Faith: The Quest for God’s Speakability.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015.  See here to purchase the book. In The Analogy of Faith, theologian Archie J. Spencer discusses the question of whether human... [Bible] [religion]

2PM

I found this post useful because I am about to review Archie Spencer’s The Analogy of Faith, which addresses some of the same issues. https://growrag.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/the-three-forms-of-natural-theology-for-the-post-reformed-orthodox-and-even-ev... [religion]

October 16, 4PM

Lynn Austin.  On This Foundation.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2015.  See here to buy the book.On This Foundation is the third novel of Lynn Austin’s Restoration Chronicles, which is about Israel after the exile.  One can... [Bible] [religion]

1PM

I would like to interact with a couple of statements that I read recently about forgiveness. A. Christian apologist Nick Peters wrote a post entitled “Can I Be Forgiven?”  Peters refers to Jesus’ parable about the unmerciful servant in Matthew... [Bible] [religion]

October 15, 12 PM

I am reading Lynn Austin’s On This Foundation.  Bethany House Publishers sent me a complimentary review copy of this book.  This post here is not my actual review.  I will probably write the actual review sometime next week.  Rath... [Bible] [religion]

October 14, 12 PM

C.R. Chapman.  Apocalyptic Tremors: Study the Revelation Like Never Before.  Bloomington: Westbow Press, 2011.  See here to buy the book.In Apocalyptic Tremors, C.R. Chapman offers her interpretation of the Book of Revelation.Chapman mainta... [Bible] [religion] [Revelation]

October 12, 12 PM

I went to my church’s small group last Thursday.  This fall, we are going through Robert Morris’ The God I Never Knew: How Real Friendship with the Holy Spirit Can Change Your Life. We read a part of the book that was about the Holy Spirit’s ro... [atheism] [Bible] [Calvinism] [church] [religion]

October 11, 1PM

At church this morning, the pastor was preaching about the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10.  Zacchaeus was a rich tax collector, and tax collectors were unpopular among Jews because there were tax collectors who defrauded people or exacted more... [Bible] [church] [Luke] [religion]

October 9, 12 PM

Soong-Chan Rah.  Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times.  Downers Grove, IVP Books, 2015.  See here to purchase the book. Soong-Chan Rah helped plant a church in inner-city Cambridge, Massachusetts, and his first sermon ser... [Bible] [Current Events] [Race] [religion]

October 8, 1PM

Gregory Wayne Edwards.  Pure God: Finally, Answers to Your Questions!  Bloomington: Westbow Press (a Division of Thomas Nelson), 2013.  See here to buy the book. According to the “About the Author” section of the book, Gregory Wayne Ed... [Bible] [religion]

October 7, 12 PM

My church has small groups during the fall and the spring.  This fall, we are going through Robert Morris’ The God I Never Knew: How Real Friendship with the Holy Spirit Can Change Your Life.  In the past, the church’s small groups have gone... [Bible] [church] [John MacArthur] [religion]

October 6, 1PM

Kyle Greenwood.  Scripture and Cosmology: Reading the Bible Between the Ancient World and Modern Science.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic.  See here to purchase the book. In Scripture and Cosmology: Reading the Bible Between the Ancient World ... [Bible] [religion]

October 5, 12 PM

James Bars and Blake Bars.  God, Please Rewire My MADFATS: How to Change Your Life.  Hope of Love Publications, 2012.  See here to buy the book. “MADFATS” is an acronym for Motives, Affections, Desires, Feelings, Actions, and Thoughts.... [Bible] [Family Guy] [religion] [Television]

October 4, 1PM

At church this morning, the pastor commented on Jesus’ Parable of the Yeast in Matthew 13:33, in light of the recent shooting.  The NIV’s rendition of the Parable states: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into ... [Bible] [church] [Current Events] [politics] [religion]

October 3, 1PM

Robert Morris. The God I Never Knew: How Real Friendship with the Holy Spirit Can Change Your Life. Colorado Springs: WaterBrook Press, 2011. See here to buy the book. My church is using this book in its small groups. The book is about experiencing the Ho... [Bible] [church] [religion]

October 2, 12 PM

Fawn Weaver.  The Argument-Free Marriage: 28 Days to Creating the Marriage You’ve Always Wanted with the Spouse You Already Have.  Nashville: Nelson Books, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Fawn Weaver and her husband, Keith, have an argum... [religion] [Social Skills]

September 30, 12 PM

Darin Slack.  Reclaiming Prophecy: Encouraging Church Leaders to Rethink Prophetic Ministry.  Apopka, FL: Certa, 2015.  See here to buy the book. More than one person has said that prophets can be a destabilizing presence.  A person c... [Bible] [religion]

September 29, 1PM

Fred Sanders, ed.  How God Used R.A. Torrey: A Short Biography As Told Through His Sermons.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2015.  See here to buy the book. R.A. Torrey (1856-1928) worked with renowned evangelist D.L. Moody, and he also was ins... [Bible] [history] [religion]

September 28, 11PM

I finished Fred Sanders’ How God Used R.A. Torrey, and I will be writing my review of it tomorrow.  (Moody Publishers sent me a review copy in exchange for an honest review, just to get that out into the open.)  The book is a collection of ... [Bible] [church] [religion]

September 27, 1PM

At church this morning, the pastor preached about Mark 10:46-52.  Jesus, his disciples, and a large crowd are departing from Jericho, and a blind beggar on the roadside calls out to Jesus, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  People ... [Bible] [church] [religion]

September 25, 8PM

Beverly Lewis.  The Photograph.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2015.  See here to buy the book. This is the first book by Beverly Lewis that I have ever read.  She writes a lot of Christian fiction about the Amish.  In Th... [religion] [Television]

12 PM

Andrew Purves.  Exploring Christology and Atonement: Conversations with John McLeod Campbell, H.R. MacKintosh and T.F. Torrance.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015.  See here to purchase the book. Andrew Purves teaches Historical Theology a... [Bible] [church] [religion]

September 23, 12 PM

http://www.peteenns.com/no-turning-back-5-insights-about-the-old-testament-from-modern-biblical-scholarship/ [Bible] [religion]

11AM

John C. Peckham. The Love of God: A Canonical Model. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015. See here to purchase the book. John C. Peckham teaches theology and Christian philosophy at Andrews University, which is a Seventh-Day Adventist university. His book,... [Bible] [Calvinism] [love] [love of God] [religion]

September 22, 11AM

Michael Scott Lowery. God’s Weigh to Your Ideal Body Weight: Your Body Should Glorify God. Bloomington: Westbow Press (a division of Thomas Nelson), 2013. See here to buy the book.In God’s Weigh to Your Ideal Body Weight, Michael Scott Lowery talks a... [Bible] [religion]

September 21, 11AM

Steven A. Hein. The Christian Life: Cross or Glory? Irvine, California: New Reformation Publications, 2015. See here to purchase the book. In The Christian Life: Cross or Glory?, Stephen A. Hein presents his Lutheran view of the Christian life, as he dra... [Bible] [Calvinism] [religion]

September 20, 1PM

At church this morning, the pastor’s Scriptural text was Mark 1:14-20, in which Peter, Andrew, James, and John left the fishing business to follow Jesus and fish for people.  The pastor was saying that we all have to make this decision each day:... [Bible] [church] [religion]

September 18, 11AM

For my daily quiet time, I recently read the Testament of Abraham, the Testament of Isaac, and the Testament of Jacob in my Charlesworth Pseudepigrapha. According to the Charlesworth Pseudepigrapha, the Testament of Abraham dates to the first-second ce... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion]

September 17, 11AM

Greg Peters. The Story of Monasticism: Retrieving an Ancient Tradition for Contemporary Spirituality. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015. See here to purchase the book.Greg Peters is a Benedictine oblate, an Anglican pastor, and an academic who teaches me... [Bible] [history] [religion]

September 16, 11AM

Answered and Unanswered Prayer:  http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2015/09/when-cats-away-mice-will-play.html “Could Jesus Sin?”: http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2015/09/could-jesus-sin.html [Bible] [Christology] [Prayer] [religion]

September 15, 12 PM

Caleb Kaltenbach. Messy Grace: How a Pastor with Gay Parents Learned to Love Others Without Sacrificing Conviction. Colorado Springs: Waterbrook Press, 2015. See here to buy the book. Caleb Kaltenbach’s mother and father were gay, academic, and skeptic... [Bible] [homosexuality] [religion]

September 14, 11AM

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/america-most-liberal-presidential-candidate-153100112.html [Candidates] [Current Events] [politics]
Alan S. Bandy and Benjamin L. Merkle.  Understanding Prophecy: A Biblical-Theological Approach.  Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic, 2015.  See here to buy the book.  Understanding Prophecy is about prophecy in the Hebrew Bible and the... [Bible] [religion]

September 13, 2PM

At church this morning, the pastor preached about the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).  The pastor was saying that love for neighbor is not about how we feel about our neighbor, and how our neighbor feels about us; rather, it is abou... [Bible] [church] [love] [religion]

12 PM

Would Joe Biden be a formidable Presidential candidate?  I have read more than one article that answers “no.”  These articles note that Biden ran for President in 1988 and 2008, and he did not do very well. There are a lot of factors in wh... [Candidates] [Current Events] [politics]

September 12, 11AM

Theo Hobson.  Reinventing Liberal Christianity.  Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2013.  See here to buy the book. A.  The title of this book is Reinventing Liberal Christianity.  I suppose that a good place to start this post ... [Bible] [history] [religion]

September 11, 1PM

I recently read the Testament of Abraham for my daily quiet time.  The Charlesworth Pseudepigrapha dates it to the first-second centuries C.E.  E.P. Sanders, in his editorial introduction to the work, argues that it has an Egyptian Jewish bac... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [Hebrews] [Rabbinics] [religion]

September 9, 10AM

http://www.bibleodyssey.org/people/related-articles/views-on-the-afterlife-in-the-time-of-jesus.aspx [Bible] [Greco-Roman] [religion]

September 8, 10PM

Jennifer Ball.  Here.  Spring Hill, Florida: Revelation Publishing Company, 2014.  See here to buy the book. Here is about two teenagers named Abigail and Joshua.  Abigail is a Christian girl with a sociopathic sister.  Joshua, l... [religion]

12 PM

I went to Powell’s bookstore in Portland on Labor Day.  I browsed inside the rare book room, the philosophy section, and the religion section.  The religion section is so big that I didn’t even get to see everything!  Here are three ... [Apologetics] [Bible] [Books] [Life] [religion]

September 7, 10AM

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/07/opinion/paul-krugman-trump-is-right-on-economics.html [Candidates] [Current Events] [Economics] [politics]

September 6, 2PM

This morning, Republican Presidential candidate John Kasich was on ABC This Week.  He was on shortly after Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who was defending Kim Davis.  Here is the interaction between George Stephanopoulos an... [Candidates] [Current Events] [Health Care] [homosexuality] [politics] [Race] [religion]

1PM

At church this morning, the new pastor was preaching about Luke 2, which is about Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus.  He talked some about the traditional Jewish belief in hospitality, referring to Jewish traditions, which was cool.  The pastor wa... [church] [religion]

September 5, 12 AM

Lynn Austin. While We’re Far Apart. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2010. See here to buy the book. While We’re Far Apart is set in World War II New England. Eddie Schaffer is about to go to war, and the shy Penny Goodrich, who has been infatuated with ... [atheism] [Brothers and Sisters] [history] [Jewish-Christian relations] [love] [pluralism] [religion] [Television]

September 4, 11AM

I recently read the Testament of Job. In my Charlesworth Pseudepigrapha, the Testament of Job is dated from the first century B.C.E. to the first century C.E.I first heard of the Testament of Job when I was an undergraduate. I was interested in Judaism... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [Job] [Life] [religion] [school]

September 3, 12 PM

Wendy Doniger. The Hindus: An Alternative History. Penguin Books, 2009. See here to buy the book. The Hindus: An Alternative History is a diachronic study of Hinduism that highlights the complexity and diversity of the religion. Many non-Hindu Westerner... [Hinduism] [religion]

September 2, 1PM

The NCPA is conservative, but I like some of what it says about health care: reasons that costs are so high, and ways to bring the costs down. healthblog.ncpa.org/occupational-licensing-and-health-spending/ [Economics] [Health Care] [politics]

12 PM

http://vridar.org/2015/09/01/highlights-of-the-david-fitzgerald-daniel-gullotta-discussion-on-miami-vally-skeptics/ [atheism] [Bible] [religion]

11AM

I read II Baruch recently for my daily quiet time.  Scholar A.F.J. Klijn in my Charlesworth Pseudepigrapha dates II Baruch to the early second century C.E.  It is a Jewish work.  I have two items about II Baruch: one about “soon” or ... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion]

September 1, 12 PM

I forgot something in my blog post yesterday about Robert Price’s The Da Vinci Fraud. On page 36, Price states: “Was something going on between Jesus and Mary Magdalene?  You don’t have to read the Gospel of Philip to suspect that there was!&n... [Bible] [church] [movies] [religion]

August 31, 1PM

Robert M. Price.  The Da Vinci Fraud: Why the Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction.  Amherst: Prometheus, 2005.  See here to buy the book. In The Da Vinci Fraud, atheist biblical scholar Robert M. Price challenges the claims of Dan Brown’s The ... [Bible] [religion]

August 30, 12 PM

The man who gave the sermon this morning was talking about Mark 7:1-15.  In that passage, Jesus was saying that “the things that come out are what defile” (NRSV).  The preacher was interpreting this to mean that, when we act on the corrup... [Bible] [church] [religion]

August 28, 1PM

triablogue.blogspot.com/2015/08/were-disciples-deadbeat-dads.html [Bible] [religion]
I haven’t written a whole lot about the 2016 Presidential election.  This is unlike me, since I wrote a lot about the 2008 and 2012 Presidential elections when they were going on. In this post, I would like to talk about Hillary.  Here are s... [Candidates] [Current Events] [politics]

August 27, 12 PM

I watched the 2014 Left Behind movie, starring Nicholas Cage.  Here are some thoughts:  I did not care for the movie.  Now, you may be thinking to yourself that I am the sort of person who would not like the movie—-progressive, an acade... [movies] [religion] [Social Skills]

August 25, 11AM

I watched Ridley Scott’s 2014 movie, Exodus: Gods and Kings, a few nights ago.  Here are some thoughts:  The movie was controversial among many conservative Christians because it implied that the plagues on Egypt could have been explained na... [Bible] [Exodus] [movies] [religion]

August 24, 12 PM

Roger E. Olson.  Against Calvinism.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011.  See here to buy the book. Roger Olson is an Arminian theologian.  I decided to read his Against Calvinism after I had read another book that was supportive of Calvini... [Bible] [Calvinism] [religion]

August 23, 1PM

The sermon at church this morning was entitled “Humility: The Ultimate Faith Additive.” The text for the sermon was Mark 7:24-30.  In this text, Jesus went to the region of Tyre, and he found a house there where he could stay.  According t... [Bible] [church] [religion]

August 22, 10AM

http://www.thenation.com/article/rand-pauls-eye-roll-marked-the-end-of-the-911-era/ [Candidates] [Current Events] [politics]

August 20, 12 PM

Kenneth R. Miller.  Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul.  New York: Viking, 2008.  See here to buy the book. Kenneth Miller teaches biology at Brown University, and he has been a prominent figure in debates about e... [evolution] [Life] [religion] [school]

August 18, 11AM

Lynn Austin.  Until We Reach Home.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2008.  See here to buy the book.As I was reading this book, I thought to myself more than once, “This book is Christy-Award worthy.”  Lynn Austin has writt... [Bible] [religion]

August 17, 11AM

My church finished its Sunday School class on the United Methodist Church’s Social Principles a few Sundays ago.  Here are three items:  The pastor was commenting on welfare.  She was responding to people who say that the American welfa... [church] [politics] [religion]

August 16, 1PM

Today was our pastor’s last day at our church.  I have been attending a United Methodist Church for the last three months.  She has been pastoring this church for the last six years!  Near the end of the service, we watched a video tha... [Bible] [church] [religion] [Television]

August 14, 12 PM

Robert M. Price.  The Reason Driven Life: What Am I Here On Earth For?  Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 2006.  See here to buy the book. Robert M. Price is often characterized as an atheist biblical scholar.  The Reason Driven Lif... [atheism] [Bible] [religion]

August 13, 12 PM

At church last Sunday, the pastor was contrasting a Methodist version of a Charles Wesley hymn with a Lutheran version.  The hymn is “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.” The reason that the pastor was commenting on this is that she will soon be... [Bible] [church] [Daily Quiet Time] [John MacArthur] [religion]

August 11, 12 PM

Joyce Meyer.  Do Yourself a Favor…Forgive: Learn How to Take Control of Your Life Through Forgiveness.  New York, Boston, Nashville: FaithWords, 2012.  See here to buy the book.I saw this book at the library, and I reluctantly decided to ... [Bible] [religion]

August 9, 2PM

Randy Petersen.  The Printer and the Preacher: Ben Franklin, George Whitefield, and the Surprising Friendship That Invented America.  Nashville: Nelson Books, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Benjamin Franklin was a deist who doubted Jesus... [history] [religion]

August 7, 1PM

The United Methodist Church that I have been attending for the past couple of months has been going through the UMC’s Social Principles in its Sunday School class.  Last week, one of the people in the class was talking about economics.  We ... [church] [Economics]

11AM

Gary M. Burge.  Mapping Your Academic Career: Charting the Course of a Professor’s Life.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015.  See here to buy the book. In Mapping Your Academic Career, New Testament professor Gary Burge talks about the v...

August 6, 12 PM

David B. Capes, Rodney Reeves and E. Randolph Richards.  Rediscovering Jesus: An Introduction to Biblical, Religious and Cultural Perspectives on Christ.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Rediscovering Jesus exp... [Bible] [religion]

August 5, 11AM

This will be a rambling, confusing post—-even to me, the person writing it! Yesterday, I reviewed Talking Doctrine: Mormons & Evangelicals in Conversation.  One chapter that I said I would like to unpack is Mormon scholar Robert Millet’s ... [Bible] [religion]

August 4, 11AM

Richard J. Mouw and Robert L. Millet, ed.  Talking Doctrine: Mormons & Evangelicals in Conversation.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Mormonism and evangelicalism have not always had a positive relationshi... [history] [religion]

August 3, 1PM

Carl Schmuland.  Parables of the Deer: A Journey Towards Christian Maturity.  Apopka: New Book Publishing (a division of Reliance Media), 2012.  See here to buy the book. In Parables of the Deer, Carl Schmuland shares photographs of deer t... [Bible] [Calvinism] [evolution] [religion]

August 2, 3PM

At church this morning, someone from the congregation spoke to us about Jesus’ multiplication of the loaves and the fishes in Matthew 14:13-21.  He noted that the story opens with: “Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat t... [Bible] [church] [religion]

July 31, 1PM

My church’s Sunday School class is going through the United Methodist Church’s Social Principles.  We had a lot of good discussions last Sunday: about pay disparity between men and women, alcohol, eugenics, the unborn, rights and responsibilit... [Alcoholism] [Bible] [church] [religion]

July 30, 1PM

Jonathan Kirsch.  God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism.  Viking Compass, 2004.  See here to buy the book. I enjoyed Jonathan Kirsch’s History of the End of the World (see my review here) because ... [Bible] [history] [religion]

July 29, 12 PM

William Gage.  “For This Child I Prayed.”  2015.  See here to buy the story. “For This Child I Prayed” is a short story about the biblical story of Hannah in the Bible.  Hannah is barren and prays to God for a child, and God ... [Bible] [religion]

July 28, 1PM

Roberta Kells Dorr.  The Sons of Isaac.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 1995, 2014.  See here to buy the book. The Sons of Isaac is Roberta Kells Dorr’s retelling of the stories of the biblical characters Isaac and Jacob.  A while back, ... [Bible] [religion]

July 27, 12 PM

I did not write about church yesterday afternoon because I went to see some beautiful waterfalls and saw some beautiful scenery.  Maybe I’ll talk about that later this week, or next week, looking at the question of how that relates to God. ... [church] [religion]

July 24, 11AM

Richard Twiss.  One Church, Many Tribes: Following Jesus the Way God Made You.  Ventura, California: Regal Books, 2000.  See here to buy the book. I wrote about Richard Twiss’ posthumous 2015 book, Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys, in... [Bible] [history] [religion]

July 23, 10AM

Nicholas Wapshott.  Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics.  New York and London: W.W. Norton and Company, 2011.  See here to buy the book. John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek were economists who profoundly impacted the ... [Economics] [George W. Bush] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [Ronald Reagan]

July 22, 10AM

I have been reading the Sibylline Oracles for my daily quiet time.  The Sibylline Oracles were pagan prophetesses, but Jews later composed an edition of their prophecies that were in line with Jewish thought, and Christians added Christian element... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion]

July 21, 10AM

Last Sunday at Sunday School, the pastor played for us an excerpt of a sermon by Richard Rohr.  Rohr was essentially saying that, instead of trying to prove that we’re right in arguments, we should listen to the other side and learn from it.&nbs... [church] [Life]

July 20, 12 PM

Bradley Malkovsky.  God’s Other Children: Personal Encounters with Faith, Love, and Holiness in Sacred India.  New York: HarperOne, 2013.  See here to buy the book. Bradley Malkovsky teaches comparative theology at the University of Notre... [pluralism] [religion]

July 19, 3PM

People were talking like evangelicals at the United Methodist Church that I attended this morning.  More than one person talked about God speaking to them and being led by the Holy Spirit.  Someone else was claiming Hebrews 13:2, which talks ... [church] [religion]

July 17, 12 PM

Peter Watson.  The Age of Atheists: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God.  Simon and Schuster, 2014.  See here to buy the book.There are many who believe that, without God or religion, there is a huge hole in people’s lives.... [atheism] [history] [religion]

July 15, 11AM

The Sunday School class at my church is going through the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church.  Last week, we discussed the section on “The Natural World.”  Here are three items: 1.  One issue that we talked about was cli... [church] [politics] [religion]

July 14, 11AM

Os Guinness.  Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion.  Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2015.  See here to buy the book. How can Christians persuade people to accept their faith, when there are many today who are hostile or ind... [Apologetics] [Bible] [religion]

July 13, 11AM

Steve and Sharol Hayner.  Joy in the Journey: Finding Abundance in the Shadow of Death.  Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Steve Hayner had been a professor, a minister, a president of a seminary, and a president o... [religion]

July 12, 3PM

At church this morning, some of the songs ministered to me.  We sang a couple of different songs from what we normally sing, and we even sang a song from our hymnbook!  Here are some lines that especially resonated with me:“Everyone needs c... [church] [religion]

July 10, 12 PM

Anthony R. Petterson.  Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.  Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2015.  This book is part of the Apollos Old Testament Commentary series, which is edited by David W. Baker and Gordon J. Wenham.  See here to... [Bible] [Haggai] [Malachi] [religion] [Zechariah]

July 9, 11AM

Amy Clipston.  A Simple Prayer.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015.  See here to buy the book. A Simple Prayer is Book Four of the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series.  I have to admit that I have not read the previous three books ... [religion]

July 8, 9AM

Author Kevin Timothy O’Kane sent me a response to my review of Jonathan Kirsch’s A History of the End of the World.  I wrote a review of O’Kane’s Instigators of the Apocalypse last month, and O’Kane’s book engages with Kirsch’s book.&nb... [Bible] [history] [religion] [Revelation]

July 7, 11AM

As I said last Sunday, I started going to my church’s Sunday school class.  I decided to do so for a variety of reasons: to learn, to become integrated more into the church, and also because it is a new class.  The Sunday school class recen... [church] [religion]

July 6, 12 PM

Bryan Litfin.  After Acts: Exploring the Lives and Legends of the Apostles.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Bryan Litfin teaches theology at Moody Bible Institute, and he has a Ph.D. in ancient church history f... [Bible] [religion]

July 5, 3PM

I have been attending a United Methodist church, and today was the first day that I attended the church’s Sunday school class.  I will write about that later this week.  Today, I have four items about the church service itself. 1.  Las... [Bible] [church] [Daily Quiet Time]

July 3, 1PM

Rich Robinson.  Christ in the Sabbath.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2014.  See here to buy the book.Rich Robinson is a Jew who believes in Jesus and a researcher for Jews for Jesus.  He has an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity ... [Bible] [Rabbinics] [religion]

July 2, 12 PM

In this post, I would like to post a couple of items on the belief within rabbinic Judaism that certain commands in the Torah could be nullified, or simply not applied.  A commenter asked me about this topic yesterday (see here), and I found a few... [Bible] [Rabbinics] [religion]

July 1, 12 PM

Richard Twiss.  Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys: A Native American Expression of the Jesus Way.  Ed. Ray Martell and Sue Martell.  Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Richard Twiss, who passed on in 2013, wa... [religion]

June 30, 1PM

I was flipping through channels last night before going to bed, and I came across some hearings that were being conducted by the state Board of Pardons and Clemency.  This channel is sort of like a local C-Span—-it probably is not affiliated wit... [Current Events] [religion] [Television]

June 29, 1PM

Joel L. Kraemer.  Maimonides: The Life and World of One of Civilization’s Greatest Minds.  Doubleday, 2008.  See here to buy the book. Moses ben Maimon, or Maimonides, was a twelfth century Jewish philosopher, leader, and physician. ... [Bible] [history] [religion]

June 28, 2PM

At church this morning, someone from the congregation gave the sermon.  She was preaching about the story in Mark 9:22-43 about Jesus’ healing of Jairus’ daughter and the woman with the issue of blood. When Jesus arrives at Jairus’ home, ther... [Bible] [church] [religion]

June 27, 10AM

I watched the 2014 movie, The Theory of Everything, last night.  The movie is about theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and his relationship with his wife (later ex-wife, but still friend), Jane.  It starts from the time when he was a colle... [atheism] [Daily Quiet Time] [history] [movies] [religion]

June 26, 12 PM

I was thinking about the recent King v. Burwell U.S. Supreme Court case yesterday.  Right before I went to bed, I was listening to some of the oral arguments and the questioning by Supreme Court justices on C-Span. King v. Burwell is about the Aff... [Current Events] [Health Care] [politics]

June 25, 2PM

I recently read Gerald Borchert’s Jesus of Nazareth: Background, Witnesses, and Significance, and I said in my post here that the book led me to take a second look at the concept of the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit in Luke 12. A lot of times, Chris... [Bible] [Luke] [religion] [Revelation]

June 24, 12 PM

Nathan D. Holsteen and Michael J. Svigel, ed.  Exploring Christian Theology, Volume Two: Creation, Fall, and Salvation.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2015.  See here to buy the book. In this second volume of Exploring Christian Th... [religion]

June 23, 11AM

Derek Leman is a Messianic Jewish rabbi, and I subscribe to his free Daily D’Var, in which he comments on passages in the Torah and the Gospels from a religious and a scholarly perspective.  I would like to share here his comments today on Numb... [Bible] [Numbers] [religion]

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Gerald L. Borchert.  Jesus of Nazareth: Background, Witnesses, and Significance.  Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 2011.  See here to buy the book.Gerald L. Borchert has a Ph.D. in New Testament from Princeton and was a lawyer in C... [Bible] [religion]

June 21, 1PM

At the United Methodist church that I attended this morning, the pastor preached about faith, in light of the recent Charleston tragedy.  Our Scripture text was Mark 4:35-41, in which the disciples are fretting and panicking on a boat on account o... [Bible] [church] [Current Events] [religion]

June 20, 12 PM

I finished Book 2 of the Sibylline Oracles last night.  According to John Collins, who translated and commented on the Sibylline Oracles in the Charlesworth Pseudepigrapha, Book 2 probably dates to the second or the third century C.E.  The Si... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion]

June 19, 10AM

A few months ago, a commenter told me about the 2014 movie, The Imitation Game, and asked me to evaluate its depiction of Asperger’s Syndrome.  I saw the movie a few nights ago, and I am ready to chime in. The movie is about Alan Turing, who decode... [Asperger's] [Autism] [movies]

June 18, 11AM

Jonathan Kirsch.  A History of the End of the World: How the Most Controversial Book in the Bible Changed the Course of Western Civilization.  HarperSanFrancisco, 2006.  See here to buy the book. Jonathan Kirsch is a writer and an attorney.... [Bible] [religion] [Revelation]

June 17, 11AM

Growing up as a Christian, I was taught that the animal sacrifices in the Old Testament foreshadowed Jesus Christ’s death on the cross to pay the penalty for people’s sins.  I assumed that those sins were intentional sins—-sins that people i... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [Rabbinics] [religion]

June 16, 12 PM

I am reading the Sibylline Oracles in my Charlesworth Pseudepigrapha.  The Sibylline Oracles were female prophetesses at various points in history, and Jews and Christians produced editions of their prophecies.  I am currently reading Book 1 ... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [Life] [Rabbinics] [religion] [school]

June 14, 1PM

I attended the United Methodist church this morning.  The pastor’s sermon was about wisdom, and she talked about wisdom literature.  Our Scripture reading was from the deuterocanonical Book of Sirach.The pastor said that wisdom literature wa... [Bible] [church] [religion]

June 12, 10AM

Cherem, in the Hebrew Bible, usually refers to total destruction, particularly God’s commands for the Israelites to destroy totally the Canaanites in the land of Canaan.Somewhere in the course of my reading and education in biblical studies, I learned... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [Rabbinics] [religion]

June 11, 11AM

Lillian Daniel.  When “Spiritual But Not Religious” Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church.  New York: Jericho Books, 2013.  See here to buy the book. Lillian Daniel is a United Church of Christ minister in Glen... [church] [religion]

June 10, 6PM

Recently, I reviewed Kevin O’Kane’s Instigators of the Apocalypse: How Those with False Interpretations of the Book of Revelation Influenced Wars and Revolutions in the History of Western Civilization (see here for my review).  O’Kane sent m...

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Tessa Afshar.  Harvest of Gold.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2013.  See here to buy the book.Harvest of Gold is the sequel to Harvest of Rubies.  Both books are about Sarah, a Jewish scribe in Persia, who is the cousin of the biblical... [Bible] [religion]

June 8, 1PM

Kevin Timothy O’Kane.  Instigators of the Apocalypse: How Those with False Interpretations of the Book of Revelation Influenced Wars and Revolutions in the History of Western Civilization.  Kevin Timothy O’Kane, 2014.  See here to buy... [Bible] [history] [religion]

June 7, 1PM

I went to the United Methodist church this morning, and the pastor was talking about the evolution of religion, particularly regarding the question of what is pleasing to God.  She said that life in the early days of humanity was unpredictable, th... [Bible] [church] [religion]

June 6, 2AM

II Chronicles 36 is the last chapter of the Book of II Chronicles.  It goes from the reigns of King Josiah’s successors, through the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem in the sixth century B.C.E., to King Cyrus’ proclamation that exiled Jews... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

June 4, 2PM

Patricia Lyon.  Carnival Mirrors.  Bloomington: Westbow Press, 2012.  See here to buy the book. Carnival Mirrors is about Patricia Lyon’s interactions with the Jehovah’s Witnesses.  My impression in reading this book is that she ... [Bible] [religion]

June 3, 12 PM

David Potter.  Constantine: The Emperor.  Oxford University Press, 2013.  See here to buy the book (and, surprisingly for an Oxford University Press book, you can get it for a low price). Constantine was a Roman emperor in the fourth centur... [Bible] [history] [religion]

June 2, 2AM

Pseudo-Philo is a first century C.E. Jewish work.  In this post, I will discuss Pseudo-Philo’s treatment of Israel’s request for a king in I Samuel. When I was taking Introduction to Hebrew Bible classes, I heard that there was a variety of so... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion]

June 1, 1PM

Gary Tyra.  Pursuing Moral Faithfulness: Ethics and Christian Discipleship.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Gary Tyra teaches biblical and practical theology at Vanguard University.  Tyra has observed th... [religion]

May 31, 2PM

I went to the Methodist church this morning.  A member of the congregation spoke to us.  The pastor has been teaching a preaching class, in which people can join and preach a sample sermon, and the others in the group critique it.  (I’... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion]

May 30, 2AM

II Chronicles 35 is about the Passover celebration under King Josiah of Judah, as well as Josiah’s death.I have five items.1.  II Chronicles 35:3 states: “And [Josiah] said unto the Levites that taught all Israel, which were holy unto the LORD, ... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

May 29, 11AM

I would like to follow up on my review of the book Theology as Retrieval, by W. David Buschart and Kent D. Eilers (see here).  This will be a rambling post.  If there is a central theme of this post, it is the extent to which I, or my religiou... [church] [religion]

May 28, 11AM

W. David Buschart and Kent D. Eilers.  Theology as Retrieval: Receiving the Past, Renewing the Church.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015.  See here to buy the book. “Retrieval” occurs when Christians draw from the thoughts and practic... [Bible] [religion]

May 27, 10AM

Pseudo-Philo is a first century C.E. Jewish work that interprets and expands upon stories in the Hebrew Bible.  In Pseudo-Philo 25, we learn about luminescent Amorite stones in the Amorite sanctuaries that had the power to heal disease.  V 12... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion]

May 25, 12 PM

Alister McGrath.  Eccentric Genius.  Reluctant Prophet.  C.S. Lewis: A Life.  Carol Steam, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, 2013.  See here to buy the book. C.S. Lewis was a teacher at Oxford and Cambridge, a scholar of Englis... [Apologetics] [religion]

May 24, 12 PM

I attended the Methodist church again this morning.  I particularly enjoyed the sermon because the pastor referred to the Babylonian creation myth Enuma Elish, and also looked at the Hebrew of Genesis 2. The pastor was saying that she doubts that t... [Bible] [church] [religion]

May 23, 2AM

II Chronicles 34 is about the reign of King Josiah of Judah.  The Chronicler considers Josiah to be a righteous king, as does II Kings 22.  II Chronicles 34 and II Kings 22-23 tell Josiah’s story differently, however. In II Chronicles 34, Jo... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

May 22, 2PM

I have been reading the first century Jewish work, Pseudo-Philo. In the biblical Book of I Samuel, Hannah is barren, and she mumbles before God at the sanctuary, asking God for a son.  Pseudo-Philo elaborates on this.  According to Pseudo-Phil... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [I Samuel] [religion]

May 21, 12 PM

Bart D. Ehrman.  How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee.  New York: HarperOne, 2014.  See here to buy the book. How did Jesus, a Jew from a monotheistic culture, come to be seen by his followers as God? ... [Apologetics] [Bible] [Christology] [Greco-Roman] [religion]

May 20, 11AM

I have been reading the Book of Pseudo-Philo for my daily quiet time.  My Charlesworth Pseudepigrapha dates Pseudo-Philo to the first century C.E.  Pseudo-Philo is a Jewish work, and it contains interpretations and elaborations of biblical st... [Bible] [church] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion]

May 19, 4PM

A post that I wrote a few weeks ago, Sermon at a New Church: The Significance of Baptism, has been getting an unusual number of views lately.  I don’t mean that it is going viral, by any means.  Actually, it only got four views today. ... [Bible] [church] [religion]

May 18, 4PM

Kenneth J. Collins.  The Scripture Way of Salvation: The Heart of John Wesley’s Theology.  Nashville: Abington Press, 1997.  See here to buy the book.Kenneth J. Collins teaches Church History at Asbury Theological Seminary.  I found... [atheism] [Bible] [history] [religion]

May 17, 12 PM

I visited a United Methodist Church this morning.  I think that this will be the church that I will attend regularly.  I have been shopping for churches over the past three weeks, and there are enough churches within walking distance from me ... [Bible] [church] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion]

May 16, 2AM

II Chronicles 33 is about King Manasseh of Judah.  In both II Chronicles 33 and II Kings 21, Manasseh is considered to be an especially wicked king.  In II Chronicles 33, however, Manasseh repents after the Assyrians capture him and take him... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

May 14, 11AM

Victor J. Stenger.  God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion.  Amherst: Prometheus, 2012.  See here to buy the book. Victor Stenger was a particle physicist, a philosophy professor, and an atheist.  Year... [Apologetics] [atheism] [religion]

May 11, 2AM

Ted Dekker.  The Circle Trilogy: Featuring Complete Texts of Black, Red, and White.  Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2004.  See here to buy the book. Ted Dekker is a Christian fiction author.  As with Frank Peretti (with whom Dekker cowrote... [religion]

May 10, 1PM

I visited a new church this morning.  It is a Lutheran church, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, which is a more liberal branch of Lutheranism.  The worship service was a blend of contemporary and traditional.  I found the h... [Bible] [church] [religion]

May 9, 2AM

II Chronicles 32 talks about King Sennacherib of Assyria’s unsuccessful siege of Jerusalem during the reign of King Hezekiah of Judah.  It also covers Hezekiah’s pride and death. In preparation for Assyria’s invasion of Jerusalem, Hezekiah st... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

May 7, 11AM

Yesterday, I shared Messianic rabbi Derek Leman’s comments on Luke 16:1-18.  These comments were from his free Daily D’var.  Today, I want to share his comments on Luke 16:19-17:10. Luke 16:19-17:10 (KJV): 19 There was a certain rich ... [Bible] [Luke] [religion]

May 6, 2PM

Derek Leman is a Messianic Jewish rabbi, and I subscribe to his free Daily D’Var, in which he comments on passages in the Torah and the Gospels from a religious and a scholarly perspective.  I would like to share here his comments today on Luke ... [Bible] [Luke] [religion]

May 5, 9AM

I visited a new church (for me) this past Sunday.  It is a small evangelical church.  For a variety of reasons, I do not think that it is a good fit for me, but I did enjoy the praise and worship, and the sermon was good, too.  In this p... [Bible] [church] [religion]

May 2, 5PM

John E. Stapleford.  Bulls, Bears and Golden Calves: Applying Christian Ethics in Economics.  Third Edition.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015.  See here to buy the book.John E. Stapleford is an economist and a professor emeritus at ... [Bible] [Economics] [Political Philosophy] [politics]

2AM

In II Chronicles 31, the righteous King Hezekiah of Judah arranges for the support of the priests and the Levites.  He commands the people of Jerusalem to give the portion to the priests and the Levite—-probably the firstfruits of grain, wine, ... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

April 27, 2AM

I am moving across the country, and one thing that I will be looking for is a new church.  That is pretty intimidating.  I have been attending the same church for the past four years, and one reason I like it is that I know what to expect.&nb... [church] [religion]

April 26, 10AM

I am on a laptop right now, and I have not gotten the hang of copying and pasting without a mouse that is separate from my computer, so I will link to the post on my Wordpress blog. https://jamesbradfordpate.wordpress.com/2015/04/26/last-day-at-my-current... [church] [religion]

April 25, 2AM

II Chronicles 30 is about righteous King Hezekiah’s Passover, which Judahites and some Northern Israelites attended.There is debate about whether or not Hezekiah’s Passover actually happened.  After all, does not II Kings 23:22 state regarding t... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

April 24, 7PM

Rachel Held Evans.  Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church.  Nashville: Nelson Books, 2015.  See here to buy the book. In Searching for Sunday, popular Christian author and blogger Rachel Held Evans discusses the chu... [church] [religion]

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I recently reviewed Daniel Westberg’s Renewing Moral Theology.  On page 96, Westberg quotes something that Geoffrey Bromiley says about human sinfulness:“And even if one does the good or avoids the evil, how easily it is all soured by the self-r... [Daily Quiet Time] [religion]

April 23, 9AM

Daniel A. Westberg.  Renewing Moral Theology: Christian Ethics As Action, Character and Grace.  Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Daniel Westberg teaches ethics and moral theology at Nashotah House Theo... [Bible] [religion]

April 22, 10AM

I have been reading the Jewish work, “Joseph and Aseneth,” for my daily quiet time.  The date given underneath the title of the work in my Charlesworth Pseudepigrapha is the first century B.C.E. to the second century C.E.  Aseneth was the... [Daily Quiet Time] [religion]

April 21, 10AM

Gary M. Burge.  A Week in the Life of a Roman Centurion.  Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2015.  See here to buy the book.Gary M. Burge teaches New Testament at Wheaton College.  A Week in the Life of a Roman Centurion is a hist... [Bible] [Greco-Roman] [history] [religion]

April 20, 10AM

Anne Elisabeth Stengl.  Heartless.  Bethany House Publishers, 2010.  See here to buy the book. This book won a Christy Award for a first-time novel.  It is a work of Christian fantasy.  It is also the first book in the Tales of ... [Books] [religion]

April 19, 4PM

I do not have access to my Bibleworks right now, so my blog post about this morning’s church service will not be as precise when it comes to biblical references.  Essentially, my pastor this morning was preaching about the passage in the Gospel ... [Bible] [church] [religion]

April 18, 2AM

II Chronicles 29 is about the reign of righteous King Hezekiah, particularly his attempts to repair the Temple and re-establish Temple worship.II Chronicles 29:34 states: “But the priests were too few, so that they could not flay all the burnt offering... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

April 17, 7AM

I am in the process of moving, and I will not have much access to my computer, so I will be turning off comments for a while.  Posts will still appear on this blog, but not as frequently until I get settled in.
Lynn Austin.  Wonderland Creek.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2011.  See here to buy the book. Wonderland Creek won a Christy Award, which is an award for evangelical Christian fiction.  I really enjoyed other Christy Award... [Bible] [religion]

April 16, 8AM

This is another post about the pseudepigraphical Martyrdom and Ascension of Isaiah, which is dated in the Charlesworth Pseudepigrapha to the second century B.C.E. to the fourth century C.E.  My focus today is on what the book says about Mary the m... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion]

April 15, 7AM

I have been reading the Martyrdom and Ascension of Isaiah for my daily quiet time.  The date given underneath the title in my Charlesworth Pseudepigrapha is the second century B.C.E. to the fourth century C.E.  The book was originally Jewish,... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion]

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Why have I gravitated towards Christian fiction?  Because, even if I end up finding the story to be boring, at least the story will have some moral or spiritual lesson, and reading it will not have been a waste of my time.  [religion]

April 13, 9AM

David L. Holmes.  The Faiths of the Postwar Presidents: From Truman to Obama.  Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 2012.  See here to buy the book. David L. Holmes teaches religious studies at the College of William and Mary. ... [politics] [religion]

2AM

This is another post that draws from Brian Morley’s Mapping Apologetics.  It is not my official review, though.  For my official review, I’ll probably make a few comments, then link to my posts about the book. Although this particular post... [Apologetics] [Bible] [religion]

April 12, 7PM

Brian K. Morley.  Mapping Apologetics: Comparing Contemporary Approaches.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015.  See here to buy the book.Christian apologetics is defending the Christian faith.  In Mapping Apologetics, Brian Morley, who... [Apologetics] [Bible] [religion]

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At church this morning, a lady from a shelter spoke to us.  This shelter is for battered people, both men and women.  The lady talked about the importance of community meals at the shelter, and how children express appreciation that they can ... [Bible] [church] [religion]

April 11, 2AM

II Chronicles 28 is about the reign of King Ahaz of Judah.  According to the Chronicler, King Ahaz did evil in the eyes of the LORD.  Here are some items: 1.  Scholars have noted that the account of King Ahaz’s reign in II Chronicles 2... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

April 10, 8AM

In this post, I would like to use as my starting-point something that Brian Morley says on page 323 of his book, Mapping Apologetics.  Morley is profiling the thoughts of Christian apologist John Warwick Montgomery, and the topic is the attempt to ... [Apologetics] [Bible] [philosophy] [religion]

April 9, 8AM

I said yesterday that I would probably write my review of Brian Morley’s Mapping Apologetics today.  It looks like I will be postponing that to tomorrow, because today I want to ramble about a particular passage in Morley’s book, rather than wr... [Apologetics] [religion]

April 8, 9AM

I am reading Brian Morley’s excellent book, Mapping Apologetics: Comparing Contemporary Approaches.  I will probably write and post my review of this book tomorrow.  Today, I want to use something from the book as a starting-point for this ... [Apologetics] [atheism] [Bible] [religion] [Theodicy]

April 7, 8AM

Tessa Afshar.  Harvest of Rubies.  Chicago: River North, 2012.  See here to buy the book. Harvest of Rubies is about a Jewish scribe in Persia named Sarah.  Sarah is the cousin of Nehemiah, the cupbearer to the king, who is in the bi... [Bible] [religion]

2AM

This will be a rambling post that talks about the pseudepigraphical Book of Jubilees and last Wednesday’s episode of The Middle.I’ve been reading the Book of Jubilees for my daily quiet time.  The Book of Jubilees dates to the second century B.C... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [Jubilees] [religion] [Television] [The Middle]

April 6, 8AM

Patrick W.T. Johnson.  The Mission of Preaching: Equipping the Community for Faithful Witness.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Patrick W.T. Johnson is a Presbyterian pastor who teaches at Princeton Theological... [religion]

April 5, 10AM

For Easter Sunday, I went to church this morning.  Actually, I go to church every Sunday, but there were more people at church this morning because it is Easter. My pastor preached about the folded napkin, or burial cloth, that was in Jesus’ emp... [Bible] [church] [Holidays] [religion] [resurrection]

April 4, 2AM

II Chronicles 27 is about Jotham the king of Judah.  Jotham was a righteous king. Rashi’s comments on Jotham caught my eye (see here what Rashi says about verse 2).  Rashi refers to something that Rabbi Simeon ben Yohai said that was told to ... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [Rabbinics] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

April 3, 7AM

John H. Walton (with a contribution by N.T. Wright).  The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate.  Downers Grove, IVP Academic, 2015.  See here to buy the book.In The Lost World of Adam and Eve, biblical schola... [Bible] [evolution] [religion]

April 2, 8AM

I’ve been watching the new ABC series, American Crime, which is on Thursday nights at 10 pm. I want to write some of my reactions to the show, and I’ll use as my starting-point wikipedia’s succinct description: “The show follows the aftermath of a... [American Crime] [Desperate Housewives] [Race] [Television]

March 31, 8PM

John Michael Talbot, with Mike Aquilina.  The Ancient Path: Old Lessons from the Church Fathers for a New Life Today.  New York: Image, 2015.  See here to buy the book. John Michael Talbot is a Christian musician who became a Catholic. ... [Bible] [religion]

2AM

Thomas Merton.  Thoughts in Solitude.  New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1956, 1958, 1982. Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk.  Not long ago, I blogged about a biography about him, Michael Mott’s The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton.&nb... [religion]

March 30, 6AM

Andrew Greer and Ginny Owens.  Transcending Mysteries: Who Is God, and What Does He Want from Us?  Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Andrew Greer and Ginny Owens are Christian musicians.  In Transcending Myster... [Bible] [religion]

March 29, 9AM

We celebrated Palm Sunday at church this morning.  A key theme was how our love falls short, whereas Jesus’ love does not.  Palm Sunday is about how people were cheering for Jesus when he entered Jerusalem, but they would turn against Jesus... [Bible] [church] [religion]

March 28, 2AM

II Chronicles 26 is about King Uzziah of Judah.  He was righteous, but God punished him with leprosy because he went into the Temple to offer incense, which only the Aaronide priests were allowed to do. Here are some thoughts: 1.  II Chronicle... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

March 27, 10AM

Robert M. Price.  The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man: How Reliable Is the Gospel Tradition?  Amherst, New York: Prometheus, 2003.  See here to buy the book. Robert M. Price is often characterized as an atheist biblical scholar and a Chris... [atheism] [Bible] [religion]

March 26, 8AM

Janette Oke.  When Calls the Heart.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 1983. When Calls the Heart is the first book of Janette Oke’s Canadian West series.  I recently read the first two books of the Return to the Canadian West seri... [religion]

March 23, 8AM

Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan.  Where Trust Lies.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Where Trust Lies is the sequel to Where Courage Calls, which I wrote about here.  Where Courage Calls is abou... [religion]

March 22, 10AM

I preached (or, actually, read) the sermon at my church this morning.  I will post it here.  It was helpful to me to write it because the process allowed me to clarify to myself what my religious and theological views are right now in my life... [Bible] [church] [religion]

March 21, 2AM

II Chronicles 25 is about King Amaziah of Judah.  The Chronicler says that Amaziah was a righteous king, but his heart was not perfect.  Amaziah’s father, King Joash, had been killed, and Amaziah as king obeyed the Torah by executing the m... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

March 20, 8AM

Paul D. Molnar.  Faith, Freedom and the Spirit: The Economic Trinity in Barth, Torrance and Contemporary Theology.  Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2015.  See here for Intervarsity Press’s page about the book. Paul D. Molnar teache... [religion]

March 17, 8AM

Tony Campolo.  How to Be Pentecostal Without Speaking in Tongues.  Dallas: Word Publishing, 1991.  See here to buy the book. Tony Campolo is a preacher and a sociologist, and he was a spiritual adviser to President Bill Clinton during the ... [Bible] [politics] [religion]

March 16, 8AM

 Bill Delvaux.  Divided: When the Head and the Heart Don’t Agree.  Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2015.  See here to buy the book.Christians intellectually believe certain ideas, but their heads and their hearts do not always agree. ... [Bible] [religion]
Yesterday at church, my pastor preached about John 3, in which Jesus tells the Jewish religious leader Nicodemus that he must be born again. My pastor made the point that Jesus was not an evangelical Christian doing altar calls, but was a Jew, and so m... [Bible] [church] [religion]

March 15, 10AM

Every month, someone from a charity comes to speak to my church, and the church supports that charity for the month.  This morning, someone from a health care charity spoke to us.  Essentially, the charity helps people who need prescription m... [church] [politics] [religion]

March 14, 2AM

I have three thoughts about II Chronicles 24.  Two of the items are more questions than answers. 1.  King Joash of Judah attempts to repair the Temple of Judah, and he needs donations to do that.  Initially, he sends out priests and Levit... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

March 13, 7AM

I’m continuing to blog about the 2014 Christian movie God’s Not Dead.  A key sub-plot of the movie is Christian student Josh Wheaton’s conflict with his atheist philosophy professor, Jeffrey Radisson. Here are some thoughts: 1.  The Chri... [atheism] [Bible] [movies] [religion]

March 12, 8AM

I finally saw the 2014 Christian movie God’s Not Dead (see the trailer here).  I doubt that I can share all of my thoughts about the movie in one single post, so I may write more than one post about it.  Or I may not! Here are some thoughts:... [atheism] [movies] [religion]

March 11, 7AM

Dutch Sheets.  The Pleasure of His Company: A Journey to Intimate Friendship with God.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2014.  See here for Bethany House’s page about the book. The Pleasure of His Company is about the pleasure that... [Bible] [religion]

March 10, 8AM

Donald Miller.  Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality.  Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2003. I saw the movie Blue Like Jazz over a year ago (see here), so I was a bit reluctant to read the book.  The movie w... [Books] [Mark Driscoll] [movies] [religion]

March 9, 8AM

Michael Mott.  The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984.Thomas Merton (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968) was a Trappist monk and a prolific author.The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton is a comprehensive... [Asperger's] [politics] [religion]

March 8, 11AM

The pastor this morning preached about Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple.  He said that Jesus was getting rid of the moneychangers and sellers of animals in the Temple because they were overcharging the worshipers.  The pastor then likened the... [Bible] [church] [religion] [Television]

March 7, 3AM

In II Chronicles 23, a conspiracy overthrows the wicked Queen Athaliah of Judah, and the rightful Davidid Joash is installed as king.  Joash was hidden in the Temple for years, to keep him safe from Athaliah, who had slaughtered many Davidids. Wh... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

March 6, 9AM

I get daily encouragement e-mails from Joel Osteen’s ministry.  Sometimes I skip them, sometimes I skim them, and sometimes I actually read them.  A few days ago, I read one of them.  It was about Christian unity. Joel was encouraging ... [Bible] [religion]

March 5, 11AM

I am still reading that biography of Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk.  It’s The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton, by Michael Mott.  On page 423, Mott quotes a passage from Merton’s The New Man, in which Merton states the following: “In the ... [love] [religion] [Social Skills]

March 4, 11AM

I’m reading a biography of Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk and a prolific author.  The book is Michael Mott’s The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton.  On page 316, Mott quotes the following from one of Merton’s books, Thoughts in Solitude: ... [Alcoholism] [Bible] [John MacArthur] [love] [religion]

March 3, 11AM

I recently read and reviewed the book, Contagious Disciple Making: Leading Others on a Journey of Discovery, by David and Paul Watson.  In the book, the Watsons emphasize the importance of Christian small groups, where Christians and seekers can c... [Bible] [religion]

March 2, 10AM

Don West.  Joy in the Night: Stops along the Journey of an Itinerant Preacher.  TEACH Services, Inc., 2014. ISBN-10: 1479602965. ISBN-13: 978-1479602964.  See here to purchase the book. Don West is a Seventh-Day Adventist itinerant preacher... [Bible] [religion]

March 1, 1PM

At church this morning, during the prayer part of the service, someone in the congregation said that he heard that Christ will return in 2022.  Someone else then said that Christ can come at any time. I don’t put any stock in attempts to place a ... [Bible] [church] [religion]

February 28, 10AM

Derek Leman is a Messianic Jewish rabbi, and I subscribe to his free Daily D’Var, in which he comments on passages in the Torah and the Gospels from a religious and a scholarly perspective.  I would like to share here his comments today on Mark... [Bible] [religion]

3AM

II Chronicles 22 is about King Ahaziah of Judah. II Chronicles 22:2 states (in the KJV): “Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Athaliah the daughter of Omri.” ... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

February 27, 8AM

David W. Saxton.  God’s Battle Plan for the Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation.  Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2015.  See here to buy the book. God’s Battle Plan for the Mind is about meditating on the Scriptu... [Bible] [history] [religion]

February 26, 11AM

Donald L. Watson and Paul D. Watson.  Contagious Disciple Making: Leading Others on a Journey of Discovery.  Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2014.  See here to buy the book.Contagious Disciple Making is about how Christians can make disciples of... [religion]

February 25, 11AM

I was not entirely satisfied with my review of Randy Boyagoda’s biography of Richard John Neuhaus, and I was thinking of rewriting one of the sections.  I have decided not to do so, however.  I have submitted the review, and I do not want to... [history] [Nixon Off the Record] [People of the Lie] [Political Philosophy] [politics]

February 24, 9PM

Randy Boyagoda.  Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square.  New York: Image (an imprint of Crown, a division of Random House), 2015.  See here to purchase the book. Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2009) was a Catholic priest and a cons... [history] [Political Philosophy] [religion]

12 PM

I came across an online discussion about Matthew 5:28, in which Jesus says: ” But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” (KJV).The person posting said: “The concep... [Bible] [religion]

February 23, 12 PM

These past days have been the sort of days in which crap from my past enters my mind.  I was remembering an incident this morning.  I was an undergraduate in college over a decade ago, and I said something sarcastic to one of my dorm-mates, a... [Family Guy] [Life] [politics] [religion] [school] [Seinfeld] [Television]

February 22, 1PM

At church this morning, the pastor preached about Mark 1:9-15.  Allow me to post this passage in the King James Version (which is in the public domain): 9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptize... [Bible] [church] [Mark] [religion]

February 21, 3AM

In II Chronicles 21:12-15, King Jehoram of Judah, the son of righteous King Jehoshaphat, receives a letter from the prophet Elijah, rebuking Jehoram and predicting Jehoram’s downfall.  How could Jehoram have received a letter from Elijah? ... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

February 20, 2PM

I’ll be returning Siri Mitchell’s Love’s Pursuit to the library tomorrow.  I may write about it more in the future.  In this post, I want to quote my favorite passage.  The book is set in American Puritan times.  Nathaniel, th... [religion]

February 19, 12 PM

Let me start by mentioning the three posts. 1.  Beth Caplin, Dear Church, here is where you lose me. Beth talks about her disagreements with conservative Christians within the church, and how she has not been persuaded by the “answers” that con... [atheism] [Bible] [church] [religion]

February 18, 11AM

Jocelyn Green.  Wedded to War.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2012.  See here to buy the book. Wedded to War is Jocelyn Green’s first novel, and the first book of her Heroines Behind the Lines series, which focuses on the American Civil War.... [history] [religion]

February 17, 11AM

A few weeks ago, I was watching CBS Sunday Morning on Sunday morning.  During winters or on rainy days when I cannot walk to church, my Mom’s husband drives me, and we watch pieces of CBS This Morning  before we leave.  One of the piec... [Life] [movies] [religion] [Television]

February 16, 7AM

Today is President’s Day!  We’ll be going to a couple of Goodwills, the ones where the price of everything is 35% off.  I’ll be looking at the books, DVDs, and VHSs.I have set limits on what I buy.  Sometimes, I regret my decisions.... [Holidays]

February 15, 11AM

The sermon at church this morning was about the Transfiguration.  In Mark 9, Jesus, Peter, James, and John go up a high mountain, and Jesus becomes transfigured before the three disciples.  Jesus’ clothes becoming shining, and Moses and Eli... [Bible] [church] [religion]

February 14, 9PM

Bob Santos.  The Divine Progression of Grace: Blazing a Trail to Fruitful Living.  Indiana, PA: Search for Me Ministries, 2014. ISBN-10: 1937956075. ISBN-13: 978-1937956073.  See here to purchase the book.In The Divine Progression of Grace,... [Bible] [religion]

3AM

In II Chronicles 20, the Moabites, the Ammonites, the inhabitants of Mount Seir (the Edomites, most likely), and possibly another group (the NRSV says “some of the Meunites,” probably basing that on what the Septuagint has) are preparing to attack... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [school] [Weekly Quiet Time]

February 13, 12 PM

I was reading a post recently about someone’s journey in exploring different churches.  He said that a bedrock for him, through all of the turmoil that he experienced, was his personal relationship with God.I identify with that.  Evangelical... [church] [religion]

February 12, 10AM

Siri Mitchell.  Love’s Pursuit.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2009.  See here to buy the book. Love’s Pursuit is set in seventeenth century Massachusetts, the time and place of the Puritans in America.  I decided to read... [history] [Holidays] [religion]

February 11, 11AM

In last Sunday’s Family Guy, Quagmire breaks the law and faces the possibility of twenty years in jail.  Quagmire blames his mother (played by Allison Janney) for his sexual deviancy, for she herself was promiscuous when Quagmire was growing up.... [Bible] [Family Guy] [religion] [Television]

February 10, 9AM

I was reading the Book of IV Ezra recently.  IV Ezra was a Jewish work, and Michael Stone in the HarperCollins Study Bible says that it was probably written around 70 C.E., which is when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple.  Stone als... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [IV Ezra] [Life] [Rabbinics] [religion]

February 9, 8AM

Pope Francis.  The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium.  New York: Image, 2013, 2014.  See here to purchase the book. The Joy of the Gospel is primarily about evangelism.  For Pope Francis, this includes sharing one’s faith about G... [Asperger's] [Bible] [religion]

February 8, 12 PM

The theme at church this morning was prayer.  In response to that, I will respond to three quotes that I read recently about this subject.1.  Yesterday, I was reading a post by unkleE (Eric Hatfield) about his experiences in various churches.&n... [Bible] [church] [Prayer] [religion]

February 7, 3AM

In II Chronicles 19:2, we read: “And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD” (KJV). Ki... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

February 6, 7AM

Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan.  Where Courage Calls.  Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2014.A little background on why I decided to read this book:I am part of Bethany House Publisher’s blogger review program.  Each month, I receive two ne... [Books] [religion]

February 5, 11AM

I was going to write about the current vaccination controversy today, but I am a bit hesitant to do so.  A lot of people trust what they read online, and that can include my little blog.  I don’t want people’s lives to be on my hands!&nbs... [Current Events] [Life] [politics]

February 4, 9AM

An argument that I have heard from some Christians is that we can know that the Bible is divinely-inspired because it predicts the coming of television.  I’m not saying that sophisticated Christian apologists like William Lane Craig use this arg... [Bible] [IV Maccabees] [religion] [Revelation]

February 3, 11AM

Lynn Austin.  All Things New.  Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2012. I read Lynn Austin’s trilogy about the American Civil War, so I decided also to read her book about the Reconstruction Period.  This book is All Things New.  There ar... [history] [religion]

February 2, 9AM

Tony Kriz.  Aloof: Figuring Out Life with a God Who Hides.  Nashville: W Publishing Group (An Imprint of Thomas Nelson), 2014.  See here to purchase the book. Tony Kriz wanted for God to pay attention to him, but he often found God to be a... [religion]

February 1, 12 PM

The theme of this morning’s church service was Jesus as teacher.  The Call to Worship in our bulletin contained the following exchange:Leader: What have you come expecting?People: We want someone to tell us what to do and think.My jaw almost dropp... [Bible] [church] [religion]

January 31, 3AM

II Chronicles 18 presents the story of the prophet Micaiah.  The wicked King Ahab of Northern Israel and the righteous King Jehoshaphat of Judah have entered into an alliance.  Jehoshaphat visits Ahab, and Ahab wants to fight Syria.  Aha... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

January 30, 2PM

I finished my daily quiet time through the apocrypha/deuterocanonical writings.  I don’t have time right now to write any profound thoughts about the experience, but it went well, far better than I expected!  The next book that I will be re... [Daily Quiet Time] [religion]

January 29, 9AM

Sarah O. Maddox.  A Beautiful Reflection.  Winchester, KY: Olivia Kimbrell Press, 2014.  ISBN-10: 1939603293. ISBN-13: 978-1939603296.  See here to purchase the book. A Beautiful Reflection is a Christian novella for young women. ... [Books] [religion]

January 28, 10AM

I watched the 1997 movie, The Devil’s Advocate, on Saturday night.  In this movie, Keanu Reeves plays a hot-shot lawyer, Kevin Lomax, who moves from Florida with his wife to work at a New York City law firm.  The head of the firm is John Mi... [Bible] [movies] [religion]

January 27, 10AM

Elaine Pagels.  Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas.  New York: Vintage Books, 2003. Elaine Pagels is a professor of religion at Princeton University.  I have read two of her other books, Adam, Eve, and the Serpent and The Origin of ... [Bible] [David Marshall] [history] [religion]

January 26, 10AM

Kevin Peraino.  Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power.  New York: Broadway Books, 2013.  See here to purchase the book. Lincoln in the World, by Kevin Peraino, is about Abraham Lincoln’s approach ... [Books] [history]

January 25, 12 PM

At church this morning, the pastor’s sermon was entitled “Check, Check, Check.”  What’s that mean exactly?  Well, the pastor told a story about a plane that crashed, and pilots since that time were required to make sure that everythin... [Bible] [church] [religion]

January 24, 3AM

II Chronicles 17 is about the glory and deeds of King Jehoshaphat of Judah.  I have two items: 1.  II Chronicles 17:5 states: “Therefore the LORD established the kingdom in his hand. All Judah brought tribute to Jehoshaphat, and he had great... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

January 23, 1PM

I watched the 2014 movie Calvary last night.  I often put movies in my Netflix queue after reading about them online, and I learned about this movie from Richard Beck’s blog.  Beck called it “one of the most profoundly Christian movies I ha... [movies] [religion]

January 22, 10AM

Lynn Austin.  A Light to My Path.  Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2004.A Light to My Path is the third book of Lynn Austin’s Refiner’s Fire series about the American Civil War.  The first book, Candle in the Darkness, focused on Caroline F... [Books] [history] [movies] [religion]

January 21, 9AM

Well, I watched the State of the Union and the Republican response last night.  The State of the Union dragged on, but I enjoyed it more than I expected.  In my post yesterday, I complained that State of the Union addresses often amount to empt... [Current Events] [politics]

January 20, 10AM

Will I be watching the State of the Union and the Republican response tonight?  Oh, maybe.  Or I’ll tape them and watch them tomorrow.  Or I’ll listen to them on the Internet tomorrow while doing other things. I’m just not enthusias... [politics]

3AM

Lynn Austin.  Fire by Night.  Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2003.Fire by Night is the second book of Lynn Austin’s Refiner’s Fire series, which is about the American Civil War.  The first book, Candle in the Darkness (see my review here),... [religion]

January 19, 3AM

Today’s post will be a bit rambling.  I will use as a starting-point something that Rachel Held Evans said in a recent post, Post-Evangelicals and Why We Just Can’t Get Over It.  Rachel says about certain conservative articles she has read t... [politics] [religion]

January 18, 12 PM

At church this morning, the title of the pastor’s message was “Could God Be Calling Me?”  The pastor was saying that there are people in this town with needs: children who went to bed hungry because they are poor or their parents are fightin... [church]

January 17, 10AM

Karen Swallow Prior.  Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—-Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist.  Nashville: Nelson Books (An Imprint of Thomas Nelson), 2014. Hannah More was a writer and an activist in eighteenth-early nineteen... [history] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [religion]

3AM

In II Chronicles 16, King Baasha of Northern Israel builds Ramah as a way to block people from going out from or coming into Judah, where King Asa reigns.  Somehow, however, Asa manages to get a message to King Ben-Hadad of Syria in the North, as... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

January 16, 3AM

I’ve been thinking of adding to my WordPress “About Me” page.  It does get a lot of views.  I just wonder if people find it helpful, or if it encourages people to become readers or subscribers of my blog. My “About Me” page says the ...

January 15, 3AM

Ronald Reagan used to say that he did not leave the Democratic Party, but the Democratic Party left him.  Many people who change political parties say something similar.  “Oh, I miss the days when the Republican Party was much more reasonab... [john birch society] [Political Philosophy]

January 14, 3AM

III Maccabees is about the attempt by King Ptolemy IV Philopator in the late third century B.C.E. to obliterate the Jews of Egypt, and God's deliverance of the Jews.  In the course of this plot, God messes with Ptolemy’s brain, such that Ptolemy... [Asperger's] [III Maccabees] [movies] [Once Upon a Time] [religion] [Television]

January 13, 3AM

Bruce Green.  The Thrill of Hope: A Commentary on Revelation.  Bowie, Texas: Start2Finish Books, 2014. ISBN-10: 1941972179. ISBN-13: 978-1941972175.  See here to purchase the book. The Thrill of Hope is a thought-provoking book about the B... [Bible] [religion] [Revelation]

January 12, 3AM

I was reading III Maccabees recently.  III Maccabees is about the attempt by King Ptolemy IV Philopator in the late third century B.C.E. to obliterate the Jews of Egypt.  But the king has a miraculous change of heart and turns against his adv... [Calvinism] [III Maccabees] [religion]

January 11, 12 PM

At my church, we have a guest speaker once a month from a charity that we are helping.  Today, the guest speaker was from a children’s mission in Peru.  He has spoken to us before.  I wrote about the time that I first heard him speak i... [church] [religion]

January 10, 3AM

II Chronicles 15 is set after King Asa of Judah defeated the Cushites, with God’s help.  A prophet, Azariah the son of Oded, comes to King Asa and prophesies.  Azariah encourages King Asa to be strong, for Asa’s work will be rewarded.&nbs... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

January 9, 7PM

Siri Mitchell.  Like a Flower in Bloom.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2015.  See here for Bethany House’s page about the book. Charlotte Withersby lives with her father and her cranky housekeeper in nineteenth century England.&... [Asperger's] [bones] [religion] [Social Skills] [Television] [The Newsroom]

3AM

I have been reviewing books for the Texas Trails series for almost a year.  The Texas Trails series is Christian historical fiction that is about nineteenth century Texas.  It focuses on the Morgan family.  See here for my reviews of the bo... [religion]

January 8, 10AM

Roberta Kells Dorr.  Abraham and Sarah.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 1995, 2014.  See here for Moody’s page about the book. Abraham and Sarah is Roberta Kells Dorr’s telling of the story of Abraham, from Abraham’s time in Ur to the fu... [Bible] [religion]

January 7, 3AM

Susan Page Davis.  Cowgirl Trail.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2012.  See here for Moody’s page about the book. Cowgirl Trail, by Susan Page Davis, is part of the Texas Trails series, also known as the Morgan Family Series.  This seri... [religion]

January 6, 3AM

Mark Sheridan.  Language for God in Patristic Tradition: Wrestling with Biblical Anthropomorphism.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015. Among church fathers, particularly those adhering to the Alexandrian tradition of biblical interpretation, th... [Bible] [religion]

January 5, 3AM

Tony Merida.  Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down.  Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Tony Merida pastors Imago Dei church in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The back cover of the book states that... [Bible] [religion]

January 4, 1PM

At church this morning, one of the hymns that we sang was “As with Gladness, Men of Old.”  It was about the wise men bringing gifts to the Christ child.  Specifically, these lines stood out to me: “As they offered gifts most rare“At that... [church] [music] [religion]

January 3, 3AM

In II Chronicles 14, the Chronicler continues to tell the story of King Asa of Judah. II Chronicles 14:3-5 states (in the KJV): “For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves: ... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

January 2, 2PM

1.  We watched Dawn of the Planet of the Apes last night.  It’s an excellent movie, but it was uncomfortable for me to watch.  I was hoping that there would be peace and mutual understanding between the humans and the apes.  Caesa... [Current Events] [Deaths] [movies] [politics]

December 31 2014, 3AM

Lynn Austin.  Among the Gods.  Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2006. Among the Gods is the fifth and final book of Lynn Austin’s Chronicles of the Kings series, which focuses on the reigns of kings Hezekiah and Manasseh of Judah.  See here, h... [Bible] [religion]

December 30, 3AM

Lynn Austin.  Candle in the Darkness.  Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2002. I have been reading Lynn Austin’s historical fiction about the Hebrew Bible, and I decided to give her Civil War books a try.  Candle in the Darkness is the first bo... [history] [religion]

December 29, 3AM

Kimlyn J. Bender.  Confessing Christ for Church and World: Studies in Modern Theology.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2014.  See here for Intervarsity’s page about the book.Confessing Christ for Church and World is a collection of essays ... [religion]

December 28, 12 PM

At church this morning, the Pastor Emeritus conducted the service, since the Pastor and his wife are away on vacation. During and after the service, I thought about something.  I have felt oppressed by the Bible, but I have also been pushed by its t... [Bible] [church] [religion]

December 27, 3AM

For my blog post today about II Chronicles 13, I will adapt my notes on the chapter. In I Kings 15:1-8, King Abijah (or Abijam) of Judah is said to walk in the evil ways of his ancestors, and yet God still preserved the Davidic line of which Abijah was ... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [Rabbinics] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

December 26, 2PM

I was going to write a book review today, but I did not get to it.  I’ll save it for Monday! I was thinking about school plays that I saw, both when I was in high school and an undergraduate in college.  In high school, I went to school play... [Life] [school]

December 25, 10AM

It’s Christmas today!  Here are some thoughts: 1.  I didn’t go with my Mom and her husband to midnight mass last night because, well, it was at midnight, and I was tired.  Maybe I’d be more cheerful today had I gone!  Still, at... [church] [Holidays] [religion]

December 24, 11AM

I was watching the movie Prayers for Bobby yesterday.  It’s about a Christian fundamentalist mom, Mary Griffith (played by Sigourney Weaver), whose son was gay and committed suicide. After her son’s death, Mary visits the local Metropolitan Com... [Bible] [Frasier] [homosexuality] [movies] [religion] [Television]

December 23, 11AM

I finished the Deutero-canonical book of II Maccabees last night.  I was not planning to read II Maccabees during Hanukkah, which commemorates some of the historical events that II Maccabees is about.  It just happened that way.  I start... [I Maccabees] [II Maccabees] [religion]

December 22, 10AM

At church yesterday, a few people were expressing support for a local firefighter who put up a sign saying “Happy Birthday, Jesus” outside of the fire-station.  An atheist group is suing, saying this violates the separation of church and state... [church]

December 21, 1PM

While I was walking to church this morning, I was thinking about Romans 10:9, which states: “if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (KJV).I ... [Bible] [church] [religion] [resurrection]

December 20, 9PM

Matthew Barnett.  Misfits Welcome: Find Yourself in Jesus and Bring the World Along for the Ride.  Nelson Books (An Imprint of Thomas Nelson), 2014. Matthew Barnett is a pastor in Los Angeles, California.  He also pastors the Dream Center ... [religion]

3AM

II Chronicles 12 is about King Rehoboam of Judah.  Specifically, it focuses on the disasters that Judah experienced on account of Rehoboam’s spiritual neglect and transgression, and Rehoboam’s humbling of himself before the LORD, which influen... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

December 19, 2PM

Bruce Lengeman.  To Kill a Lion: Destroying the Power of Lust from the Root.  Apopka, Florida: Certa Publishing (Second Printing), 2010.  ISBN: 9780982785874.  See here to purchase the book. A number of men within evangelical Christian... [religion]

12 PM

Darlene Franklin.  A Ranger’s Trail.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2012.  See here for Moody’s page about the book.A Ranger’s Trail is part of the Texas Trails series, also known as the Morgan Family Series.  This series focuses on... [religion]

December 18, 10AM

I’ve been reading a bit of both sides of the debate on whether or not Sony was right to pull The Interview.  One side says that Sony should not give in to cyber-terrorists or the North Korean dictatorship.  Another side (see here) says that S... [Current Events] [movies]

3AM

I’ve been watching The Andy Griffith Show during my lunch time.  A couple days ago, I watched an episode that I found a bit puzzling.  It’s from Season 1, and it’s entitled “Runaway Kid.” The episode starts with Opie and his friends ... [Andy Griffith Show] [Television]

December 17, 3AM

I watched the winter cliffhanger to Once Upon a Time last Sunday night.  I’d like to share what stood out to me and see if I can bring all that together into a coherent thought. 1.  Regina was the evil queen of the Snow White story.  She ... [Once Upon a Time] [Television]

December 16, 11AM

Susan Page Davis.  Captive Trail.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2011.  See here for Moody’s page about the book. Captive Trail is part of the Texas Trails series, also known as the Morgan Family Series.  This series focuses on the Morg... [religion]

December 15, 3AM

Glenda Mathes.  Discovering Delight: 31 Meditations on Loving God’s Law.  Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014.In Discovering Delight, Glenda Mathes offers spiritual insights, using as her starting point verses from the Book of Psal... [Bible] [Psalms] [religion]

December 14, 12 PM

The sermon at church this morning was interesting.  We’re celebrating Advent, which is about anticipating the coming of Christ.  The pastor during the first part of his sermon was inquiring why John the Baptist was not at the nativity. ... [Bible] [church] [religion]

December 13, 3AM

I have three items for my blog post today about II Chronicles 11: 1.  v 15 states regarding King Jeroboam of Northern Israel (in the KJV): “And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, and for the calves which he had made.... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

December 12, 11AM

Jody Hedlund.  Love Unexpected.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2014.  See here for Bethany House’s page about the book.In Love Unexpected, the year is 1859.  A young woman named Emma Chambers and her brother Ryan are on a s...

December 11, 11AM

Christian apologist Stephen J. Bedard recently sent me a PDF copy of one of his books, The Watchtower and the Word: A Guide to Conversations with Jehovah’s Witnesses (see here for Amazon’s page about the book).  He was hosting a giveaway on his ... [Bible] [religion]

December 10, 9AM

I watched the TV series Christy in 1994, and again sixteen years later on the Gospel Music Channel.  It is based on Catherine Marshall’s novel, and it is about a nineteen year old girl, Christy Huddleston, who leaves the big city to teach in the... [Books] [religion] [Television]

December 9, 10AM

I don’t know what to write today, so I will consult the Daily Prompt.  The question for today is: “You’re given unlimited funds to plan one day full of any and all luxuries you normally can’t afford. Tell us about your extravagant day with a...

December 8, 3AM

Lynn Austin.  Faith of My Fathers.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2006.Faith of My Fathers is the fourth book of Lynn Austin’s Chronicles of the Kings series.  The first three books of the series focus on the righteous biblical ... [Bible] [religion]

December 7, 12 PM

At church this morning, the theme during the children’s part of the service is that it is better to give than to receive. The pastor’s puppet, Jake, had a long list of Christmas wants, and the pastor was trying to teach Jake to give gifts, not just... [church] [Life] [religion]

December 6, 3AM

In II Chronicles 10 and I Kings 12, Northern Israelites, led by Jeroboam, go to King Rehoboam and challenge him to lessen their burdens of taxation.  Rehoboam confers with the elders, and they advise him to do so, since that will win over the peo... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

December 5, 3AM

I was reading a post by Christian apologist Stephen Bedard a few days ago.  In this post, Bedard was reviewing a book by another Christian apologist, James W. Sire, entitled Apologetics Beyond Reason.  Bedard says the following: “James Sire,... [Apologetics] [atheism] [Bible] [religion]

December 4, 3AM

One blog that I read is Bob Seidensticker’s Cross Examined.  Bob is an atheist.  In a recent post, he was talking about two books that he has written: A Modern Christmas Carol, and Cross Examined: An Unconventional Spiritual Journey.  The... [atheism] [religion]

December 3, 10AM

Kevin Diller.  Theology’s Epistemological Dilemma: How Karl Barth and Alvin Plantinga Provide a Unified Response.  Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2014.  See here for Intervarsity’s page about this book.Karl Barth was a renowned ... [religion]

December 2, 3AM

My pastor in last Sunday’s sermon was comparing Jesus to Santa Claus.  My pastor was actually seeing similarities between the two, but others have said that there are differences. Santa Claus makes a list, checks it twice, and is going to find ou... [church] [Holidays] [politics] [religion]

December 1, 3AM

I have been working on forgiveness lately.  Essentially, whenever I have a negative thought about a person, I say to myself, “I forgive that person.”  I try to remember that I myself have made my share of mistakes over the years and need ... [Life]

November 30, 12 PM

At church this morning, the pastor compared Jesus coming back with Santa Claus coming to town.  The pastor portrayed Santa as a benevolent judge: Santa does not expect kids to be perfect, but to be good.  Similarly, the pastor said, Jesus wil...

November 29, 10PM

Joshua Ryan Butler.  The Skeletons in God’s Closet: The Mercy of Hell, the Surprise of Judgment, the Hope of Holy War.  Nashville: W Publishing Group (an Imprint of Thomas Nelson), 2014. Will God torment people in hell forever and ever just be... [Bible] [religion]

3AM

In II Chronicles 9, the Queen of Sheba visits King Solomon of Israel and tests his wisdom by asking him difficult questions. The Intervarsity Press Bible Background Commentary argues that there was probably an economic or a political motive to her visit:... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

November 28, 3AM

A while back, when I got the Hallmark Channel, the channel would frequently play the movie versions of Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly series.  Michael Landon, Jr. directed some of them, and Katherine Heigl was in the first two.  Sometimes, t... [Books] [Michael Landon] [religion]

November 27, 3AM

Janette Oke and Davis Bunn.  The Centurion’s Wife.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2009. I know Janette Oke as the author of the Love Comes Softly series.  Michael Landon, Jr. made these books into movies for the Hallmark Channel.... [Bible] [history] [religion]

November 26, 3AM

Jon D. Mikalson.  Herodotus and Religion in the Persian Wars.  Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 2003. Herodotus was a fifth century B.C.E. historian, and he wrote about fifth century wars between the Greeks and the Per... [Greco-Roman] [history] [religion]

November 25, 10AM

Tracie Miles.  Your Life Still Counts: How God Uses Your Past to Create a Beautiful Future.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2014.  See here for Bethany House’s page about the book. Tracie Miles had an abortion.  Her book, You... [religion]

November 24, 3AM

Richard M. Hannula.  Samuel Rutherford.  Grand Rapids: EP Books, 2014. Samuel Rutherford was a seventeenth century Presbyterian minister in Scotland.  In Samuel Rutherford, which is part of the series Bitesize Biographies, Richard Hannula ... [history] [religion]

November 23, 1PM

At church this morning, the pastor preached about Thanksgiving.  He told us about the 1965 movie Shenandoah, in which Jimmy Stewart played a farmer during the American Civil War.   Stewart’s character was named Charlie Anderson, and he was t... [church] [movies] [religion] [Television]

November 22, 3AM

I have two items for my blog post today about II Chronicles 8. 1.  II Chronicles 8:1-2 states in the NRSV: “At the end of twenty years, during which Solomon had built the house of the LORD and his own house, Solomon rebuilt the cities that Huram ... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

November 21, 1PM

I recently read an article by Julie Roys, host of Moody Radio’s Up for Debate program.  The article is entitled “Facts About the Universe That Will Blow Your Mind.”   The article goes into the fine-tuning of the universe.  Essent... [Apologetics]

November 20, 10AM

I wrote a post last week, Jeopardy Disappointment, in which I expressed disappointment because I thought that Julia Collins would not be going up against Arthur Chu in the Tournament of Champions, since Julia had lost the night before.  But, perha... [Television]

November 19, 11AM

I recently watched the 2014 Christian movie, Redeemed, which was produced (in part) by Pure Flix Entertainment, the company that gave us the movie God’s Not Dead.  As is the case with a number of Pure Flix films, David A.R. White played a significa... [Bible] [Life] [movies] [religion] [school]

November 18, 10AM

Teresa Feroli.  Political Speaking Justified: Women Prophets and the English Revolution.  Newark: University of Deleware Press, 2006. Political Speaking Justified is about women prophets in seventeenth century England.  During that time, J... [history] [religion]

November 17, 10AM

Lynn Austin.  The Strength of His Hand.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2005. The Strength of His Hand is the third novel in Lynn Austin’s Chronicles of the Kings series.  The first three books of the series focus on the righteous... [Bible] [religion]

November 16, 1PM

At church this morning, my pastor preached about the parable of the talents.  See here to read the parable in Matthew 25:14-30.  In this parable, a master is going on a journey and entrusts to his servants some talents, which was a unit of wea... [Bible] [church] [religion]

November 15, 3AM

For my blog post about II Chronicles 7, I will write down what is in my notebook, with some elaborations.  They are loose ramblings, but they reflect mainly on whether, according to the Chronicler, God’s promise to establish an everlasting David... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

November 14, 12 PM

Ittai Gradel.  Emperor Worship and Roman Religion.  Oxford, New York: Clarendon Press, 2002. On the subject of emperor worship in ancient Rome, Ittai Gradel seems to present a similar picture to what I have read thus far in other scholarly wor... [Apologetics] [Greco-Roman] [history] [religion] [resurrection]

November 13, 10AM

I watched Jeopardy’s Tournament of Champions the past couple of days.  I was disappointed because I was hoping that, eventually, Julia Collins would go up against Arthur Chu and beat him.  Arthur is good at selecting across the board to thr... [Television]

November 12, 9AM

It has been twenty-five years since the fall of the Berlin wall!  I was a kid when that happened.  And, believe it or not, my family greeted the news with solemnity rather than joy. Why?  Because we were part of a church that taught that ... [Bible] [church] [history] [religion] [Television]

November 11, 10AM

Today is Veterans Day.  Last Sunday at church, the pastor asked the veterans to stand up.  One was a World War II vet.  Another served in 1965.  Another served in the 1950’s. The guy who normally sits in front of me was not there o... [church] [Holidays] [Political Philosophy] [Schaeffer]

November 10, 10AM

W. Warde Fowler.  Roman Ideas of Deity in the Last Century Before the Christian Era: Lectures Delivered in Oxford for the Oxford University Fund.  London: MacMillan and Co., 1914. I have been looking for books to read about ancient Roman religio... [Greco-Roman] [history] [religion]

November 9, 11AM

The theme at church this morning was being ready for the second coming of Christ.  This was one of those church mornings where I did not know for sure what I believed, but I liked the singing.  I particularly enjoyed the hymn, “My Hope Is B... [church] [music] [religion]

November 8, 3AM

In II Chronicles 6, King Solomon is dedicating the newly-built Temple. In vv 4-6, we read (in the KJV): 4 And [Solomon] said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who hath with his hands fulfilled that which he spake with his mouth to my father David, say... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [I Kings] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

November 7, 11AM

Olea Nel.  Andrew Murray, Destined to Serve: A Biographical Novel.  Wamboin, Australia: Clairvaux House, 2014.  ISBN: 978-0-9925671-0-1.  See here to purchase the book. Andrew Murray was a renowned nineteenth century preacher and Chris... [Bible] [history] [religion]

November 6, 9AM

We’ve been watching the SciFi Channel series Haven.  Yesterday, we saw a particularly moving episode from Season 3: “Magic Hour: Part 2.” Parts 1 and 2 of “Magic Hour” have a subplot about a lady named Noelle, who is able to raise the dead... [Haven] [love] [religion] [Television]

November 5, 9AM

The things about President Barack Obama that I find endearing are also the things that I find annoying.  And incidentally, we’ll probably be seeing more of these things in the last two years of his Presidency, now that the Republicans control th... [politics]

November 4, 10PM

Jim Cymbala, with Jennifer Schuchmann.  Storm: Hearing Jesus for the Times We Live In.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014.Jim Cymbala, pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, believes that a storm is coming.  It’s a spiritual storm.  Christi... [Bible] [religion]

8AM

Lynn Austin.  Song of Redemption.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2005. Song of Redemption is the second novel in Lynn Austin’s Chronicles of the Kings series.  The first three books of the series focus on the righteous biblical ... [Bible] [religion]

November 3, 9AM

Amos Yong.  The Future of Evangelical Theology: Soundings from the Asian American Diaspora.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2014.  See here for IVP’s page about the book. Amos Yong teaches theology and mission at Fuller Theological Seminar... [religion]

November 2, 1PM

At church this morning, one of the hymns that we sang was “O for a Heart to Praise My God.”  Click here to read the lyrics and to listen to the song.  The link actually shows a lot more verses than the song had in our hymn book.  The h... [church] [music] [religion]

November 1, 2AM

II Chronicles 5:9 states (in the KJV): “And they drew out the staves of the ark, that the ends of the staves were seen from the ark before the oracle; but they were not seen without. And there it is unto this day.” II Chronicles 5:9 states that the... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

October 31, 10AM

Sirach 32:17 states: “The sinner will shun reproof, and will find a decision according to his liking” (NRSV). When I read this verse yesterday, it got me thinking about Christian reproof. Here’s my problem with it: A lot of time, it amounts to Chris... [religion] [Sirach]

October 30, 10AM

I read a post by Arminian theologian Roger Olson this morning entitled, Is It Possible to Be Forgiven (Reconciled) but Not Born Again (Regenerated)?  It’s a long post, and that was daunting to me, at first.  But I am glad that I stuck with it.... [religion]

October 29, 10AM

I was listening to an atheist podcast yesterday.  I was initially hesitant to do so.  Why?  Was it fear that they might persuade me to abandon my belief in God?  It’s not as if I hadn’t heard their sorts of arguments before, in ... [atheism] [religion]

October 28, 10AM

Jӧrg Rüpke.  Religion of the Romans.  Trans. and ed., Richard Gordon.  Cambridge and Malden: Polity Press, 2009. This book is about the religion of the ancient Romans: their rituals, their festivals and who attended them, their votive of... [Greco-Roman] [religion]

October 27, 9AM

I watched a Christian movie a few days ago: Grace Unplugged, which came out in 2013.  Although the movie is Christian, Lionsgate Films and Roadside Attractions released it, and they release a lot of secular movies. The movie is about an 18-year-ol... [Alcoholism] [Desperate Housewives] [Joan of Arcadia] [movies] [religion] [Television]

2AM

Ryan M. McGraw, ed.  The Foundation of Communion with God: The Trinitarian Piety of John Owen.  Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014. John Owen was a seventeenth century English Puritan.  Ryan M. McGraw’s Ph.D. work was about Jo... [history] [religion]

October 26, 8PM

Matt Papa.  Look and Live: Behold the Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying Glory of Christ.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2014.  See here for Bethany House’s page about the book. Matt Papa is a Christian recording artist and a ministe... [Bible] [religion]

10AM

At church this morning, the pastor preached a love sermon: a sermon about how we should love other people.  That’s not my favorite kind of message, but I should expect it!  That sort of message is a salient part of the Christian tradition! ... [Bible] [church] [love] [religion]

October 25, 2AM

In II Chronicles 4:16-22, we read the following (in the KJV): 16 The pots also, and the shovels, and the fleshhooks, and all their instruments, did Huram his father make to king Solomon for the house of the LORD of bright brass. 17 In the plain of Jorda... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

October 24, 11AM

Sirach 16:17 states (in the NRSV): “Do not say, “I am hidden from the Lord, and who from on high has me in mind? Among so many people I am unknown, for what am I in a boundless creation?” The point of this passage, of course, is that sinners shoul... [Bible] [church] [Daily Quiet Time] [Job] [Psalms] [religion] [Sirach]

October 23, 8PM

Michael Yankoski.  The Sacred Year: Mapping the Soulscape of Spiritual Practice—-How Contemplating Applies, Living in a Cave, and Befriending a Dying Woman Revived My Life.  Nashville: W Publishing Group (An Imprint of Thomas Nelson), 2014. ... [religion]

10AM

Some Jesus ben Sira passages stood out to me yesterday and today.  Allow me to quote  and to comment. 1.    Sirach 13:9-10 states (in the NRSV): “When an influential person invites you, be reserved, and he will invite you more insi... [Daily Quiet Time] [Sirach] [Social Skills] [Television]

October 22, 9AM

I’ve been reading Jesus Ben Sira for my daily quiet time.  It is part of the Deuterocanonical writings, the books that Catholics accept as canonical but that Protestants and Jews do not.  Ben Sira’s book has been labelled “Ben Sira”, ... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [Rabbinics] [religion] [Self-Esteem] [Sirach]

October 21, 10AM

David N. Livingstone.  Darwin’s Forgotten Defenders: The Encounter Between Evangelical Theology and Evolutionary Thought.  Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press, 1987. Darwin’s Forgotten Defenders is about eva... [Bible] [Creation] [evolution] [religion]

October 20, 10AM

Lee Harmon.  The River of Life: Where Liberal and Conservative Christianity Meet.  Gonzalez, FL: Energion Publications, 2014.  See here to purchase the book from Amazon.In The River of Life, Lee Harmon talks about what he believes as a lib... [Bible] [Lee Harmon] [religion]

2AM

Dr. David Friedman and B.D. Friedman.  James the Just Presents Applications of the Torah: A Messianic Commentary.  Clarksville: Lederer Books (a Division of Messianic Jewish Publishers), 2012. Dr. David Friedman and B.D. Friedman are Messianic J... [Bible] [james] [religion]

October 19, 12 PM

At church this morning, one of the people from the congregation gave the message.  He has been coming to our church for about two years.  He was baptized this past June, as I write about here.  In his message, he was giving us his testimo... [church]

October 18, 2AM

II Chronicles 3:13 is talking about statues of cherubim in King Solomon’s temple.  V. 13 states in the King James Version: “The wings of these cherubims spread themselves forth twenty cubits: and they stood on their feet, and their faces were ... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

October 17, 11AM

Here is a question for me to ramble about today: Why am I prejudiced against fiction? Or am I?  I can think of some fiction books that I enjoyed.  After I finished them, I felt as if I had eaten a wholesome meal.  Some of them stayed with... [Books]

October 16, 9AM

I sometimes get annoyed by Internet discussions: people who think that the whole world revolves around their opinion, or who think that they’re so witty when they point out what was probably already on all of the readers’ minds, to begin with. ... [Life]

October 15, 8PM

Kevin Belmonte.  D.L. Moody—-A Life: Innovator, Evangelist, World-Changer.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2014.  See here for Moody Publisher’s page about this book. Dwight L. Moody was an influential Christian evangelist in the nineteent... [history] [religion]

11AM

I’ve been thinking about entertainment trends recently.  Not long ago, I referred to Rosie O’Donnell’s statement on The View that disgraced actor Stephen Collins was this generation’s Michael Landon.  That made me think about whether th... [Television]

October 14, 8PM

Norman L. Geisler and William E. Nix.  From God to Us: How We Got Our Bible.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2012.  See here for Moody’s page about this book. In From God to Us, Norman Geisler and William Nix talk about the inspiration, canon... [Bible] [religion]

10AM

I’ve been reading the Deuterocanonical Writings for my daily quiet time.  The Deuterocanonical Writings are part of the Catholic canon for the Bible, but not the Protestant and Jewish canons.  Protestants call the Deuterocanonical Writings ... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion] [Wisdom of Solomon]

October 13, 9AM

Yesterday at church, we sang a hymn that stood out to me.  It’s called “Lord, Speak to Me, That I May Speak.”  The fourth stanza says: “O teach me, Lord, that I may teach“The precious things Thou dost impart;“And wing my words, that ... [Bible] [church] [religion]

October 12, 11AM

At church this morning, the Pastor Emeritus was conducting the service, since the pastor and his wife are on vacation.  We had a guest speaker who was talking about his church’s coming Thanksgiving.  This speaker told about a woman who call... [church]

October 11, 8PM

Lynn Austin.  Keepers of the Covenant.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2014.  See here for Bethany House’s page about the book. Keepers of the Covenant is the second book of Lynn Austin’s Restoration Chronicles, which is histor... [Bible] [religion]

2AM

In my study of II Chronicles 2, I read scholarly arguments that the Chronicler in II Chronicles 2 conforms history to his own ideology.  Here are three examples, along with my comments: 1.  King Hiram of Tyre recommended that Solomon use anot... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

October 10, 11AM

I had The View on yesterday for a couple of minutes.  The ladies were talking about the Stephen Collins scandal.  Rosie O’Donnell said that the allegations were shocking because Stephen Collins was this generation’s Michael Landon. Was St... [Television]

10AM

Last month, I reviewed the book Biblical Portraits of Creation, by biblical scholar Walter Kaiser and Pastor Dorington Little.  Click here to listen to an interview of Kaiser about the book, conducted by Shaun Tabatt. [Bible] [religion]

October 9, 9AM

I watched the latest episode of The Middle.  Brick tries to make friends.  And this time, he’s not doing so because his Mom or his therapist want him to do that.  He’s doing so because he wants to do that.  He wants to be a part... [Big Bang Theory] [Social Skills] [Television] [The Middle]

October 8, 10AM

I have the first five seasons of 7th Heaven.  It’s been a year-or-so since I’ve watched the show, but I’m a fan.  And I would say that my favorite character was Eric Camden, the father and pastor.  I liked Annie Camden (Eric’s wi... [7th Heaven] [Television]

October 7, 9AM

I watched the Disney movie Frozen last week, since the TV series Once Upon a Time is focusing on the Frozen characters this season.  Watching Frozen certainly enhanced my appreciation of last Sunday’s episode!  I understood why Anna was going... [LOST] [movies] [Once Upon a Time] [Television]

October 6, 10AM

Lynn Austin.  Gods and Kings.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2005. Gods and Kings is the first book of Lynn Austin’s Chronicles of the Kings series.  This series draws from the Hebrew Bible and focuses on eighth century Judah, s...

2AM

J.V. Fesko.  Songs of a Suffering King: The Grand Christ Hymn of Psalms 1-8.  Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014. J.V. Fesko is a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and he is the academic dean at Westminster Seminary Cali... [Bible] [Psalms]

October 5, 11AM

Someone at church was encouraging us to go see the new Left Behind movie, starring Nicholas Cage.  Left Behind is a series of books written by Tim Lahaye and Jerry Jenkins about the end times.  I told the pastor that I thought Presbyterians had... [Bible] [church] [movies] [religion]

October 4, 2AM

In II Chronicles 1, God asks Solomon at Gibeon what he wants God to give to him.  Solomon responds in v 10 (KJV): “Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so ... [Bible] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

October 3, 10AM

Yesterday, I finished watching Professor Christine Hayes' lectures for her Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) class at Yale University.  Yale offers her lectures online, and you can also find them on Youtube.  Next, I will watch... [Bible] [religion]

October 2, 10AM

John E. Wilson.  Introduction to Modern Theology: Trajectories in the German Tradition.  Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2007. I got this book from Christian Book Distributors for a low price.  It is about Christian theology in th... [Bible] [philosophy] [religion]

October 1, 8PM

Jay Milbrandt.  The Daring Heart of David Livingstone: Exile, African Slavery, and the Publicity Stunt that Saved Millions.  Nashville: Nelson Books (An Imprint of Thomas Nelson), 2014. David Livingstone was a nineteenth century English explorer... [history]

10AM

We watched Frozen last night.  I actually watched it twice.  Frozen is a 2013 Walt Disney movie about a queen named Elsa who goes off into solitude after people learn about her magical powers—-powers of making ice and snow.  Elsa inadve... [movies] [Once Upon a Time] [Television]

September 30, 10AM

Lynn Austin.  Return to Me.  Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2013. Return to Me is the first book of Lynn Austin’s Restoration Chronicles.  It is Christian historical fiction about the return of the Jews from Babylonian exile in the sixth c... [Bible] [religion]

2AM

I was reading a blog post recently that was arguing that the white evangelical community is itself post-evangelical.  Whereas previous generations of evangelicals looked to commitment to biblical authority and sharing the faith as identity markers... [Political Philosophy] [politics] [religion]

September 29, 10AM

Well, some new TV seasons started last night!  We watched all of season 3 of Once Upon a Time recently, so we were ready for the start of Season 4 last night.  And we watched the hour-long episode of Family Guy, in which the characters from Fami... [Television]

9AM

Can we over-emphasize God’s love?  I was thinking about that as I was trying to sleep last night.  Some think that we can.  We can use God’s love as an excuse, to convince ourselves that we can sin and still be okay with God.  A... [religion]

September 28, 11AM

At church this morning, the pastor preached about Matthew 21:28-32, in which Jesus tells the story of two sons.  The father told one son to work in the vineyard, and the son said no but later changed his mind and did what his father asked. The fat... [Bible] [church] [religion]

September 27, 2AM

In  I Chronicles 29, King David encourages leaders in Israel to support his successor, Solomon, in the task of constructing the Temple, and to donate materials to the project, as David did. I generally listen to sermons about the chapter that I am... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

September 26, 12 PM

I try to write on my blog every day.  Today, I am finding that difficult.  I already posted something, but I wrote that post last week and scheduled it to appear on my blog today.  I try to write an actual post each day. What is constipa...

2AM

Today is Mesothelioma Awareness Day.  According to Dr. Howard West, “Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer affecting the membrane lining of the lungs and abdomen.”  Dr. West states that “The primary cause and risk factor for mesothelioma...

September 25, 9AM

Tom Thatcher.  Why John Wrote a Gospel: Jesus—-Memory—-History.  Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2006. I got this book at a low price from Christian Book Distributors.  It looked like it would be a good book for me to read for... [Bible] [I John] [John] [religion]

September 24, 9AM

D.A. Carson.  The King James Version Debate: A Plea for Realism.  Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1979. D.A. Carson is a professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  This book is his response to Christians who argue that the King Jam... [Bible] [religion]

September 23, 9AM

I watched the pilot to Gotham last night.  Gotham is a retelling of the Batman story.  I cannot say that the pilot blew me away.  But the scene in which young Bruce Wayne is walking with his parents and his parents get shot by a burglar ... [Television]

September 22, 9AM

I have been watching ABC News each weeknight for the past five or so years.  I have settled on it as my news home, if you will.  Don’t get me wrong: I still read other news-related sources.  But I regularly watch ABC News to keep curre... [politics] [Television]

September 21, 11AM

At church this morning, we sang the hymn, “O Perfect Love” (see here).  At first, I just went through the motions of singing it, without thinking about the words that much.  Then, I decided that the hymn might have some meat to it, so I d... [Bible] [music] [religion]

September 20, 9PM

Gary Wilkerson, with R.S.B. Sawyer.  David Wilkerson: The Cross, the Switchblade, and the Man Who Believed.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014. David Wilkerson was a Pentecostal preacher.  In the 1950’s, he read about a high-profile murder t... [religion]

8AM

I got this quote from Rachel Held Evans’ post today.  I’m posting it here for future reference, because I want to remind myself of what it says. “Grace isn’t about God creating humans as flawed beings and then acting all hurt when we inevita... [religion]

2AM

I have four items for my blog post on I Chronicles 28. 1.   David summoned the princes, captains, valiant men, and officers of Israel, as well as his stewards and the stewards of his son.  In I Chronicles 28:2, he calls these men brothers... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

September 19, 9AM

I am currently reading the Book of Malachi for my daily quiet time.  I said in a recent post that I was thinking of going to the New Testament next rather than the deuterocanonical writings.  I have changed my mind about that: I will be going... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time]

September 18, 10AM

Charles Templeton.  Farewell to God: My Reasons for Rejecting the Christian Faith.  Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1996.Charles Templeton was a Christian evangelist and a close friend to Billy Graham.  Templeton left the Christian fait... [Bible] [religion]

September 17, 9AM

On The View yesterday, Republican Nicolle Wallace and Rosie O’Donnell were arguing over whether President Obama loves people.  See here to read more about that. Personally, I think that Rosie O’Donnell was missing Nicolle Wallace’s point. ... [politics] [Television]
Richard J. Foster.  The Challenge of the Disciplined Life: Christian Reflections on Money, Sex & Power.  HarperSanFrancisco, 1985. If you are looking for a book that provides clear-cut rules about how a Christian should handle money, sex, a... [Bible] [religion]

September 16, 8AM

I watched the recent Lifetime movie, The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story, which is about the actors and actresses in the 1990’s TV series Saved by the Bell. The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story got poor reviews, but I still enjoyed watching it... [movies] [Television]

September 15, 9AM

John Ortberg.  The Life You Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997, 2002. Someone recommended this book to me years ago.  He said that the title was a bit cheesy, but that it is a really go... [Daily Quiet Time] [Prayer] [religion]

September 14, 11AM

At church this morning, the overall theme of the service was forgiveness.  Also, someone from an organization that serves veterans spoke to us, particularly about the problem of veteran homelessness. Where am I on forgiveness?  Well, I do try ... [church] [religion]

September 13, 2AM

I Chronicles 27:5-6 states (in the KJV): “The third captain of the host for the third month was Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, a chief priest: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.  This is that Benaiah, who was mighty among the thirty,... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

September 12, 7AM

Kevin W. Shorter.  Breaking Free: How to Be Completely Free from Any Addiction.  Kevin Shorter, 2014.  See here for Amazon’s page about it. Breaking Free contains Kevin Shorter’s suggestions on dealing with addiction.  Shorter wri... [Alcoholism] [I John] [religion]

September 11, 8AM

I watched The Thorn Birds last week.  The Thorn Birds was a 1983 miniseries about a priest, Ralph de Bricassart, who was in love with a woman named Meggie.  It was based on a 1977 novel by Colleen McCullough. It was quite a miniseries, let me ... [movies] [religion] [Television]

September 10, 9AM

Ken Wytsma with D.R. Jacobsen.  Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live & Die for Bigger Things.  Nashville: W Publishing Group (An Imprint of Thomas Nelson), 2013. This book is about why social justice should be important to evangelical Christi... [religion]

September 9, 7AM

Ricky Texada.  My Breaking Point, God’s Turning Point: Experience God’s Amazing Power to Restore.  Bloomington, Minnestota: Bethany House Publishers, 2014.  See here for Bethany House’s page about the book. Ricky Texada is pastor of C... [religion]

September 8, 8AM

Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. and Dorington G. Little.  Biblical Portraits of Creation: Celebrating the Maker of Heaven and Earth.  Wooster, Ohio: Weaver Book Company, 2014.  See here for Amazon’s page about this book. Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. is an... [Bible] [Creation] [evolution] [religion]

September 7, 11AM

At church this morning, the pastor was talking with his puppet, Jake, about the books of the Bible.  Jake was trying to recite the names of the books of the Bible in order. My Dad had us kids memorize the names and order of the books of the Bible ... [Bible] [church]

September 6, 2AM

Here are some thoughts about I Chronicles 26: 1.  I Chronicles 26 talks a lot about gatekeepers to the Temple, or sanctuary.  Obed-Edom’s sons are said to be mighty men of valor (v 6), strong (v 7), and able (v 8), and one of them is called ... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

September 5, 3PM

Edith Hamilton.  The Roman Way.  New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1932, 1960. Edith Hamilton wrote about the Greeks, the Romans, the Hebrew Bible, and Christianity during her retirement.  I recently read her first book, The Greek Way, a... [Greco-Roman] [history]

8AM

A lot of Christians are upset by Victoria Osteen’s claim that we worship God so that we can be happy.  See here.  Victoria Osteen is the wife of megachurch pastor Joel Osteen.  She recently said that God wants us to worship him, not to ... [religion]

September 4, 8AM

Caryn A. Reeder.  The Enemy in the Household: Family Violence in Deuteronomy and Beyond.  Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012.  See here for Baker’s page about it.The Torah appears to recommend and to approve of family violence, and this ... [Bible] [Deuteronomy] [religion]

September 3, 9AM

Edith Hamilton.  The Greek Way.  New York: Random House, 1930, 1942. Edith Hamilton wrote a number of books about ancient Greece and Rome.  She even wrote one about the Hebrew Bible.  The Greek Way was her very first book, and she wro... [Greco-Roman] [history] [religion]

September 2, 9AM

Amy Frykholm.  Julian of Norwich: A Contemplative Biography.  Brewster, Massachusetts: Paraclete Press, 2010. Julian of Norwich was a fourteenth century English Christian mystic.  She was an anchoress, which meant that she spent time in so... [Bible] [religion]

September 1, 4PM

We went to a zoo today.  It’s a small zoo.  The animals there are not exotic.  They’re animals from the area—-a pumba, a black bear, a wolverine, turtles, snakes, butterflies, eagles, ravens, wolves, etc. The zoo charged one do... [Holidays] [Life]

August 31, 12 PM

At church this morning, the pastor said that the purpose of life is not to get rich, but to learn how to love.I do not always know how I, as an introvert, can love other people.  One thing I liked about a recent book that I read about love, however,... [church] [movies] [Television]

August 30, 2AM

Heman’s sons sang and prophesied with musical instruments at the sanctuary.  Psalm 88 is attributed to Heman.What catches a number of scholars’ attention is I Chronicles 24:4, which lists the sons of Heman:“Of Heman: the sons of Heman; Bukkiah,... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

August 29, 10AM

Amity Shlaes.  The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression.  HarperCollins, 2007. I enjoyed Amity Shlaes’ The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression.  Whereas her biography of Calvin Coolidge was rather heavy, h... [Economics] [history] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [Regulation]

August 28, 9AM

T. Desmond Alexander.  From Paradise to the Promised Land: An Introduction to the Pentateuch, Third Edition.  Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012.    See here for Baker’s page about this book. In From Paradise to the Promised Land, T.... [Bible] [religion]

August 27, 9AM

A while back, I started following someone.  She used to work for an abortion clinic, then she quit that line of work as she concluded that abortion was murder.  What especially got on my nerves were her posts that said “if you (such-and-suc... [politics] [religion]

August 26, 10AM

I am going through the Book of Jonah for my daily quiet time.  In my reading this morning, something puzzled me, but I was unable to articulate why it was puzzling me.  I had a hard time formulating my question, let alone arriving at any answ... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [Jonah] [religion]

August 25, 10AM

Frank Peretti writes Christian fiction.  Some have called him the Christian Stephen King because he has written Christian horror, plots that have demons or monsters.  There are times when his work does not have those things, though.  I t... [religion]

August 24, 1PM

I have three items for my write-up on this morning’s church service.1. During the children’s part of the service, the pastor and his puppet, Jake, were addressing what Christians can do in response to the problems in the world. The pastor was talk... [atheism] [church] [Current Events] [Prayer] [religion]

August 23, 2AM

I Chronicles 24 is about the twenty-four courses of priests who would officiate in the Temple.  They were descended either from Aaron’s son Eleazar or Aaron’s son Ithamar.  These twenty-four courses would rotate their service, with each o... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

August 22, 6AM

Today is my blog’s birthday.  I started blogging on August 22, 2007.  That makes my blog 7.  This coming year, I hope to continue to blog about books, my weekly quiet time in Scripture, and my weekly church service.  I have also j... [introduction]

August 21, 10AM

Something that interests me whenever I reconnect with old friends and acquaintances is their current religious or political views.  Some of the people who were gun-ho conservative Christians back when I knew them are now atheists, agnostics, liber... [politics] [religion]

August 20, 10AM

I have been consulting Tony Attwood’s The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome (2007) as a reference.  (Asperger’s Syndrome is a form of autism that includes deficits in socializing.  I have it.)  Attwood makes a statement on page ... [Asperger's]

August 19, 9AM

Amity Shlaes.  Coolidge.  HarperCollins, 2013. Amity Shlaes is a conservative.  And she appears to be a fairly well-connected conservative: How many Acknowledgements have you read that thank a recent President (in this case, George W. Bus... [history] [Political Philosophy] [politics]

August 18, 9AM

Ashlee Willis.  The Word Changers.  Conquest Publishers, 2014. ISBN-10: 0990397912. ISBN-13: 978-0990397915.  See here to purchase the book. The Word Changers is Christian fantasy for young adults.  While I am not part of the book’s ... [Books] [religion]

August 17, 10AM

At church this morning, there were two things that stood out to me. 1.  The pastor was preaching about heaven.  He was saying that there will be no physical pain there, and that resonated with a number of people, who had to deal with aches, pa... [church] [religion]

August 16, 2AM

I Chronicles 23 is about the Levites.  The Levites assisted the Aaronic priests.  In the Book of Numbers, their primary responsibility was transporting the holy objects (i.e., the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, etc.) from place to place... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

August 15, 11AM

I read the devotional Our Daily Bread every day.  My church gives them out.  Some of the daily devotions really speak to me.  Some of them, not so much.  The one yesterday really spoke to me. The author told the story of when he was ... [religion]

August 14, 9AM

In the aftermath of the recent tragedy with Robin Williams, people have wrestled with the issue of depression and how that intersects with religion.  Here are some questions. 1.  Do people with clinical depression who commit suicide have no c... [Psychology] [religion]

August 13, 9AM

Actress Lauren Bacall has passed on.  I only saw a few of her movies with Humphrey Bogart.  I also saw her in the Stephen King movie Misery, in which she played author Paul Sheldon’s agent.  Apparently, she was also in an episode of Fami... [Communism] [Deaths] [Family Guy] [history] [movies] [politics] [Stephen King] [Television]

August 12, 9AM

I was surprised to learn yesterday that Robin Williams had passed away.  I just take for granted certain people being alive.  I had even thought about Robin Williams a couple of times not long before his death.  I saw him in the movie, T... [Deaths] [movies] [Television]

August 11, 9AM

A.N. Wilson.  Tolstoy.  New York and London: W.W. Norton and Company, 1988. Leo Tolstoy was a Russian author, who lived from 1828-1910.  Examples of his works include War and Peace and Anna Karenina.  He also wrote short stories that ... [history] [religion]

August 10, 12 PM

At church this morning, the theme was the story in which Jesus walked on water.  Jesus’ disciples were on a boat in the water, the wind was fierce, and they were afraid.  But Jesus comforted and reassured them.  Similarly, the pastor w... [Bible] [church] [religion]

11AM

I am not a regular viewer of The View, but I have watched the show, now and then.  A lot of my viewing of it has been through You-Tube: I want to see if a controversial guest (i.e., Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, maybe Jes... [politics] [sarah palin] [Television]

August 9, 2AM

In I Chronicles 22:7-10, King David relates to his son and future successor, Solomon, that God did not allow David to build the Temple because David had shed a lot of blood and waged great wars.  Solomon, however, a man of rest who would preside o... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

August 8, 10AM

I talked in my post yesterday about the statue in Daniel 2.  I said that I identified with liberal scholars who argue that the legs represent Greece and the feet represent Alexander’s successors, the Diadachoi.  Conservative scholars tend t... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [Daniel] [religion]

August 7, 9AM

I am reading the Book of Daniel for my daily quiet time.  A few days ago, I was reading Daniel 2.In Daniel 2, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon has a dream about a statue, which is made of various metals.  A stone from heaven shatters the statue,... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [Daniel] [religion]

August 6, 8AM

Konrad Schmid.  The Old Testament: A Literary History.  Translated by Linda M. Maloney.  Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012. Konrad Schmid defines a literary history as “an attempt to present and interpret literary works not simply in the... [Bible] [religion]

August 5, 10AM

James Brady has passed on.  Brady was President Ronald Reagan’s press secretary, who was paralyzed as a result of John Hinkley’s assassination attempt on the President.  Brady and his wife, Sarah, became activists for gun control. I watch... [Deaths] [movies] [politics] [Ronald Reagan]

August 4, 10AM

I did not particularly enjoy the 1995 Disney movie, Pocahontas.  I tend to agree with what one review said: “Pocahontas means well, and has moments of startling beauty, but it’s largely a bland, uninspired effort, with uneven plotting and an unf... [history] [movies] [music]

August 3, 12 PM

At church this morning, the theme was the story in which Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes.  In the children’s part of the service, the pastor was asking the kids what a miracle was.  One of the kids referred to an example: a person ha... [Bible] [church] [religion]

August 2, 2AM

I Chronicles 21 is about King David conducting the census, and God punishing Israel with pestilence as a result.  Here are some thoughts. 1.  I wrote a post a while back about II Samuel 24, which also tells a story about David’s census. ... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

August 1, 12 PM

T.M. Luhrmann.  When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. T.M. Lurhmann is a psychological anthropologist.  She attended Harvard and Cambridge, and she now teaches ... [religion]

July 31, 9AM

I was reading a post yesterday about the difficulty of being single in church.  I’ll link to it (see here), but my goal is not so much to comment on the post itself, as it is to use it as a launch-pad for my own post.  Laura’s post is abou...

July 30, 9AM

I was watching a YouTube video of the Christian movie, God’s Not Dead.  Many people focus on the part of the movie in which a Christian student challenges his atheistic philosophy professor.  But there are other sub-plots to the movie, as w... [movies] [religion]

July 29, 9AM

I’ve been watching Saved by the Bell during my lunch.  The very first time that it came on, which was several years ago, it was at nights.  I did not care for it then.  It struck me as cheesy, corny, and uninteresting.  But then i... [Television]

July 28, 9AM

Todd and Erin Stevens.  How to Pick Up a Stripper, and Other Acts of Kindness: Serving People Just as They Are.  Thomas Nelson, 2014. Todd Stevens is pastor of Friendship Community Church, which is known for its outreach to the community. ... [religion]

July 27, 11AM

I am happy—-even moved—-when people reach across the aisle.  You don’t see it often in these days of political polarization.  Today, on a couple of Sunday news shows, I got to see examples of people reaching across the aisle: praising a... [Political Philosophy] [politics]
At church this morning, the theme was God having a plan for people’s lives.  That message somewhat took me aback.  Why?  It’s standard Christian fare, isn’t it?  I think the reason is that I am a bit skeptical these days. I ca... [church]

July 26, 2AM

I Chronicles 20:2 says the following, in reference to David conquering the country of Ammon: “And David took the crown of their king from off his head, and found it to weigh a talent of gold, and there were precious stones in it; and it was set upon D... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

July 25, 8PM

Karl Barth was a twentieth century Swiss theologian.  Because he is often discussed on the religion blogs that I read, I figured that I should solidify my knowledge about him and his theology.  Thus, I checked out The Cambridge Companion to K... [Bible] [religion]

9AM

When I was a teenager, I would mostly read one side of an issue.  On the rare occasions that I did venture forth to read another side, my mind would be in defensive mode: I would try to refute what I was reading. Why was I like this?  One rea... [Asperger's] [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [Ezekiel] [Life] [religion]

July 24, 9AM

I watched the Robert Reich documentary, Inequality for All, a couple of nights ago.  In this documentary, Robert Reich was arguing that the decline of the middle class in the United States is not good for the economy or society.  When the mid... [Economics] [politics]

July 23, 9AM

Existentialism is an attempt to find meaning in life when there is cause to despair. Why would anyone believe that there is cause to despair?  The Cambridge Companion to Existentialism refers to reasons, as it interacts with the thoughts of such exi... [Family Ties] [philosophy] [politics] [religion] [Television]

July 22, 9AM

I’ve not seen the Disney movie Frozen yet.  I plan to eventually, since the Snow Queen Elsa from Frozen will be a character in the upcoming season of Once Upon a Time (one of my favorite shows). Even though I’ve not yet seen the movie, I have bee... [movies] [music] [Once Upon a Time] [Television]

July 21, 9AM

Neil Gillman.  Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew.  Jewish Publication Society, 1990. Neil Gillman teaches theology at Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.  I audited a class of his when I was a student there... [Bible] [Life] [religion] [school]

July 20, 12 PM

At church this morning, the pastor shared about what happened at Vacation Bible School this past week.  It was actually quite inspiring: people from my church coming together to contribute their talents to make this week-long event a success. ... [church]
Actor James Garner has passed on.  Back when I was a child, I would watch Maverick and The Rockford Files with my family.  I’ve also seen some of his movies.  My personal favorite was when he played Dr. Bob in My Name Is Bill W., a Hallma... [Deaths] [Television]

July 19, 2AM

In I Chronicles 19, Nahash the king of Ammon has died, and Nahash’s son Hanun takes his father’s place as king.  David sends messengers to comfort Hanun because Nahash had been kind to David, probably when David was on the run from King Saul.&... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

July 18, 9AM

I watched Saving Mr. Banks last night.  Saving Mr. Banks is a 2013 movie about Walt Disney’s attempt to get the rights of Mary Poppins from the book’s author, Pamela Travers, so he could make the movie Mary Poppins.  In the process, we lear... [movies]

July 17, 9AM

More than once in recent days, I have read the sentiment that heaven will only be occupied by certain types of people.  I read that sort of sentiment in J.P. Moreland’s The Soul.  Moreland argued that those in hell would not fit in were the... [religion]

July 16, 8PM

Tim LaHaye and Timothy E. Parker.  The Book of Revelation Made Clear: A Down-to-Earth Guide to Understanding the Most Mysterious Book of the Bible.  Nashville: Nelson Books (An Imprint of Thomas Nelson), 2014. Tim LaHaye is a Christian author.&n... [Bible] [religion] [Revelation]

9AM

What is forgiveness?  Is it letting go of anger against a person?  Is it freeing a person from the consequences of his or her actions—-the person does not have to pay you back, or you won’t press charges if the person hurt you in a crimin...

July 15, 9AM

Yehezkel Kaufmann.  The Babylonian Captivity and Deutero-Isaiah.  New York: Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 1970. Yehezkel Kaufmann was a Jewish biblical scholar.  He argued against the influential German biblical scholar Julius We... [Bible] [religion]

July 14, 10AM

Terry A. Chrisope.  Toward a Sure Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Dilemma of Biblical Criticism, 1881-1915.  Great Britain: Christian Focus Publications, 2000. J. Gresham Machen was a conservative Christian biblical scholar.  He was a pro... [Bible] [history] [religion]

July 13, 1PM

My church had its annual picnic this morning!  There was some rain, but we were under a roof, and we still did the water-balloon toss.  And, as happened last year, my water balloon broke, even though I caught it!  Last year, it just unra... [Bible] [church] [Psalms]

July 12, 8AM

J.P. Moreland.  The Soul: How We Know It’s Real and Why It Matters.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2014. I would like to thank Moody Publishers for my review copy of this book.  See here for Moody’s page about it. J.P. Moreland is an evang... [Bible] [philosophy] [religion] [Television]

2AM

I Chronicles 18 is the Chronicler’s version of II Samuel 8.  In both, David defeats and conquers other countries.  The Chronicler omits a piece of David’s brutality, however.  II Samuel 8:2 states: “And he smote Moab, and measured ... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

July 11, 10AM

We finished Smallville a couple of days ago.  Smallville ran during the 2000′s, and it is about young Clark Kent, who would become Superman.  I had watched it before, but my Mom and her husband had not. When I first watched Smallville, I rea... [Smallville] [Television]

July 10, 9AM

David L. Holmes.  The Faiths of the Founding Fathers.  Oxford University Press, 2006. David L. Holmes teaches religious studies at the College of William and Mary.  As the title suggests, The Faiths of the Founding Fathers is about the reli... [history] [religion]

July 9, 10AM

Erwin W. Lutzer.  The King Is Coming: Preparing to Meet Jesus.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2012. I would like to thank Moody Publishers for my review copy of this book.  See here for Moody’s page about it. This book is about the end times... [Bible] [religion]

July 8, 9AM

Gerald R. McDermott.  One Holy and Happy Society: The Public Theology of Jonathan Edwards.  Pennsylvania State University Press, 1992. This was Gerald McDermott’s first book about eighteenth century American pastor and theologian Jonathan Edwa... [Bible] [history] [Political Philosophy] [religion]

July 7, 7AM

I was going to write a book review, but I think I’ll save that for tomorrow.  In today’s post, I want to mention something that I love about my church. One of the churches in which I grew up made a big deal about becoming a deacon or elder.&nb... [church]

July 6, 12 PM

At church this morning, a lady was telling the pastor that people outside of our church are asking to be put on our church’s prayer list.  We started a prayer list recently.  Last month, the church’s Bible study group was going through th... [church] [Prayer]

July 5, 12 PM

Jennifer Rothschild.  God Is Just Not Fair: Finding Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013.  (ePub: February 2014.) Jennifer Rothschild is blind.  She is also a Christian.  This book is about her jour... [book] [religion]

2AM

In I Chronicles 17, David wants to build God a Temple, but God says no.  God says that David’s son would do this instead.  God then goes to to affirm that God will build David a house, an everlasting dynasty. Why did God not want David to b... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

July 4, 10AM

Gerald R. McDermott.  Jonathan Edwards Confronts the Gods: Christian Theology, Enlightenment Religion, and Non-Christian Faiths.  Oxford University Press, 2000. Jonathan Edwards was an eighteenth century pastor and theologian.  Many of you ... [Bible] [history] [pluralism] [religion]

July 3, 11AM

I’m going to talk about the Hobby Lobby case in this post.Let me give you some personal background.  The Hobby Lobby decision was based, at least in part, on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which was passed in the 1990′s.  Es... [politics]

9AM

I was going to do a book write-up today about a book that I just finished.  I’m not in much of a mood to do that right now, even though it was a very good book!  I’ll probably write the review tomorrow.  The reason that I’m not in ... [Health Care] [politics]

July 2, 10AM

Recently, I was listening to a sermon.  The pastor referred to Jesus’ statement in Luke 4:18 that God sent him to preach good news to the poor.  The pastor asked why the Gospel would be good news for the poor, specifically.  His respon... [Bible] [religion]

July 1, 9AM

I’ve been reading the Book of Jeremiah for my daily quiet time.  Allow me to present some puzzling verses, both from Jeremiah 48. Jeremiah 48:13: “And Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of Bethel their confidenc... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [Jeremiah] [religion]

June 30, 10AM

John M. Barry.  Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty.  Viking, 2012. This book is about Roger Williams, who started Providence, Rhode Island as a place of religious freedom.  He had ... [history] [religion]

June 29, 11AM

At church this morning, we sang the hymn “Jesus Loves Even Me.”  I especially liked the following stanza: “Though I forget Him, and wander away,“Still He doth love me wherever I stray;“Back to His dear loving arms I do flee,“When I rememb... [church] [music] [religion]

June 28, 2AM

I have two items for my post about I Chronicles 16. 1.  Although the Ark of the Covenant and the Tabernacle were often together in the Pentateuch—-with the Ark being inside of the Tabernacle, except when it was brought out (usually for battle)—... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

June 27, 9AM

David Muir will be replacing Diane Sawyer as the nightly anchor of ABC News, which is what I watch.  That’s not too big of an adjustment for me as a viewer, since he’s substituted for Diane so many times, and thus I am used to him.  ABC N... [Television]

June 26, 10AM

David R. Como.  Blown by the Spirit: Puritanism and the Emergence of an Antinomian Underground in Pre-Civil War England.  Stanford University Press, 2004.I came across this book while I was doing a search on a library’s catalog.  I had j... [history] [religion]

June 25, 9AM

Although I lean more in the progressive direction politically, I am registered as a Republican.  The reason is that, where I live, the primaries are closed, which means that only registered Democrats can vote in Democratic primaries, and only regi... [politics]

June 24, 9AM

A thought has occurred to me more than once: according to my recollections, I had the “holiday blues” more often after I quit drinking, than I did before.  I wonder why that was.  Isn’t sobriety, after all, supposed to entail an improve... [Alcoholism] [Holidays]

June 23, 10AM

Robert Moats Miller.  Harry Emerson Fosdick: Preacher, Pastor, Prophet.  Oxford University Press, 1985. I first heard of Harry Emerson Fosdick back when I was in college.  I was preparing a presentation on the fundamentalist-modernist con... [religion]

June 22, 12 PM

At church this morning, we had an adult baptism.  Normally, my church baptizes infants.  Today’s adult baptism was noteworthy, in my opinion, because it was so authentic.  We weren’t just going through the motions, vowing as a congre... [Bible] [church] [religion]

June 21, 2AM

My post about I Chronicles 15 today will focus more on what a commentary said about a verse in I Chronicles 15, rather than the contents of the chapter itself. I Chronicles 15:1 states: “And David made him houses in the city of David, and prepared a ... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

June 20, 11AM

I read a post this morning by Derek Leman, Whatever Happened to On, Son of Peleth.  You can read the post if you want to learn who On, son of Peleth is.  What I want to do here is interact with something that Derek says: “God’s mercy trium... [Dr. Quinn] [religion] [Television]

June 19, 10AM

Jeremiah 30:21 states—-and here I will quote the New Revised Standard Version because that is what I read in my daily quiet time—-”Their prince shall be one of their own, their ruler shall come from their midst; I will bring him near, and he shal... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [Jeremiah] [religion]

June 18, 10AM

I’m reading the Book of Jeremiah for my daily quiet time.  Something from Jeremiah 31 jumped out at me.  Vv 29-30 say: “In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.&n... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [Ezekiel] [Ezekiel and Monergism] [Jeremiah] [religion]

June 17, 10AM

I read a couple of posts this week about the question of whether this world is the best possible world.  See here and here.  The first is on an atheist web site.  The second is on the blog of Arminian Roger Olson. The philosopher Leibniz is... [Bible] [philosophy] [religion]

June 16, 10AM

Brian Doherty.  Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement.  New York: PublicAffairs, 2007. I saw this book several years ago in a public library.  At least I think it was this book—-I know... [environment] [history] [john birch society] [Little House] [Political Philosophy] [politics]

June 15, 12 PM

Casey Kasem has passed on.  I remember him from the show Saved by the Bell.  Also, back when I was in high school, I listened to him on the radio some Sundays, when he was doing his pop music/love song countdowns, and he read moving letters f... [Deaths] [music]

11AM

Today is Trinity Sunday and Father’s Day.  And the pastor explained the Trinity using the same modalist model that he used a few years ago (see here): in the same way that a father can be one person with three different roles—-father, grandfa... [church] [religion]

June 14, 2AM

I Chronicles 14 is about David’s battle with the Philistines shortly after he became king.  A key theme that came up in my study of this chapter was David’s dependence on and obedience towards God. 1.  David inquired of God over whether he... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

June 13, 12 PM

I was watching a couple of YouTube videos yesterday.  They were about the Hyper-grace movement.  I blogged about that a few days ago.  See here.  In that particular link, I talk about Michael Brown’s criticism of the Hyper-grace m... [religion]

June 12, 9AM

Yesterday, I listened to a debate between Michael Brown and Bart Ehrman on whether the Bible provides a sufficient answer for suffering.  Michael Brown argued yes, while Bart Ehrman argued no.  Both are biblical scholars.  You can read ab... [Bible] [religion] [Theodicy]

June 11, 9AM

While I was looking at things yesterday for my dissertation, I was listening to a YouTube video.  Michael Brown was on Sid Roth’s show, criticizing the hyper-grace movement.  According to Dr. Brown, these are preachers who believe that Chri... [Bible] [religion]

June 10, 9AM

I’m not really in the mood to write today.  I read a lot of good things.  I reblogged some of them.  One article, I’d like to share, but I fear that it would offend a lot of people, and I am in no mood to qualify things, or to explai... [Writing]

June 9, 9AM

Louis Crompton.  Homosexuality and Civilization.  The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2003. I learned of this book from Kevin Brown’s Diglotting blog.  Kevin was discussing his summer reading plans, and he said the following ab... [Bible] [history] [homosexuality] [religion]

8AM

I read a good post about confession of sin. I’ve been wondering this past week where exactly confession of sin should fit into my spiritual life.  I went to my church’s Bible study last Thursday night, and the lesson essentially was that God wi... [Bible] [church] [Prayer] [religion]

June 8, 11AM

At church this morning, we celebrated Pentecost.  We had a couple of speakers from a local faith-based rescue mission.  One speaker worked for the mission, and the other benefited from it.  See here to learn more about the mission.  ... [church] [music] [religion]

June 7, 2AM

For my weekly quiet time this week, I studied  I Chronicles 13. In I Chronicles 13:2-3, David states: “If it seem good unto you, and that it be of the LORD our God, let us send abroad unto our brethren every where, that are left in all the land o... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

June 6, 10AM

My church had its Bible study last night.  We’re going through Jim Cymbala’s When God’s People Pray.  In last night’s lesson, “Obedience in Prayer,” the message I was hearing was that God will not bless us if we are holding on to o... [church] [Prayer] [religion]

June 5, 9AM

I watched a Christian movie last night.  It’s called Amazing Love, and it dates to 2012.  Sean Astin stars in it.  You probably know him from such movies as The Goonies, Rudy, Lord of the Rings, and Fifty First Dates.  Patty Duke al... [Bible] [Fireproof] [movies] [religion]

June 4, 9AM

I watched two debates recently.  One was a 1995 debate between Christian apologist William Lane Craig and liberal Christian and New Testament scholar John Dominic Crossan.  William F. Buckley, Jr. was the moderator.  The second was betwe... [Apologetics] [Bible] [religion] [resurrection]

June 3, 9AM

I was watching the Entertainment Tonight segment about actress Ann Davis last night.  Ann Davis played the housekeeper Alice on the Brady Bunch.  She passed on a few days ago. The segment featured an old interview that ET did with Ann.  She... [Deaths] [religion] [Television]

June 2, 7AM

J. Todd Billings.  Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church.  Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011.J. Todd Billings teaches Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary.  I went to Harvard Divinity School with T... [Bible] [Calvinism] [Life] [religion] [school]

June 1, 12 PM

Today is Ascension Sunday.  At my church this morning, the pastor talked about the majesty, the mastery, and the ministry that relates to Christ’s ascension to heaven.  He said that Christ in heaven prays for us.  Do I believe that?&nb... [Bible] [church] [religion]

May 31, 10AM

S.G.F. Brandon, ed.  The Saviour God: Comparative Studies in the Concept of Salvation Presented to Edwin Oliver James, Professor Emeritus in the University of London by Colleagues and Friends to Commemorate His Seventy-Fifth Birthday.  Manche... [David Marshall] [religion]

2AM

In I Chronicles 12, Israel comes to David while he is in Ziklag to support him.  David is still on the run from King Saul of Israel.  I have four thoughts about this chapter.  In this post, I will use the King James Version, which is in ... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [Rabbinics] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

May 30, 10AM

For its Bible study, my church is going through When God’s People Pray, by Jim Cymbala.  Yesterday, we did Session 2, “The Amazing Power of Prayer.” Here are some thoughts: 1.  Recently, in the blogosphere, there have been mainline Protes... [church] [Prayer] [religion]

May 29, 9AM

James Yerkes.  The Christology of Hegel.  Albany: State University of New York Press, 1983.Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was a nineteenth century German philosopher.  James Yerkes’ The Christology of Hegel is about Hegel’s view of Jesus... [Christology] [philosophy] [religion]

May 28, 10AM

When did I first hear of Maya Angelou?  It may have been when my Mom was a college student.  Her major was African-American studies.  She brought home some of Maya Angelou’s works, such as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.  I was a ... [Deaths] [politics] [Television] [Touched by an Angel]

9AM

Yesterday, I watched a debate between Christian apologist James White and skeptic Robert Price.  The debate was over the question, “Is the Bible true?”  In this post, I will not get into all of the points and counter-points, but I will lis... [Apologetics] [Bible] [religion] [resurrection]

May 27, 10AM

Yesterday, I was watching a debate between Christian apologist James White and Barry Lynn, a lawyer, United Church of Christ pastor, and Executive Director of the Americans United for Separation of Church and State.  The debate addressed the quest... [Bible] [homosexuality] [politics] [religion]

May 26, 9AM

Dieter Georgi.  The Opponents of Paul in Second Corinthians.  Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1986. This book is a 1986 English translation of Georgi’s 1964 work in German, with new epilogues in which Georgi clarifies and refines his positions... [Bible] [religion]

May 25, 3PM

I didn’t go to church this morning.  It was a beautiful day, so my Mom, her husband, and I went to Syracuse to eat breakfast, go to the zoo, then go to the Goodwill, which has a big store there.  We didn’t get to go to the zoo because it ... [Bible] [Books] [church] [Life] [religion]

May 24, 2AM

I have four items for my blog post today about I Chronicles 11.  I will follow that with some reflections. 1.  In I Chronicles 11, David captures Jerusalem from the Jebusites.  The notes in the Jewish Study Bible (written by David Rothstein... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [Rabbinics] [religion]

May 23, 3PM

My church did not have its Bible study last night because the pastor was at his granddaughter’s birthday party. So what should I write about today?  I was visiting a Christian blog.  The blog post that I was reading linked to another blog pos... [religion]

May 22, 9AM

I read a post not long ago, Prayson Daniel’s Scholarly Status of Logical Problem of Evil.  The problem of evil (as I understand it) states that the existence of evil in the world is strong evidence against the existence of an omnipotent, benevol... [Bible] [philosophy] [religion] [Theodicy]

May 21, 10AM

Karen Armstrong.  A History of God: The 4000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994.I just finished a library copy of this book, but I decided to buy a copy for myself.  They run for as low as a pen... [Bible] [philosophy] [religion] [school]

May 20, 10AM

Isaiah 59:15-17 states (in the NRSV): “Truth is lacking, and whoever turns from evil is despoiled. The LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice.  He saw that there was no one, and was appalled that there was no one to interve... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [Isaiah] [Rabbinics] [religion]

May 19, 10AM

C.F.D. Moule.  The Origin of Christology.  Cambridge University Press, 1977, 1978. Christology has recently been a prominent issue within the biblioblogosphere, due to Bart Ehrman’s new book and the responses to it.  I’ve been wanting... [Bible] [Christology] [religion]

May 18, 12 PM

At church this morning, the pastor told a story about theologian Karl Barth.  Barth spoke at Princeton, and someone asked him if he believed that God could speak through religions other than Christianity.  Barth’s response was that God does... [church] [religion]

May 17, 2AM

I have four items for my blog post today about I Chronicles 10. 1.  I Chronicles 10:11-12 states (in the KJV): “And when all Jabeshgilead heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul, [t]hey arose, all the valiant men, and took away the body o... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

May 16, 11AM

My church started a new Bible study last night: When God’s People Pray.  It is hosted by Jim Cymbala, pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle.Here are some thoughts.  Warning: This will be a long post.1.  I was struggling over whether or not to... [Bible] [church] [Prayer] [religion]

May 15, 9AM

David D. Hall.  The Faithful Shepherd: A History of the New England Ministry in the Seventeenth Century.  University of North Carolina Press, 1972. I took Professor Hall for a class on early American religion back when I was a student at Harvar... [history] [religion]

May 14, 11AM

I’ve been reading the Book of Isaiah for my daily quiet time.  A while back, I got Edward J. Young’s three volume, verse-by-verse commentary on the Book of Isaiah, which dates to the 1960′s-1970′s.  The commentary is conservative in t... [Bible] [Isaiah] [religion]

May 13, 9AM

I had fun reading blogs yesterday.  Of course, that was not all that I did yesterday, since I had research to do.  But, yesterday, I did something that I don’t normally do.  I had just finished my blog post about William Lane Craig’s ...

May 12, 9AM

William Lane Craig.  The Cosmological Argument from Plato to Leibniz.  New York: Barnes and Noble Books, 1980.  (This book was first published in the United Kingdom by the MACMILLAN PRESS LTD, and in the United States by Harper and Row P... [Apologetics] [philosophy] [religion]

May 11, 9PM

W. Lee Warren.  No Place to Hide: A Brain Surgeon’s Long Journey Home from the Iraq War.  Zondervan, 2014. W. Lee Warren was an American medic in Iraq during the Iraq War.  He treated Americans and Iraqis, including Iraqi insurgents.&nbs... [Iraq War] [politics] [religion]

11AM

The church service at my church this morning focused on Christ as the good shepherd.  In the closing prayer, the pastor said that Christ knows all of our temperaments.I was thinking about a similar issue as I was walking to church, and as I was wa... [church] [Holidays] [Prayer] [religion]

May 10, 2AM

I came across a couple of interesting Jewish interpretations in my study of I Chronicles 9.  Here are two items.1.  I Chronicles 9:2 states: “Now the first inhabitants that dwelt in their possessions in their cities were, the Israelites, the p... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [Rabbinics] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

May 9, 11AM

I recently watched a sermon by Kenneth Copeland about David and Goliath.  The sermon is dated to February 1992.  It may have been this sermon that I heard over twenty years ago at a Vacation Bible school, but I am not sure if the dates add up... [Bible] [church] [Life] [religion]

May 8, 8AM

A favorite atheist blog of mine is Bob Seidensticker’s Cross Examined: Clear Thinking about Christianity.  This morning, I read his post, Is This a Powerful New Apologetic Argument?  The post pertains to the question of whether Jesus in the G... [atheism] [Bible] [religion]

May 7, 9AM

I watched the 2011 movie Higher Ground a few nights ago.  Higher Ground is about a woman named Corinne, who converts to fundamentalist Christianity and later leaves that belief system.  Vera Farmiga starred in and directed the film. Here are som... [movies] [religion]

May 6, 9AM

Candida Moss.  The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom.  New York: HarperOne: 2013. Candida Moss is a professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Notre Dame.  Her book The Myth of Persecution was... [Apologetics] [Bible] [Greco-Roman] [history] [politics] [religion]

May 5, 10AM

Harvey Cox.  Religion in the Secular City: Toward a Postmodern Theology.  New York: Simon and Schuster, 1984.In Religion in the Secular City, theologian Harvey Cox critiques modernity and reflects on the future of religion.  He looks clos...

May 4, 11AM

At church this morning, the Pastor Emeritus was preaching.  He said a couple of times in his sermon that the Holy Spirit is a “he,” not an “it,” and that to call the Holy Spirit an “it” is to denigrate the Holy Spirit. This stood out t... [Bible] [church] [religion]

May 3, 2AM

I have three items for my blog post today about I Chronicles 8.  This chapter concerns the genealogy of Benjamin.  It includes a genealogy of King Saul, who was a Benjaminite. 1.  V 8 states: “And Shaharaim begat children in the country o... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [Rabbinics] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

May 2, 8AM

Over the past year or so, I have told myself something to keep myself from drinking.  There are seasons in my life in which I have to tell myself this more than once.The deal is this.  There are things in my life that I am unhappy about. ... [Alcoholism]

May 1, 9AM

My mind can easily go in a negative direction.  Lately, I have addressed that problem by praying in my mind.  And my prayers in this case have not been me complaining to God about my situation, for that is negative thinking.  Nor, on the... [Asperger's] [Life] [Prayer]

April 30, 9AM

Harvey Cox.  Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Pentecostal Spirituality and the Reshaping of Religion in the Twenty-first Century.  Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1995. Harvey Cox is a theologian who had taught at Harvard Divinity School. ... [Bible] [church] [history] [religion]

April 29, 8AM

I recently watched a 2009 Christian movie, In the Blink of an Eye.  It is about the rapture, but it is not your typical apocalyptic rapture film.  The movie stars David A.R. White, who is in a lot of Christian movies.  Eric Roberts (brot... [Bible] [movies] [religion]

April 28, 8AM

David Fate Norton and Jacqueline Taylor, ed.  The Cambridge Companion to Hume: Second Edition.  Cambridge University Press, 2009. David Hume was an eighteenth century Scottish philosopher.  The name stood out to me when I first encountered... [atheism] [history] [philosophy] [religion]

April 27, 8AM

We had a guest speaker at church this morning.  She was originally from Vietnam, and she was sharing her experiences about growing up in a poor large family in that country, as the only daughter in a society that she says did not particularly valu... [church] [religion]

April 26, 2AM

This week, I will write about I Chronicles 7 for my weekly quiet time blog post. I Chronicles 7 contains puzzling details.  I Chronicles 7:14 says that Manasseh had an Aramean concubine.  How could this be the case, if Manasseh was born to Jos... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

April 25, 8AM

I was listening to preacher Kenneth Copeland a couple days ago.  He told a story about when he was sitting in the waiting room to see the dentist, and he overheard two dental assistants talking.  The first said that she asked God for patience... [Bible] [John MacArthur] [religion]

April 24, 7AM

I was watching some sermons yesterday.  The first one was by Joel Osteen.  The second was by Kenneth Copeland.  And the third was by Charles Stanley. I liked the first two sermons.  The third, however, troubled me immensely.  C... [Alcoholism] [Bible] [Life] [religion]

April 23, 7AM

I will be writing about three movies today: In My Dreams, I’m in Love with a Church Girl, and The Hiding Place. 1.  In My Dreams. In My Dreams was the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie this past Sunday.  It is about a man and a woman who dream abou... [movies] [religion]

April 22, 7AM

Cal Thomas.  What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014.Cal Thomas is a conservative syndicated columnist.  In What Works, Thomas bemoans what be believes are problems in America, and he prop... [Political Philosophy] [politics]

April 21, 7AM

Manfred Kuehn.  Kant: A Biography.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. From the time that I was an undergraduate until now, the eighteenth century philosopher Immanuel Kant has been with me.  I’ve heard or read such things as:... [history] [Life] [philosophy] [religion] [school]

April 20, 9AM

For Easter, I went to Catholic mass with my Mom and step-Dad last night, and I went to my Presbyterian church this morning.  I am not sure what to get out of these services as someone who is not entirely sure what he believes.  I will say, th... [atheism] [Bible] [church] [Holidays] [religion]

April 19, 8AM

Darlene Franklin.  Lone Star Trail.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2011. I would like to thank Moody Publishers for sending me a review copy of this book.  See here for Moody’s page about it. Lone Star Trail is part of the Texas Trails serie... [Books] [religion]

2AM

I have two items for my blog post today about I Chronicles 6. 1.  The note on v 8 in the HarperCollins Study Bible states that the high priest Zadok “is made a descendant of Aaron by identifying his father as Ahitub (the grandfather of Abiathar, ... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

April 18, 7AM

I watched three movies recently: Crossroads, I Am Gabriel, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.  The first and the third are not explicitly Christian movies, whereas the second one is. 1.  Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness. Crossroads is said to ... [movies] [politics] [religion]

April 17, 7AM

I watched Billy: The Early Years, which was a 2008 movie about the early years of renowned evangelist Billy Graham. The character in the movie who tells the story about Billy Graham’s early years is Charles Templeton, whose older self is played by Mart... [Bible] [movies] [religion]

April 16, 7AM

I watched three Christian movies recently: WWJD 2: The Woodcarver, New Hope, and Flywheel.  Here are my thoughts about them.  I’ll include some spoilers when I talk about the movie Flywheel, so be warned! 1.  WWJD 2: The Woodcarver. This ... [movies] [religion]

April 15, 6AM

I watched a couple of Christian movies yesterday.  The first was Lukewarm, which was a 2012 Christian movie.  The second was What Would Jesus Do?, a 2010 movie that was based on Charles Sheldon’s 1896 classic, In His Steps.  John Schneide... [movies] [religion] [Smallville] [Television]

April 14, 9AM

Andrew J. Schmutzer and David M. Howard, Jr., ed.  The Psalms: Language for All Seasons of the Soul.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2013. I would like to thank Moody Publishers for sending me a review copy of this book.  See here for Moody’s... [Bible] [Psalms] [religion]

April 13, 2PM

At church this morning, we celebrated Palm Sunday.  The pastor was talking with his puppet, Jake, about how many of us like God when things are going well, but we are tempted to forsake God when things are going badly.  Similarly, there were ... [Bible] [church] [religion]

April 12, 2AM

I am going through the book of I Chronicles for my weekly quiet time in the Scriptures.  Today, I will talk about I Chronicles 5. This chapter focuses on the Israelite tribe of Reuben, which dwelt in the Transjordan, but it also touches on the other... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

April 11, 9AM

Last night, my church finished its study of The Easter Experience: What If What Happened Then Changes Everything Now?  The final lesson was about Jesus’ resurrection.  Here are some of my thoughts. 1.  The pastor on the DVD was asking why... [Apologetics] [Bible] [church] [religion] [resurrection]

April 10, 9AM

I’ve been watching Christian movies lately.  I’m waiting for God’s Not Dead to come out on Netflix, so, until then, I will satisfy my hunger for Christian movies by watching other Christian movies.  Here are three that I recently saw: 1.... [movies] [religion] [Television]

April 9, 1PM

Harvey Cox.  Many Mansions: A Christian’s Encounter with Other Faiths.  Boston: Beacon Press, 1988, 1992. I first saw this book over ten years ago, when I was shelving books at Harvard Divinity School’s library.  I was a conservative C... [Bible] [pluralism] [religion]

April 8, 7AM

T. Francis Glasson.  Moses in the Fourth Gospel.  London: SCM Press, 1963.I read about this book in another book that I was reading and thought that it looked interesting.  I checked it out on Amazon and saw that Dove was offering it for ... [Bible] [Rabbinics] [religion]

April 7, 9AM

James A. Sanders.  Canon and Community: A Guide to Canonical Criticism.  Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1984.I stumbled upon this book when I went home over a year ago for my sister's wedding.  I was looking through the closet of my childh... [Bible] [Life] [religion] [school]

April 6, 11AM

My pastor’s sermon this morning got into a variety of issues.  He started off by talking about how many of us wear masks, and we should not be afraid to take off our masks before God and ourselves.  But then he was getting into us being wil... [church] [religion]

April 5, 11AM

Leslie Leyland Fields and Dr. Jill Hubbard.  Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers: Finding Freedom From Hurt and Hate.  Nashville: W. Publishing Group (an imprint of Thomas Nelson), 2014. I decided to read this book because I am interested in the t... [Bible] [religion]

2AM

I Chronicles 4 has the story of Jabez.  Jabez prayed to God: “Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!” (v 10, KJV).&... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

April 4, 8AM

For its Bible study, my church is going through The Easter Experience: What If What Happened Then Changes Everything Now?  Last night, we did Session 5, “I have the promise of eternal life.”  The lesson focused on the thief on the cross, th... [Bible] [church] [religion]

April 3, 10AM

George Eldon Ladd.  Jesus and the Kingdom: The Eschatology of Biblical Realism.  New York: Harper and Row, 1964.Some of my readers may know that I grew up in an offshoot of Herbert W. Armstrong’s Worldwide Church of God.  One thing that ... [Bible] [church] [Life] [religion] [school]

April 2, 9AM

Today’s Our Daily Bread had some interesting things to say about the topic of isolation.  The author of today’s devotional was Bill Crowder.  He states: “Whether isolated by our own choices, by the cultural trends that surround us, or b... [Asperger's] [religion]

April 1, 9AM

James M. Byrne.  Religion and the Enlightenment: From Descartes to Kant.  Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1996. I decided to get this book so that I could read a clear explanation of Immanuel Kant’s epistemology, plus I figured that ... [Bible] [history] [philosophy] [religion]

March 31, 8AM

Theodore J. Weeden.  Mark—-Traditions in Conflict.  Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1971. I decided to read this book when I saw that it was mentioned in a book that Richard Bauckham edited, The Gospels for All Christians: Rethinking the Gospel ... [Bible] [Mark] [religion]

March 30, 11AM

At church this morning, the pastor was talking about a person who was born again.  This person confessed that there was still darkness within him, but he said that things are different for him now, and that this is not due to himself, but rather t... [Bible] [church] [religion]

March 29, 2AM

I have two items for my blog post today about I Chronicles 3: 1.  V 3 states that David had Ithream “by Eglah his wife” (KJV).  This stood out to me because the chapter mentions other women by whom David had children, yet Eglah is the only... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [Rabbinics] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

March 28, 9AM

For its Bible study, my church is going through The Easter Experience: What If What Happened Then Changes Everything Now?  Last night, we did Session 4, “my life has a plan”.  The lesson was about how life does not always turn out as we ex... [Bible] [church] [religion] [Theodicy]

March 27, 10AM

Not long ago, I was reading a post that was critical of the institutional church.  Someone was saying that she felt alienated and alone when attending church.  A pro-church commenter then rushed in, saying that we should focus more on what we... [church] [religion]

9AM

Irina Levinskaya.  The Book of Acts in Its First Century Setting, Volume 5: The Book of Acts in Its Diaspora Setting.  Grand Rapids, William B.Eerdmans/Carlisle: The Paternoster Press, 1996. This book is the fifth volume of a series about the hi... [Acts] [Bible] [Gentiles/Torah] [religion]

March 26, 9AM

George MacDonald.  The Highlander’s Last Song.  Michael R. Phillips, ed.  Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1986. George MacDonald was a nineteenth century Scottish preacher, whose works had a profound influence on C.S. Lewis.  MacDonald ... [Bible] [religion]

March 25, 10AM

Nabeel Qureshi.  Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014. Nabeel Qureshi was raised in a warm and loving Ahmadi Muslim home, which lived in the United States and Scotland.  But ... [Apologetics] [Bible] [Koran] [religion]

2AM

Paul J. Silvia.  How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing.  Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 2007. I decided to read this book because I have been wanting to do more academic writing, academic wr... [Writing]

March 24, 9AM

Erwin W. Lutzer.  Hitler’s Cross: How the Cross Was Used to Promote the Nazi Agenda.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2012. I would like to thank Moody Publishers for my review copy of this book.  See here for Moody’s page about it. Lutzer m... [history] [politics] [religion]

March 23, 11AM

At church, I have been one of the readers for the Sundays of Lent.  Today, one of my lines to read was: “If we were in [Jesus'] place, knowing death awaited us soon, would we still reflect our light?” I remember watching on television a video s... [Bible] [church] [religion]

March 22, 2AM

For my weekly quiet time, I studied I Chronicles 2.  Here are some items. 1.  I Chronicles 2 mentions intermarriages between Israelites and Gentiles.  This is why there are scholars who dispute that Ezra wrote the I Chronicles, since Ezra... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

March 21, 9AM

For its Bible study, my church is going through The Easter Experience: What If What Happened Then Changes Everything Now?  Last night, we did Lesson 3, “My Pain Is Understood.”  The point of the lesson was that Jesus understands whatever p... [Bible] [church] [Hebrews] [religion]

March 20, 9AM

William Lane Craig and Joseph E. Gorra.  A Reasonable Response: Answers to Tough Questions on God, Christianity and the Bible.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2013.I would like to thank Moody Publishers for my review copy of this book.  See her... [Apologetics] [atheism] [Bible] [evolution] [religion]

2AM

The March 10, 2014 devotional for Our Daily Bread had a profound statement: “The faith of others encourages; the faith of our own transforms.”  It told the story of King Joash in II Chronicles 24.  King Joash was encouraged by Jehoiada to... [Bible] [religion]

March 19, 4AM

Victor H. Matthews.  The Hebrew Prophets and Their Social World: An Introduction, second edition.  Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012.I would like to thank Baker Academic for sending me a review copy of this book.  See here for Baker’s pa... [Bible] [religion]

2AM

R.W.L. Moberly.  Old Testament Theology: Reading the Hebrew Bible as Christian Scripture.  Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013. I would like to thank Baker Academic for sending me a review copy of this book.  Click here to see Baker’s site... [Bible] [religion]

March 18, 2AM

I have been reading the Song of Solomon for my daily quiet time.  A verse that stood out to me is Song of Solomon 4:7.  I will quote it in the New Revised Standard Version, since that is the version that I am looking at right now.  The m... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [religion] [Song of Solomon]

March 17, 2AM

George E. Karamanolis.  Plato and Aristotle in Agreement?  Platonists on Aristotle from Antiochus to Porphyry.  Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2006. Something that many Intro to Philosophy students learn is that there were philosophical differen... [philosophy]

March 16, 11AM

At church this morning, during the children’s part of the service, the pastor’s puppet, Jake, asked how big God is.  Someone in the congregation stretched out his arms as wide as he could and said, “This big.” That reminded me of what I wa... [Bible] [church] [religion]

March 15, 4AM

I started I Chronicles for my weekly quiet time!  To read I Chronicles 1, see here.  I have two items for my write-up on I Chronicles 1. 1.  Something that the reader will note about I Chronicles is that it has chapters of genealogies. ... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

March 14, 9AM

For its Bible study, my church is going through The Easter Experience: What If What Happened Then Changes Everything Now?  The topic of last night’s lesson was regret vs. repentance.  Judas regretted betraying Jesus, and he tried to make up ... [Bible] [church] [religion]

March 13, 2AM

Noah Lemos.  Common Sense: A Contemporary Defense.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Noah Lemos is a professor of philosophy who teaches at the College of William and Mary.  I had him for a class back when I was a student at D... [philosophy] [postmodernism] [school]

March 12, 2AM

Ched Myers.  Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark’s Story of Jesus.  Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1988. I have been interested in the political ramifications of Jesus and early Christianity in terms of their Jewish and Rom... [Bible] [politics] [religion]

March 11, 2AM

Something stood out to me in the March 4, 2014 Daily Bread devotional: “Looking up to Jesus prevents us from looking down on others.” I can identify with this: rather than nitpicking others, why not look up to Jesus? There are versions of Christianity... [Bible] [religion]

March 10, 2AM

Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza.  Jesus: Miriam’s Child, Sophia’s Prophet: Critical Issues in Feminist Christology.  New York: Continuum, 1994. Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza is a feminist biblical scholar.  I read her book, In Memory of Her... [Bible] [Life] [religion] [school]

March 9, 11AM

At church this morning, the pastor opened his sermon with an anecdote.  A seminary student was asked if he believed in a personal devil, and he responded that he did not.  The people who asked the question were concerned about whether the sem... [church] [religion]

March 8, 5AM

Well, this is my last post about the Book of Psalms for my weekly quiet time!  My first post of this series was published (on my blog, of course) on December 4, 2010.  That means that I have been doing weekly posts on the Book of Psalms for o... [Bible] [Psalms] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

March 7, 9AM

My church started a new Bible study last night.  We’re going through The Easter Experience: What If What Happened Then Changes Everything Now?  Last night’s lesson focused on how one can become happy and arrive at a sense of purpose by ser... [Bible] [church] [Life] [religion]

3AM

Desmond Ford.  The Abomination of Desolation in Biblical Eschatology.  Washington, D.C.: University Press of America, 1979. I used to listen to Desmond Ford at one of the churches that I attended as a child.  The church’s leader would pl... [Bible] [church] [Daniel] [Life] [religion] [Revelation]

March 6, 9AM

Billy Coffey.  The Devil Walks in Mattingly.  Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2014. Jake Barnett is the sheriff in Mattingly, and his wife, Kate, does good deeds for the local poor.  Both are racked with guilt because they feel responsible for ... [Books] [religion]

3AM

Valarie H. Ziegler.  The Advocates of Peace in Antebellum America.  Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1992.Valarie Ziegler was my academic adviser when I attended DePauw University, but she actually wrote this book when sh... [Books] [history] [Life] [religion] [school]

March 5, 3AM

For the past few months, a question has recurred to me: Do I care if other people become Christians?  I used to be encouraged to pray for people to become Christians.  I still am sometimes when I go to church, but I have become rather hardene...

March 4, 3AM

Mark A. Noll.  The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind.  Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans/Leicester, England: Inter-Varsity Press, 1994. I first learned about this book at a graduate school Intervarsity meeting that I attended.  It had a gues... [Bible] [Creation] [evolution] [Life] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [religion] [school]

March 3, 10AM

I watched the final lesson of The Unbreakable Promise: God’s Covenants with Abraham, Moses, and David With Michael Rydelnik yesterday, while I was eating my lunch.  My church has been going through this curriculum for its latest Bible study, but w... [Bible] [church] [religion]

3AM

Originally for March 2014, I was planning to read two books for Women’s History Month: a biography of Martha Stewart, and a biography of Hillary Clinton.  I still hope to read these books and blog through them someday in the future, but it proba...

March 2, 1PM

I’m reading a book right now, The Devil Walks in Mattingly, by Billy Coffey.  The BookLook Bloggers program sent me this book to review.  This particular post is not my official review, but the review will come soon in the future.As I was r... [Books] [church] [religion]

March 1, 5AM

In this blog post about Psalm 149, I will post the entire Psalm in the King James Version (which is in the public domain), then I will comment on select verses. 1 Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of s... [Bible] [Psalms] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

February 28, 10AM

Paul M. Gould and Richard Brian Davis, ed.  Loving God with Your Mind: Essays in Honor of J.P. Moreland.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2014. I would like to thank Moody Publishers for my review copy of this book.  See here for Moody’s page ... [Apologetics] [philosophy] [religion]

3AM

A person who knew my story would probably say that I was naive about race when I was younger.  At the undergraduate institution that I attended, I was taking a Winter Term class.  I was arguing against affirmative action, saying that people s... [Black History Month] [Life] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [Race] [school]

February 27, 9AM

Vickie McDonough.  Long Trail Home.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2011.I would like to thank Moody Publishers for my review copy of this book.  See here for Moody’s page about it.This book is part of the Morgan Family Series, which is also ... [Books] [history] [religion]

3AM

I finished Is Bill Cosby Right? (Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?), by Michael Eric Dyson.  In this post, I’ll talk about Dyson’s discussion of the economic situation of African-Americans. Dyson acknowledges the economic improvements ... [Black History Month] [Economics] [Race]

February 26, 9AM

A few days ago on my blog, I reviewed Michael Rydelnik’s The Messianic Hope: Is the Hebrew Bible Really Messianic?  See here to read my review.  Rydelnik argues in that book that the Hebrew Bible points directly to the Messiah, and that Jesus... [Bible] [religion]

3AM

On page 250 of Is Bill Cosby Right? (Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?), Michael Eric Dyson quotes something that Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. said about the program Amos ‘n’ Andy.  Gates stated in a November 12, 1989 New York Time... [Black History Month] [Race] [Television]

February 25, 3AM

In my latest reading of Is Bill Cosby Right? (Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?), Michael Eric Dyson praises Jesse Jackson for acknowledging the importance of personal responsibility within the African-American community, while also working ... [Black History Month] [Economics] [politics] [Race]

February 24, 12 PM

Michael Rydelnik.  The Messianic Hope: Is the Hebrew Bible Really Messianic?  Nashville: B&H Academic, 2010. I would like to thank B&H Academic for my review copy of this book.  See here for B&H’s page about it. The question o... [Bible] [Jewish-Christian relations] [Life] [Rabbinics] [religion] [school]

3AM

In my latest reading of Is Bill Cosby Right? (Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?), Michael Eric Dyson discusses different views regarding the causes of poverty.  Some blame the poor individual, as if he or she is at fault for not working... [Bible] [Black History Month] [Daily Quiet Time] [Economics] [Political Philosophy] [Proverbs] [Race] [religion]

February 23, 11AM

We sang a hymn at church this morning that I really liked.  I was restless, irritable, and discontent before we sang this hymn.  I felt, well, offbeat: we would sing hymns, and I did not know where exactly we were, or what verse we were suppo... [church] [history] [movies] [music] [religion]

3AM

In my latest reading of Is Bill Cosby Right? (Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?), Michael Eric Dyson talks about Bill Cosby’s family problems.  Dyson does this, not to air Cosby’s dirty laundry or to accuse Cosby of hypocrisy in att... [Black History Month] [Race]

February 22, 5AM

In Psalm 148, the Psalmist exhorts the angels and various sorts of creatures and phenomena of nature to praise the LORD.  Leslie Allen states that nature is summoned to praise the LORD because “God’s people need helpers, as it were, in their ... [Bible] [Psalms] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

3AM

In his controversial “Pound Cake” speech before the NAACP in 2004, Bill Cosby criticized and ridiculed fashion trends within the African-American community: baggy pants, body piercings, etc.  Cosby was also critical of African-American parents... [Black History Month] [Race]

February 21, 10AM

In The People Factor, Pastor Van Moody draws some interesting conclusions from the biblical story of Abraham and Lot.  Essentially, Moody argues that Lot was a bad friend to Abraham, one who was holding Abraham back spiritually and was even puttin... [Bible] [religion] [school]

3AM

In my latest reading of Is Bill Cosby Right? (Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?), Michael Eric Dyson talks about a time when an African-American held him and a female companion up at gunpoint.  Dyson reasoned with the man as a fellow Af... [Black History Month] [Race]

February 20, 3AM

In my latest reading of Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?, Michael Eric Dyson cited studies that contradict Bill Cosby’s assertions in his controversial 2004 speech before the NAACP.  Bill Cosby chided the poor Af... [Black History Month] [Race]

February 19, 9AM

Van Moody.  The People Factor: How Building Great Relationships and Ending Bad Ones Unlocks Your God-Given Purpose.  Nashville: Nelson Books, 2014. Essentially, this book is about choosing the right people to be friends.  A lot of what it ... [Bible] [religion] [Social Skills]

3AM

I started Michael Eric Dyson’s 2005 book, Is Bill Cosby Right? (Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?).  The book is a critique of Bill Cosby’s controversial 2004 speech before the NAACP.  Dyson contends that Cosby in that speech was ... [Black History Month] [Race] [Television]

February 18, 10AM

Philip S. Johnston.  Shades of Sheol: Death and Afterlife in the Old Testament.  Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic; Nottingham, England: Apollos, 2002. I would like to thank InterVarsity Press for sending me a review copy of this book. ... [Bible] [Books] [religion]

3AM

I finished Andrew Hacker’s 1992/1995 book Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal.  In this post, I would like to highlight a sobering passage on pages 50-51: “If you are a black woman, you can expect to live five fewer years th... [Black History Month] [Race]

February 17, 10AM

I was watching the CBS morning show before leaving for church yesterday.  You know, the show that Charles Kuralt used to host.  Does that name (Charles Kuralt) ring any bells?  Anyway, there was a segment about President Millard Fillmore... [history] [Holidays] [politics] [Television]

3AM

Is racism a problem that is significantly holding African-Americans back in the United States?  A number of white conservatives would answer “no.”  They would say that African-Americans who are poor or disadvantaged are themselves at faul... [Black History Month] [Political Philosophy] [Race]

February 16, 1PM

My church had a pizza party after services today, in honor of my pastor’s birthday.  A topic of conversation that came up more than once at the party was the new Common Core educational standards.  There was a couple whose daughter is in ki... [church] [politics]

3AM

In his updated 1995 version of Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal, Andrew Hacker has a chapter about the O.J. Simpson trial, and the difference of opinion between many whites and many African-Americans about it.  Incidentally... [Black History Month] [Race]

February 15, 11AM

Ralph Waite, who played the dad on The Waltons, has passed on.  I was also interested to learn that he had roles on Days of Our Lives (as a priest) and Bones (as Booth’s grandfather).  And, of course, he was the Mark Harmon-character’s fathe... [Deaths] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [religion] [Television] [Waltons]

5AM

I have three items for my blog post today about Psalm 147. 1.  I liked John MacArthur’s comment in his MacArthur Study Bible: “This seems to be a post-Exilic psalm (cf. 147:2, 3) which might have been used to celebrate the rebuilt walls of Jeru... [Bible] [Psalms] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

3AM

My latest reading of Andrew Hacker’s Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal focused on crime.  Hacker states that “one out of every five black men will spend some part of his life behind bars” (page 195).  That is not a ... [Black History Month] [Race]

February 14, 3PM

My church did not meet for Bible study last night on account of the snow.  We may not finish the series that we have been going through: The Unbreakable Promise: God’s Covenants with Abraham, Moses, and David, with Michael Rydelnik.  My past... [Bible] [church] [religion]

3AM

My latest reading of Andrew Hacker’s Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal focused on education. Is racial integration in education a good thing, overall, for African-American students?  My impression is that Hacker is rather a... [Black History Month] [Race]

February 13, 3AM

An issue that came up quite frequently in my latest reading of Andrew Hacker’s 1992 (updated in 1995) book, Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal was that of qualifications.  Under affirmative action policies for jobs and admiss... [Black History Month] [Race]

February 12, 10AM

Vickie McDonough.  End of the Trail.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2012. I would like to thank Moody Publishers for my review copy of this book.  See here for Moody’s page about it. This book is part of the Morgan Family Series, which is al... [Books] [religion]

3AM

My latest reading of Andrew Hacker’s 1992 (updated for 1995) book, Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal focused on inequality in income and employment.  In Losing the Race, John McWhorter argued that most African-Americans are ... [Black History Month] [Economics] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [Race]

February 11, 3AM

My latest reading of Andrew Hacker’s Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal talked about single-parent households among African-Americans.  On the one hand, there are African-American men who, lacking opportunities to prove thei... [Black History Month] [Race]

February 10, 11AM

Darrel R. Falk.  Coming to Peace with Science: Bridging the Worlds Between Faith and Biology.  Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2004. I would like to thank InterVarsity Press for sending me a review copy of this book.  Click her... [Bible] [Creation] [evolution] [religion]

3AM

I started Andrew Hacker’s Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal.  I have the 1995 version, which includes reflections about the O.J. Simpson verdict.  An African-American friend a long time ago recommended this book to me... [Bible] [Black History Month] [history] [Life] [movies] [Political Philosophy] [Race] [roots] [school] [Television]

February 9, 1PM

At church this morning, someone from a local mission spoke to us.  He said that the mission needs prayers because one day is not like another, and each day it serves two-hundred meals. Should I pray for the mission daily?  I’m reluctant to p... [church] [Prayer] [religion]

3AM

I finished John McWhorter’s Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America, but I will most likely still be referring to it as I blog about other books for Black History Month.  In this post, I will highlight something that McWhorter says on pa... [Black History Month] [Political Philosophy] [Race]

February 8, 10AM

Mike Guzzardo.  All In: Finding True Life on the Path to Total Surrender.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2011. I would like to thank Moody Publishers for my review copy of this book.  See here for Moody’s page about it. How can a person acce... [atheism] [Bible] [religion]

5AM

Psalm 146:3-4 exhorts people not to put their trust in princes and men, and it then goes on to say that men die and their thoughts perish with them.  Later, in vv 7-9, we read that God judges for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry, releases p... [Bible] [Political Philosophy] [Psalms] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

3AM

On page 259 of Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America, John McWhorter comments on the sitcom A Different World, which was created by Bill Cosby: “One of the sweetest television pleasures I have ever experienced was the late, great series A Diff... [Black History Month] [Race] [Television]

February 7, 3AM

In my latest reading of Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America, John McWhorter talks about the issue of Ebonics, which is an African-American dialect.  Specifically, McWhorter is addressing a 1996 resolution by the Oakland school board to... [Black History Month] [politics] [Race]

February 6, 10PM

For its Bible study, my church is going through The Unbreakable Promise: God’s Covenants with Abraham, Moses, and David, With Michael Rydelnik.  Last night, we did the first lesson about David. What I appreciated most was the spiritual lessons that... [Bible] [church] [Creation] [evolution] [religion]

3AM

For my blog post today about John McWhorter’s 2000 book, Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America, I will use as my starting point a story that McWhorter tells on page 172.  The context is the controversy surrounding Proposition 209 in Ca... [Black History Month] [politics] [Race] [Television] [West Wing]

February 5, 11PM

I watched the two hour and forty-five minutes debate between TV “science guy” Bill Nye and young-earth creationist Ken Ham.  See here for NPR’s summary of the key points of the debate, and also to watch the debate itself.  Here are some ... [Bible] [Creation] [evolution] [religion]

3AM

For my post today about John McWhorter’s 2000 book, Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America, I’d like to talk about McWhorter’s discussion of crime.  On pages 13-15, McWhorter seeks to refute what he calls “Article of Faith Number Fiv... [Black History Month] [Race]

February 4, 10AM

I would like to comment on two recent deaths: 1.  The first, of course, is the shocking death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.  I loved his acting.  Some of his characters I liked better than others.  I thought that his characters we... [Deaths] [Little House] [movies] [Television]

3AM

A lot of pages in John McWhorter’s 2000 book Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America—-a little over eighty—-are devoted to anti-intellectualism within the African-American community.  According to McWhorter, there is an anti-intellec... [Black History Month] [politics] [Race]

February 3, 3AM

My plan is to blog about John McWhorter’s Losing the Race every day that I read it, but I often feel that I should hold off on commenting before I finish the book and read other perspectives, since I don’t know enough to comment.  This is espe... [Black History Month] [history] [Political Philosophy] [Race]

February 2, 12 PM

At church this morning, the pastor told a story about a biographer and a politician.  The biographer submitted his first draft of his biography to the politician, and the politician asked, “Is that the best you can do?”  Realizing he coul... [church] [religion]

3AM

For my first blog post about John McWhorter’s 2000 book, Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America, I’ll use as my starting-point some points that McWhorter makes on pages 9-10.  McWhorter is arguing against the idea that “Most Black Peop... [Black History Month] [Political Philosophy] [Race]

February 1, 11PM

Jon D. Levenson.  Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel: The Ultimate Victory of the God of Life.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006.A prominent scholarly narrative is that the concept of the resurrection of the dead is absent through... [Bible] [religion] [resurrection]

11AM

Starting in March, I will put on hiatus my usual practice of blogging through books.  I will still write book reviews, but I probably won’t write a series of posts about a given book that I am reading.  Rather, I’ll just write single post... [Current Events] [politics] [religion]

5AM

Psalm 145 is an acrostic Psalm, which means that it is arranged alphabetically, according to the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The Masoretic Text for Psalm 145 does not have a verse that begins with the Hebrew letter nun, however.  The Septuagint o... [Bible] [Psalms] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

3AM

February is Black History Month.  I have often done something on my blog for that.  Or more accurately, at least for three years, I have written a post for Black History Month on every day of February.  In February 2010, I blogged about ... [Black History Month] [Life] [politics] [Race] [school]

January 31, 3AM

Sometime in 2012, I got in the mail a book that I had ordered off of Amazon for a cheap price: Irwin Gellman’s The Contender, which was primarily about Richard Nixon’s years in Congress (both the House and the Senate).  I had seen the book year... [A Life in Full] [Fawn Brodie:s Richard Nixon] [history] [Jonathan Aitken's Nixon] [Nixonland] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [The Contender] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 30, 11PM

My church had its Bible study last night.  We’re going through The Unbreakable Covenant: God’s Covenants with Abraham, Moses, and David, with Michael Rydelnik. We did Session 4, which is entitled “Faith, the Future, and Jesus.” On the DVD, Mi... [Bible] [church] [religion]

3AM

I finished Rick Perlstein’s Nixonland.  In this post, I will discuss three items from the book.  In my post tomorrow, I will offer an overall reflection about My Year (or More) of Nixon.1.  On pages 343-344, Perlstein tells an inspiring... [history] [Nixonland] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 29, 10AM

Robert Goldenberg.  The Nations That Know Thee Not: Ancient Jewish Attitudes Toward Other Religions.  New York: New York University Press, 1998. Robert Goldenberg’s The Nations That Know Thee Not is largely about ancient Jewish views on Genti... [Asperger's] [Bible] [Gentiles/Torah] [religion]

3AM

On pages 739-740 of Nixonland, Rick Perlstein tells the following story about George McGovern, the 1972 Democratic Presidential candidate:“‘In a recent month,’ McGovern intoned in a radio ad, ‘a quarter of the wounded civilians in South Vietnam w... [history] [Nixonland] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [Television] [West Wing] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 28, 11PM

Ray Summers.  Worthy Is the Lamb: Interpreting the Book of Revelation In Its Historical Background.  Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1951. Ray Summers was a professor of New Testament and Greek who taught at Southwestern Baptist Th... [Bible] [religion] [Revelation]

3AM

On pages 674-675 of Nixonland, Rick Perlstein tells a story about Shirley MacLaine’s campaigning for Democratic Presidential candidate George McGovern in 1972, and the disconnect between her and some of her audiences: “Shirley MacLaine’s alienati... [history] [Nixonland] [politics] [Race] [religion] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 27, 3AM

On page 656 of Nixonland, Rick Perlstein quotes a conversation between President Richard Nixon and John Connally.  Connally is urging Nixon not to worry about killing civilians in Vietnam.  People already thought that Nixon was doing so, Conn... [history] [Nixon's Memoirs] [Nixonland] [No More Vietnams] [politics] [religion] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 26, 10PM

William Sirls.  The Sinners’ Garden.  Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2013. The Sinners’ Garden is about broken people being healed, supernatural phenomena, and mystery.  The strongest feature of this book is its characterization.  The... [Books] [religion]

11AM

At church this morning, the pastor was talking to his puppet, Jake, who was saying that he had a bad week.  The pastor asked the congregation what Jake should do to feel better, and someone said, “Talk to God about it.” I was thinking of the s... [church] [Family Ties] [religion] [Television]

3AM

A recurrent topic in Rick Perlstein’s Nixonland is violence, for the time period that Perlstein covers in this book was a time of significant upheaval.  Perlstein, in fact, dedicates the book “to the memory of the dozens of Americans who lost ... [history] [Nixonland] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [Race] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 25, 5AM

In Psalm 144, there are two parts.  Vv 1-11 concern deliverance from battle, and v 10 affirms that God “giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword” (KJV).  Vv 12-15 are about prosperity. There has... [Bible] [Psalms] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

3AM

On page 224 of Nixonland, Rick Perlstein quotes George Wallace’s comments about riots and lawlessness in the late 1960′s: “You people work hard, you save your money, you teach your children to respect the law.  Then when someone goes out and b... [Cosby Show] [history] [Nixonland] [politics] [Television] [Writing] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 24, 3AM

On page 438 of Nixonland, Rick Perlstein contrasts the criticism of the media by Richard Nixon’s Vice-President, Spiro Agnew, with Thomas Jefferson’s approach: “A querulous American press—-far more opinionated, nasty, and partisan than anything... [history] [Nixonland] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 23, 11PM

For its Bible study, my church is going through The Unbreakable Promise: God’s Covenants with Abraham, Moses, and David with Michael Rydelnik.  In our latest session, Michael Rydelnik made some interesting points on the DVD.  Essentially, Mic... [Bible] [church] [Exodus] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

3AM

On page 173 of Nixonland, Rick Perlstein states the following about Republican politician George Romney, who was the father of Mitt Romney, the Republican who lost the 2012 Presidential election:“[George] Romney, a Republican who kept on getting elect... [George W. Bush] [history] [Iraq War] [Nixonland] [politics] [religion] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 22, 3AM

On page 183 of Nixonland, Rick Perlstein discusses the role of different publications in influencing opinions about the Vietnam War: “An argument proliferated on the right: that winning would be easy—-only, Reader’s Digest argued, ‘Our government ... [Books] [history] [Nixonland] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [school] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 21, 3AM

On page 164 of Nixonland, Rick Perlstein states regarding Nelson Rockefeller’s brother Winthrop: “Nelson’s brother Winthrop beat Justice Jim in Arkansas—-on a platform of school prayer, opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and excoriation of... [history] [Nixonland] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [Race] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 20, 10PM

Ruth Axtell.  Her Good Name: A Novel.  Chicago: Moody Publishers (River North Fiction), 2012. I would like to thank Moody Publishers for my review copy of this book.  See here for Moody’s page about it. Her Good Name is a novel that is se... [Books] [religion]

3AM

On pages 208-209 of Nixonland, Rick Perlstein quotes the 1953 memoir of screenwriter Ben Hecht, who was describing Hollywood standards: “Two generations of Americans have been informed nightly that a woman who betrayed her husband (or a husband his wif... [Little House] [movies] [Nixonland] [Television] [Touched by an Angel] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 19, 1PM

At church this morning, we sang the old Charles Wesley hymn, “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing.”  One line in particular stood out to me: “He breaks the power of cancelled sin, He sets the prisoner free…” God not only came to cancel the p... [church] [Life] [religion] [Television]

3AM

I’ve been reading Rick Perlstein’s Nixonland for some time now.  What has especially stood out to me in my reading of that book has been Perlstein’s discussion of the inner-cities, where there were riots. The inner-cities had problems, to pu... [Nixonland] [politics] [Race] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 18, 10PM

Tony Evans.  How Should Christians Vote?  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2012. I would like to thank Moody Publishers for my review copy of this book.  See here for Moody’s page about it. I’d like to use as my starting-point for my review s... [Bible] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [religion]

5AM

I have two items for my blog post today about Psalm 143. 1.  I read an article by Richard B. Hays entitled “Psalm 143 and the Logic of Romans 3.”  It appeared in the March 1980 Journal of Biblical Literature. Hays is talking in that article ... [Bible] [Psalms] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

3AM

I was reading about Silent Coup in other books that I was reading for My Year (or More) of Nixon, and its thesis intrigued me.  I already owned the book, since I had picked it up at a local Goodwill store some time ago.  So I figured that I m... [Final Days] [history] [Nixon's Shadow] [politics] [Roger Morris' Richard Milhous Nixon] [Silent Coup] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 17, 11AM

Gustavo Gutierrez.  A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics and Salvation.  Translated and edited by Sister Caridad Inda and John Eagleson.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1973. I first heard of Gustavo Gutierrez and this book when I was a... [Bible] [Life] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [religion] [school]

3AM

On page 345 of Kennedy & Nixon, Chris Matthews states the following: “At his death, Nixon made the cover of Time for the fifty-sixth time, a record…Yet within the month, the Nixon funeral dirge was overtaken by the classic, spritely tones of Moz... [history] [Kennedy and Nixon] [Life] [politics] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 16, 11PM

I went to the second session of my church’s Bible study.  We’re going through The Unbreakable Promise: God’s Covenants with Abraham, Moses, and David With Michael Rydelnik.  I have two items: Abraham’s seed, and generosity being motivate... [Bible] [church] [Genesis] [religion]

3AM

On page 342 of Kennedy & Nixon, Chris Matthews talks about Ted Kennedy’s meandering (and, for him, politically disastrous) response to the question of why he wanted to be President.  Matthews states: “It took seventy-one words to reach the... [history] [Kennedy and Nixon] [politics] [Social Skills] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 15, 3AM

On page 320 of Kennedy & Nixon, Chris Matthews characterizes Richard Nixon’s response to his sweeping victory in the 1972 Presidential election as follows: “Old campaign hand Herb Klein was not alone in registering [Nixon's] strange hibernation a... [Bible] [history] [Kennedy and Nixon] [Luke] [politics] [religion] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 14, 11AM

I watched the 2012 Christian movie, The Last Ounce of Courage.  Some people in my Bible study group were recommending it, and, after coming home and reading what it was about, I was expecting not to like it.  Well, I recently watched it, and ... [movies] [politics] [Radio] [religion]

3AM

On page 299 of Kennedy & Nixon, Chris Matthews talks about a way that President Richard Nixon tried to record discussions before he resorted to the taping system: “Nixon had first tried other record-keeping techniques.  At one point he had a... [history] [Kennedy and Nixon] [Life] [politics] [Social Skills] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 13, 11PM

Tim Stafford.  The Adam Quest: Eleven Scientists Who Held On to a Strong Faith While Wrestling with the Mystery of Human Origins.  Nashville: Nelson Books, 2013. The Adam Quest profiles scientists who believe in Christianity and have wrestled w... [Bible] [evolution] [religion]

11AM

I watched the 2009 Christian movie, Sarah’s Choice, a couple of nights ago.  It starred Christian singer Rebecca St. James, and it also had Dick Van Patten, Charlene Tilton (Lucy from Dallas), and Staci Keanan (from My Two Dads and Step by Step) ... [Bible] [movies] [religion] [Television]

3AM

On pages 254-255 of Kennedy & Nixon, Chris Matthews relates something that Stephen Hess related about Richard Nixon’s attitude towards political “scut work” (Matthews’ words).  Matthews quotes Hess as saying: “[Nixon] was telling me ... [Kennedy and Nixon] [politics] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 12, 1PM

I have two items for my write-up about church this morning: 1.  The pastor in his sermon was presenting the scenario of people making a movie about Jesus.  The viewers are wanting a hero, but they are disappointed that Jesus is a servant. I th... [church] [religion]

3AM

On pages 232-233 of Kennedy & Nixon, Chris Matthews tells the following story: “While Kennedy had gotten past his earlier political contests with Lodge to the point of plotting a deadly coup with him, his differences with Nixon remained personal.&... [Kennedy and Nixon] [politics] [Social Skills] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 11, 5AM

For my post on Psalms this week, I will post Psalm 142 in the King James Version (which is in the public domain), then I will briefly comment. 1 Maschil of David; A Prayer when he was in the cave.  I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voic... [Bible] [Psalms] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

3AM

On pages 206-207 of Kennedy & Nixon, Chris Matthews tells an anecdote about President John F. Kennedy’s reaction to Richard Nixon’s book, Six Crises: “Yet [Nixon's] bitterness was thinly disguised. ‘My little daughter, Tricia, says she doesn... [history] [Kennedy and Nixon] [politics] [Six Crises] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 10, 11AM

My church started a new Bible study last night.  It is The Unbreakable Promise: God’s Covenants with Abraham, Moses, and David, With Michael Rydelnik. One point that Rydelnik made on the DVD was that traveling east in the Hebrew Bible often indica... [Bible] [church] [religion]

3AM

For my blog post today about Chris Matthews’ Kennedy & Nixon, I will highlight two quotes about experience: How much experience should a candidate have to be an effective President of the United States? On page 154, Matthews quotes something that... [history] [Kennedy and Nixon] [politics] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 9, 12 PM

O. Palmer Robertson.  The Israel of God: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.  Phillipsburgh, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2000. I found this book to be much clearer and more direct than the previous O. Palmer Robertson book that I read: his 1980 The Chri... [Bible] [religion]

3AM

On page 120 of Kennedy & Nixon, Chris Matthews states the following: “One important Democratic figure was still carefully keeping her distance from the popular Kennedy.  Eleanor Roosevelt, along with many of her devotees, continued to dislike... [history] [Kennedy and Nixon] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [Social Skills] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 8, 3AM

On page 111 of Kennedy & Nixon, Chris Matthews talks about what John F. Kennedy learned about the political process after failing to become the 1956 Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate: “The 1956 experience…marked Kennedy’s metamorphosis fr... [Kennedy and Nixon] [politics] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 7, 3AM

On page 20 of Kennedy & Nixon, Chris Matthews states regarding Richard Nixon: “Lacking a distinctive charm, he made a virtue of his regularness, offering himself as champion of the squares.” Rick Perlstein makes a similar point in his book, Nixonl... [Kennedy and Nixon] [Nixonland] [politics] [Social Skills] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 6, 11AM

O. Palmer Robertson.  The Christ of the Covenants.  Phillipsburgh, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1980. A Reformed Christian recommended this book to me about eight years ago—-that, and O. Palmer Robertson’s 2000 book, The... [Bible] [church] [John MacArthur] [religion]

3AM

I started Chris Matthews’ Kennedy & Nixon: The Rivalry That Shaped Postwar America. What has interested me in my reading of this book so far is that Republican Richard Nixon called himself a liberal when he was running for Congress in 1946, wherea... [history] [Kennedy and Nixon] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 5, 2PM

At church this morning, the pastor was leading the congregation in singing “Happy Birthday” to the people with January birthdays.  Ordinarily, we sing “Happy Birthday” to each person, one at a time.  Today, however, we sang it to all ... [church] [religion] [Social Skills]

3AM

I finished H.R. Haldeman’s (and Joseph DiMona’s) The Ends of Power.  In this post, I’d like to highlight something that Haldeman says in the book’s afterword.  This afterword appeared in a later edition of the book, after a number of ... [Arrogance of Power] [Ends of Power] [history] [politics] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 4, 5AM

There are a number of difficult passages in Psalm 141, but, in this post, I want to concentrate on v 5.  In the KJV, the verse reads: “Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which... [Bible] [Psalms] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

3AM

On page 411 of The Ends of Power, H.R. Haldeman (with Joseph DiMona) states the following: “By presenting Nixon, or attempting to, as 100 percent pure and good, we were setting him up for a disastrous fall when it was demonstrated that he fell short o... [Ends of Power] [Health Care] [politics] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 3, 3AM

On pages 370-371 of The Ends of Power, H.R. Haldeman (with Joseph DiMona) states the following: “A Presidential chopper was sitting on the helipad waiting for us.  I wouldn’t be seeing that again…The Pentagon.  Vietnam War, May 8, 1972.&n... [Ends of Power] [politics] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 2, 10AM

Richard Bauckham, ed.  The Gospels for All Christians: Rethinking the Gospel Audiences.  Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 1998. For whom were the Gospels written?  The idea that I have frequently encountered in academia, starting with my... [Bible] [church] [Mark] [Matthew] [religion]

3AM

On page 367 of The Ends of Power, H.R. Haldeman (with Joseph DiMona) refers to President Richard Nixon’s exhortation to Haldeman to read Nixon’s book, Six Crises, especially the part of the book’s introduction in which Nixon talks about the agony ... [atheism] [Bible] [Ends of Power] [politics] [religion] [Six Crises] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

January 1, 3AM

On page 319 of The Ends of Power, by H.R. Haldeman (with Joseph DiMona), we read of Haldeman’s reaction to an instruction that President Richard Nixon gave to him. “[Nixon said:] ‘I want you to go in the other room and call Colson and check out t... [Asperger's] [Ends of Power] [politics] [Social Skills] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 31, 3AM

In The Ends of Power, H.R. Haldeman (with Joseph DiMona) offers an idea about the identity of the mysterious “Deep Throat,” the Nixon Administration official who secretly leaked Watergate information to reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.&nb... [Ends of Power] [history] [politics] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 30, 1PM

Steve Gregg.  All You Want to Know About Hell: Three Christian Views of God’s Final Solution to the Problem of Sin.  Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2013. This book is about three Christian views about hell.  The first is the Traditionalist vi... [Bible] [Books] [religion]

3AM

On page 276 of The Ends to Power, H.R. Haldeman (with Joseph DiMona) says the following about President Richard Nixon’s valet, Manolo Sanchez, and how his serving Nixon coffee made a lot of racket on Nixon’s tapes: “Manolo is well known—-and da... [Ends of Power] [history] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 29, 2PM

At church this morning, the pastor emeritus was talking about praying before entering a situation, and knowing that God is with us through it. I am believing in that more nowadays than I have in the past.  Maybe that’s because I am not in stress... [church] [Life] [Prayer]

3AM

In my latest reading of The Ends of Power, by H.R. Haldeman (with Joseph DiMona), Haldeman talks about the time when President Richard Nixon wanted to ban The Washington Post from his daughter Tricia Nixon’s wedding.  Before, at Julie Nixon’s we... [Ends of Power] [politics] [Social Skills] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 28, 5AM

Psalm 140:11 states (in the King James Version): “Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.”The Hebrew that the KJV is translating as “evil speaker” is ish lashon, which literally mean... [Bible] [Psalms] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

3AM

For my blog post today about The Ends of Power, by H.R. Haldeman and Joseph DiMona, I will use as my pivot-point something that Haldeman says on page 191.  Haldeman is talking about the idea that there was a CIA connection with the Watergate break... [Bible] [Ends of Power] [history] [politics] [religion] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 27, 3AM

On page 145 of The Ends of Power, H.R. Haldeman (with Joseph DiMona) states: “Ironically enough, given my own involvement in the White House taping system, I hate wiretapping because I hate prying into anyone’s private life.  I remember when J.... [Ends of Power] [history] [Life] [politics] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 26, 10AM

Edith M. Humphrey.  Scripture and Tradition: What the Bible Really Says.  Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013. I would like to thank Baker Academic for my review copy of this book.  See here for Baker’s page about it. According to Edith Hu... [Bible] [Books] [church] [religion]

3AM

On pages 110-111 of The Ends of Power, H.R. Haldeman (with Joseph DiMona) offers an opinion as to why President Richard Nixon did not have personal friends, such as Herb Klein and Bob Finch, close to him in his Administration, whereas Haldeman actually... [Ends of Power] [Final Days] [Life] [movies] [politics] [Television] [Wonder Years] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 25, 10AM

I went to midnight mass last night.  The priest was saying that the people in the world put aside their resentments and divisions when Jesus was born.  I had no idea where he was getting that.  Herod certainly didn’t put aside his ambi... [Bible] [church] [Holidays] [Luke] [Matthew] [religion]

3AM

On pages 106-107 of The Ends of Power, H.R. Haldeman (with Joseph DiMona) talks about President Richard Nixon’s social awkwardness, contrasting Nixon with President Lyndon Johnson: “The awkwardness was sometimes also a problem for the President in ... [Ends of Power] [Life] [politics] [school] [Social Skills] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 24, 3AM

My main topic for my blog post today on H.R. Haldeman’s (and Joseph DiMona’s) The Ends of Power will be change. The topic of change came up more than once in my latest reading.  Disputing biographies about him, Haldeman narrates that he was not ... [Ends of Power] [history] [politics] [Social Skills] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 23, 12 PM

John MacArthur and Richard Mayhue, ed.  Christ’s Prophetic Plans: A Futuristic Premillennial Primer.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2012.I would like to thank Moody Publishers for my review copy of this book.  See here for Moody’s page abo... [Bible] [Books] [John MacArthur] [religion] [Revelation]

3AM

I started H.R. Haldeman’s The Ends of Power, which Haldeman co-wrote with Joseph DiMona.  Haldeman was White House Chief of Staff to President Richard Nixon.Why did I decide to read this book?  Well, Haldeman has somewhat fascinated me. ... [Ends of Power] [history] [Nixon's Memoirs] [politics] [President Nixon's Psychiatric Profile] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 22, 1PM

I had an interesting discussion before church this morning.  Someone was walking into the church, and he said to the ushers that he went to church for fifty years, and he was tired of serving.  The lady sitting in front of me overheard that, ... [church] [religion]

3AM

I finished The Final Days, by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.  On page 455, we read Bruce Herschensohn’s reaction to Richard Nixon’s final speech to his White House staff: “That’s probably the real Nixon.  It’s a shame he couldn’... [Final Days] [history] [Life] [Nixon's Shadow] [politics] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 21, 11AM

I’d like to offer my brief comments on the Phil Robertson controversy.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, see here and here. I don’t think that Phil Robertson is a bad guy.  He prayed for a woman with cancer after learning that ... [Bible] [Current Events] [homosexuality] [Race] [religion] [Television]

5AM

Psalm 139:8 states: “If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there” (King James Version). The Hebrew word that the KJV translates as “hell” is Sheol.  In the LXX, the word is Hades. Matthew Henry... [Bible] [Psalms] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

3AM

On page 433 of The Final Days, by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, President Richard Nixon’s White House Press Secretary, Ron Ziegler, is asking a secretary in the White House press office, Anne Grier, is she will be coming with him, Nixon, and two p... [Final Days] [history] [Jonathan Aitken's Nixon] [movies] [politics] [Television] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 20, 3AM

On page 404 of The Final Days, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein depict a conversation between White House Chief of Staff (under President Richard Nixon) Alexander Haig, and White House Counsel for Watergate J. Fred Buzhardt.  They are discussing wh... [Final Days] [history] [movies] [Nixonland] [politics] [Race] [Television] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 19, 11AM

James W. Watts.  Ritual and Rhetoric in Leviticus: From Sacrifice to Scripture.  Cambridge University Press, 2007. Watts argues in this book that Leviticus 1-16 employs rhetoric to uphold the authority of the Aaronide priests.  Watts notes... [Bible] [Leviticus] [religion]

3AM

On page 378 of The Final Days, we read of the following interaction between two officials in the Nixon Administration, Raymond Price and Ben Stein: “‘Here’s your chance to do something great,’ Price instructed.  ‘Write a speech that will b... [Final Days] [Life] [politics] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 18, 9AM

On page 344 of The Final Days, by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, we read:"As was his custom, the President had not called for anyone to come.  When he wished company, he simply made himself available."I'm somewhat like this.  I usually don't ... [Final Days] [Social Skills] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 17, 11AM

Warren Carter.  Matthew and Empire: Initial Explorations.  Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Trinity Press International, 2001. Warren Carter argues that Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew was against the Roman empire and its oppression of Israel.  Th... [Bible] [Matthew] [movies] [politics] [religion]

3AM

On page 303 of The Final Days, by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, we read the following: “[Ben] Stein never knew what to tell [Julie Nixon Eisenhower].  Throughout the spring and summer their frequent conversations had followed a pattern.  ... [Final Days] [movies] [politics] [Social Skills] [sports] [Television] [Wonder Years] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 16, 11AM

S.G.F. Brandon.  Jesus and the Zealots: A Study of the Political Factor in Primitive Christianity.  New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1967. Before Reza Aslan’s Zealot, there was S.G.F. Brandon’s 1967 work, Jesus and the Zealots.  I d... [Apologetics] [Bible] [religion]

3AM

On pages 263-264 of The Final Days, by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, we read:"[President Richard Nixon's White House Press Secretary Ron Ziegler's] staff accepted these menial chores with varying degrees of tolerance, recognizing that the demands he... [Final Days] [Life] [politics] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 15, 10AM

I don’t have a blog post about church today because I did not go to it, due to the snow.  I was going to write a “free” post, if you will, about a topic of my choice, but I’m not in much of a mood to do so.  I’m in a mellow, introve... [church] [Life] [Once Upon a Time] [Once Upon a Time in Wonderland] [Social Skills] [Television] [The Middle]

3AM

On page 246 of The Final Days, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein narrate the following:"When you make a suggestion or proposal to the American military, [President Richard Nixon] explained, they say no, they say they can't do it.  He cited the 1970 ... [Final Days] [history] [movies] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 14, 5AM

Psalm 138:2 states (in the KJV): “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.” What does it mean for God to magnify his word above his name... [Bible] [Psalms] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

3AM

On page 223 of The Final Days, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein say the following about President Richard Nixon's negotiations with the Soviets to slow down the arms race:"The President had often confided to Kissinger his most telling reason for slowing... [Communism] [Final Days] [history] [Nixon's Memoirs] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [Silent Coup] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 13, 3AM

On page 194 of The Final Days, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein state the following:“On occasion [Henry Kissinger] expressed enthusiasm at the size of the bomb craters that American B-52s left in North Vietnam, and he once bragged to Elliot Richardson ... [Final Days] [politics] [Social Skills] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 12, 11AM

Alvin Plantinga.  Warranted Christian Belief.  New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Alvin Plantinga is a renowned Christian philosopher.  I first heard of him when I was a student at Harvard Divinity School.  I was taking ... [Apologetics] [atheism] [Bible] [evolution] [Life] [philosophy] [pluralism] [Radio] [religion] [school]

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On page 156 of The Final Days, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein say that House Minority Leader John Rhodes “thought that the President’s aloofness showed strength.” My tendency to be rather aloof has turned people off from me, but is there a way i... [Final Days] [Social Skills] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 11, 3AM

In this post, I'll share a couple of passages from The Final Days, by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, as well as a passage in Richard Reeves' President Nixon: Alone in the White House.  The topic is Richard Nixon's introversion and how he preferred ... [Alone in the White House] [Books] [Final Days] [George W. Bush] [Life] [Ronald Reagan] [school] [Social Skills] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 10, 12 PM

James Barr.  Fundamentalism.  Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1977 and 1978. James Barr examines and critiques fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism.  His focus in this book is mainly on Christian fundamentalism, but he does... [Bible] [Books] [religion]

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On page 104 of The Final Days, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein say:"Nixon's inability to handle more than one drink was well known to his intimates.  During campaigns he had wisely chosen not to touch alcohol.  But now, on too many afternoons... [Alcoholism] [Arrogance of Power] [Final Days] [Life] [Nixon's Memoirs] [politics] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 9, 3AM

On page 73 of The Final Days, by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, we read the following about Judge Sirica: “Sirica entered.  He didn’t like dramatic courtroom confrontations, and he expected one this afternoon.  His nerves were getting to ... [Final Days] [Life] [politics] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 8, 1PM

I was watching ABC This Week this afternoon.  (It's on in the morning, but I tape it while I am at church, then I watch it in the afternoon.)  The topic at the beginning of the episode was Nelson Mandela, who recently passed on.  The nar... [Deaths] [politics] [Race] [Ronald Reagan]
At church this morning, we sang Charles Wesley’s hymn, “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus.”  See here to read the lyrics, and here to listen to the song. The song contains a line that calls Jesus “Israel’s strength and consolation.”  Bu... [Bible] [church] [music] [religion]

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I started The Final Days, by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.  I figured that this was an appropriate book to read soon after finishing Richard Reeves' President Nixon: Alone in the White House.  I had expected for Reeves' book to go from the f... [Alone in the White House] [Final Days] [Life] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 7, 9AM

I read Richard Nixon's 1983 book, Real Peace.  This book overlapped in areas with the last foreign policy book by Nixon that I read, 1999: Victory Without War.  There were three things in Real Peace that particularly stood out to me.First of all... [1999: Victory Without War] [Communism] [history] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [Real Peace] [Ronald Reagan] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

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Psalm 137 is most likely about the Jews’ exile in Babylon.  The Jews in this Psalm are upset that the Babylonians destroyed their capitol city and their temple, and that the Edomites betrayed them to the Babylonians.  V 9 states: “Happy s... [Bible] [Psalms] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

December 6, 10AM

I would like to share some links about the late Nelson Mandela.1.  This is a post that I wrote in 2007, back when I was more conservative.  Although the post contains an American right-wing perspective about South Africa, I praise Nelson Mande... [church] [Deaths] [movies] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [Race]

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I read Richard Nixon's 1999: Victory Without War.  The book is entitled 1999, but it was actually published in 1988.  Come to think of it, I remember Dan Quayle referring to it as the 1988 Republican Vice-Presidential candidate in his debate ... [1999: Victory Without War] [Communism] [history] [Nixon Reconsidered] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [Ronald Reagan] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 5, 3AM

I finished Richard Nixon’s No More Vietnams.  In this book, Nixon defends the Vietnam War as a noble cause.  He critiques how his presidential predecessors conducted the war, defends his own approach, and blames the Democratic U.S. Congress... [Communism] [history] [Nixon's Memoirs] [Nixonland] [No More Vietnams] [politics] [Real Peace] [The Strange Case of Richard Milhous Nixon] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 4, 9AM

I finished Richard Reeves' President Nixon: Alone in the White House.  The book has an excellent bibliographic essay at the end, written by Jonathan Cassidy, who assisted Reeves in his research.  Although there are a variety of gems in that e... [Alone in the White House] [politics] [Race] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 3, 12 PM

I was recently reading Richard Beck’s post, Drinking Christians, and that made me think about the different stances towards alcohol that I have encountered among Christians over the course of my life. I grew up in an Armstrongite offshoot, and it was ... [Alcoholism] [church] [Life] [religion]

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On pages 600-601 of President Nixon: Alone in the White House, Richard Reeves talks about the time that President Richard Nixon was about to ask his close aides, H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, to resign.  Nixon did not like unpleasant interact... [Alone in the White House] [Life] [politics] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 2, 10AM

Stanley E. Porter and Matthew R. Malcolm, ed.  The Future of Biblical Interpretation: Responsible Plurality in Biblical Hermeneutics.  Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2013. I would like to thank Intervarsity Press for my review copy of th... [Bible] [Books] [religion]

9AM

On page 572 of President Nixon: Alone in the White House, Richard Reeves says the following:"What America did not seem to want was the aid Nixon had pledged to Vietnam, both South and North, in the peace agreement...[E]ven J. William Fulbright said aid... [Alone in the White House] [George W. Bush] [Health Care] [No More Vietnams] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [Television] [West Wing] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

December 1, 1PM

At church this morning, the pastor preached on Matthew 24:42.  In the King James Version, this passage states: “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.”  The pastor noted, however, that the word often translated as... [Bible] [church] [religion]

9AM

On page 519 of President Nixon: Alone in the White House, Richard Reeves quotes a diary entry in which Richard Nixon said the following:"The American leader class has really had it in terms of their ability to lead.  It's really sickening to have t... [Alone in the White House] [politics] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

November 30, 9AM

On page 371 of President Nixon: Alone in the White House, Richard Reeves talks about President Richard Nixon's belief that the U.S. Government under President John F. Kennedy was complicit in the overthrow of President Diem of South Vietnam, and that t... [Communism] [history] [No More Vietnams] [politics] [The Real War] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

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Psalm 136:10 states in the King James Version (which is in the public domain): "To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever..."Jimmy Swaggart tries to argue that God's smiting of the Egyptian firstborn was a case of God'... [Bible] [Psalms] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

November 29, 9AM

On  page 301 of President Nixon: Alone in the White House, Richard Reeves tells the following story:"On February 3, Nixon canceled an NSC meeting and called in Kissinger, Haldeman, Mitchell, and Connally.  After more than an hour, the Preside... [Alone in the White House] [politics] [Year (or More) of Nixon]

November 28, 9AM

On page 456 of President Nixon: Alone in the White House, Richard Reeves talks about a night during President Richard Nixon's trip to China when Nixon "could not get to sleep, he was too keyed up."I've had that sort of experience in the past.  No,...