Monthly Archives: December 2011

Fahrenheit 451

Unrest in Egypt has caused the burning of a major library.  The historian in me, especially with my interest in the Ancient Near East, finds this terribly sad. Here is the story. It recalls something that happened before when the great … Continue reading

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John Polkinghorne

John Polkinghorne is a particle physicist who became an Anglican priest.  Over at Jesus Creed the blogger who goes by the initials, RJS, today begins a series on Polkinghorne’s book, Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible.    “In this book Dr. Polkinghorne sets out to assess the … Continue reading

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Biblical Literacy

Last week I pointed out an error in a New York Times story.  They attributed a words from the Bible’s Book of Hebrews to modern poet, William Butler Yeats. Here is a follow-up on that by Mollie Ziegler.  The NYT finally printed a correction. … Continue reading

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For the 2nd Day of Christmas

Sometimes we just need to hear the old story again so here is Luke’s Christmas story passionately read:

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Christmas Eve in Iraq

When we pray in church tonight it will be fitting, especially if there are military families in the congregation, to thank God that troops get to come home.  But I hope liturgies will not include vague thanksgiving for “peace in … Continue reading

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Hanukkah–What if?

Without the Maccabees (whose victory is the reason for Hanukkah) there would be no Christmas.  The history of Israel ties in fully with the existence of Christianity.  To drive this point home you could try imagining an alternative world history … Continue reading

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Christmas-Isaiah 9:1-7

When someone reads that “unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given” (Isaiah 9:6) on Christmas Eve, we immediately and quite naturally think Isaiah refers to the birth of Christ. If anyone says, “Wait a minute, … Continue reading

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