Go to any Christian bookstore or website, and you will find communion sets available in multiple setups and materials. You can get gold, silver or titanium. You can have trays with just the little juice cups and bread, or a combination. You can get them sized for whole congregations, small groups or even individual participation.… Continue reading Thinking About that Familiar Communion Set
Every once in a while, I post some of the books I am reading at the moment. Since childhood, I have been of the opinion that one should read books that challenge your preconceived notions - especially if those notions were developed because you read another book! After the Ice: A Global Homan History 20,000-5,000… Continue reading What I’m Reading
אֵלִ֣י אֵ֭לִי לָמָ֣ה עֲזַבְתָּ֑נִי eloi eloi lama 'zabachthani This Sunday at Bedford Road, we spent some time exploring Jesus's quote of Psalm 22 (Psalm 21 in LXX) when he was on the cross. This is perhaps the most well-known case of Jesus citing a lament from the Hebrew Scriptures; but it is often misinterpreted as… Continue reading Did the Father Abandon Jesus on the Cross?
One of the most peculiar characteristics of the Christian Scriptures is the quadruple testimony of the gospels. The presence of these four similar and yet very distinct books which seem to cover the same territory bring up a lot of questions. Among them: Why are there four versions of the same story? And why do… Continue reading The Gospels’ Voices
The Song of Songs (שׁיר השׁרים) is one of the great works of Hebrew dramatic poetry. In an ancient, pre-literate world, the great works of literature were not written for the page. They were to be presented publicly. Although these stagings were not as elaborate as modern plays and were presented for moral, polemic or… Continue reading The Identity of Solomon’s Bride
This is the last of our Lenten devotional videos, as today is Good Friday. Sorry it came out so late in the day. I recorded it at 5:00am; but I had a lot going on and forgot to upload it.