I am currently reading an advanced copy of Tom Standage's Writing on the Wall. It is an interesting look into the way human beings have communicated in groups over the years. We often think of social media as an innovation of recent years, but when you look at human history, it becomes obvious that we have used… Continue reading Social Media in the Ancient World
During the message today, I mentioned a model of Herod's temple that was built by a British pensioner. The man's name is Alex Garrard, and he spent the last thirty years constructing his model - which stretches 20 feet long and 12 feet wide. Sadly, Mr. Garrard passed away in 2010, and the model is… Continue reading Herod’s Temple
In 1203, a massive Venetian fleet sailed into the Golden Horn intent on landing a Crusader army and taking the city of Constantinople. The Crusaders had intended to sail to Egypt but they had failed to pay the Venetians and now were doing the Venetians bidding in attempting to put the young claimant Alexius Angelus… Continue reading Dandolo on the Prow
Amorites, Ammonites, Jebusites, Edomites, blah-blah-ites. What's with all these -ites in the Bible? Sometimes the most confusing thing about reading the Bible is all of the names. Because the early translators used a sort of English shorthand for lots of different idioms, it gets overwhelming and redundant to have all these -ites and not know… Continue reading All Those -Ites in the Bible
As David is fleeing east from Jerusalem because of his son Absalom's betrayal, he meets an old friend Ittai the Gittite. Ittai is planning to come with David, and the following conversation occurs: DAVID: Why would you come with us? Go back and stay with Absalom. You're a guest here. You just got here yesterday.… Continue reading Ittai the Gittite: A “Little” Help from Your Friends
Apparently, Fred Phelps (the pastor of that bastion of hope and encouragement, Westboro Baptist Church) has some tremendous insight into the Scriptures. In the video below, Phelps pinpoints the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah to the year 1898 BC. This is tremendous news to me since until now I have wondered endlessly how to date the… Continue reading Fred Phelps and Historical Precision
When Ruth returns from the fields with an ephah of barley, Naomi is surprised. And why wouldn't she be surprised? Ruth gleaned the equivalent of a day's work for someone who was supposed to be harvesting in the field. It is clear that someone noticed her and provided for her.