Recently, I saw someone post on Facebook about the Hebrew verb יסף (ysf). This is a pretty common word in the Hebrew Scriptures. It is the root of the name Joseph (יוסף), but as a verb it appears over 200 times. This particular Bible Know-It-All argued that a particular English translation intentionally violates the text… Continue reading Don’t Be a Bible Know-It-All!
Over the years, I have written quite a bit about the various things that pertain to Christmas. Sometimes, it is about smashing myths. But mostly, they are about a deeper knowledge of the Scriptures. The Virgin Birth 1. Introduction 2. Miraculous Conception 3. Virginity 4. Silence of the Apostles 5. Some Questions Other Christmas Questions… Continue reading Oh, Christmas Posts!
In 1650, the General Court of Massachusetts chartered Harvard College because "many well devoted persons have been, and daily are moved, and stirred up, to give and bestow, sundry gifts, legacies, lands, and revenues...that may conduce to the education of the English and Indian youth of this country, in knowledge and godliness..." [Emphasis added] By 1656, Harvard… Continue reading Algonquians at Harvard?
Yesterday at Bedford Road, I spoke on David's song from 1 Chronicles 16. The song is a composite of Psalm 105:1-15, 96:1-13, and 106:1 and 47-48. It is a great example of the way the Scriptures were viewed in the Judaism that formed in the early Achaemenid Period. There are only a few subtle changes… Continue reading David’s Song(s) from 1 Chronicles 16
This November will mark my 14th anniversary as the pastor of Heritage Baptist Church (2004-2010) + Grace Baptist Church (2010) = Bedford Road Baptist Church (2010-Present). This remarkable journey continues to amaze me. That means that sometime in 2020, I will pass Pastor Paul Schultz as the longest serving pastor of either of the original… Continue reading Revisiting the History
Canned bread. Bread in a can... I did not believe that such a thing as a canned bread existed until someone showed it to me in their cupboard. Apparently, B&M - a Portland, Maine, based company - manufactures and cans this stuff. There are plenty of people here in New England who love it. They eat… Continue reading Say No! to Church in a Can
That Flirtation with Monotheism in Egypt Djhutmose was the perfect son and heir. He was a priest of Ptah and a philanthropist who even had a limestone sarcophagus made for the body of his embalmed cat Ta-miu.When he died suddenly, his father Amāna-ḥāpta (Amenhotep III) had his sarcophagus inscribed with the phrase mꜣꜥ ḫrw (maa-kheru - literally "the true… Continue reading Holy Cow!
O king! Did you not sign an injunction, that anyone who makes petition to any god or man within thirty days except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? (Daniel 6:12) It is one of the most familiar stories of the Old Testament. Daniel the Jew refuses to stop worshiping… Continue reading The Lion’s Den
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
A couple of weeks ago, we started a series called "Is That Really What It Says?" at Bedford Road. The series is basically a romp through the Old Testament (and possibly the new) dealing with some of biblical narratives that have been popularized through retelling over the years. These pop versions of the stories generally… Continue reading The City and Tower of Babel