Reaping the whirlwind

July 23, 2017

This week, we read Hosea’s prophecy against the northern kingdom of Israel, a final warning that was fulfilled when Assyria destroyed Samaria in 722 B.C.

Leviathan, Babylon, and the Titans

May 21, 2017

ISAIAH PROPHESIED the fall of Babylon before it had risen. At the time of the prophesies we read this week, Assyria was still the dominant power in the ancient Near East, but the phrase, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon,” was revealed to the prophet anyway.

Land of whirring wings

May 7, 2017

THE FUTURES of Damascus, Moab, Egypt, and a mysterious foreign superpower — possibly the USA — are the meat of our Old Testament study this week.

Rescue in Texas

May 3, 2017

Passers-by saved an infant and a toddler from a flooded vehicle in East Texas Saturday. The rescuers say the infant started breathing again when a woman watching the drama began to pray in Jesus’ name.

Cloned chicken strips

March 16, 2017

A startup in San Francisco announced Wednesday that it’s figured out how to produce chicken meat in stainless steel bioreactor tanks.

The change Israel hoped for (2,900 years ago)

January 15, 2017

THE DIVISION of the kingdom of Israel is the focus of our Old Testament study this week. Rehoboam, son of Solomon, gets bad advice from his young friends, not just rejecting the request of the northern tribes for tax relief, but doing so with a rather crude euphemism.

Solomon loses his way

January 8, 2017

ENTANGLEMENTS WITH cares of the world, whether it’s business, politics, or personal relationships, can distract us from what we’re called to do by God. This week, we see the fall of Solomon, whose wives draw him into the worship of pagan gods.

In the editor’s hands

December 29, 2016

The manuscript for The Great Inception is now in the hands of the editor. I sent if off last night along with the bibliography, so now we’ll see what notes come back.

1st century tablets mention Jesus

November 30, 2016

A set of lead tablets apparently engraved in the 1st century A.D. presents a very different Jesus. But even if it’s ancient, that doesn’t make it authentic.

Recount over before it started

November 29, 2016

Pennsylvania officials say the deadline to file for a recount was last Monday, so why is the Green Party still asking for money?

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