Celebrate Your Love    Recently updated!

The following is an essay I wrote for the local paper that appeared in last Sunday’s edition. Tuesday was the 4th Annual Mack Brady Memorial Match. Penn State beat Ohio State 4-2.  Learning to Live: Celebrate Your Love A few weeks ago I was in Pittsburgh speaking about suffering and grace. I shared about the […]

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Fall into the arms of God

Proper 19 (24) (September 11, 2016), Trinity Church, Tyrone, PA Readings: Exodus 32:7-14 Psalm 51:1-10 1 Timothy 1:12-17 Luke 15:1-10 Today is the 15th anniversary of the attacks on New York City and Washington, DC. Thousands lost their lives that day and thousands more have died in the conflicts since. Students in college today have […]


What is Targum?

It occurred to me this morning that I have never offered a definition or description of Targum and the Targumim on this site. Here is the entry I wrote for the Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible. The Hebrew term “targum” (plural “targumim”) literally means “translation,” but in the rabbinic period (c. 1st century – 7th century AD) the term came to refer specifically […]

Targum Ruth 2:4

1608-1674 englischer Dichter. ( Paradise Lost ). CDV-Foto 5,5 x 8,3 cm, nach einem Gemälde, herausgegeben von Faed Nr.1706.

A warning to linguists from Milton   Recently updated!

The other day I came across this marvelous quote. With a wink and a smile, I offer this to my linguist friends. Of Education, by John Milton Language is but the Instrument conveying to us things usefull to be known. And though a Linguist should pride himself to have all the Tongues that Babel cleft the […]


And Jesus said…

And Jesus said, “Come walk with me and never diet again!”  

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“Suffering and Grace” at Orchard Hill Church

This is the link to the sermon I preached a few weeks ago at Orchard Hill Church in Wexford, PA. The audio file is below as well. http://orchardhill.s3.amazonaws.com/audio/16_08_14.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:13 — 53.5MB)  


The Ghost of Johnny Cash

I have mentioned elsewhere on the interwebs how much I enjoy Kerosene Halo, the latest project by Michael Roe of the 77s and Derri Daugherty of The Choir. I have been playing the latest albums quite a bit and have even created a playlist of Kerosene Halo, Michael’s and Derri’s independent work, and the Lost Dogs. […]

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Toppled Cross

Do all deserve to die or do all die?

Reading D. A. Carson’s How Long, O Lord is bringing me to terms with some of the more basic premises that I was raised with, that on some level I still believe, but when taken to an extreme I realize are not only problematic, but wrong. For example, Carson here is commenting on Luke 13:1-5, a […]


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An old song with a new rendition by Derri Daugherty. It is a bit sappy (and I appreciate Derri’s updated lyrics, see the strikeout below) but it is a message I need to hear on a regular basis. If your body suffers pain and your health you can’t regain, And your soul is almost sinking […]

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Good Grief

Faith plays a major role in grief of any kind. But not in the way some people think. They often seem to have the idea that a person with strong faith does not grieve and is above this sort of thing. Moreover, these people imply that religious faith advocates stoicism. They might even quote the […]