Yearly Archives: 2009

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Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year

But not necessarily a prosperous one. Not because I do not wish you all success, but because we need to remember that profit is not the goal in and of itself. Today’s epistle from the Book of Common Prayer’s Daily Office reminds us of this quite succinctly. James 4:13-17 — Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and […]

Infallible J.I. Packer

Ok, that was a bit misleading. I am not suggesting JI Packer is infallible, rather in this interview with the best-selling author of Knowing God from last week’s Washington Post he speaks about the infallibility of scripture and a few other things as well. Packer’s comments on infallibility confused me at first. Q: On a radio program, you explained why different Bible translations have different endings to the Gospel of Mark. How does this jibe with the […]

John Hobbins Reconstructing Lamentations

John has an intriguing post regarding Lam. 3:51: Lamentations 3:51: A New Proposal This is a notoriously problematic passage and John has an interesting proposal for a textual reconstruction. Of greater interest to me is his broader conclusions that I am not sure that I can agree with. On this reading, in 3:1, at the onset of a larger whole, a female lamenter explicitly casts herself as a male persona, an “everyman” (Hillers’ characterization (1992:122) […]

Peanuts Dead Sea Scrolls – More Christmas Comics

I always had the red fire truck. This isn’t a complete wrap up of Christmas comics, but just a couple that I thought were good enough to share. What is great about the Peanuts strip is that Charles Schultz created this in 1962! The Scrolls were recently discovered and he has a nice drawing of a scroll in the first panel. I am still trying to ID the fragment, I assume it is 1 Sam. […]

A happy & blessed Christmas to you all!

Fortunately Santa managed to extricate himself from the plane (see the right) and made it to our house with ease. I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas! Below is my sermon from Christmas 2008. Christmas Day (Service on Christmas Eve) Selection I, RCL All Years Isaiah 9:2-7 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-14(15-20) Psalm 96 “To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”   […]

The Advent of the Apple Tablet

These are all still just rumors, but after my post yesterday regarding e-book readers I felt I should pass along the news that various industry observers (I wonder if I could be an industry observer? I mean after all I watch what goes on, I listen to the podcasts, even contribute to a podcast now and then. So, you know what? I would like to officially declare myself an industry observer. There, I have done.) […]

Genesis 2 – What did God know and when did he know it?

Or why didn’t God realize that the sheep weren’t going to do it for the Man? Gen. 2.18   Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” 19 So out of the ground the LORD God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air. This is a part of my slowly developing series on Genesis. I […]