Messages From the Pastor
"Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters." —Romans 14:1
Romans 1:26-27; 29-31 And The LGBQT+ Community
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It’s all Greek to me
The Greek conditional particleἐὰν and forgiveness
Brett A. Todd
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The American Santa Claus, as well as the British Father Christmas, derive in part from Saint Nicholas and in part from the Dutch Sinterklaas, the saint's name in that language
Saint Nicholas' Day, observed on December 6 in Western Christian countries, December 5 in the Netherlands and December 19 in Eastern Christian countries, is the feast day of Saint Nicholas. It is celebrated as a Christian festival with particular regard to his reputation as a bringer of gifts, as well as through the attendance of Mass or worship services. In Europe, especially in "Germany and Poland, boys would dress as bishops begging alms for the poor." In Ukraine, children wait for St. Nicholas to come and to put a present under their pillows provided that the children were good during the year. Children who behaved badly may expect to find a twig or a piece of coal under their pillows. In the Netherlands, "Dutch children put out a clog filled with hay and a carrot for Saint Nicholas' horse. On Saint Nicholas' Day, gifts are tagged with personal humorous rhymes written by the sender." In the United States, one custom associated with Saint Nicholas Day is children leaving their shoes in the foyer on Saint Nicholas Eve in hope that Saint Nicholas will place some coins on the soles, for them to awake to..However the gift giving associated with these descendant figures is associated with Christmas Day rather than Saint Nicholas Day itself.
Did Early Christians Think The Bible Was Inerrant?
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I had a great evening studying the Codex Sinaiticus (facsimile) on Galatians 5:19-23. In this conservative codex, it list each work of the flesh and fruit of the Spirit on single lines as noted in the photos. There are 15 items for the works of the flesh, which could represent a rhetorical effect signifying Christ’s delivering atonement, and nine fruit of the spirit, which may also be a effect communicating divine completeness.
The evidence is mounting on the possibility that Jesus was buried after his crucifixion even more than indicated in this post.
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Parchment made from fish skin? Yes, this material, too, was used for producing books - which would have a roundish shape (Timbuktu, Mama Haldara Library, MS 9167 (Kuran, 15th century).
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Qumran Cave 4 (4Q) – Discovered by Bedouin treasure hunters in 1952, who were exploring right under the noses of archaeologists excavating the site of Qumran. The most legendary of all caves, Cave 4 revealed ample treasures: thousands of fragments from hundreds of manuscripts, comprising 75% of all material from the Qumran caves, including parts of biblical and apocryphal books, biblical commentaries, works on Jewish law, prayers, sectarian texts, tefillin, and mezuzot. Due to their poor condition, these fragments were among the most difficult to decipher and translate. #deadseascrollsat70
Archaeologists in Israel have uncovered a rare 1,000-year-old amulet with an inscription in Arabic in the City of David, Jerusalem. The tiny piece of clay bears a personal prayer that reads: "Kareem Trusts in Allāh, Lord of the Worlds is Allāh." ~Maya Margot
In ancient Greece, an Asklepieion Ἀσκληπιεῖον was a healing temple, sacred to the god Asclepius, Greek god of medicine. Patients brought terracotta life-size human limbs as votives to thank the god for a cure.
Anatomical votives found in the Asclepieion in ancient Corinth. ~Michel Lara
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Quotes from Henri Nouwen
The basis of our love is the love of God. We love because he first loved us. ~Karl Barth, CD IV/2, 752
An Egyptian pilgrim flask featuring a man with outstretched arms. He is flanked by a palm tree and camel (?), with a cross next to each side of his face. Ampullae were produced in Egypt and the Holy Land between the 5th and 7th century for pilgrims visiting local shrines. ~Verveer
Which member of the Herodian family executed John the Baptist? How was he related to Herod the Great? Find out this and more in a visualization of the Herodian family tree and key events in the New Testament related to the Herodian family.
4,000-year-old pottery workshop unearthed close to the Nile River in southern Egypt.
How tall was Goliath?
Masoretic = "6 cubits and 1 span” = 9' 6"
Dead Sea Scrolls* = "4 cubits and 1 span" = 6' 6"
*Septuagint and Josephus agree
An interesting reading from Josephus, War 6.300-9, about another man named Jesus who predicted the destruction of Jerusalem, 40 years before it happened.
"A god who lets us prove his existence would be an idol." ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“The problem is, many of the people in need of saving are in churches, and at least part of what they need saving from is the idea that God sees the world the same way they do.” ~ Barbara Brown Taylor
Philo's (15–10 BCE—45–50 CE) familiar words, "Then from the midst of the fire...there sounded forth to their utter amazement a voice, for the flame became articulate speech in the language familiar to the audience." (Acts 2:1-8)