Be Still

"Be still and know that I am God." - Psalm 46:10 What would you do with an unlimited amount of time to think, pray, and write? While imprisoned in Rome, Paul wrote letters to the Philippians, Colossians, Ephesians, and to Philemon. Paul had an abundance of time and silence; he wrote to encourage and to... Continue Reading →

“Must Needs”

Samaritans practiced a hybrid worship reflective of their mixed ancestry. At one time, Samaria was considered it’s own governmental entity rivaling a group in Judea; they also “maintained a temple in Mt. Gerizim that the Jews regarded as schismatic….The tension between the two people was so strong that the Jews who traveled between Judea and... Continue Reading →

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—    where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord,    the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—    he who watches over you will not slumber;    indeed, he who watches over Israel    will neither slumber... Continue Reading →

John’s Gospel and Belief

The statement of an essay’s theme typically comes within the first couple of paragraphs, if not the first few sentences; however, in John, the thesis statement is not "concisely" presented until the next-to-last chapter: Many other signs therefore did Jesus in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book: but these... Continue Reading →

Still Practicing

Back when I was still a teacher, I shared a classroom for a couple of years with the school’s Latin teacher. A former Catholic priest, he was an extremely interesting person and made for a kind and thoughtful roommate; conversations were never dull. We often shared tales of raising our respective children, especially stories of... Continue Reading →

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