Monthly Archives: May 2021

Mother’s Day In The Bible

For a variety of reasons, including the random way that speaking schedules work, I often end up being the instructor for either mother’s day or father’s day and such was the case today. One of the challenges of talking about … Continue reading

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The Strange Travels Of The Vagabond Bennetts

Once of the hazards of being interested in studying history and being pretty open about one’s genealogy, and having a name as ambiguous as my own is the way that one gets a lot of messages about one’s family background. … Continue reading

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The Present Is Too Often The Enemy Of The Past

While the vagaries of time have been dangerous enough to the threats of Egyptian history, the worst threat to the memory of Egyptian pharaohs was other Egyptian pharaohs. One would think that Egyptian rulers would want to emphasize the lengthy … Continue reading

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On The Boones Of Pennsylvania And Devonshire

One of the more interesting conversations I had was with someone who was trying to trace his own complex ancestry to the Boones and to the early settlement of Kentucky. The two of us happened to have a genetic match … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Story Of Egypt

The Story Of Egypt: The Civilization That Shaped The World, by Joann Fletcher In one way, this book is a bit of a tease. This book is a story about Egyptian civilization, but like many books on the subject, this … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Rise And Fall Of Ancient Egypt

The Rise And Fall Of Ancient Egypt, by Toby Wilkinson One of the more interesting aspects of a whole suite of books that exist on ancient Egypt is the way that the politics of ancient Egypt have come under increasing … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Rage Against The Machine

There are few groups for whom the biblical adage that if one lives by the sword one dies by the sword applies more than is the case for Rage Against Machine. Widely praised for their fiery political rhetoric, the chief … Continue reading

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What Is The Worth Of Self-Identification?

For a long time I have pondered the way that nations choose their names. Over and over again, if one looks around the world, one sees that the names that nations choose are not a reflection of reality but a … Continue reading

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How Not To Discourage Murmuring

The motivation of other people is a challenging task. As someone who spends a fair amount of time and effort motivating myself for self-improvement, I find that I tend to greatly resent when other people seek to influence me. There … Continue reading

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A Modest Proposal For The Encouragement Of Genealogical Research In The Church of God

Even if it does not always make itself obvious here, at least not yet, I have a great deal of interest in genealogical research in my own family and have found quite a few interesting connections between myself and others. … Continue reading

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