Category Archives: Christianity

If You Know You Know

It is often thought by those who are not in the know that there is no purpose in tautology.  The statement that adorns this particular personal essay is an example of a tautology.  If you know, you know.  In mathematical … Continue reading

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Book Review: Grace & Guts

Grace & Guts:  Strategies For Living A Knock-Out Life, by Shannon Perry [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Adams PR Group.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] There is little in this book that is particularly … Continue reading

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Book Review: Talmud And Apocrypha

Talmud And Apocrypha, by R. Travers Herford It is one thing to say that a book like this is useful when it comes to understanding the development of the Mishnah and the Pharisees and their approach, but to accept this … Continue reading

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There Is A Simple Answer For Everything And It Is Inevitably Wrong

Not long ago, I received a message on twitter from an acquaintance of mine who gave himself a particularly ironic nickname.  He commented that my discussion on the deeper meaning of the Book Of Job [1] was pointless because the … Continue reading

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On The Kuleshov Effect In Text

For those who study cinematography or directing, the Kuleshov effect is the way that the context of film shots gives more detail than the shots separately do.  The presence of shots adjacent to each other presents a context that informs … Continue reading

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On The Purposes Of Job’s Suffering

Yesterday in his latest installment in a series of sermons relating to the book of Ephesians, our pastor made an offhand comment that a fellow member of our church’s Council of Elders had stated that the purpose of the book … Continue reading

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Most Adventures Are Misadventures

So first, a little context.  Being someone who tries to keep schedules in mind, I knew that yesterday was going to be a pretty busy day for many people, including myself.  I got up and got ready for church and … Continue reading

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Truth Is Not An Absolute Defense Against Lashon Hara

About fifteen years ago or so I was threatened with a libel lawsuit for copying an e-mail received and sending it to those who had been concerned about it.  And it is true that truth is an absolute defense against … Continue reading

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πράος / וַתְרָנִי

Meekness is a virtue easier preached than practiced.  That is certainly true of all of the virtues, but the virtue of meekness presents special difficulties that make it especially hard to practice well.  With most virtues, we have a good … Continue reading

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Book Review: Who Is Jesus?

Who Is Jesus?:  Linking The Historical Jesus With the Jesus Of Faith, by Darrell L. Bock In one sense, this book is an example of colossal hubris.  At first, when I read the beginning of this book, I was ready … Continue reading

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