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Papias And The Metadata Problem Of The Gospels

Papias is an important figure in determining how it is we know what we know about the authors of the Gospels.  This is a problem that is somewhat difficult for contemporary readers to understand, largely because metadata is something we … Continue reading

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On The Chance Survival Of The Fragments Of Papias

It is likely that many people will have never heard of Papias before, and that is okay.  Most of the early leaders of the Church of God were fairly obscure people and only a few of them rise above the … Continue reading

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On Memiors Of Crappy Childhoods

“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”  So begins Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina, a statement I believe is fundamentally wrong.  The reason why is fairly simple and straightfoward.  I am a prolific … Continue reading

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Craft Talk

It is always hard for me to tell others why it is I write.  It is not exactly as if writing is something writers are trying to encourage others to do.  I write, like I do most things, because I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Bandersnatch

Bandersnatch:  C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, And The Creative Collaboration Of The Inklings, by Diana Pavlac Glyer The subject of the Inklings and their collaborations together is a subject I have long been interested in, perhaps ever since becoming aware of … Continue reading

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Assessing The Shepherd Of Hermas As Literature

There are some books that one reads for enjoyment, and there are other books that one reads because they are historically or culturally significant, and though there are some fortunate books where both of these are the case (which is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Upstream

Upstream:  Selected Essays, by Mary Oliver Recently at services, when speaking about books with one of my friends, this poet’s work was recommended to me and it so happens that this was the first book that I picked of hers … Continue reading

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Ignatius Of Antioch: The Concerns Of A Dying Man

In the short series of letters by Ignatius Of Antioch we have a striking and unusual picture of the concerns of a man who knew he was going to his death.  Although we will examine the Epistle to the Romans … Continue reading

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Polycarp Of Smyrna: The Unsung Hero Of The Apostolic Fathers

When we look at the selection of texts that is known (however accurately) by the title of the Apostolic Fathers, Polycarp plays a large role in these collections.  It would not be an exaggeration to claim that Polycarp [1] is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Life Among The Savages

Life Among The Savages, by Shirley Jackson Shirley Jackson, if she is remembered at all today, is viewed as an expert in writing creepy short stories like “The Lottery” or horror novels like The Haunting Of Hill House.  But this … Continue reading

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