Key Word: Grace

Key Word: Grace

Grace Faith, hope, and… We have already discussed faith and hope. My guess is that most readers assume they know the third word—love. But that word has been so often discussed and most people today recognize that the biblical meaning of love is not so much about...
Key Word: Faith

Key Word: Faith

Faith Mark 9:14-29 is one of the longer healing stories in the Gospels. It tells a tragic story about a self-destructive boy and his worried father. From childhood the boy had been driven by a demon to kill himself. In desperation the father brings him to Jesus and...
Key Word: Hope

Key Word: Hope

My occupation for almost fifty years was teaching—talking for a living. It is not genuine work. So I have lived by words and in the next few posts I want to reflect on some important Christian words we find in the Bible. Of course, words do not have meaning by...
Testaments to History

Testaments to History

Biblical manuscripts are not just depositories of texts, they are testaments to history. Each document has a story to tell, from the artisans who contributed the various components (pages of vellum or papyrus, decorations and art, book covers, cover designs, and...
Ancient-Future Bible

Ancient-Future Bible

The Word of God is living and active, and it has been so for millennia. The rich heritage we have from our predecessors in the faith, from manuscripts to art and from reflection to action, can be a profound source of spiritual strength today. On Monday 18 September...
Ancient Scrolls in Desert Caves?

Ancient Scrolls in Desert Caves?

Most people know about the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS): hundreds of ancient Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts that came to light in 1946 in the Judaean wilderness. Hidden for centuries in eleven different caves, the scrolls were first discovered by Bedouin shepherds in the...
Philosophizing like a Christian

Philosophizing like a Christian

What does it mean to philosophize? OUP’s Online Oxford Dictionary gives this definition: “speculate or theorize about fundamental or serious issues, especially in a tedious or pompous way.” If that’s what it means, most of us probably know...
Divining Gospel

Divining Gospel

Some time during the late sixth or early seventh century, somewhere in Roman Syria, a scribe named Gewargis sat down to copy a book. It was the Bible, or more precisely, a part of the Bible: the Gospel of John. The language was Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic and a major...