Monthly Archives: March 2016

Book Write-Up: Playing the Part, by Jen Turano

Jen Turano.  Playing the Part.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2016.  See here to buy the book. Playing the Part is set in New York city in the late nineteenth century.  Lucetta Plum is an actress.  Her step-father Nigel is a … Continue reading

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Not All Together: The Exodus, Prophets, and Kings

This will be somewhat of a rambling post, but not horribly rambling.  I will start out with what Philo says about the Exodus in Special Laws II:217-219.  Then, I will interact with a fictional book that I recently read about … Continue reading

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Leavened and Unleavened Bread in Philo’s Special Laws I-II

I have been reading Philo’s Special Laws.  Philo was a first century C.E. Jewish exegete in Alexandria, Egypt.  He interpreted the Torah in light of Greek philosophy.  In Special Laws, he attempts to give a rationale for various laws in … Continue reading

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What about those who haven’t heard? – Part 1 of a Case Study on Religious Pluralism from Lew Wallace’s “Ben Hur”

Originally posted on J.W. Wartick – Reconstructing Faith:
A beautiful cover for an edition of Ben Hur- I was unable to locate the exact copyright information. Ben Hur is one of my all-time favorite novels. There are many issues related…

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Anointing Jesus for Burial

At church this morning, the pastor preached about the story in John 12:1-8 about Mary anointing Jesus for burial. In John 12:1-8, Mary (the sister of Martha, not Jesus’ mother) anoints Jesus’ feet with nard while he is having dinner … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: The Parables of Jesus, by James Montgomery Boice

James Montgomery Boice.  The Parables of Jesus.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 1983.  See here to buy the book. James Montgomery Boice was a renowned Presbyterian pastor.  This book, The Parables of Jesus, is a collection of sermons that he preached in … Continue reading

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Reagan and AIDS

Originally posted on James' Ramblings:
I recently talked about the episode of Eli Stone that criticized Reagan’s record on AIDS. As fate would have it, I was reading a book a few days later that discussed the issue extensively: Reagan’s…

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Book Write-Up: Things That Differ, by Cornelius R. Stam

Cornelius R. Stam.  Things That Differ: The Fundamentals of Dispensationalism.  Germantown, WI: Berean Bible Society, 1985.  See here to buy the book. A lady lent me this book over ten years ago, when I visited a dispensationalist Bible study.  I … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: Dispensationalism Today, by Charles Ryrie

Charles Caldwell Ryrie.  Dispensationalism Today.  Chicago: Moody Press, 1976. In Dispensationalism Today, dispensationalist Charles Ryrie addresses what he believes are unfair misconceptions about dispensationalism. Here are some items: A.  Let’s start with a definition of dispensationalism.  On pages 211-212, Ryrie … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: Miriam, by Mesu Andrews

Mesu Andrews.  Miriam.  Colorado Springs: WaterBrook, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Miriam is the second book of Mesu Andrews’ “Treasures of the Nile” series, which is about Moses.  The first book of the series was The Pharaoh’s Daughter, … Continue reading

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