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Sleep

My graduate work at UCLA was difficult no matter how you might care to look at it. The subject matter was obscure and mostly useless: Semitic languages—specifically, Akkadian (two dialects: Assyrian and Babylonian; written in cuneiform, a writing system consisting … Continue reading

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Artifact

I spent two summers working on a kibbutz in Israel, specifically Kibbutz Massada which is located just south of the Sea of Galilee on the Yarmuk River bordering Jordan. In the mid-1970s when I was working there, the kibbutz had … Continue reading

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Waiting

Recently my youngest daughter had to study some of Emily Dickinson’s poetry. Her poems tend to be short, and one that I found particularly appropriate to my current state of mind was If you were coming in the Fall: If … Continue reading

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For Granted

There are things we take for granted that we assume have always been, but in fact are relatively recent additions to human experience. There are obvious things that we recognize are recent innovations, such as cellphones, television, radio and electricity. … Continue reading

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A New Teaching

Suddenly, while still in the meeting place, he was interrupted by a man who was deeply disturbed and yelling out, “What business do you have here with us, Jesus? Nazarene! I know what you’re up to! You’re the Holy One … Continue reading

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New Year

Traditionally people begin the new year by making resolutions that they will mostly have broken by the time February arrives. For instance, many Christians have resolved to read through the entire Bible over the course of the earth’s annual trip … Continue reading

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Send it to Your Kindle

I have several PDFs on my computer of various ebooks and other publications. I had been thinking about how nice it would be if I could put them on my Kindle, instead of reading them on my computer screen. Of … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

Once again the holiday season has fallen upon us. The older I become, the quicker the year rotates back around to the joyful times. The speed of the year is a matter of perspective, of course. For a five year … Continue reading

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Quoted

For those of you who might be keeping track, I have once again–for the sixth time–been quoted in a news article on The Blaze: FACT CHECK: DOES THE BIBLE REALLY CONDONE STONING? Send to Kindle

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Reactions to Mental Illness

There remains an unfortunate stigma attached to any form of mental illness; the thought is widespread that if someone is depressed or suffering from mental illness of some kind it is the result of weakness or indicative of some moral … Continue reading

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