A good life lived

She had been giving Phyllis, the weekend daytime caregiver, step-by-step instructions on how to prepare chicken and dressing in the crock pot. “People will eat that,” she said. “It’s going to be good.” She worried about having enough eggs for cooking when the family...
Don’t. Just don’t …

Don’t. Just don’t …

Israel, like America, has its fair share of ideological activists determined to have their way even if it endangers the country — and possibly the world. For years, a group of Ultra-Orthodox Jews — supported by American fundamentalist Christians anxious...
Not just plain vanilla

Not just plain vanilla

A paper presented at the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) meeting last week put me in the mood for pound cake. Really. I didn’t get to hear the lecture, because my teaching schedule renders it impractical to attend both ASOR and the Society of...
Oh, come now!

Oh, come now!

I’ve generally tried to stay away from politics lately not wanting to repeat the obvious flaws of our current administration that so many others do an effective job of point out. But here’s something that has an Old Testament/Ancient Near Eastern...
Even rocks change

Even rocks change

I’ve found it increasingly hard to blog on current events these days, given that the political situation is so hopelessly in a shambles that any comments from me would be just restating the obvious. Hurricanes and other disasters likewise get more than adequate...
You never know what you’ll find …

You never know what you’ll find …

Every other year, Campbell University Divinity School and Nurturing Faith Experiences co-sponsor a study tour of Israel and parts of the West Bank. And every year, one of the most memorable outings occurs at a place many participants had never heard of: Maresha....

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