WHEN BEAUTIFUL IS UGLY

The 19th century Danish author Hans Christian Andersen tells a story entitled the Ugly Duckling, where a scruffy, barnyard duckling grows into a beautiful swan. Almost everyone loves the story of a come from behind person, or in this case an animal, who turns into a winner.  But those are popular stories of ugly becoming … Continue reading WHEN BEAUTIFUL IS UGLY

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Turning From Idols

GRANT Graeco-RomanAntiquities & the New Testament There are things you can tell about an entire ocean even if you have only one cup of water from it.  Naturally a scientist would like to have as many cups and as broad a sampling as possible, but even a single cup is of some help.  The same … Continue reading Turning From Idols

When Outrage Trumps Civility (Part 01)

With good reason many culture-watchers have repeatedly pointed out that our civilization is in a downward spiral characterized by decreasing civility. The lack of civility is manifesting itself in the popular media of talk radio and cable TV, in the halls of Academe, in the rhetoric of different political parties and their (un)official PACs, in … Continue reading When Outrage Trumps Civility (Part 01)

Visualizing Victory

GRANT Graeco-RomanAntiquities & the New Testament There are things you can tell about an entire ocean even if you have only one cup of water from it.  Naturally a scientist would like to have as many cups and as broad a sampling as possible, but even a single cup is of some help.  The same … Continue reading Visualizing Victory

Holiness in Revelation

You, like many others, have probably wondered from time to time whether worship in heaven will be traditional or contemporary. Unfortunately, the book of Revelation is not as helpful in this matter as we might expect.  Indeed, based upon the earliest recorded signing in heaven in Revelation, it looks like neither side of the worship … Continue reading Holiness in Revelation