The Enchantment of Assimilation

The history of Israel, documented by both the prophetic and narrative texts, leaves little doubt that assimilation to the surrounding idolatrous values and culture was an easy path for most of God’s people.  If Jesus’ own perceptions are to be trusted, and they are, then he also detected the almost inevitability of this when he … Continue reading The Enchantment of Assimilation

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“Why Can’t Johnny Count?” A Needed Guide for Preachers (and Commentators) on Gematria (666/616), Isopsephism, and Counting

This should be the last post on this particular topic of gematria, isopsephism, and related areas for some time.  However, there is so much bad information in preaching, in commentaries, in various Wikipedia articles, in DVD Bible lessons, and in cyberspace that I feel the need to point out some of the more widespread misunderstandings … Continue reading “Why Can’t Johnny Count?” A Needed Guide for Preachers (and Commentators) on Gematria (666/616), Isopsephism, and Counting

Part 3, Color Photos for Seven Congregations in a Roman Crucible

Hello Everyone, This URL will take you to a third (and final)  page of color photos from the commentary.  I am not including the ones that were never in color, like many of the coin photos, but the rest that are enjoyable to see in color. So, enjoy. Click this link, or copy and paste … Continue reading Part 3, Color Photos for Seven Congregations in a Roman Crucible

Don’t Smoke, Drink, Dance, and Chew or Date Girls Who Do

Well, I had a “Duh” moment the other day when someone mentioned ads that were showing up on this blog.  Why should I have been surprised since they show up on the blogs of others and endlessly on Facebook?  My wife confirmed that she, too, had seen them on my blog.  I was most bothered … Continue reading Don’t Smoke, Drink, Dance, and Chew or Date Girls Who Do

Part 2, Color Photos for Seven Congregations in a Roman Crucible

Hello Everyone, This URL will take you to a second page of color photos from the commentary.  I am not including the ones that were never in color, like many of the coin photos, but the rest that are enjoyable to see in color.  Due to the number of color photos I will not try … Continue reading Part 2, Color Photos for Seven Congregations in a Roman Crucible