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When Pharaoh was a woman…

The April issue of National Geographic has an interesting article on Hatshepsut, daughter of Thutmose I (ruler, 1504-1492 BC), and married to her step-brother, Thutmose II (ruler, 1492-1479 BC). When Thutmose II died,  his son (Thutmose III, by another wife) was still young and Hatshepsut acted as regent and then co-ruler of Egypt from 1479-1458… [ Read More ]
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How much do you have to hate someone?

I don’t know if this video made it around the blogs in the last few months, but it was used as an illustration point a month or so ago at our church and I thought it was worth sharing. Regardless of what you think about Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller) as an atheist, his question… [ Read More ]
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The TNIV, sarx and the inclinations of the human heart

The Better Bibles blog is soliciting input on what types of changes would make the TNIV a “better Bible” – specifically, textual changes that could be reviewed by the Committee on Bible Translation rather than marketing changes better suited to Zondervan. While I tend to agree with the first commenter, Rick Mansfield, that the TNIV… [ Read More ]
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Maybe the question is not “what versions of the Bible do you use”…

Note: the following post contains some thoughts on Wayne Leman’s recent question on BBB as to “what versions of the Bible do you use and what is the most important use you have found for each of those versions?” In that post, my two-cent answer was: NLT’07 for everyday reading and study; HCSB or TNIV… [ Read More ]
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ESV Study Bible available for Kindle

According to the ESV blog, Crossway has released the ESV Study Bible for the Kindle electronic book reader. In keeping with Amazon’s attempt to keep Kindle book pricing low, the ESV Study Bible can be purchased and downloaded for less than $10! This looks like an introductory promotion until June, when the price increases to… [ Read More ]
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Lecher or lover: how do you live the Bible?

With a huge HT to Rick at This Lamp, I’ve been reading Eugene Peterson’s Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading and have found it captivating, at least the early chapters that I’ve been through. With the title taken from John’s experience of eating the scroll in Revelation 10, Peterson’s essential… [ Read More ]
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Easter: what did Satan intend?

Peter Kirk has written an eloquent Easter sermon on the meaning of the resurrection of Jesus, captured with three “V”s: validation, victory and vision. In the second section, Victory, he writes: Throughout Jesus’ time on earth he was attacked by evil, in demonic and human form. Eventually the devil thought that he won the victory,… [ Read More ]
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A new NLT Reference Bible?

NLT Study Bible editor Sean Harrison tweeted earlier today about a new NLT Reference Edition Bible due out this August. According to his original “post” and a follow-up reply, the new Bible will be a slimline edition with “center-column references with Hebrew-Greek word study.” I can only assume that, from this brief description, this edition… [ Read More ]
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Neal Stephenson: Anathem

In lieu of a more formal book review, here is my capsule summary: “In response to the sudden appearance of extraterrestrial visitors, philo-math monks gather together to discuss multi-state causal consciousness models as a outflow of quantum mechanics.” Sound interesting? Anathem is a great book and I highly recommend it if you like mathematics, philosophy,… [ Read More ]
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Psalm 23: the coffee translation

HT: Mikey’s Funnies Caffeine is my shepherd, I shall not doze. It maketh me to wake in green pastures. It leadeth me beyond the sleeping masses. It restoreth my buzz. It leadeth me in the paths of consciousness for its name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of addiction, I… [ Read More ]
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