High priests?

High priests?

We’ve heard of “high church” worship, the kind of liturgy that includes robes and processions and formal hymns with no one directing the music, maybe even the occasional scent of incense. In a surprise finding, archaeologists have learned that some...
Just need to say . . .

Just need to say . . .

My role as contributing editor and curriculum writer for Nurturing Faith gives me opportunities to blog on a variety of subjects, from devotional thoughts to curiosities to archaeology. Lately I’ve focused more on archaeology. Rarely do I venture into politics...
A Baptist World Pentecost

A Baptist World Pentecost

Elijah Brown, general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), announced this week that leaders will celebrate Pentecost amid the pandemic by hosting a “virtual global BWA worship service” on Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30. Both services will...
Good news and bad news

Good news and bad news

In the field of archaeology, there’s good news and bad. We might as well get the bad news out of the way first: virtually the entire 2020 digging season for volunteers has become a victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most digs in Israel, at least, take place in...
GUEST BLOG: The trouble with tribalism

GUEST BLOG: The trouble with tribalism

[Note: Glad to welcome my friend, Dr. Kevin Heifner, to bring his voice to this blog spot. JDP] By Kevin Heifner, M.D. As my father — a Baptist preacher turned religious educator turned anthropology professor — likes to point out, people historically have viewed their...