Death, Taxes and a Surprising Find

Death, Taxes and a Surprising Find

Taxes have been around since the emergence of urban civilization but weren’t always paid in coinage, checks or bank drafts. Many ancient Hebrews paid their taxes in the form of grain, wine or olive oil, which were then stored in large pottery jars, typically holding...
We’ll Get Through COVID-19 – Just Not Yet

We’ll Get Through COVID-19 – Just Not Yet

Nine dollars and 15 cents. I drove away from the gas pump with a brimming tank for nine dollars and 15 cents. How is that even possible? With COVID-19 cutting travel and an oversupply of oil, prices were already down to $1.87 per gallon. I hadn’t bought gas in more...
Hook, Line and Sinker

Hook, Line and Sinker

Long before the Israelites inhabited Palestine, long before the Canaanites, long before the Natufians, peoples roamed the land. As part of the land bridge linking Africa to both Europe and the East, the earliest humans who came out of Africa would have come through...
Could it Be the Last Days?

Could it Be the Last Days?

The letter came in a business-sized envelope, but it was hand addressed in bold print with a complete return address and an honest-to-God stamp. How often does that happen? I noted the Raleigh postmark but didn’t recognize the sender’s name, so I opened it with some...