Gideon’s Jug? Hold Your Horses

Gideon’s Jug? Hold Your Horses

Archaeologists in Israel recently published the discovery of an ancient inscription that may carry the name Jeruba‘al, a nickname the biblical account attributes to Gideon, one of Israel’s “judges” (Judges 6:32). Should we get excited? Israel’s Haaretz suggested that...
That Wasn’t Kosher …

That Wasn’t Kosher …

Jews aren’t allowed to eat pork, right? The command forbidding it is found in Leviticus 11:7 and Deuteronomy 14:8. Both note that even though the pig has “cloven hooves” like cattle or sheep, it doesn’t “chew the cud,” so it was considered unclean. Deuteronomy wasn’t...
Christian Ethics: The Hard Road of Doing Right

Christian Ethics: The Hard Road of Doing Right

Ethics is not a popular topic among church folks. One simple reason for this is ethics is about “right” in action. It begins with thinking, philosophizing and theologizing about what is right, but it doesn’t end there. It applies the theory by focusing on doing right...
Island Time, and About Time

Island Time, and About Time

Do you love the idea of living on “island time”? Susan and I had looked forward to joining this year’s planned Good Faith Experience to Hawaii’s Big Island. We booked our flights, along with a side trip to Oahu, last November, but COVID-19 uncertainties forced the...
Fighting Over Dirt That Doesn’t Belong to Us

Fighting Over Dirt That Doesn’t Belong to Us

It’s track number 24 and the first verse: “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world and those who live in it.” It’s a part of a really long album called The Psalms with appearances by various artists. The artist on this song is David, who is not a...