Mafia-Style Exegesis

Having now visited many churches, listened to thousands of sermons, and preached a few myself, I have noticed the wide variety of exegesis. I've complained elsewhere about paregesis (preaching alongside the text, but never actually preaching the text). Here, I want to complain, if you'll so indulge me, about Mafia-Style exegesis. This gangster way of... Continue Reading →

What Happened at Peor? Part 3

General Canaanite Religion Although the religion of Baal Peor has not been identified in any archeological discovery, Ancient Near East discoveries indicate the nature of the religion of Baal Peor. Before the rise of ANE archeology, knowledge of the religion of Canaan was limited to the Hebrew Bible. The authors of Hebrew Bible wrote for... Continue Reading →

Podcast Teaser: A Grimm Way of Law

So, I'm working on a podcast that will be fascinating. I'm not going to give the subject away yet, but part of my research involves Jacob Grimm--the guy who coauthored Grimm's Fairy Tales. While most of his work revolved around ancient German folktales, he also wrote on legal subjects as well. He used his folktale... Continue Reading →

What Happened at Peor? Part 2

The Balaam Inscription Outside of the Hebrew Bible, the only other related textual source is what scholars have called the Balaam Inscription. During the 1967 archeology season at Tell Deir 'Allā,[1] a worker was shoveling away debris out of a temple complex when he noticed a piece of plaster with some ancient text on it.... Continue Reading →

What Happened at Peor? Part 1

“While Israel remained at Shittim, the people began to play the harlot with the daughters of Moab. For they invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods.”[1] God burned with anger and Moses commanded: “Take all the chiefs of the people, and impale them... Continue Reading →

A Parable on Racial Relations

A certain man went down from Morocco to South Africa and fell among slave-traders, which stripped him of his raiment, and brought him to America. They beat him and left him half dead in the ghetto. His brother saw him in the way, but he had no resources to help. He begged for help from... Continue Reading →

Toward Racial Reconciliation

Our churches today tend to be divided along racial lines. Thankfully, the lines are not as stiff as they once were. But still, if you walk into a church, you are going to find it predominately made up of one race. But there is an unfortunate development in many churches: we all may be one... Continue Reading →

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