Departing Thoughts

JUC has been everything I had hoped it would be and so much more. This place is probably the best-kept secret for Biblical study in the entire world—and I miss it already.

The Samaritan Passover

Growing up in suburban Cincinnati, sacrifices were not part of everyday life. They were something I read about in the Bible or learned about in Sunday school. I had never experienced a sacrifice and all that it entailed—that is until last Thursday evening at sunset.

A Very Strange Vow

Does God place things in our lives—whether they be obstacles, hardships, or other limitations purely for our own protection or to better enable us to bless others?

Perhaps without these restrictions we would not live into the calling that God has for us.

Away in a Manger?

Traditions have a funny way of morphing over time. Sometimes, the original meanings get lost or adapted to fit new circumstances. They end up taking on a life of their own. Such is the case with the Christmas story.

Visiting the “Holy of Holies”

A few weeks ago, I had a very rare opportunity.  I was able to go inside the Dome of the Rock to see the place where the Holy of Holies of the Temple once stood.  For those not familiar with the background, let me provide a very brief (and incomplete) background.  If you know the …