We’re All Living in Glass Houses

Shouldn’t we all stop throwing stones at each others, especially when we all live in glass houses? Does any person, group of people, or any political, philosophical or religious perspective have an absolute corner on truth? Aren’t all of our perspectives, beliefs and even convictions vulnerable to questioning and critique? Maybe we should stop acting…

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Prayer’s Purpose: “Not My Will But Yours Be Done”

I take the Bible seriously and try to apply wisdom contained therein to my life. Recently, I realized how much I have taken unique (unique means: being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else) examples from the Scriptures and believed they apply to all people, everywhere and for all time. For example: (1)…

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Bible Backstory 2: The Bible & Me (Part III)

The Last 15 Years – An Ever-Evolving Faith At UBC I studied in the department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious studies for 13 years––at first as a part time undergrad majoring in Classics (Greek and Latin language studies), but then as a full-time grad student majoring in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Judaism. I completed…

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Bible Backstory 2: The Bible & Me (Part II)

Three Crucial Years – The Formation of Faith Then came university and my conscious efforts to live “true to my atheistic convictions” that there is no God, no “word of God” and no divinely approved religion. True to my convictions I poured all my time and energy into my studies while socializing with my new…

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Bible Backstory 2: The Bible & Me (Part I)

I thought it might be helpful for you, the reader, to understand something about my personal history with the Bible. I’ve shortened the story considerably, but I have still broken it down into three parts: I, II, & III. Part I: My First 20 Years – Little Exposure, No Faith I had almost no personal…

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Biblical Beginnings 7b: Genesis 2:4b–25, Notes and Quotes

It is quite clear to everyone but the most conservative/fundamentalist biblical scholars, that these verses are a second, and different, story of creation. The differences, as compared with Gen 1:1–2:4a, can only be logically understood as a separate story and not a retelling of the first story but in greater detail. What are the differences?…

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Biblical Beginnings 7a: Genesis 2:4b–25, Translation with Notes

On the day Yahweh[1] Elohim made land and skies there were not yet any shrubs of the field on the land and not yet any plants of the field had sprouted because Yahweh Elohim had not caused rain on the land and there was no human to work the ground. And fresh water came up…

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Biblical Beginnings 6b: Gen. 1:1–2:4a, Notes and Quotes

This purpose of this post (and others to follow) is not to serve as a verse-by-verse commentary on the first eleven chapters of Genesis. There are many really good works written by scholars who are far more qualified than I to address some of the thorniest issues. However, what I will write about has to…

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