July 8th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


On the busy street of Kalverstraat in Amsterdam, during a recent jaunt, I spotted a church tucked away in the midst of overstuffed storefronts and houses: The Church of Peter and Paul.

This entity, a Roman Catholic church, is also called “De Papegaai”—The Parrot. In the days of the Reformation when Amsterdam, indeed all of the Netherlands, turned to Protestantism, Catholicism could not be flaunted. All Catholic churches had to hide in the background, taking over houses,…   Read more →


July 1st, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Pavel Goldstein, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder, was witnessing the birth of his daughter four years ago.

My wife was in pain, and all I could think was, ‘What can I do to help her?’ I reached for her hand and it seemed to help. I wanted to test it out in the lab: Can one really decrease pain with touch, and if so, how?”

Goldstein and his team in the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab undertook the challenge. And the results…   Read more →

Preaching @ Northwest Bible Church

June 27th, 2017| Topic: aBeLOG, Uncategorized | 2

Preaching @ Northwest Bible Church

Quick note …

I am preaching at Northwest Bible Church, here in Dallas, on July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 (9:00 am and 10:35 am).

Doing the five women in Mark who come into contact with Jesus, all exemplars of discipleship.

I am looking forward to this series!

[For other speaking events, see here.]


June 24th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2


They say all things can be cured by time. (Of course, “they” also say there is no God!)

At least writers of songs, poems, and novelists do—well, at least they debate whether time truly heals everything.

It seems that, at least as far as the so-called “broken heart syndrome” is concerned, that ain’t true: time doesn’t.

So saith researchers led by Dana Dawson of the University of Aberdeen (ye olde …   Read more →

Judges is out!

June 19th, 2017| Topic: aBeLOG, Judges | 6

Judges is out!

Folks, my latest commentary is out: Judges: A Theological Commentary for Preachers.

This follows the scheme of my earlier commentaries on Genesis, Mark, and Ephesians, and subscribes to the same hermeneutic that underlies those.

Check out the free chapter download here.


With Abraham Kuruvilla’s sensitive literary and theological reading of Judges … he shows preachers how to relate its message to the world in which we live and the alternative world Christians are called…   Read more →


June 17th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


A strange entertainment, indeed. “The Cremator” is a bizarre “death simulator” in “Window of the World,” a Chinese amusement park in Shenzen.

You want a chance to experience cremation? Here’s the opportunity for the morbidly curious.

But, no, you won’t be rendered into ashes here.

First you journey through a morgue. Then they settle you into a temporary coffin that is placed on a conveyor belt. This device will carry the en-coffined you through a chamber filled…   Read more →


June 10th, 2017| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


In 1934, a college questionnaire completed by the parent of an applicant, Sara Pollard, to Vassar University described his daughter as “a follower than a leader.”

Guess what? Vassar admitted this young lady, explaining that the school “had enough leaders.”

Imagine that! A college accepting a self-confessed “follower.” Were they crazy, or what?

Everyone wants leaders. And everyone wants to be a leader.

Harvard’s goal: “to educate our students to be citizens…   Read more →

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