Monthly Archives: December 2004


In his Short History of Byzantium, John Julius Norwich notes “an aspect of daily life in Byzantium [that we] find hardest to comprehend: the involvement of all classes of society in what appear today to be impossibly abstruse doctrinal niceties.” … Continue reading

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In defense of Christmas lights

You can always find any number of complaints about how people see the lights and tinsel of the holiday season, but miss the “reason for the season.” As the theory goes, it’s a sad thing that people like the shallow … Continue reading

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Ancient Iraq

Abram was called from Ur of the Chaldees in Mesopotamia. Hosea noted the Assyrian empire’s brutality, Isaiah called them the “rod of God’s anger,” and Jonah went to Nineveh to convict the Assyrians of their sin. The Babylonian empire grew … Continue reading

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U2: this or that

Do you believe this or this about U2?

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Theology is a map

Theology is the study of God. Theology is important because knowing God is important. CS Lewis had this to say in Mere Christianity: I remember once when I had been giving a talk…an old, hard-bitten officer got up and said, … Continue reading

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To give you an idea of how old the Great Pyramids of Giza are, they were more ancient to Cleopatra (who lived around 50 years before Christ) than Cleopatra is to us. They were ancient history when Jesus walked the … Continue reading

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Repentant vs. abandoned

We’re all hypocrites who fight ongoing battles with sin. Many Christians struggle with homosexuality and desire to be clean of it. On the flip side, many homosexuals claim to be Christians but say that God made them the way they … Continue reading

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Saint Johnny Cash

Johnus Magnificus reads the NT.

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The Message Bible

One of the unsung stories in the MSM is the unbelievable success of Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life. It has sold 17 million copies and has been at #1 or #2 on the New York Times bestseller list for almost … Continue reading

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Kinsey and the 1940s straw man

The wife and I went to a movie last weekend, and one of the previews was for the new Kinsey film. At one point, Liam Neeson (Kinsey) asks a demure couple how many sexual positions they’ve used, and the woman … Continue reading

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