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A Journey Through Philippi

A Journey Through Philippi

A Journey Through Philippi One of the projects I have been working on is a series of books exploring the cultural background of the Apostle Paul’s letters.  By reading these letters as the original hearers – residents of places like Ephesus, Corinth, or Thessalonica –...

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The Mountain of God

The Mountain of God

God’s Holy Hill When you think of mountains, depending on where you live, you may think of something like the jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains in the American West.  Or perhaps the majestic Swiss Alps or even Mount Everest.  In the Ancient Near East, a mountain...

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Ancient Wisdom

Ancient Wisdom

Warriors of the Mind A couple years ago, I was introduced to a website dedicated to improving lives through different philosophical schools and modern psychological insights.  One of the learning tracks that I began was around the philosophy of Stoicism.  I’ve always...

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Looking Back

Looking Back

If you are like me, the holidays seem like a distant memory and the busyness of life is back in full swing.  Yet our hope is that everyone has had a chance to look back on the previous year and set some expectations for the year to come before the calendar flips to...

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Looking Forward

Looking Forward

New Year’s Resolutions The beginning of the new year marks the end of the holiday season, as well an opportunity to look forward to the coming year.  An annual tradition for many is the making of New Year’s Resolutions (and then posting them on social media). ...

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Covering Christmas

Covering Christmas

The Most Wonderful Time of Year Christmas has come to represent many things in our culture: a time to celebrate friends and family, a time to give rather than receive, a time to celebrate the passing of another year and looking ahead to the next.  It is full of...

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Covering The Culture

Covering The Culture

​Local Flavor One of the illuminating aspects of travel is getting to talk to the locals.  The locals will often have tips or insights that you won’t read in a travel blog or a book.  On a recent trip to Greece, my brother and I experienced this several times.  Once,...

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Greece Trip 2022

Greece Trip 2022

Our goal is to update this article daily, sharing our thoughts and observations.  The map is interactive as we add posts and pictures.  Please check back and follow our journey virtually.  Thanks for following along!  

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Sinning and Praying

Sinning and Praying

A Sucker Born Every Minute The classics are a good reminder that the human condition hasn’t changed much over time.  In one of Plato’s more well-known works, The Republic, the Greek philosopher narrates a dialogue between Socrates, Glaucon, and Thrasymachus.  (In many...

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Transformation and the Spiritual Practices, Part I

Transformation and the Spiritual Practices, Part I

We are wrapping up a series of articles to review the six areas of focus for Navigating an Ancient Faith (NAF).  The spheres of Worldview, Stories, and Culture are vital to understanding the original context of the Bible, while the spheres of Healing, Meaning,...

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Meaning and Theology, Part II

Meaning and Theology, Part II

We are in the middle of a series reviewing the six areas of focus for Navigating an Ancient Faith (NAF).  The spheres of Worldview, Stories, and Culture are vital to understanding the original context of the Bible, while the spheres of Healing, Meaning, and...

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Meaning and Theology, Part I

Meaning and Theology, Part I

We are in the middle of a series of articles reviewing the six areas of focus for Navigating an Ancient Faith (NAF).  The spheres of Worldview, Stories, and Culture are vital to understanding the original context of the Bible, while the spheres of Healing, Meaning,...

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Healing and Psychology, Part II

Healing and Psychology, Part II

We are in the middle of a series of articles reviewing the six areas of focus for Navigating an Ancient Faith (NAF).  The spheres of Worldview, Stories, and Culture are vital to understanding the original context of the Bible, while the spheres of Healing, Meaning,...

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Healing and Psychology, Part I

Healing and Psychology, Part I

We are in the middle of a series of articles reviewing the six areas of focus for Navigating an Ancient Faith (NAF).  The spheres of Worldview, Stories, and Culture are vital to understanding the original context of the Bible, while the spheres of Healing, Meaning,...

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Culture and Archaeology, Part II

Culture and Archaeology, Part II

For the next several weeks we will be dedicating articles to review the six areas of focus for Navigating an Ancient Faith (NAF).  The areas of Worldview, Stories, and Culture are vital to understanding the original context of the Bible, while the areas of Healing,...

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Culture and Archaeology, Part I

Culture and Archaeology, Part I

For the next several weeks we will be discussing the six areas of focus for Navigating an Ancient Faith (NAF).  The spheres of Worldview, Stories, and Culture are crucial in understanding the original context of the Bible, while the spheres of Healing, Meaning, and...

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Stories and Mythology, Part II

Stories and Mythology, Part II

For the next several weeks we will be discussing the six areas of focus for Navigating an Ancient Faith (NAF).  The spheres of Worldview, Stories, and Culture are crucial in understanding the original context of the Bible, while the spheres of Healing, Meaning, and...

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