Lex•i•con

A lexicon is simply another name for a dictionary. Both “lexicon” and “dictionary” came into English from Latin and both of them mean essentially the same thing. “Dictionary” was native to Latin—“lexicon” came from the Greek into Latin before being imported into English. For various historical reasons, however, scholars typically refer to dictionaries of ancient…

Leaves and Roots

I love to shop. I love pushing carts and carrying bags, no matter if I am shopping for shoes or groceries. I especially love it when my mom takes all five of my sisters and me on an all-day shopping adventure for our annual Girls’ Day celebration. We usually start at Goodwill and then drive…

Evidence Not Seen | Part Five

Chapter Six As Darlene writes in this chapter, it can sometimes be easier to forgive wrongs done commited against us than than injustices done to those we love. The reality is that the greatest bitterness is rarely caused by the greatest wrongs. If we allow unforgiveness to rankle in our hearts it will destroy us,…

Un•jar•gon•ed—New Series

The language of Biblical Studies can be complex. Yet though words like lexicon and exegesis, synoptic and syntax may sound foreign at first, the realities they refer to are of vital interest to anyone who is interested in the serious study of Scripture. Over the next several weeks we will be “unjargoning” these and several…

Infinite Gospel

For Christ-followers the gospel is everything. Without the incarnation, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ of Nazareth we are, as Paul said, of all men most miserable. Apart from the reality of the gospel message our joy is a sham, our hope is in vain, and our message is nothing more than hot air.…

And I Quote… August 1

Once the gospel starts being presented primarily as that which brings such-and-such benefits, be they freedom from alcohol abuse or just emotional highs every once in a while, the distinctive particularity of Christianity is lost. Islam too gives people self-respect, cleans up neighbourhoods, gives a sense of purpose; self-help programs have brought many back from…

Evidence Not Seen | Part Four

  Chapter Four The men that the Japanese assigned to carry the missionaries’ luggage were a very unsavory lot—without the boldness and courage of Darlene and Ruth both they and all they posessed might have disappeared into the jungle. Yet it wasn’t until after the danger was over that they fully realized how courageous they…