One Year Ago

It was exactly one year ago that we faced the most trying time of our lives.

Our daughter, Leah, had a massive tumor removed from her abdomen.

I’ll forego the details here, but suffice it to say that week of waiting, tests, scans, surgery, recovery, and simply not knowing were beyond nerve wracking. We prayed, we cried, prayed some more, and leaned heavily on our friends and family who gathered with us. Needless to say, when we received the call that the tumor was benign, we were overjoyed! I remember we were all overcome with emotion and were beyond grateful!

Even one year later we still get emotional talking or even thinking about it, but we look back with more gratitude than can be expressed that Leah did not have to endure what we feared. We thank the Lord for getting us all through it and that our Leah is healthy and happy!

Αυτω η δοξα

Religion in the Roman Empire – A New Mohr Siebeck Journal (Gupta)

Originally posted on Crux Sola:

At SBL I noticed that Mohr Siebeck was launching a new journal called Religion in the Roman World (3 issues per year). The editorial board looks well qualified. The price of the journal seems quite reasonable too, so kudos to Mohr Siebeck for thinking of professors and libraries with meagre book budgets!

Below is the journal’s opening statement:

Religion in the Roman Empire (RRE) is bold in the sense that it intends to further and document new and integrative perspectives on religion in the Ancient World combining multidisciplinary methodologies. Starting from the notion of “lived religion” it will offer a space to take up recent, but still incipient, research to modify and cross the disciplinary boundaries of History of Religion, Archaeology, Anthropology, Classics, Ancient History, Jewish History, Rabbinics, New Testament, Early Christianity, Patristics, Coptic Studies, Gnostic and Manichean Studies, Late Antiquity and Oriental Languages. We hope to stimulate the…

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Twenty Years Ago

It’s hard to believe that it’s been twenty years–twenty years since I trusted Christ for salvation. I still remember the events/circumstances that led up to that decision with great clarity. The sense I got that God was drawing me to Himself was virtually palpable–not a physical feeling necessarily, but a very real and very strong sense that I needed to be reconciled with Him. Looking back over these years as I have grown theologically, I have a better understanding as to how that whole “process” works; yet, much of God’s work of redemption remains mysterious and I wouldn’t change that a bit.

At the risk of sounding cliché, I will say that I really can’t imagine what life would be like if God had not saved me. While I wasn’t the most reckless of sinners, I often think of how things might have turned out had God not intervened and it’s not always a pleasant thought. Thankfully we don’t live in the hypothetical and I am grateful beyond words for God’s infinite love, grace, and mercy. I hope to have many more years of experiencing His goodness!

I am also glad to say that it was one year and one day ago that our daughter also professed faith in Christ, so I rejoice for her as well!

God has been so good, especially in the hard times and I can’t imagine life any other way! Thank you, Lord, for your goodness to us!

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A Conspicuous Absence

Wow–I haven’t posted anything in quite a while (now that inexplicable void in your life is explained!). What have I been up to?

  • Work
  • Family
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Tutoring
  • Grading
  • Sleeping

That’s about it. Maybe I’ll post something more substantial another day. Until then…

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Originally posted on Zwinglius Redivivus:

Hmmm…the same scholars who think a single manuscript fragment of a 4th century Coptic document must be true will then say that thousands of manuscripts attesting four 1st century Greek documents must not be true. I just love scholarship. — Lawson Stone

[He’s right you know.  Some folk will pant like dogs over a bone about some worthless fraud and dismiss authentic texts without any ado at all.  But in truth that’s not scholarship at all, it’s pseudo-scholarship driven by an anti-Christian agenda]

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