Judgment And Death In Ecclesiastes 11:9

You may recall in the analysis of the passage in Ecclesiastes 3 that the Hebrew word Mishpat was the key to understanding the text and subsequent postmortem judgement. Ecclesiastes 5 also uses the term, but it does so in a way that a man judges another man. However that changes in 11:9 which states, “Rejoice,... Continue Reading →

The Dead Sea Scrolls and Early Christianity

Dr. John Bergsma recently joined me to discuss the dead sea scrolls and their influence on Early Christianity. What did the Qumran community the Messiah? Who was the Teacher of Righteousness? What was the significance of ritual bathing? What was so important about the way they prepared for meals and the position of the presider?... Continue Reading →

Death And Judgment In Ecclesiastes 3

When one reads the words of Qohelet (please note that Qohelet and Ecclesiastes are referring to the same work) the skepticism that is experienced is real.  On the surface it seems much different that other books of the Old Testament.  Perhaps new ideas were emerging regarding a postmortem judgment during the postexilic period.  When the... Continue Reading →

The Rosary Made Me Catholic

Jeffery Stevens is a convert to the Catholic faith and an author. In this interview Jeffrey describes his childhood and the role that faith played, how he came to accept Jesus as savior, and how the rosary led him to discover the Catholic church. It is a heartwarming story and so inspiring. The Role Of... Continue Reading →

Ambrose, The Mass, and The Eucharist

When we attend Mass, we are entering a holy place in which a miracle takes place.  Not only are we present when the basic elements of bread and wine are transubstantiated to the body and blood of Christ, but those at Mass are transported in a mystical way to a heavenly banquet.  Though the reception... Continue Reading →

Amos And A Heart Of Faith

The book of the prophet Amos was written in approximately the 8th century B.C. and is the oldest of what has come to be known as the minor prophets. There is not much that is known about the prophet from a personal standpoint, but we do know that he was a sheepherder from the town of... Continue Reading →

Praying And Forgiving: An Everyday Reminder

“When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 “Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven,    hallowed be your name.10     Your kingdom... Continue Reading →

Doing Works Of Mercy Will Change You

I recently had the opportunity to interview author Lara Patangan. She is the author of the book titled "Simple Mercies: How The Works Of Mercy Bring Peace And Fulfillment". She endeavored to do all 14 of the works of mercy and describes how they change your life and strengthen your faith. We Are Called To... Continue Reading →

Make The Choice To Serve God

Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods and you do not worship the golden statue that I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble to fall... Continue Reading →

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