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(Cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School ) I have long fancied that the Book of Genesis was written in part to discourage the Israelites from the practice of ancestor worship. ...
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Comment Count 55 comments on Sun Nov 30, 2014 at 02:00 PM PST with 73 Recommends
(Cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School ) Ages ago when Atlantis was young and the World still flat, when Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth and Reagan occupied the White House, I drew ...
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Comment Count 59 comments on Sun Jan 25, 2015 at 02:00 PM PST with 72 Recommends
(cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School ) In his comic book SANDMAN, writer Neil Gaiman sometimes used a couple of characters who had earlier appeared in a couple of the horror ...
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Comment Count 92 comments on Sun Sep 07, 2014 at 02:00 PM PDT with 65 Recommends
(Cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School ) The Book of Genesis can be regarded as one long genealogy with narrative interruptions. True, the stories take up the bulk of the book,
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Comment Count 98 comments on Sun Mar 22, 2015 at 02:53 PM PDT with 61 Recommends
(cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School ) In the middle of his novel, Claudius the God , the sequel to I, Claudius , writer Robert Graves interrupts his narrative about the ...
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Comment Count 28 comments on Sun Apr 26, 2015 at 02:35 PM PDT with 58 Recommends
(Cross-Posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School ) The story of Jonah is one of those Bible stories that everyone has heard of. He’s the guy who was swallowed by the whale. But ...
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Comment Count 88 comments on Sun Jan 11, 2015 at 02:00 PM PST with 49 Recommends
(Cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School ) There have been times where I needed to make a decision about something, and so I would sort of leave things to fate. If such-and-...
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Comment Count 67 comments on Sun Oct 05, 2014 at 02:00 PM PDT with 46 Recommends
(cross-posted from "The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School" ) The epistles of Paul do not really lend themselves to narrative. Paul doesn’t tend to do stories. Oh, he might include a ...
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Comment Count 15 comments on Sun Jan 04, 2015 at 02:12 PM PST with 42 Recommends
(cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday Schoo l) “You’re a Pastor’s Kid,” a friend once said to me; “Maybe you can answer this one. Where did Cain get his wife? I’ve ...
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Comment Count 86 comments on Sun Sep 14, 2014 at 02:00 PM PDT with 37 Recommends
(Cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School ) If, like me, you are a child of the ‘70s, you might recall an athletic form of exhibitionism from that era called Streaking. It was ...
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Comment Count 34 comments on Sun Apr 05, 2015 at 02:00 PM PDT with 36 Recommends
(Cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School ) Judges chapter 12 records an odd little sequel to the tragic tale of Jephthah and his daughter. It has little to do with that tragedy ...
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Comment Count 29 comments on Sun Oct 12, 2014 at 02:00 PM PDT with 35 Recommends
You’ve probably heard the question – or perhaps you’ve asked it yourself – why Christians get hung up over certain passages in the Book of Leviticus, but ignore others. The Levitical ...
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Comment Count 42 comments on Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 02:00 PM PDT with 35 Recommends
(Cross-posted from "The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School" ) For much of the period leading up to, and well into the First Century AD, the politics and the fortunes of Judea were dominated by a ...
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Comment Count 29 comments on Sun Jan 18, 2015 at 02:00 PM PST with 29 Recommends
(Cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School ) Of all of the numerous members of the dysfunctional House of Herod, the one who gets the most mention in the New Testament is Herod ...
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Comment Count 10 comments on Sun Feb 01, 2015 at 02:00 PM PST with 28 Recommends
(Cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School ) The prophet Daniel has a lot in common with Joseph from the book of Genesis. Both were exiles who found success working as civil ...
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Comment Count 23 comments on Sun Nov 16, 2014 at 02:00 PM PST with 28 Recommends
(Cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School ) According to Jewish Tradition, Moses received two Laws on Mount Sinai: the Written Law, which was inscribed on tablets of stone, but ...
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Comment Count 12 comments on Sun Dec 21, 2014 at 02:00 PM PST with 25 Recommends
(Cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School ) When I was very young, I remember once hearing a bit of a conversation my Dad, who was a Lutheran pastor, had with someone regarding ...
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Comment Count 15 comments on Sun Dec 14, 2014 at 02:00 PM PST with 21 Recommends
(Cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School ) Daniel is one of the more famous prophets of the Old Testament, but sometimes his buddies get overlooked. He had three companions, ...
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Comment Count 21 comments on Sun Feb 15, 2015 at 02:02 PM PST with 20 Recommends
(cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School ) The Book of Daniel is a patchwork of material, and I can well believe the scholars who hold that it is a compilation of stories rather ...
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Comment Count 15 comments on Sun Feb 22, 2015 at 02:00 PM PST with 17 Recommends
(cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School ) My parents never subscribed to Highlights for Children -- I preferred Children’s Digest because it ran Tintin adventures – but ...
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Comment Count 15 comments on Sun Oct 19, 2014 at 02:00 PM PDT with 17 Recommends