Why Do You Preach From that Old Pulpit?

There’s a criticism I hear quite often about pulpits.

“Pulpits are a thing of the past and are a sign of superiority and inappropriate hierarchy within the church.”

“They separate you from the people!” Continue reading “Why Do You Preach From that Old Pulpit?”

What’s up with the code of Hammurabi?

So what’s the deal with the Code of Hammurabi?

Hammurabi was a king of the First Babylonian Dynasty. He was around between 1810 B.C. and 1750 B.C. He had a code of 282 laws written on a piece of black diorite (a type of igneous rock) that was roughly 8 feet tall. It was discovered by a French archaeologist in the early 1900s and is currently housed at the Louvre, though there are replicas in many other institutions. Continue reading “What’s up with the code of Hammurabi?”

Are Robins a Sign of Angels or Spirits?

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Recently, while scrolling through Facebook I see people increasingly share posts and stories that have to do with birds and feathers being signs of spirits or angels. Here’s an example… Continue reading “Are Robins a Sign of Angels or Spirits?”

Why Did Paul Believe in Jesus’ Immediate Return?

year_when_jesus_returnsWhen we read Paul’s letters we get the idea that Jesus is going to return pretty quickly. What’s up with that? Jesus said he was going to return, but why does Paul think it will be so soon? Continue reading “Why Did Paul Believe in Jesus’ Immediate Return?”