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The Jevlir Caravansary



  • Destruction and Beauty
    Galaxies collide, Produce untold destruction, And wondrous beauty. The featured image is a Hubble Telescope image of Arp 148, the aftermath of two galaxies colliding.
  • Thanks for the Beer
    Sam (short for Samson, not Samuel), picked up the stein of beer he had just paid for, gave it an initial taste to savor the taste, and then followed with a gulp. He enjoyed his beer in the evening after a hard day of work. He took a quick look around the bar, searching for faces […]
  • The Parable of the Perfect Castle
    On the borders of the empire there was a minor noble. Not that he thought of himself that way. In fact, he was lord of all he surveyed, little though that was. But what he surveyed, he liked to keep in perfect order. He had a perfect wife, not too fat and not too thin, […]
  • Tlisli Gets a Job
    [continued from Tlisli – A Lesson in Geography and Politics] After a few moments of silence, Tlisli worked up the courage to ask another question. “Why would taking the for do the Grand Empire little good?” “Good question! For the same reason that it would be hard for them to actually take it. Clearing the […]
  • A Splash!
    False calm hides danger. A rock breaks surface smoothness. Ripples spread outward. (Featured image credit: Openclipart.org. No aspersions are intended on the pond pictured!)
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Threads from Henry’s Web



  • Eschatology and Apocalyptic in Understanding Paul
    I’m embedding this interview with Dr. Herold Weiss, author of Meditations on the Letters of Paul, as it provides some background for understanding some of the discussion of the terminology that I’m doing right now in working through Paul. I find it very helpful in clarifying the issues.
  • Link: Brewing Beer on the Moon
    Students at UC San Diego are trying to solve a really serious problem. (Because of the way this theme works, you need to go to the actual post to get the link. At some point I’ll try to figure out how to change that.)
  • Perspectives on Paul: Some Comparisons between Galatians and Romans
    This will continue the discussion, dealing more with definitions. In the area of soteriology (the study of salvation) we frequently make the same statements in terms of words and structure, yet mean something quite different by it. “Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins” means quite different things, depending on who is saying it.
  • Link: James and Programmatic Skepticism
    With a tip of my hat to James McGrath, I would like to call attention to this post by Jonathan Bernier. I think it brings up some rather important points. This is not an answer to your questions, but rather a bit of guidance in how one answers questions accurately. To quote: The critical historian is one who formulates a question, attends to the data relevant to answering that question, weighs possible answers, and then affirms that answer which handles the… Read More Read More
  • When I Dream of Christian Unity
    Everybody, well almost, says they want Christian unity. It’s one of those Sunday School answers. It’s like saying, “Everybody who loves Jesus raise your hand” in a Sunday School class. But when you raise your hand for Christian unity, what do you mean? What is your vision? I’ve been thinking of this as I hear various people talk, and asking myself what I would hope for. We can easily be just as disunited about unity as we are about anything… Read More Read More
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Participatory Bible Study Blog



  • Eschatology and Apocalyptic in Understanding Paul
    I’m embedding this interview with Dr. Herold Weiss, author of Meditations on the Letters of Paul, as it provides some background for understanding some of the discussion of the terminology that I’m doing right now in working through Paul. I find it very helpful in clarifying the issues.
  • Link: Brewing Beer on the Moon
    Students at UC San Diego are trying to solve a really serious problem. (Because of the way this theme works, you need to go to the actual post to get the link. At some point I’ll try to figure out how to change that.)
  • Perspectives on Paul: Some Comparisons between Galatians and Romans
    This will continue the discussion, dealing more with definitions. In the area of soteriology (the study of salvation) we frequently make the same statements in terms of words and structure, yet mean something quite different by it. “Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins” means quite different things, depending on who is saying it.
  • Link: James and Programmatic Skepticism
    With a tip of my hat to James McGrath, I would like to call attention to this post by Jonathan Bernier. I think it brings up some rather important points. This is not an answer to your questions, but rather a bit of guidance in how one answers questions accurately. To quote: The critical historian is one who formulates a question, attends to the data relevant to answering that question, weighs possible answers, and then affirms that answer which handles the… Read More Read More
  • When I Dream of Christian Unity
    Everybody, well almost, says they want Christian unity. It’s one of those Sunday School answers. It’s like saying, “Everybody who loves Jesus raise your hand” in a Sunday School class. But when you raise your hand for Christian unity, what do you mean? What is your vision? I’ve been thinking of this as I hear various people talk, and asking myself what I would hope for. We can easily be just as disunited about unity as we are about anything… Read More Read More
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Jody’s Devotionals



  • The Life Journey/Mission Continues
    I have spent the last eight weeks praying and thinking about what is next in God’s plan for me. One of the specifics points was the question on whether to continue writing “daily devotions” as I have done for the last … Continue reading →Related Posts:Honor Your Father and Your MotherWhat is a blessing?Proverbs 16Grace: Comes Full CircleWill You Consider Some Free Advice?Powered by Contextual Related Posts
  • Taking Up My Cross: Commission
    Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.17 When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted! 18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given … Continue reading →Related Posts:A Time of RepentanceI Have SeenTaking Up My Cross: PersecutionWhat Are We Doing?The PersecutedPowered by Contextual Related Posts
  • Taking Up My Cross: Persecution
    “Disciples are not better than their teacher, and slaves are not better than their master.25 It is enough for disciples to be like their teacher and for slaves to be like their master. If people call the head of the … Continue reading →Related Posts:The PersecutedWorthy is the LambTaking Up My Cross: CommissionTell What I KnowWhat is Important?Powered by Contextual Related Posts
  • Taking Up My Cross: Peace or Sword
    “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”        Matthew 10:34 (NIV) There have been many people I know who find this verse … Continue reading →Related Posts:The Weeds in My LifeRock or Sand?John 3:16: The BeginningA Good Word, but is it God’s WordWhat is Important?Powered by Contextual Related Posts
  • Taking Up My Cross: I Am Loved
    [And then Jesus said,] “See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog … Continue reading →Related Posts:Taking Up My Cross: CommissionWhat is Important?His Love Never EndsJesus Doesn’t Give Up!Time With JesusPowered by Contextual Related Posts
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Neufeld Computer Services



  • Dreamweaver FTP Error
    Today I was setting up a site to edit using PHP and MySQL with Dreamweaver 2017. I like to use a test site that’s on my VPS, not my local machine. There’s a little bit of overhead time, but a number of things work better. Basically the public site is xxxxx.com, while I use something […]
  • A Quick and Obvious Note on WordPress Site Errors: Check error_log
    A few minutes ago I encountered an error on one of my sites. The front end was working fine, but I got a 500 error “The site isn’t working properly. These errors remind me of when I was about 12 and was asked to spend some time playing with a six-year-old, showing him my electric […]
  • You Need to Deal with Computer Security
    There was a time when cars were few and far between and when car theft was essentially unknown. You could leave your car sitting out in your yard or on the street and generally expect to find it there in the morning. Then the automobile came into its own. Many people owned them, and many […]
  • Link: Gmail Phishing Technique
    Whether or not you use gmail, you should read this. The article is from Wordfence, which primarily does WordPress security, but they have previously published excellent work on other attacks, and every word of their advice is good. In particular, the advice to carefully read your address bar to make sure you are where you […]
  • Capital not Technology
    People often think of technology spreading as it’s invented, so we talk about the progress of technology. It’s not entirely wrong to think of it that way, but the technology that you see depends on capital. Sometimes a large company will have older computers than a smaller one. The reason is capital. How much does […]
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