Jun 15 2015

Quotable: Charles Spurgeon

“There is dust enough on some of your Bibles to write ‘damnation’ with your fingers.” —Charles Spurgeon

via Tim Challies

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Dec 29 2014

Quotable: Gavin Ortlund

“Promise is empty without fulfillment; but fulfillment is meaningless without promise.”

From his excellent article on the Bible here via Challies.com

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Jul 28 2012

Logos: Ruckman Edition

Logos has long been known for making some of the best Bible study software on the market. They make a number of different packages, designed to match price and needed resources. However, most of their package require the belief a knowledge of Hebrew and Greek–and that exhaustive resources by individuals skilled in those languages– might be at least a teensy bit beneficial. Most packages offer several translations of the Bible, so that you can get a larger picture of how individual words or word groups might be translated into middle and modern English.

But if you are one of those individuals who believe that the King James Version of the Bible represents advanced revelation from God and the only preservation of His word, and you like expressing that “truth with an attitude”–they finally have a package for you:

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Oct 6 2010

William Tyndale

On this (traditional) date in 1536 William Tyndale was strangled and burned at the stake for the crime of heresy, heresy which included translating the Bible into English from the Hebrew and Greek source texts.

“I defy the Pope, and all his laws; and if God spares my life, ere many years, I will cause the boy that driveth the plow to know more of the Scriptures than thou dost!”

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Jul 22 2010

Sad but true

From the Wikipedia article on bonded leather:

“Bonded leather is not as durable as other leathers, and is recommended for use only if the product will be used infrequently. An example for the use of this type of bonded leather is in Bible covers.”

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Jan 25 2010


A while back my friend The Bob texted me to let me know he had found the Hebrew version of my alias, MadMan, in the Bible:

Joshua 15:31 “And Ziklag, and Madmannah, and Sansannah,”

I thought that was exceedingly cool, and over the weekend I decided to look up the meaning.

It means ‘dunghill.’

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Dec 3 2009


In 1 Chronicles 5:2 (KJV) I have  found what might be the earliest emoticon; I think the placement is kind of humorous (I have included a bit of 5:1 for context):

…and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright. For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph’s:)

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Jun 7 2009

What’s in a name?

Most people are familiar with the Biblical story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego

It’s funny that some people in the Bible are referred to by their Hebrew names, and others by their Greek or Babylonian names. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego are the false-god-honoring Babylonian names given to three Jewish captives: Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, respectively.

Meanwhile, Daniel (in whose book these men appear) is known primarily by his Hebrew name, Daniel, instead of his Babylonian name Belteshazzar.

Daniel means ‘God is my judge.’ While my given name is Daniel, I have gone by Dan for most of my adult life. It’s much more concise.

However, in changing my name, I have changed its meaning as well: by removing El (God), I am left only with Dan, which means ‘judge.’

I’m sure that after I am famous someone will read something into this, but the truth, as usual, is more boring: it just sounds cooler.

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May 7 2009

Share everything

Several years ago a friend of mine was eating some chips. His five year old son (who was supposed to be getting in bed), came up behind him.

“Can I have some of your chips?”


His son paused for a few seconds and then said:

“The Bible says you have to share everything.”

My friend was undeterred.

“No it doesn’t. Now get out of here and get to bed.”

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May 1 2009

The Bible and Missouri summers

My friend Bruce used to teach the Primary class at church. One muggy July evening he had taken his class outside, and they were walking around the church.

About half way around, one of the boys had grown tired of the heat and offered this:

“The Bible says, ‘If a man sweats, let him go inside.'”

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