Tower of Babel and Confusion of Tongues

Tower of Babel and Unbabel

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The Tower of Babel is an epic story of the global separation of people and it is contained in only nine verses of the biblical text. I have been chewing on it for several months since I last taught on it at my youth ministry, specifically on the implications of technological development across languages. I will be leaning on the work of Rabbi Fohrman, who discusses the technological aspects of the story, and on my friend Marty Solomon, who also borrows from Fohrman to elaborate more on the movement and organization of sin from Genesis 3 to …

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Schrödinger’s Cat and the Immortality of Men

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Is man immortal? More specifically, is the soul immortal? We all know that we die, but what of our souls? Do they go on? Most would answer, “yes.” For most, the soul is an immaterial thing that dwells within a physical machine called a body. This, though a rough generalization, is the view of many religious and non-religious groups, Christians included. Throughout my first years as a Christian, there was a supposition of the immortality of mankind, usually specifically attributed to the soul. I, like many of you, had never been taught differently. However, …

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Rethinking the Samaritan Woman

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Note: This is a longer article than normal. While writing I found myself chasing what I assumed were tangents only to find that they were actually an intricate thread that wove back into the classical story of the Samaritan woman at the well. I have considered splitting this into two parts for ease of reading but I did not want to lose any stream of thought from the first half into the second. Also, there are many “common” points and details I gloss over for the sake of minimizing the length. I might turn this into …

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1950’s Economic Theory

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This is from an article written in 1955 by Victor Lebow, Economic Theorist and Marketing Consultant describing the consumer and our economy. I will allow this segment to speak for itself. “Our enormously productive economy demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfactions, our ego satisfactions, in consumption. The measure of social status, of social acceptance, of prestige, is now to be found in our consumptive patterns. The very meaning and significance …

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Be Desperate

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“Tender, heartfelt worship is hard for a person who thinks of himself as having arrived. No one celebrates the presence and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ more than the person who has embraced his desperate and daily need of it.” – Paul Tripp (Dangerous Calling, pg. 23)

True Glory Lifts Up

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This tangenetic thread of thought was inspired by a quote I heard from Ravi Zacharias in one of his podcast episodes. I do not recall which one but you can find his podcasts linked on his website, http://rzim.org/media/listen. The quote is by F.W. Boreham in his essay titled “The Poppies And The Corn,” discussing their mutual glory; There is a very lovable thing about poppies in the corn that I can never sufficiently admire. The poppies never belittle the corn, they glorify it. You’d think not the less but the more …

7 Reasons Christmas Might Be More Important

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Visit a Christian church any time of the year and the Cross will most likely be mentioned, as it should. The sacrificial death of Christ is obviously a climatic point within the arch of Scripture. However, churches often stop at the Cross and neglect to discuss much about the resurrection. I mean, yeah, we do but the weight of our message and time spent is unequivocally centered on the death of Jesus and not His resurrection. Then, once a year, we really emphasize His resurrection just as, once a year, …

The Rise of Victimhood

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Counseling is something I just happen to do. As a student pastor, there are many hats to wear and counselor is definitely one of them. For some reason, counseling comes naturally to me. Other than one college course (maybe two…don’t really recall), I haven’t had any official training or education in counseling. My hunch is that my natural knack for it comes from my personal wiring and that I’ve learned the art of bluffing. I am a good liar. My default defense mechanism is to bluff. I am both proud and ashamed …

Tower of Babel

East of God – West of Man

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If you pay close attention as you read through the first chunk of Genesis, you will notice a directional movement of people. When Adam and Eve are exiled from Eden, they go east (Genesis 3:24). Then Cain wanders east (Genesis 4:16). Later, God brings Noah back west when He reboots humanity. Then in Genesis 11:2 we read, “It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.” The “they” here is referencing mankind and Shinar would later be known as Babylon. …