Archaeology offers us a window into the physical world of the Bible, a world which is far removed both in time and space from our own, radically enlivening scripture.


St. Jerome called the lands of the bible the "Fifth Gospel." Indeed, knowing the physical geography of Israel, Palestine, Mesopotamia and Egypt can fundamentally enhance our understanding of scripture.


God's redemptive history did not occur in a vacuum. Rather, his self-revelation both contested and communicated with the various cultures of the ancient Near-East. Knowing this context helps us understand our text.

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Reflecting on my time in Seminary

This May I graduated from Bethel Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree. The day before commencement the graduating seminary students, the staff, and faculty gather for a communion service. I was asked by the commencement committee to offer the student response to the scriptural texts for the weekend. While the seminary asked that I reflect […]

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