October 29, 2019

Rabbinical Influence on New Testament interpretation

I recently was reminded of the immense influence that Jewish culture, thought, and literature has on interpretation of the New Testament. That reminded me of a table I created for a book review on Jesus the Jewish Theologian (4th printing Edition), by Brad H. Young (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishing Paperback, 1995) 308 Pages: ISBN 1-56563-060-2.  The book review looked at some of the strengths and weaknesses of the book, and one weakness that was apparent in the version I had was that there was no a chronological index of Rabbinical influences, which could be helpful in distinguishing anachronistic applications/interpretations.

Anyway, if you have the book, here is the table I created indexing the Rabbinical resources mentioned in the book. The list of Rabbis and associated interpretations/methodologies cut a wide chronological swath, from 400 B.C. to A.D. 1950.

September 25, 2019

World of Warcraft Classic

Long ago and far away, in Azeroth, I had a great time in the second generation MMORPG, World of Warcraft. With the recent release of World of Warcraft Classic, I've spent some time among the many projects and responsibilities of late Summer and the current Fall season to enjoy some classic computer gaming in WoW.

August 11, 2019

Music: Led Zeppelin - In the Evening

In the Evening.  This thunderous Led Zeppelin song hid from my Zeppelin loving ears for quite some time until being rediscovered a few years back.

August 9, 2019

Music - John Barry - The Black Hole Overture

The Disney film The Black Hole was Disney's response to the blockbuster Star Wars. I had the read along book and cassette. The robot Maximilian was as ominous and powerful as Star War's Darth Vader. Anyway, the score by John Barry is one of the redeeming qualities of this Disney movie, and I've appreciated it for a long time.

August 7, 2019

Music: Glass Harp - Do Lord

In early stages of Phil Keaggy's career as a guitarist, he was part of the Ohio trio Glass Harp. Keaggy was an excellent guitarist then, and produced some good Rock music for the era. The rendition of Do Lord from Carnegie Hall was a legendary bootleg, and finally came out on compact disc in the Nineties.

Music: Phil Keaggy - Crimson and Blue

In the early Nineties, I was looking for some quality music, and Phil Keaggy sucked me in. A particular song that grabbed me was Don't Pass Me By, off the Crimson and Blue album.

Also off that same album, is a guitar tour de force, in the song, John The Revelator. Hearkening back to Keaggy's days in Grass Harp where he re-did the song Do Lord, adding some Clapton-esque Cream.

Music: Second Chapter of Acts and Phil Keaggy - Take Me Closer

Phil Keaggy is one of my favorite guitarists. After his time with Glass Harp, he struck out on his own. He was often collaborating with other groups and musicians, and one of my favorite collaborations is his work in the late Seventies with the group Second Chapter of Acts. This song highlights some of his brilliant guitar work from that era, and I love the drum break in the middle.

Music: - Eric Clapton - Rainbow Concert

Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert landed in the middle of Clapton's drug fueled depression years. Several of his friends were concerned about him, and coaxed him out of seclusion for the the Rainbow Concert.

Below are some selections of the album that captured the live show. I fount this album when I was living in Israel, and have loved it since. In my opinion, it is probably the highlight of Clapton's guitar sound.

Music: Rolling Stones - Mixed Emotions

The Rolling Stones popped up on my playlist this morning on the way to work. This song is great, with a catchy melody and nice groove.

July 30, 2019

Biblical Theology of Resurrection

In approaching what the Bible says about the resurrection of believers, there are many passages that help build a biblical theology of 'believer' resurrection. In the writing my master of theology thesis, I scoured much academic literature to help build out such a biblical theology...

July 28, 2019

Cherry Cobbler Dutch Oven recipe

Cherry Cobbler Dutch Oven Recipe

  • 1  box yellow cake mix 
  • 2 cherry pie filling cans
  • 1 stick butter 
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)

Cover the inside of the Dutch oven liberally with aluminum foil. 

  1. Empty the cherry pie filling into the Dutch oven. 
  2. Pour in yellow cake mix (already mixed with water) and spread evenly. 
  3. Cut butter into slices and arrange on top. 
  4. Sprinkle optional cinnamon and nutmeg on top

Place around twenty charcoals on top of the Dutch oven and between five to ten charcoals beneath. Let the cobbler bake for thirty to forty minutes, until the top of the ccobbler turns a nice golden brown; checking it about every five minutes after twenty five minutes.

May 11, 2019

Pico Salsa recipe

  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1/2 - 2/3 of a bunch of cilantro
  • 2-3 Serrano or jalapeno or habenero peppers
  • 1 lime


Dice all ingredients except limes. Then mix together ingredients and add the juice from the squeezed lime on top and continue mixing.
serve with chips.

April 30, 2019

Graduation 2019

Melissa and I graduated on the same day!  Melissa graduated from Grand Canyon University with her Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education, and I graduated from Western Seminary with a Masters of Theology (ThM). We decided to attend my graduation, as it was closer (shorter roadtrip) and we got to meet our new niece in Washougal. It's been a busy couple of years, and I'm hoping to have more free time and enjoy some of the things that the intense study has precluded.

April 9, 2019

A.M. Leonard Soil Knife

I've been gardening off and on as a home-owner and vineyard planter. I've had several hand trowels, and they always seem to wear out quickly. After the last one broke, which looked quite beefy but was apparently crafted out of Chinese pot metal, I reeled in the sails and decided to take another tack. This time, I purchased a classic, the A.M Leonard Soil Knife. From the heft of the steel, you can tell that this thing is solidly built. The orange handle makes it hard to miss in the dirt as well. I'm hoping for it to last for years to come.

April 7, 2019

Computer Headphones

Having used headphones for computer gaming a fair bit, I thought I might share about my current headset, as it will be a long time before I need or want to get another one. Currently, I have a David Clark Model H-PC Headset. David Clark is famous for their aviation headphones providing all manner of headphones for airplanes and helicopters. And those can be some noisy environments. My previous headphones seemed to not last long (xBox one headeset), or not work very well (Turtle Beach Wireless). I have an small external USB audio card that I plug the headphones into that eliminates any kind of feedback loop, as it is powered over USB, and the external nature means it is outside of the computer case where cables are likely to endure induction whine. These are phenomenal. I love them.
David Clark HeadsetProduct Code:40642G-01
The Model H-PC headset for computers, tablets phones and other smart devices provides excellent audio performance and outstanding comfort. Features dual, 3.5mm plugs and volume controls on each dome for individual volume adjustment in each ear. Wired for stereo.
  • Terminated with dual 3.5mm plugs (for Earphones and Microphone)
  • Undercut, comfort-gel ear seals for outstanding comfort Super-soft, double-foam head pad
  • Dual volume controls
  • Stereo performance
  • 15-ft. extended coil cord
  • Durable construction
  • Dynamic earphone elements, 20-20,000 Hz
  • M-55 noise-canceling microphone, mounted on universal flex boom
  • SPDT microphone On-Off switch
  • Weight - 16 oz.

April 5, 2019

Strawberry Hanging Planters in Rain Gutters

I've seen images of rain gutters being used for strawberry planters, particularly in more industrialized environments. And I've been wanting to do something along those lines for over a decade.  However, the impetus to actually create some hanging strawberry planters came from the unintentional over-watering of our yard, and the resulting wave of slugs that infested our strawberry crop last year. So this year, to start the strawberries over, I've constructed some hanging planters.

I bought some shelf brackets and 8' of plastic gutter. after a few weeks, I bought some chain, eye bolts, washers, lock-nuts, and some all-thread. I drilled some drainage holes in gutters, and setup the brackets. I then made the chain hangars and cut the all-thread rod to the right width. Leveling out the gutters, I then put a layer of sand, and then covered the remainder with potting soil. I'm planning on doing a 1/4" soaker tube to make sure they get watered.

January 19, 2019

Winter Reading Review

Recently finished the book Mile-High Missionary: A Jungle Pilot's Memoir, by Jim Manley and Design for Hackers: Reverse Engineering Beauty, by David Kadavy. And have started a few others, such as the 14 book fantasy series, The wheel of time, with book one, the Eye of the World, by Robert Jordan.
I've read most of True Community, by Jerry Bridges. I enjoyed The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt, by Aidan Dodson. I was rather disappointed by After Acts: Exploring the Lives and Legends of the Apostles, by Bryan Litfin. I enjoyed both History of the Persian Empire, by A.T. Olmstead, and The Course of French History, by Pierre Goubert, though I wish it covered pre A.D. 900 era.
I have a few books to work through, Created for Worship: From Genesis to Revelation to You, by Noel Due, Oxford World Classics version of the Complete works of Francis Bacon, and Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing by Jonathan Pennington. And am re-reading Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett.