Review of Zealot – Third Installment

Zealot

This is the third installment of my review of Zealot, by Reza Aslan.  You can find the first and second installments here: http://lutheranchronicles.com/review-of-zealot-first-installment/ http://lutheranchronicles.com/review-of-zealot-second-installment/   The second installment covered Part I of the book, and this installment begins with Aslan’s prologue to Part II. In his prologue to Part II, Aslan tries to paint Jesus as a “zealot,” using the word …

Review of Zealot – Second Installment

Zealot

This is the second installment of my review of Zealot, by Reza Aslan.  You can find the first installment here:  http://lutheranchronicles.com/review-of-zealot-first-installment/ I previously covered the general premise of the book as well as the Author’s Note and Introduction, so I’ll now begin again at the prologue to “Part I” of the book. Aslan’s prologue is focused on the role of …

Vegetable Garden

Tomatoes

We planted a vegetable garden in our back yard earlier this year.  This is the second year we’ve done this.  It isn’t a large garden, but we do have cucumbers, zucchinis, peas, beans, tomatoes, and pumpkins.  So far this season, the cucumbers and zucchinis have been yielding the most, although the other vegetables are starting to come in. We planted …

Thoughts on Creation

Forest and Mountains

Have you ever thought about the fact that the Bible begins and ends with creation?  It’s most obvious in Genesis 1, when God speaks forth His Word and creates everything, with His Spirit hovering over the surface of the waters, ordering the new creation according to the Father’s will.  Then, in Revelation 21 we see, through the vision given to …

History of the Divine Service

Paul's epistle

The Divine Service that the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod uses in worship has links all the way back to the early days of New Testament Christianity.  The Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox rites have similar connections.  Ultimately, liturgical churches worship in a manner that derives from the practices of the early New Testament Church. After Pentecost, the apostles and other …

Travels in China

Beijing

A couple years ago (Nov. 2011) I had the opportunity to go to China for about a week for work.  My itinerary was to spend a couple days in Shanghai, followed by a few days in Beijing, and then return home.  I flew out there by myself, but then met up with a couple other guys from work (two Brits …