Missives

A collection of apologetic and encouraging notes for Christians in need of some power-boosts from time to time.

This fall will mark the 40th anniversary of my arrival at the University of Texas (UT), Austin, as a freshman on campus.
In 931 BC, Solomon's United Kingdom was split into two parts, with Jeroboam taking rule over 10 tribes to the north with its pristine land and proximity to vital trade routes, while Rehoboam had the two southern tribes of Judah and Benjamin, where worship rightfully occurred at Jerusalem.
An abecedary is an inscription of the alphabet. This poem describes the ABC's of Christian doctrine.
The apostle Paul, at the end of Colossians, requests that when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. Apparently, he had a common concern for the two cities only a few miles apart on the same bank of the Lycus river.
What does Oxford university, a pandemic, and a professor being cancelled by speaking truth all have in common?  Turn the clock back to the 14th century where the answer is found in John Wycliffe.
Returning to the book of Genesis and its reliability, some have questioned the patriarchs' long lifespans. Curiously, ancient Sumerian documents noted that King (En)-me-bara-gisi reigned 900 years.
Patrick Henry (1736-1799) is remembered for one thundering idea: "Give me liberty or give me death!"  Even in post-modern America where devotion to our homeland and loyalty to the ideals of the founding fathers may be unfashionable, Henry's words still ring loudly for patriots.
The Greek city of Corinth, capital of the Roman province of Achaia, was the Apostle Paul's fifth stop during his third missionary journey into Asia minor and Europe (Acts 16-17).
God told the Hebrews under Moses' covenant that for three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.  These festivals came with an interesting set of blessings and challenges.
In our Sunday school, we are studying the names of God as given to us in Hebrew and Greek.  I came across this eye-popping list of over 100 names for Christ in the KJV Thompson Chain Reference Bible (entry #3622).