Missives

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

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). 
After Solomon built the temple, he held a dedicatory prayer meeting which we read about in 1 Kings 8.  Prior to its destruction, visitors noted its stunning beauty and sought to replicate it back home.
Our Lord's visit for a home-cooked meal left a lasting impact on even the smallest of towns. Bethany still suffers from religious tensions of her nearest neighbor, the Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. The spades of the archaeologists disclose an odd course of growth over the years.
Archaeologists looking for ancient biblical cities rely on the discovery of walls, gates and pottery.  The identification of Sodom and Gomorrah is more elusive, since God overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. Peter says He turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes.
Patriarchal acts of faith in the promises of God at times left interesting records. Such is the case in the life of Joseph, who made the children of Israel swear, saying God will surely visit you and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.