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    Joe Schmoe Reads Genesis: Part 1

    Joe Schmoe Reads Genesis: Part 1

    Lisa Nicholas, Ph. D.Mar 24, 202211 min read

    LAST TIME, WE LEFT JOE SCHMOE making breakfast after a blizzard that stranded him in a rustic cabin without a cell phone, and nothing to pass the time but twiddle his thumbs or do push-ups to keep warm. Fortunately, he…

    Digging for Treasure in the Bible

    I’ve been looking forward to returning, finally, to my blog series on “The Great Flood…

    Jan 27, 2022Feb 19, 2022

    A New Way to Think about Reading

    AS THE POWERFUL OF THIS WORLD go about trying to achieve their Great Reset—to erase…

    Dec 31, 2021Jan 20, 2022

    The Story God Is Telling at the Present Time

      AFTER A YEAR OR TWO of particularly alarming and distressing events in the world…

    Feb 6, 2021Dec 28, 2021

    Books Can (Help) Save Our Dying Culture

    I’VE BEEN WANTING to get back to writing on this blog for some time now,…

    Jul 13, 2020Dec 27, 2021

    Peacocks, Vanity, and the Prick of Conscience

    “VAIN AS A PEACOCK,” we used to say, back when vanity was a vice rare…

    Nov 3, 2019Dec 15, 2021

    The Secret to Reading Flannery O’Connor

    Veiled Mystery ABOUT FORTY YEARS AGO, I read the work of Flannery O’Connor for the…

    Oct 17, 2019Dec 16, 2021

    “People without hope not only don’t write novels, but what is more to the point, they don’t read them.”

    FLANNERY O’CONNOR

    Special Series: The Great Flood in Ancient Literature

    Examining the significance of Great Flood accounts in three different works of ancient literature.
    Joe Schmoe Reads Genesis: Part 1

    Joe Schmoe Reads Genesis: Part 1

    LAST TIME, WE LEFT JOE SCHMOE making breakfast after a blizzard that stranded him in a rustic cabin without a cell phone, and nothing to pass the time but twiddle…

    Mar 24, 2022
    Joe Schmoe, Meet the Bible

    Joe Schmoe, Meet the Bible

    IN A RECENT POST, I pointed out that the Bible is unlike other books in that, while each individual portion has a human author, the book as a whole is…

    Feb 17, 2022
    Digging for Treasure in the Bible

    Digging for Treasure in the Bible

    I’ve been looking forward to returning, finally, to my blog series on “The Great Flood in Literature.” Although I said when I started that I wanted to demonstrate how the…

    Jan 27, 2022