Good Friday & the Hidden Meanings of "Golgotha": Whose Skull Was It?

There is a lot going on during Christ's Crucifixion just beneath the surface. You know that Christ is crucified on Golgotha, the Place of the Skull. But who's skull is it? Also, why was Christ crucified at this particular spot?  St. Paul gives us a hint in Romans 5:12-14: Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned ... death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come . All sin came into the world through one man, Adam. Wouldn't it be perfect if all sin was conquered by one man? It was .  Wouldn't it be even more perfect if ... Wouldn't it be perfect if there was, not only this poetic symmetry, but a physical connection, as well? Wouldn't it be perfect if Adam somehow was there when Jesus, the New Adam, redeemed the world that was lost by Adam's sin?    What i Read More March 30, 2018

New Baby!

Hey, everybody! Sorry - I just have a short post this week. My wife had an emergency c-section early yesterday morning:  "Joy cometh in the morning" (Ps 30) Please welcome ... Miss Elizabeth Joy Smith   Read More March 16, 2018

Did You Know ... The Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge was NOT an Apple?

Imagine the scene. The serpent is speaking to Eve. He is tempting her with the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Eve is holding in her hand an item of produce. A fruit. The fruit. The fruit which, when eaten, will violate God's Law, break man's covenant with God, and open the floodgates of sin and death into a hitherto pristine Earth.  What does the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge look like?  Did you imagine in the cradle of Eve's hand an ... apple?   Wrong! It wasn't an apple. Did you know that the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was NOT an apple?  If not an apple, then ...  what was it? [Also, stay tuned for my comic strip at the end!] First off, if you don't believe me, re-read Genesis 3 (reproduced below).  I promise you, the word "apple" doesn't appear anywhere in Genesis 3:1-7: Now the serpent was more subtle than any other wild creature that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God s Read More March 12, 2018

Christian, Pro-Life Coffee Alternatives to Starbucks

As Christians, we just can't afford to support Starbucks any longer. They actively oppose all our most cherished values.  Not only that, the Starbucks logo has demonic origins .  An article I recently wrote about the Starbucks logo got a huge amount of attention. I was really surprised by the reaction - I thought most people already knew to avoid Starbucks. I remember one person commented on Facebook: "I know plenty of seminarians that drink Starbucks!" One lady emailed me a really important question after reading the article ... What now?? Starbucks presents a problem for all of us coffee-lovers. If drinking Starbucks means that we are supporting something evil, where else can we go for delicious, over-priced coffee? What now?!  Thankfully, there are some good options out there. And maybe not so over-priced, too!  Wondering about Fair Trade options ? Pro-Life coffee options ? Or what about your local coffee shops ? I address each of these below and also pr Read More March 02, 2018