Interesting Updates Week of April 29, 2013

Sotheby’s Auction of Most Valuable Book Most agree that the first book printed in North America was the Bay Psalm Book. Printed in 1636, they translated the Psalms into English. They were hoping for a translation that reflected the original Hebrew text more closely than the King James Version. They also wanted the Psalms to […]

The Gospel in Two Cities – Same Name, Different Reactions

Antioch, Two Cities – Two Reactions to the Gospel During Paul’s missionary journeys, the people in two cities with the same name, Antioch, had very different reactions to the Gospel. Antioch of Pisidia, the smaller city, was located northeast of Ephesus in what is now modern day Turkey. In the first century, it was part […]

New Coin Resource

I wanted to take just a minute to post one of the most exciting new tools I’ve seen in a long time. The American Numismatic Society (which you should join if you are interested in coins) released a new search tool that allows you to search their extensive collection. What is really great about it […]

Lead Codices – Trial and Error (Mostly just error…)

We are witnessing an historic event. Everyone should stand and take notice, and learn from it. Much like the emails we get with all sorts of false information in them that can be easily checked by Snopes, Biblical archeology is fraught with fantastic, unique, and utterly false “discoveries.” I invariably receive emails and am asked […]

Currency in the Bible

Currency in the Bible As one looks across the landscape of the Bible, truth shines through in the details of everyday life. Nowhere is this truer than when one looks at the financial transactions throughout the Bible. The way that people purchased products and saved for the future tells a story about the kind of […]

God Is In the Details

The famous architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was fond of the saying “God is in the details.” His point was that the more diligent we are when we make something, the closer it resembles an object of divine character. The closer it is to something God would have made. The phrase has been turned […]

Coin Lessons at PTP

Polishing the Pulpit is an annual event for members of the Lord’s church. 2010 saw the largest increase in the sixteen year history, with more than 2000 people in attendance. To read more about PTP see this article by Mark Teske or visit I was blessed to be one of the presenters in 2010. […]

Never Know What You Might Find

It seems that you never know what you might turn up on the beach. An article came out yesterday that relates a story about a man who found a shekel of Tyre on a wharf in Salem, MA. How it got there, no one seems to know. They placed the value of the coin at […]

Walk Around the Ancient World

I have always been fascinated with maps; the older the better. As a child, I remember looking at pictures of maps from the age of discovery and seeing the mythical creatures that were scattered throughout the unknown regions at the edges. I thought about the adventure and daring of the men who went out into […]