Beneath the Terebinth Tree

The terebinth tree is a powerful symbol within the Scriptures. In many instances, a tree in the Bible is more than a place-marker, a plant or a mere decoration in the setting of a story. The terebinth tree is thoughtfully and deliberately written into the texts to symbolize God’s presence.

Human Sacrifice in the Bible and Today

Throughout various times and across numerous cultures, people have shared the idea that one or a few within their numbers must be sacrificed for the appeasement of God or the “gods,” and for the betterment of society. Most modern-day cultures look down in disgust on this practice, while silently committing it everyday. Religion is no longer the principle…

A Time to Plant

Here in Virginia, the frost has thawed and Spring has finally arrived. Amateur gardeners of all abilities, and with varying degrees of commitment, are emerging from their burrows to assess the state of their lots after several months of neglect and cold weather. Now is the time to plant, and when the time is right…

St. Patrick’s Greatest Miracle

The life of Saint Patrick reads like an epic adventure tale that would capture the attention of our action-seeking culture as well as any Hollywood movie. Born around 390 AD in Kilpatrick, Scotland, Patrick was kidnapped by Irish marauders when he was 16 years old. He became a slave in Ireland where he tended to…

The Holy Things

In the act of worshipping the Divine, mundane objects are often elevated to the realm of the Holy; but, what happens when the Holy Things lose their luster? Material reality demands that all things eventually wither away, and thus their holiness dissipates, or is forgotten. They become ordinary matter once more, to be discarded into…

The Beginning of Time

Scientists peer to the farthest reaches of the universe to catch a glimpse of when time began; theologians pore over musty tomes, tracing back the generations to Adam; while others look at their alarm clocks in a bleary-eyed daze every morning and reluctantly acknowledge the beginning of time. Time begins anew whenever we seize the…