Do you know what the word propitiation means as used in the Bible? If you look up its roots, you find it comes from the Latin word propitius, which simply means “favorable” or “gracious.” The English adjective propitious is derived from it (See Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th edition). I think I may have actually read in an […]
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The word bible is not in “the collection of writings” commonly referred to as The Bible. So, where did it come from and why is it so strongly associated with this particular collection? It has to do with Greek roots and papyrus. It goes something like this: biblio, biblion, biblia. Or book, (little?) book, books. […]
Anyone who says that the new movie Noah is too fantastical has a disconnect between what they read in the Bible and what they think is ‘normal’. The Bible is full of fantastical elements. The Old Testament has talking donkeys, talking serpents, questionable acts between supernatural beings and the daughters of men, giants, Nephilim (what […]
The word lent is apparently derived from an Old English word meaning “spring.” As a word, lent is not in the Bible. As a concept, there is no ritual or remembrance like it described in the Bible that Christians are commanded to follow. There are certain stories and ideas in the Bible that are used […]
Last week I wrote about how I rewrote (in Chinese) a popular Chinese song into something I could relate to more. This week, I’m posting a music video of it. But it is hard to sing in a language I’m not fluent in! Anyway, I captioned the Chinese characters on it, too, which was more […]
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Melody’s Life Savings
No one wants to hear that their child is sick - and the word 'cancer' is even worse. Written by her mother, Melody's Life Savings is the true story of the family's journey together during the illness and the impact of Melody's small legacy. Excerpts from Melody's journals and personal correspondence are included.