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Posted: Friday 08 December 2023 ( 3 months ago )

That's what Hanukkah is all about, Charlie Brown

This year, Hanukkah began on the evening of Thursday, December 7th and will end Friday, December 15th. Everyone knows what Christmas is all about (ever since Linus explained it to Charlie Brown), but how many can say the same for Hanukkah? Wel ...

Posted: Friday 01 December 2023 ( 3 months ago )

The best book in the Bible

What is the best book in the Bible? (*) Well, that depends on how you define "best". One way to try to determine it, though, would be to identify all the passages in the Bible that contain ideas that you consider good, and then compare the numb ...

Posted: Monday 10 July 2023 ( 8 months ago )

Who had the most powerful spit: Jesus or Muhammad?

This is an important question. Luckily, the gospels and Ash-Shifa can answer it for us. (Ash-Shifa is a 12th century biography of Muhammad that is considered authoritative throughout the Muslim world.) Let's take Jesus's spit first. ...

Posted: Sunday 18 June 2023 ( 8 months ago )

Hamor: The best father in the Bible

In a previous post, I listed 15 of the fathers in the Bible who provide lessons for fathers today. I wasn't entirely serious, of course, as each of the fathers on the list behaved about as badly as any father could possibly behave. None of them could ...

Posted: Saturday 17 June 2023 ( 8 months ago )

Father's Day lessons from the fathers in the Bible

Noah, the just preacher of righteousness For some reason, God really liked Noah. He hated everyone else, though. Hated them so much, in fact, that he drowned every last one of them, except for Noah (and his family), that is. What was it that ...

Posted: Friday 02 June 2023 ( 9 months ago )

Some commandments nobody should obey

Here is a letter that I wrote to the Moscow-Pullman Daily News that was published today. In response to columnist Nick Gier’s suggestion that the Bible should be redacted, letter writer Larry Kirkland (Daily News, May 31) said “most of the Bib ...

Posted: Saturday 27 May 2023 ( 9 months ago )

A comment about a contradiction

There was a recent comment about one of the contradictions that I am going to post here, for reasons I will explain below. The contradiction was this: Did Lot's daughters think God had killed every man except Lot? No, they knew that God spar ...

Posted: Monday 15 May 2023 ( 9 months ago )

The Spirit of the Lord came upon him

According to the Bible, what happens when the Spirit of the Lord comes upon someone? Well, the short answer is this: a Spirit-possessed person usually kills things. The phrase ("the Spirit of the Lord came upon him" or "came mightily upon him" ...

Posted: Sunday 30 April 2023 ( 10 months ago )

About the new SAB website

Unless you're just visiting the SAB website for the first time, you've probably noticed that it has changed recently. The content is the the same, at least for the most part, although I add and revise its content each day. But it's no longer just a b ...

Posted: Monday 24 April 2023 ( 10 months ago )

Some questions about the Midianite massacre

Our last podcast episode told the story of the Midianite massacre of Numbers 31. It's one of the most appalling stories in the entire Bible. And it's also one of the most puzzling. Here are some of my questions about it. The Midianites were ...

Posted: Tuesday 18 April 2023 ( 10 months ago )

Islam: It's mostly about going to the bathroom

(This is a post I made eleven years ago on Dwindling in unbelief. But I thought I'd repost it here on the new blog -- in case some of you hadn't seen it before. Let me know in the comments if I've missed any important details.) You ...

Posted: Monday 17 April 2023 ( 10 months ago )

Why Christian marriage is wrong

Christians claim that the Bible condemns gay marriage. It doesn't. [*] The Bible says nothing at all about gay marriage. But it has plenty to say about Christian marriage. The Bible says that Christians should not marry. Art thou loose ...

Posted: Saturday 15 April 2023 ( 10 months ago )

So it was Jesus who sent the fiery serpents in Numbers 21!

One of the craziest stories in the Bible is found in Numbers 21. It all happens in just two verses: The people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, ne ...

Posted: Friday 14 April 2023 ( 10 months ago )

What were the fiery serpents in Numbers 21?

In our most recent podcast, we told the story about the fiery serpents that God sent to bite the people for complaining about the lack of food and water. It all happens in just five verses in Numbers 21 (verses 5-9) Here's the story from the Bibl ...

Posted: Thursday 13 April 2023 ( 11 months ago )

About that red cow in Numbers 19

The passage in Numbers 19:1-10 is rather uninteresting in itself. So much so, in fact, that I almost left it out of the Bible in Fewer Words podcast. It is, after all, just another animal sacrifice - the type of thing that is found throughout the Pen ...

Posted: Saturday 08 April 2023 ( 11 months ago )

Happy Jesus-in-hell day!

Descent into Hell by Michael Burghers Now that Jesus is dead (they killed him in the Philippines on Good Friday), we can celebrate what happened after he died. Happy Jesus-in-Hell Day! Most Christians (well, Protestants, anyway) don' ...

Posted: Tuesday 04 April 2023 ( 11 months ago )

About the new website

Since you are here reading this, you have probably noticed that the SAB website has changed a bit recently. It has the same content as the old site, plus some new additions. The main difference - and the thing we've been working on for a year or s ...

Posted: Saturday 01 April 2023 ( 11 months ago )

Father Mike Schmitz explains the law of jealousies to us

The most popular podcast in the United States is (or was according to the National Review in Jan 2021) "The Bible in a Year" by Father Mike Schmitz. In it, Father Mike reads the Bible to you, and explains it all for you. Father Mike gets through ...

Posted: Tuesday 28 March 2023 ( 11 months ago )

The Bible in Fewer Words Podcast

As many of you may know, my wife, Carole, and I have started a new podcast. Well, it's not new anymore. In fact, we have released 54 episodes since we began a few months ago. We began with Genesis in December, and just posted the last episode of L ...

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