Thursday, July 30, 2009

beer summit

One of the most eagerly awaited summits of President Obama’s presidency is set for tonight - the Beer Summit.
A man-to-man exchange over some cold beers involving the president and two men who unexpectedly found themselves at the center of a national debate over race and the police.

As for their choice of beers, the summit does not yet appear to have produced a meeting of the minds. Obama will be drinking Bud Light, Crowley will enjoy a Blue Moon, while Gates sips a Red Stripe.
(Is it just me, or don't you think that in the spirit of reconciliation and harmony - they should all be drinking the same beer ?!? )

Saturday, July 25, 2009

copper spur ranch

The cabin in the foreground is where we stayed, and in the background is Black Mountain, elevation 10,180 feet. The view from the top was definitely worth the hike up.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

colorado bound

Getting ready to go to colorful Colorado for a week of hiking, fishing, horseback riding, four-wheeling, and chilling with the family. Pray for good weather and safe travel! See you next week.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

world's first book?

Goodbye scroll, hello codex.
The Codex Sinaiticus marked a significant transition in bookmaking history. Early Christians made the choice to reject individual scrolls and gather all their texts into one volume, which was then bound and could be read as a whole. "The codex was one of the greatest technological innovations of its time," says biblical scholar David Parker from the University of Birmingham.
"They had to work out a new technology to make one book possible."
An advanced binding technique in many ways created the Christian concept of a Bible. (excerpt from Time magazine)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

herod's quarry

Israeli archaeologists have uncovered an ancient quarry where they believe King Herod extracted stones for the construction of the Jewish Temple 2,000 years ago.
Archaeologists say the size of the stones indicate they could have been used in the construction of the Temple compound, including the Western Wall, a retaining wall that remains intact today.

The excavation also uncovered pottery, coins, and tools dating to the first century B.C.

"Finding a large quarry related to the largest building project ever undertaken in Jerusalem ... that's more than just another discovery," said archaeologist Aren Maeir of Bar-Ilan University.

Herod was the Roman appointed king of the Holy Land from 37 B.C. to 4 B.C. and was known for his many major building projects, including the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple. It was destroyed in A.D. 70 by the Romans.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

oldest bible now online

The world's oldest Christian Bible is now online. On Monday the Codex Sinaiticus became available for perusal on the Web at so scholars and other readers can get a closer look at what the British Library calls a "unique treasure."

"(The book) offers a window into the development of early Christianity and firsthand evidence of how the text of the Bible was transmitted from generation to generation," said Scot McKendrick, head of Western manuscripts at the British Library.

As it survives today, Codex Sinaiticus comprises just over 400 large leaves of prepared animal skin. It is the oldest book that contains a complete New Testament.
The 4th-century book, written in Greek, is the oldest book that contains a complete New Testament.
Codex Sinaiticus, which means "the book from Sinai," was discovered at the Monastery of Saint Catherine at Mount Sinai by German Bible scholar Constantine Tischendorf in the mid-19th century.

Monday, July 6, 2009


3o years ago, our family moved to Germany for a year so my father could attend a church music school. This is the house we lived in and the church we attended in Herford, Germany.

The MunsterKirche was built around the year 1200, and the organist's house we lived in was built before Columbus discovered America.

So great to find these pictures online - Thanks Google!

Friday, July 3, 2009