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Christianicus: The Lost Book

Did you know that some researchers claim that there is a missing book from the early days of the Christian movement? It's called Christianicus.  This book, which was supposed to be contained in the holy canon, was somehow ousted by a group of progressive radicals. They claimed that the laws, regulations, and restrictions in Christianicus were too contrary to the recorded teachings of Jesus. They claimed that there was too much similarity between Christianicus and Leviticus of the Hebrew Scriptures. Unfortunately, this small progressive movement was out-voiced by the larger, more powerful fundamentalist group. Most early churches wanted Christianicus included in the canon. After all, it held all the rules and regulations for an orderly worship, specifying who can perform which tasks at which time and place. It laid out the plan of salvation in nice, clean steps that anyone can follow and obey. It also, according to tradition, included strict warnings that anyone who strayed

Things I Missed: CSI Israel

There's a bizarre, troubling story found in Leviticus 10. It goes something like this: The newly formed nation of Israel has exited Egypt in epic fashion thanks to their God, YHWH. God leads them down to the the same mountain on which he first appeared to Moses - Mount Sinai. The tribes of Israel are encamped around the base of the mountain while God gives the constitution, the bill of rights, and the basic laws of the land to Moses and Aaron. God goes into incredible detail of how the Tabernacle was to be built, where to place the furniture inside the Tabernacle, how the priests are supposed to dress, how the animals are to be killed and sacrificed. It's riveting material that just keeps you on the edge of your seat. Finally in chapter 10 of Leviticus there is a shift from Law to Narrative. Everything is ready to go. The Tabernacle has been set up, the furniture arranged, the priests purified - Lights, Camera, Action! Well, first things first - Lights. Nadab and Abihu,

Things I Missed: Forgetting Joseph

One thing I've always wondered is how the Hebrews got themselves enslaved in Egypt. Everything seemed to be going so well for them there, but then suddenly -BOOM- 400 Years a Slave. What happened? Where was God? Why did he allow his people to become slaves in a foreign land? As you finish reading Genesis and begin the book of Exodus, there are two passages that I think make an interesting side by side comparison: Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaacand Jacob.” And Joseph made the Israelites swear an oath and said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place.” (Genesis 50:24-25) Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them. Then a new king, t

Things I've Missed - God's Pursuit of Israel

I must make a confession. I've never read the Bible all the way through. All told I've probably read a good 80-90% over my lifetime, but never cover to cover. Some books I've spent months at a time doing in depth study and research. Other books have gotten hardly more than a quick skim as I'm looking up one particular verse. But with the new year I've set a goal for myself. I'm going to read the Bible completely and thoroughly. Not because I feel obligated in any way. But because we may never know what hidden gems are buried in Holy Scripture - those treasures hidden in a field, those pearls of great price, those fresh-air insights. As I read I am going to try to keep track of some of the bigger ones I've never noticed before. And no, I'm not following any reading plan. I'm reading at the same pace I would any other book. I don't set out to read so many chapters a day of the latest Dean Koontz novel. So why would I treat the Bible diffe