A Word on Talking Snakes

Some people seem to have a problem with the talking snake of Genesis. They say that it suggests that the Creation account was meant to be taken as allegory or fable, something that teaches truth but is not historically true. OK, so those of you who keep up with this site know that once upon…

WV Mayor Resigns Over a Racist Post, and Why I Wrote Johnny Came Home

When I wrote my first book, Johnny Came Home, I decided to set it in a fictional town in my home state of West Virginia. I’m very proud of the great state of West Virginia. It’s a place of such wondrous natural beauty. “Wild and Wonderful” and “Almost Heaven” are apt slogans. West Virginia’s people…

What’s Hell Like?

“What’s hell like?” my oldest child asked me, pretty much destroying every cheery thought I’d been having as I drove the road to home. Kids are full of questions. I answered as simply as I could, which [fortunately] is a habit for me. “It’s a bad place. It’s full of flames, because it’s a place of punishment;…

What Christmas Means and Why I Hope Bart Ehrman Gets It Someday

A recent Newsweek cover [Dec. 17, 2012] pictures the Nativity and claims that Bart Ehrman will answer such questions as “Who was Jesus? Did he have a wife? How many wise men were there? Why Bethlemhem? In a manger or a cave?” Unfortunately, the cover is referring to an article inside called “The Myths of Jesus.” In…