February 11, 2017

Can't Take It With You

One of the bad things about excavating overseas is that very often you can't take the pottery with you. What do we do? We study the pieces in-depth while overseas and put everything together back home based on photographs, 3D scans, etc. 

These ves...

January 31, 2017

Revy Smith: Battle of the Bulge

He was a small man who sat slumped over in his chair. I met him while living in southwest Michigan, and it was a great honor to sit and hear his stories. You see, Revy was a combat veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, the costliest battle...

November 29, 2016


I've been recently studying for my comprehensive exams...well, I should be studying. As I study for the four eight-hour tests that I'm about to face, I keep thinking of other topics that I would much rather be studying. Yeah, yeah, yeah...I know...I should enjoy...

A few months ago I attended a lecture by Rodrigo Silva at the Horn Lectureship Series at Andrews University and was asked to write the following Newsletter article based on that lecture. This is what follows:

In a Strange Land

One question that needs an answer in bi...

May 21, 2016

I recently got a tattoo. I plan on getting several more. First off, it hurt a lot less than I expected, though I did take a full Klonopin to relax me first. Second, I am quite proud of my tattoo and love it. It symbolizes far more than simply decoration—I am not a man...

April 9, 2016

Some of you may know that a few years ago I attempted a podcast where I interviewed professors from different universities on topics of history, philosophy, and other academic areas of interest. I was working on my Master's degree at the time, and while it was fun...it...

February 17, 2016

I just completed a review of the book Did God Command Genocide?  I have to say that it is a wonderful book that I would recommend for any student of the Bible, specifically for those that are more advanced in their research. I am attaching the text of my review below:


February 7, 2016


Which woman will you choose? That’s the question that stems from Proverbs 1-9 in what can be deemed the Lady Wisdom discourses. Here we find two women: Lady Wisdom, who calls out in the streets for the Israelites to follow her, and Dame Folly, who does the same. The d...

January 26, 2016


In the Book of Proverbs, two women battle for the place of supremacy in the life of the Israelite: Lady Wisdom and Dame Folly. Wisdom, like the prophets, calls out in the streets for the common man to follow her, chase her, and even marry her. Unfortunately, Folly als...

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