imageIt is the strong in body who are both the strong and free in mind- Peter Jefferson, the father of Thomas Jefferson

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A Good Man- Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD

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Luke 6:45

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil; for of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 

Fill your heart with the Word of God And speak it daily. When you speak it God’s Word is infused (engrafted) into you by giving voice to his Word with your own mouth.

Does a Relationship Between Theater and Religion Still Exist? Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD

One popular theory about how theater originated is that hunters would often re-enact their successful hunts. Over time these re-enactments evolved into rituals. The Shaman was responsible for overseeing the rituals.  In these primitive times religion and theater were one in the same. It is quite interesting that that the hunters believed that they  would create “magic” that would bring them success by recreating theirImage successes through theater. Could we possibly do the same by way of the “theater in our mind” through visualization? We can see examples of this with the Greeks.

Greek theater grew out of a religious festival, and was often concerned with the deepest questions about morality and the relationship between mortals, the gods, and fate. What does the first step say about the role of tragedy in Athenian society? Note the social context of religion and the way religion was celebrated. How did Greek religion evolve into theater? There were four major celebrations, in honor of the Greek god Dionysus. Three of these celebrations– the City Dionsyia in the spring and the Lenaia and Rural Dionysia in the winter –would involve drama. One of the elements of these celebrations was the dithyramb, a choral ode song to the gods. Aristotle tells us that Greek tragedy grew out of the dithyramb.

It is said that art imitates life. I believe that religion is essential to man as much as breathing and that theater imitates religion.

 

Sadducees and Pharisees- Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD

Recently a student in my church’s school of Ministry class asked me the difference between the Sadducees and Pharisees. Collectively, they were enemies of our Lord and savior. They differed primarily in their ideas surrounding the after-life.

Both the Pharisees and the Sadducees earned numerous rebukes from Jesus. Perhaps the best lesson we can learn from the Pharisees and Sadducees is to not be like them. Unlike the Sadducees, we are to believe everything the Bible says, including the miraculous and the after-life.Image

Though the Pharisees were rivals of the Sadducees, they managed to set aside their differences on one occasion—the trial of Christ. It was at this point that the Sadducees and Pharisees united to put Christ to death (Mark 14:53; 15:1; John 11:48-50).

The Lamb- Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD

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In the the book of Revelation ,Jesus Christ is called “The Lamb” 28 times!  It is so easy when we read the book to get caught up in the symbols, signs, and imagery.  However when we view the book, the entire Bible as a matter of fact, as a representation of Christ the book is simplIfied. Our Lord is the faithful witness, a Lamb as though it had been slain, the Living one, the first and the last, who was dead and lived again!