Author Archives: Steve Bilynskyj

In His Hand

A day’s wages for an ordinary laborer in Jesus’ time was a single coin, a Roman coin called a denarius. It was small, about the size of a dime, but thicker and heavier and made of silver. The common word … Continue reading

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In the World

A novel I was recently reading began with the account of a twelve-year-old boy’s birthday party. He had invited several “friends” from school, but none of them showed up. He wept bitterly on his mother’s lap wondering why they had … Continue reading

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In the Valley

Our Willamette Valley here in Oregon has long been the scene of agriculture. It’s the heartland of grass seed culture. Driving along I-5 yesterday, my wife and I enjoyed looking at the sheep grazing on green fields. And as everyone … Continue reading

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Seeking the Kingdom

Yesterday the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced that women will soon be allowed to drive there. Their authoritarian government is relenting on one of its long-time restrictions on the freedom of women, although other restrictions will remain in place. Female … Continue reading

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Walking with Jesus

I’ve been backpacking for fifty years. My first trip was with the Scouts to Kings Canyon National Park in 1967. The most recent trip, shown in the picture, was last month as a few of us from our church did … Continue reading

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Family

There was a little girl, Who had a little curl, Right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good She was very very good, And when she was bad she was horrid. Those lines are often thought to … Continue reading

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Common Ground

Nein! That was the essence and title of Karl Barth’s reply in 1934 to an essay by Emil Brunner entitled Natural Theology. Barth and Brunner broke a long-standing friendship over the issue of whether there is any “natural” knowledge of … Continue reading

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Noble Minds

Modern Veria (Veroia) in Greece, the site of ancient Berea (Beroea), was the home of one of the oldest continuously existing Jewish communities until the Nazi’s deported all the Jewish quarter residents during World War II. An old stone 17th … Continue reading

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Jailer Goes Free

This picture is from our family’s visit to ancient Philippi 15 years ago. It is of a crypt, probably a water cistern, mistakenly identified in the fifth century as the jail cell where Paul and Silas were held. It became … Continue reading

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Saving Invasion

Fifteen years ago my family saw this mosaic standing in the middle of the modern city of Verea in Greece (that’s Berea in the New Testament). It recalls the first episode from this week’s text in Acts 16:6-15. In verse … Continue reading

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