links to 4 items worth your time

1. Friendly, Caring, and Carrying Churches

“Carrying is thought of as a familial function. But in the New Testament, carrying is a congregational function. It can and should be the reality of our congregations today, too.”

2. Kh. Qeiyafa and Kh. al–Ra’i — Yosef Garfinkel Lecture [72 min. video]

“Searching for the Historical King David … The lecture is a very convenient summary of some very important material that will be useful for students of the Bible and armchair archaeologists. … Besides all of the great content, here are two trivia that I found interesting: (1) It takes about 5 days to restore one broken pot, and costs about $1,000/pot! (2) He estimates that there are about 30,000 archaeological sites in Israel and about 1,000 have been excavated.”

3. He Says He Got Away With 90 Murders. Now He’s Confessing to Them All.

“… Sergeant LeBlanc said she asked about Mr. Little’s religious beliefs. They spoke about the nature of sin. He told her he had no need to fear God.”

4. Real vs. Artificial Christmas Trees: Which Is the Greener Choice

“… which is better for the environment? Here’s a look at some of the central claims — and the common misconceptions — in that debate.”