updated Holy Sepulcher paper a proof of Jerusalem temple location

Very interesting bit of detective work…


I have updated my paper on the Holy Sepulcher having proof of the Jerusalem temple location. You may read the paper here.

proof of Jerusalem temple

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2015 Lent 8

Vivens in sacerdotium


Deuteronomy 9:23–10:5

I struggle with a certain tension regarding the Old Testament.

A lot of it is difficult to understand, so I hold it at arm’s length.  When given the options to preach on passages from the Old Testament, a New Testament epistle, and a Gospel–as I am most Sundays–I’ll more often than not preach on the Gospel, with the epistle coming in second.  The Old Testament passage mostly gets pushed aside, relegated to a casual allusion or two on a good Sunday.

But at the same time the Old Testament holds a certain fascination for me.  There’s something really holy-feeling about the ancientness of these texts, a connection to a world far removed from the world I know today, far removed even from the Greco-Roman world, from Hellenism, upon which so much of our world today is founded.  Here is a window into things beyond and above me, a world something like Hogwarts, that…

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Even Graffiti Dies Here (2015)



Hospital at Letchworth Village — Thiells, New York

Like a snake shedding its skin, the layers of paint fall off and turn to dust; releasing the graffiti art that has been tattooed upon it.

Nikon D80

In a Different Light book

Letchworth Village

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30 Days 1: Running, UrbEx, Tattoo

Inspireland Podcast


The 30 Days Challenge is an attempt by myself and a few friends to do some of the things that we often talk about doing but never get done.  The idea is that we do 3 new things every 30 days.

This month our 3 challenges were:
  1. Run every day.
  2. Do our first Urban Exploration.
  3. Get a tattoo.

Needless to say we had mixed results.  Join myself, the incredibly handsome Niall, and the shockingly beautiful Jessie, as we discuss the first 30 days.

The next challenges are;
  1. Learn a bit of a language every day.
  2. Go for a full-moon swim.
  3. Spend an hour in a floatation tank.

Episode Notes:

You can check out the video we mentioned about Dublin's underground rivers by clicking here.
We also mentioned the TEDx talk by Brad Garrett called the value of trespass which you can see here.

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Two Days in Prague – Day 2: Petrin Hill and Kampa Island

World and Time Enough

After hitting the “big ones” in Prague, we woke up the next day to a beautiful day. So we decided to keep walking around the city while enjoying the sun.

Petrin Hill

Petrin Hill is a lovely green space west of Charles Bridge, near Prague Castle in the Mala Strana area. The day we went was so nice that the hill was full of both locals and tourists enjoying the beautiful day. From the foot to the top, Petrin is almost entirely a park. Benches, flowerbeds, grass, and a tower at the top from which to see the entire city: what could be better?

To get to Petrin Hill, one can either hike up or take a funicular, or do a combination of both. There are three stops: Ujezd at the bottom, Nebozizek in the middle, and Petrin at the top.

At the top of the hill, you can simply enjoy…

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TSA report: ‘thermite is a major threat to aviation & we are unprepared’

The Intercept published classified documents today from the Transportation Security Administration that say the agency is unable to effectively prevent threats posed by thermite incendiary devices on aircraft. The TSA document, marked secret and dated 16 Dec 2014, was in response to a 10 Dec 2014 FBI report that called thermite “the greatest potential incendiary threat to aviation”.
Excerpt from the document:
“The ignition of a thermite-based incendiary device on an aircraft at altitude could result in catastrophic damage and the death of every person onboard. These devices are easily assembled and concealable; current TSA procedures would likely not recognize thermite-based mixtures.”
The report goes on to say that use of currently available on-board extinguishers would make the situation much worse, causing a violent chemical reaction. The warning stems from FBI testing done in 2011 that concluded thermite devices “spew molten metal and hot gasses” and can potentially “burn through steel and every…

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