Monthly Archives: September 2010

When Jesus Went to Hell

When Jesus Went to Hell Jesus went to hell during his time in the grave according the Nicene Creed (325 AD). “He descended into Hell.” Of course this statement was made three hundred years after his crucifixion and death so … Continue reading

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Xian-Fu Stone

Twenty two years ago I visited Xian to view the earliest record to date of Christians in China. In the Forest of Steles I found found an eight foot tall and two foot thick stone with Chinese and Syriac inscriptions. … Continue reading

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First Draft

 For a couple of months now I have been working on editing a remarkable set of letters in between preparing lesson plans, teaching college students, and doing research on the cross cultural influences during the Tang Dynasty.  I sent … Continue reading

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My first translation of Chinese

I am reading through the Sayings of  Confucius in Chinese with the help of an excellent online dictionary from the University of Virginia. Confucious: Analects 1:16 I do not worry that people do not know me but that I do not … Continue reading

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Pearl Buck: a guide to modern China

Growing up on a dairy farm we did not have many books. Most of our reading material was a large number of agricultural magazines such as Hoard’s Dairyman and the Guernsey Cattle Club magazine. Of the few books we had, … Continue reading

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Mid Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn festival is sometimes called the Mooncake festival because of the practice of giving family and friends mooncake. I have about 50 of them from students and university administration sitting on my desk as paperweights right now. Frankly, they … Continue reading

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Dazu Spiders

Well no one can accuse me of being a tourist. I have gone where no man has gone before (except for male janitors). I went to the women’s toilet at Dazu to collect spiders spotted by my fearless Peace Corps … Continue reading

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