Recently, I have been giving three to four tours a week at the Ink & Blood exhibit housed in the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls. The groups have been diverse: church groups, youth groups, Sunday School classes, home Bible studies, motorcycle clubs, and individual families, etc.
Two weeks ago, I enjoyed meeting Don Landis, chairman of the board of directors for the Answers in Genesis ministry. Yesterday, I was privileged to meet Clifford Brady, successful and vibrant founder of Brady’s Inc. in Idaho Falls. Whatever group I take through Ink & Blood, the experience is sheer joy. Why? Because I am surrounded by Scripture in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, German, and English. It is a pastor’s paradise.
Sunday’s announcement in the local paper, the Post Register, thrilled me – ” ‘Ink and Blood’ exhibit will stay through Labor Day”. I thank the curator, Dr. William Noah. I thank Executive Director David Pennock and program director Nick Gailey for the passion exerted in bringing this exhibit to Idaho in the first place. Each one of them deserve a trip to Hawaii.
Am I culturally and historically prejudiced? Certainly. And unashamedly, I will add. I don’t recall any other artifacts in Idaho Falls topping the scales for religious magnitude. But hold on to your seats, folks. The Post Register reports, “The museum will be closed May 29 through 31 so the additional artifacts can be brought into the exhibit.” What will this entail? “The addition of 32 artifacts from the Qumran caves east of the Jerusalem”. As Mr. Brady told me yesterday, “This is unbelievable!” (more…)
Internationally-known, Dead Sea Scroll scholar, Dr. Bruce Zuckerman from USC, spoke last night in
Idaho Falls on the topic of the DSS. (more…)
Turn off CNN where you are watching “What is a Christian?” tonight. This is ten times better!!!
Andrew Skinner, dean of religious education at BYU in Provo, in connection to the Ink & Blood exhibit, addressed a full house tonight at the Trinity United Methodist Church next to the Museum of Idaho.
As a distinguished scholar, he lectured on the topic of “A Special Heritage – The Story of the English Bible”. Though I have many questions about his devotion in 2006 presented on the nature of God; tonight, I was spell-bound. Absolutely captivated! He powerfully articulated in vivid color the same story I have been sharing with the groups that I have been bringing to the museum these past two months. Truth is . . . Andrew speaks with scholarly flair. (more…)
Again tonight, I try to bring for you in a somewhat summarized, limited, and fallible form the concluding lecture by Peter Flint at Trinity United Methodist Church here in Idaho Falls, Idaho. (more…)
Last night, the executive director, David P., of the Museum of Idaho introduced Peter Flint (originally from South Africa) of Trinity Western, an internationally known Dead Sea Scroll scholar and the third distinguished speaker connected with the Ink & Blood Exhibit in Idaho Falls.
I have tried to capture as much as I could on this blog the essence of his presentation. (more…)
Since the Ink & Blood exhibit, showcasing Dead Sea Scroll fragments, is in Idaho Falls, let me introduce you to some of the books at the Idaho Falls Public Library that will better acquaint you to the topic buzzing around our community.
1. Amazing Dead Sea Scrolls and The Christian Faith (Chicago: Moody Press, revised edition, 1959) by William Sanford LaSor.
Lasor’s goal was to answer questions for the evangelical community on historical background of the discovery, the content of manuscripts and fragments, scroll dating, the Qumran community and their religious teachings, and the relationships of Qumran to Christianity and Judaism. (more…)
Last Wednesday night (February 21), for the second session of the special distinguished speaker series connected to the Ink & Blood exhibit in Idaho Falls, I sat inside the auditorium of Trinity United Methodist Church by the Museum of Idaho. The church building was packed. (more…)