Monthly Archives: October 2016

A Lament for Joy Garden

I grew up in Richmond, Virginia.  Until my wife and I moved to Charlottesville, VA in 1987 it was always home to me.  For the first seven years of our marriage, Sue and I lived in various places in the Northside or West End of town.  Early on we discovered a Chinese restaurant that would remain one of our favorites even after leaving the city—Joy Garden.  Joy Garden was located on Broad Street, near the corner of Broad and Boulevard.  It was a family-run restaurant with delicious food, friendly service and a fun atmosphere.  Their Beef Sichuan is still the standard for that dish by which Sue measures all other restaurants.  Even though we moved to Charlottesville, then Pennsylvania, and now Crozet, VA we would still dine at Joy Garden when we had the chance. Continue reading

A Christian View of Halloween

We had posted an article on Halloween several years ago.  However, with the holiday fast approaching, I think it would be beneficial to offer this article again.  Just click on this link for A Christian Perspective On Halloween  And if you have any questions or comments, please let us know.


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Visiting A Mormon Temple

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) is building temples with increasing frequency.  They will be dedicating new temples in Colorado and Wyoming later this month (October 2016).  They will be dedicating a temple in Connecticut in November.  Temples are currently under construction in Rome, Paris, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, South Africa, Congo and Portugal.  They just recently dedicated a new temple in Philadelphia. Continue reading

Is Reincarnation in the Bible?

Question:  Does the Bible teach reincarnation?  For example, wasn’t John the Baptist the reincarnation of Elijah?

My Answer: A brief answer is simply, no.  But let’s explore this a little bit. Continue reading