Archive for April, 2009

Listening to One Another

In an earlier post I mentioned that a first meaning of words translated “obey” in the Bible is “to listen” and “to be attentive, as one listening for a knock at the door.” As I’ve  thought about the relationship between listening and obeying, I’ve  imagined hearing a knock at the door in the middle of […]

Marital Authority

One of our goals at RBC (the publishers of Our Daily Bread) is to attach authority to no more or no less than the necessary implications of the Bible.  I don’t find that easy to do. Seems  so hard to avoid reading more into the Bible than out of it (by treating possible implications as […]

A Surprisingly Strong Woman

In my last post I said that I find it interesting that Job shows up in the time of Abraham, apparently outside of Israel, with such Jesus-like  social conscience. Find a similar description of an ideal woman that comes from a time when men were expected to rule their homes, and when daughters and wives […]

A Surprisingly Good Man

As Satan gloats over the progress of his rebellion, God asks, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” (Job 1:8). So I find myself absorbed in the memoirs of Job. What made him such a […]

Earth Days and After

Have had a lot of conversations over the years with Dean about whether “earth care” should be one of our priorities. We’ve always shared a love of the outdoors, even though he’s always been the teacher whenever we are out in the field or woods. I’ll admit that I used to argue that this earth […]

Surprising the Crowd and the Judges

While remembering the emotion I felt watching Susan Boyle amaze the judges and the crowd, I’ve just read the third and fourth chapters of Acts with new appreciation. If you have time over the weekend, am thinking you also may find a smile if you see any relationship between: i.e.  (a) Susan and those who […]

A Star is Born in Britain

OK, people, I’m probably coming late to the party. But I just heard about this Youtube sensation that apparently is bringing more than a few of us to tears. Came home a little while ago to work on my tax return. My wife sat me down and said, “You have to see this.” So now, […]

Tax Day

Can’t believe it. Once again have put off doing my tax filing until the last minute. Guess I know what I’ll be doing tonight. Death and taxes, isn’t that what they say we all have to look forward to? If that’s all we have to look forward to… Sure glad there’s more. Just remembered Peggy […]

A Prediction and Cover-up

One of the most compelling prophecies of the Bible is found in Daniel 9:24-26. There the prophet predicts that from the time of the command to rebuild Jerusalem (after Israel’s exile in Babylon) 69 “sevens” would pass before the Messiah came and was “cut off, but not for himself.” Then Daniel says that the city […]

The Mysterious Third Feast of Israel

Moses asked Israel to remember their Exodus Passover on the 14th of the Hebrew month of  Nisan (Lev 23:5).  He said the next day (the 15th) was to begin  seven days of Unleavened Bread and called the first day a no-work/Sabbath (vv 6-7). Moses went on to say that, once Israel was in their promised […]

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