THE PROMISE OF ETERNAL LIFE

If the Bible stopped at Daniel Chapter 11, we would not hear the songs that Bethel Mountain Band is going to sing. I don’t know what they’d sing about instead: maybe chicken soup or halibut fishing. Their next songs, however, are about eternal life, heaven, whatever...

“Oh, Have You Not Heard…?”

You know about those parts of the Bible that are very hard to read, because they’re so full of details like Who begat who? and how this kind of sacrifice or ritual is to be carried out, and how that curtain is to be made and how many rings it is to hang from? So that...

The Treasures We Carry Homeward

From Ezra 8: 21-36 “You as well as these articles are consecrated to the Lord…. Guard them carefully until you weigh them out in the chambers of the house of the Lord.”  Ezra 8: 28-29a This is not a very familiar passage from a very familiar part of the Bible. So, who...

BETWEEN FRIENDS: A Letter

Acts 28: 1-16 From: Centurion Gaius Julius Antipor, Augustan Regiment in Caesarea, Palestine, writing from Appian Forum, Italy, on the Twenty-First day of Februarium,  810th Year from Rome's Founding To: Officer in charge of Receiving and Detaining Prisoners,...

TO OUR FORBIDDEN GOD

from Daniel 6 My earliest childhood memory, from when I was but three years old, is of my Father holding me in the darkness of midnight, rocking me, stroking my head and telling me that everything was all right, that I was safe, and that I could stop screaming. “But...

STAYING SANE IN A ROYALLY CRAZY WORLD

Daniel 4: “I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever.” What Constitutes Crazy? What Constitutes Sanity? What is the Gift for us from this part of Israel’s...

LIFE IN THE NON-STOP IMPERIAL SPECTACLE

DANIEL, CHAPTER 1 At first glance, today's Bible story is about a food fight: a fight between God-given fruits and veggies, maybe whole grains too, and a rich, royal diet of exotic delicacies. Does this story only show that, if you have a choice between donuts and a...