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All kinds of interpretations of the David v. Goliath story have abounded in church history.
Let me offer a new one ….
The story points to three elements: the stature, resources, and experience of the main protagonists—the giant and the youth.
Goliath’s stature is fearsome: nine feet nine inches tall (17:4).
And then there is the list of his resources, the longest description of military gear in the Old Testament (17:5–7). This huge enemy is therefore
“What could be more full of meaning?—
for the pulpit is ever
this earth’s foremost part;
all the rest comes in its rear;
the pulpit leads the world. …
Yes, the world’s a ship on its passage out,
and not a voyage complete;
and the pulpit is its prow.”
So wrote Herman Melville in Moby-Dick a century ago.
I agree. With the pulpit for a prow, humanity is led by preaching into a unique world, an ideal world, God’s world, where it may dwell with him. That makes
Fear of God trumps every other allegiance and manifests in self-sacrificial obedience.
The account of Genesis 22 begins with a time-stamp: “Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham” (22:1). What “things”?
Throughout the saga of Abraham, he is shown clumsily stumbling along in his faith. In Genesis 12, he leaves his homeland, obeying God’s call, and goes to Canaan. But the next instant he is in Egypt because of a famine. The first sign of trouble
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The diesel deception!
A couple of weeks ago the German car giant Volkswagen, that owns not only VW brand, but also Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, SEAT, Škoda, and motorcycles under the Ducati name, came under fire for their nefarious acts.
Apparently, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), some of the VW and Audi diesel vehicles (specifically, the Jetta, Beetle, Golf, Passat, and the A3) sold in the U.S. had devices that could detect
Everyone used to tell me to sit still. I was always a fidgeter. Twisting, turning, drumming, tapping, fretting, fuming, stamping, shuffling, itching, raring, chafing, champing, ….
Now I can tell them all: Fidgeting is good for my health.
So think twice before you admonish your kids to quit fidgeting: It is good for health.
At least, that’s what studies from the University of Leeds and the University College, London, suggest. “Sitting Time, Fidgeting, and All-Cause Mortality
Feeling sad? Somerville, in ye olde state of Massachusetts, is the place you need to head to.
Why? They had a “Pity Party” last week! (I’m not kidding.) In Union Square. MA 02143. Two miles northwest of Boston.
(Only in Mass.! Maybe they’ve a lot to be sad about?)
Local artist Greg Cook had the bright idea. People who are sad, he declared, should be together. So the Somerville Arts Council decided to sponsor the shindig.
On the event’s Facebook site:
A pity party
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