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Enjoying God’s blessings calls for responsible maintenance of moral standards in the face of worldly evil.
This is a sordid story, with no heroes. Everyone is culpable (except the victims: Dinah, sexually violated and voiceless, and the people of Shechem, brutally slaughtered or kidnapped).
Shechem, the son of Hamor, the Hivite, rapes Dinah, the daughter of Jacob (34:2). But, he seems to show some good faith as he and his father enter into negotiations with Jacob
Faith in God is marked by seeking and extending forgiveness, thus restoring relationships with others, and also with God.
The previous pericope depicted Jacob finally receiving God’s blessing. That would have been a blissful ending to the turbulent story of the patriarch. However, one more thing needed to be accomplished: reconciliation with Esau.
And so, as younger brother comes before his older sibling, Jacob prostrates himself seven times (33:3)—a mark of great respect
Remembering that God fights for him/her, the child of God lives life with confidence and fearlessness.
Jacob’s encounter with the angels of God and the “camp of God” (Gen 32:1–2) reminds him (and the readers) of the continued presence of God and the protection of God, as he moves with his caravan closer to a rendezvous with Esau, who, when we last heard of him, had been harboring homicidal inclinations towards his heel-grabbing younger brother (27:41). Jacob, no
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Last year, on National Book Lovers Day (August 9), there was some encouraging news: “A chapter a day doth keep the Grim Reaper away.”
That surprising bit of news was based on a study by researchers from Yale’s School of Public Health, published in Social Science and Medicine titled “A Chapter a Day: Association of Book Reading with Longevity.”
The French novelist, Gustave Flaubert (1821–1880) once said:
The one way of tolerating existence is to lose oneself in
Robots may soon become “electronic persons”! Or so saith a European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs that has voted (17 votes to 2; with 2 abstentions) to approve a draft report that seeks to grant legal status to robots!
The most sophisticated autonomous robots could be established as having the status of electronic persons with specific rights and obligations, including that of making good any damage they may cause.”
It was Luxembourg MEP Mady Delvaux’s idea
Bird brains? Nope! Not chickens. They, apparently, take after Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (1469–1527), the Florentine renaissance politician and writer who has lent his name to unscrupulous and deceitful behavior.
Or so says the author of “Thinking Chickens: A Review of Cognition, Emotion, and Behavior in the Domestic Chicken.”
The solo researcher from The Someone Project [!] at The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, published this in the peer-reviewed
Book Reviews | More
- Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary. Feasting on the Word: Year C, Volume 4, Season after PentecostEdited by David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor (Westminster John Knox, 2010)
- Gospel-Centred Hermeneutics: Biblical-Theological Foundations and PrinciplesBy Graeme Goldsworthy (Apollos, 2006)
- A Clear and Present Word: The Clarity of ScriptureBy Mark D. Thompson (InterVarsity, 2006)
- Preaching as PoetryBy Paul Scott Wilson (Abingdom, 2014)
- Preaching the Farewell DiscourseBy L. Scott Kellum (Broadman & Holman, 2014)
- Giving BloodBy Leonard Sweet (Zondervan, 2014)
- Praying the CursesBy Daniel M. Nehrbass (Wipf & Stock, 2013)
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Upcoming Speaking Engagements
- March 6, 2017 Preaching Conference, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas
- March 9−10, 2017 Eastern District of the EFCA, Pastors' Conference, Princeton, New Jersey
- March 24−26, 2017 Dallas Seminary President's Weekend, T Bar M Ranch, New Braunfels, Texas
Past Speaking Engagements
- January 12, 2017 New Student Orientation, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
- November 16, 2016 Evangelical Theological Society, San Antonio, Texas
- October 19, 2016 Shepherds National Church Leaders’ Conference, Colonial Baptist Church, Cary, North Carolina
- September 6, 2016 Chafer Chapel, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
- August 25, 2016 New Student Orientation, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
- August 7 & 14, 2016 Stonebriar Community Church, Frisco, Texas
- July 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2016 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
- July 25−30, 2016 Dallas Seminary Conference, Mt. Hermon, California
- June 12, 2016 Colonial Baptist Church, Cary, North Carolina
- June 5, 2016 The Chapel in the Oaks, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- March 27, 2016 Crystal Church of Dallas, Carrollton, Texas
- March 12, 2016 Plenary Lecture, Midwest Regional Conference, Evangelical Theological Society, Grand Rapids, Michigan
- February 14, 2016 Crossway Marthoma Church, Richardson, Texas