Five women who changed God’s rules

Ben Emerson's ambitious effort to blog through the Bible -- the Whole Dang Thing -- reached one of my favorite stories this week. It's in the 27th chapter of Numbers (Numbers 27:1-11), so I think of it as one of those bits of narrative tucked into that book as rewards for any reader who has managed to slog through its long lists of rules and names and begats. A man named Zelophehad died. He left behind five daughters, but no sons. The rules were clear about sons and daughters: Sons could … [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

1 Thessalonians 5:15-22 See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil. … [Read more...]

‘That sanctimonious, Bible-spouting mountebank’


John C. Holbert writes of "A Prophet Gone Bad" and offers a fine summary of one of my favorite books of the Bible. And now we can see just who Jonah is: he is that sanctimonious, Bible-spouting mountebank who hates anyone who is not just like him. I fear that he too often is us — those of us who just know we have all the right answers, while "they" (fill in the blank of your particular "they") just as certainly do not. Jonah is the prophet gone bad. He is at once hilarious and monstrous. He … [Read more...]

Dives and Abraham: Martin Luther King Jr. demolishes Mitt Romney’s talk of ‘envy’

The Rude Pundit points us to the sermon the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered at the National Cathedral in Washington on March 31, 1968, the final Sunday of King's life. That sermon, "Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution," includes an extended look at the parable of Lazarus and Dives. The character of "Dives" isn't actually named in the parable -- but it's the traditional name assigned to him because Dives is Latin for The 1 Percent. King's remarks on Jesus' parable are a direct … [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

Amos 5:16-24 Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of hosts, the Lord: In all the squares there shall be wailing; and in all the streets they shall say, ‘Alas! alas!’ They shall call the farmers to mourning, and those skilled in lamentation, to wailing; in all the vineyards there shall be wailing, for I will pass through the midst of you, says the Lord. Alas for you who desire the day of the Lord! Why do you want the day of the Lord? It is darkness, not light; as if someone fled … [Read more...]

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1 Corinthians 15:41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; indeed, star differs from star in glory. … [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

Isaiah 55:1-5 Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love … [Read more...]

Peter Jackson’s ‘Kuduk’ trailer and the book of Jonah

I was excited to see the trailer for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. And now that I've seen the trailer, I'm excited to see the movie. From the title of the film, we see that Jackson is sticking with J.R.R. Tolkien's invented term for Bilbo Baggins and his people. As Tolkien wrote: Hobbit is an invention. In the Westron the word used, when this people was referred to at all, was banakil "halfling." But at this date the folk of the Shire and of Bree used the work kuduk, which was not found … [Read more...]