Sunday favorites

Psalm 137:1-4 By the rivers of Babylon— there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our harps. For there our captors asked us for songs, and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying, ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion!’ How could we sing [Read More...]

‘What the Bible shows itself to be’

One from James McGrath and two from Peter Enns … James F. McGrath: “Why Doesn’t the Bible Contain Superior Medical Advice?“ You will look in vain in the pages of the Bible for a recommendation that people cover their mouth and nose when they sneeze and cough. You will find mentions of strong drink, but [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

Ezekiel 23:19-21 Yet she increased her whorings, remembering the days of her youth, when she played the whore in the land of Egypt and lusted after her paramours there, whose members were like those of donkeys, and whose emission was like that of stallions. Thus you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when the [Read More...]

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 [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 [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 [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 [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 [Read More...]