October 18, 2018

Several weeks ago I said that my wife, Diana, and I were on our way to our New Mexico cabin high in the mountains of the Pecos wilderness in order to observe one of nature’s grandest displays—the fall leaf change. We chose a glorious year! When we arrived, there was only a hint of yellow above the 11,000 foot marker, just below the peak of Santa Fe Baldy. During the succeeding three weeks of our stay, the yellow drained down… Read more

October 12, 2018

I wrote several weeks ago that I was beginning a visit to our cabin high in the Santa Fe wilderness primarily in order to view the changing of the aspen leaves from green to gold. I am ecstatic to say that that mission has been accomplished! My wife and I have gazed daily at the ever-changing foliage as it has made its annual transformation. It has been glorious! Two days ago, we had a fluffy snowfall, a fact, I am… Read more

October 8, 2018

The key to understanding the book of Job is a careful evaluation of the speeches of YHWH in chaps. 38-42. It is nearly impossible to assess the vast number of analyses of these chapters and the wildly different ways interpreters have understood them. Anything I might have to say has surely been said before by numerous commentators, but what I can offer, I think, is a close connection to the material that precedes the speeches of God and how important… Read more

October 5, 2018

My wife and I actually visited Hiroshima, Japan over 30 years ago, but the memory is still quite fresh. That infamous building hulk was very close to ground zero of the world’s first military atomic bomb, a picture that has appeared again and again in countless journals, books, and magazines in the 73 years since the bomb was dropped. That picture came back to my mind with renewed horror and freshness as I read the monumental account of just how… Read more

October 4, 2018

With this second week on the book of Job, the lectionary connectors offer us a rather peculiar text. It is Job’s response to the third speech of Eliphaz (Chapter 22), and frankly is the final clear speech in the much disputed third cycle of speeches. Job 24-27 is a hodge-podge of pseudo speeches, seemingly ascribed to the wrong speakers, the friends sounding rather like Job (25) and Job sounding rather like the friends (26). Oceans of scholarly ink has been… Read more

October 2, 2018

Today we will address the first of four weeks on the book of Job. I have revealed in my past blogs on the lectionary my long acquaintance with the book of Job. I wrote a long, and I fear essentially unreadable, dissertation on the book in 1974, being convinced in a typically arrogant graduate student way that I had at last solved the mysteries of the book. In a word, I hadn’t. Then in 1999 I published a book, Preaching… Read more

October 1, 2018

Judge Brett Kavanaugh and I have much in common, though that commonality on the surface appears highly unlikely. Obviously,  we swim in vastly different sized ponds. He went to an elite boys’ school, Yale College, and Yale Law School, and since his law degree has moved inexorably up the judicial ladder, arriving most recently at a prestigious Court of Appeals, and is now poised to become an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. I went to public schools through High… Read more

September 27, 2018

I have for my entire life wanted to participate in one of nature’s grandest displays—the change from green leaves to yellow in the fall. I have several times witnessed the full force of the yellow aspen leaves that surround my cabin in the heart of the Santa Fe National Forest, near the back-packing haven, the Pecos Wilderness. However, I have never had the opportunity to observe the slow, daily changeover from green to yellow. The sight of the full-bore yellow… Read more

September 26, 2018

Most of us know one memorable verse from the late story of Esther, 4:14: “Who knows whether you may have come to royal power for just such a time?” Mordecai is in effect telling his niece, the extraordinarily beautiful and secret Jew, Esther, that she has a real chance to save her people from the absurd and unpredictable king of Persia through the murderous designs of one of his chief henchmen, Haman. He demands that she confront the king with… Read more

September 19, 2018

As I have hinted over the past few months of my “Peripatetic Preacher” blog, my wife and I have been anxiously awaiting the final touches on our new Los Angeles home. When we arrived in LA in May of 2017, our prospective home was a two-car garage, complete with oil-stained concrete floor and wire-rack shelving, festooned with dirty rags, half-filled paint cans, and one filthy window in the back wall. I admit to being rather suspicious that this place could… Read more

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