Monthly Archives: March 2011

Famine

When David is surrounded by nations that have had good harvests, the people start to think that the fertility gods of the surrounding nations might have something to offer.  There is a form of religion that looks at famine (both … Continue reading

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Surrounded

Psalm 3 presents a hypothetical military situation that describes how David feels.  He is in a situation, that sometimes is shown in classic heroism, where he is surrounded by fows on every side.  They press in on him and want … Continue reading

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Impotence

I am concerned, as many of us are, by events in the Middle East and North Africa.  In those situations powers are at work which seem frightening.  The world is such a small place now and so people with limited … Continue reading

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Two Ways To Live Life

There are two paths open to those raised by religious people.  They can uphold the values and choices of their parents and community or they can seek a darker community. Before we round on those who choose the darkness, let’s … Continue reading

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Basic Types of Psalms

When I was teaching 5th grade I had them compose a psalm of lament and a Psalm of praise.  It was really a lot of fun, but the subject matter that they put in was quite revealing.  The psalm of … Continue reading

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New Beginning: Why Read Psalms?

I have decided to read the book of Psalms.  Why?  Because I need an aid to my life of praise and worship.  I am stronger by far in my study of the Bible than I am in prayer, or worship/praise. … Continue reading

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Communitas not Community

In the book, The Forgotten Ways, that I have been reading as an applicatio of the book of Acts, Alan Hirsch advicates letting go of community in our churches and replacing it with communitas.  In community people are inward looking … Continue reading

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