David and Taylor Swift: on wisdom and love.

Today we have for you two partial posts. +++ David was a remarkable soldier. When we read through 1 Samuel, the accounts of his effectiveness in fighting the Philistines are striking. So when we get to 2 Samuel 5 and read, “And David inquired of the Lord,” the phrase stands out. So does the response: […]

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An amazing teacher.

I’m hardly ever surprised anymore. It’s not that I’ve seen it all. There’s a lot of “it” that I haven’t seen, that I’d rather not see. But I have seen enough to not be much surprised by gullibility and compassionlessness and betrayal and failure and fear. So when Mark tells us that people were amazed […]

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Pick one thing. Do it well.

“I’m completely stuck,” I said. “When you say ‘completely’,” Tim said, “What do you mean? That you sit in one place,  permanently unmoving?” wanted to nod, but I understood the irony of having the capacity to walk into Lystra Tea Company and to order a medium bold and to have the money to pay for […]

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“I’m listening”

Samuel was a young man, probably in his teens. He’d been living at the tabernacle since he was young, maybe five or six. Eli slept within earshot of the tabernacle. Samuel did as well. It meant that they could protect and pray, that the holiness of God wasn’t left alone. Every night at twilight, a […]

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The imperfect biblical families.

Hannah had a baby. She named him Samuel. I’m not sure how often naming was done by dads and how often by moms. I can think of examples of both in the Bible. In this case, Hannah had asked God for a son, Hannah was going to offer this son to God, and so she […]

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