King Ahaz ordered the removal of a portico on the house of the Lord, presumably to use its materials as payment to the king of Assyria. This was a remarkably desperate act if one is searching for something to sell. He had already given virtually all of the silver and gold from the Temple and … Continue reading Ahaz & the Altar
Solomon spent many hours spent seated in the enormous square-roomed summer loft of his palace, where the only external stimuli were cool flowing winds and the ambient tranquility of chirping birds. He had crafted this place as a personal sanctuary away from the imminent concerns of the country. He rarely allowed others in, nor would … Continue reading Solomon’s Early Years
In my various dealings with Protestants, I feel there's a theme that has emerged which is more or less the assumption underneath the surface of the various arguments and points of contention. The query "Where is that in scripture?" in its various contexts is always part of an assumption that we are all the center … Continue reading Thoughts on Authority and the Scriptures
This is a chapter from my book, "New Israel" (link in the header of this site). Here, I lay down a flurry of patterns that were laid in the earliest texts of the Bible that should affect how we view Israel & the Church across history. From the mouths of Christianity’s opponents, Jesus' passion … Continue reading Adam, Abraham, Israel – Foundations
The sweltering heat of the midday had given way and cool evening breezes from the west were beginning. David, now girded in some of his light armor, wandered over to a window, hearing some tumult outside. Two men with full, thick beards, one of whom had obvious reddish-brown stains below chest level on his garments, … Continue reading Biblical Short Story: David and the Death of Ishbosheth
Arrow prayers are, essentially, one-line (or two) prayers said in the moment. They are characterized as very heartfelt and sincere petitions that sum up the problem nicely. The term, arrow prayer, was coined by Augustine to describe an early Coptic form of monastic prayer.
Since the arrow is mentioned, I will describe these prayers as going to the heart of the matter in a most swift and efficient manner.
What do you think?
One of these days I want to set aside some time to sit down and come with some of my own. But, perhaps, setting some time aside to sit down and create these would be defeating the purpose — they are supposed to be spontaneous, and instant in their creation, after all.
Here are some examples:
O Lord, you know how busy I must be this day; if I forget you, do not forget me:…
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I got into an interaction on Twitter which got me thinking (see the whole thread and the back and forth between me and "Nom DeGuerre"). https://twitter.com/isaacwmiller/status/1006603507087085568 https://twitter.com/DeGuerre_Nom/status/1006604845917327360 Intellectualism is usually at least partly hedonistic. It is, as much as cuisine or sex, an effort to achieve a sense of fulfillment and harmony with the world … Continue reading Intellectual Porn; Why I’m not an Ancap