Biblical Short Story: David and the Death of Ishbosheth

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

Biblical Short Story: David and Ishbosheth, Part 2

David and his men reconvened at his headquarters. David’s men were elated, since they knew what Ishbosheth’s death meant for David. David’s somber and irritated disposition was typical David – his moods were frequently contrary to the mood of everyone else around him. Great victories usually meant David would warn the men how close they … Continue reading Biblical Short Story: David and Ishbosheth, Part 2

Amos 1-8 Commentary

Amos 1-2 includes judgments on these entities: Damascus Gaza Tyre Edom Ammonites Moab Judah: "Covenant Transgressions" - Rejected law, followed false gods as did their fathers Israel: "Covenant Transgressions" - treated the poor badly; sexual immorality; corruption of contracts; multiplied altars, money exchanging hands near many altars; drink wine with fines levied "in the temple … Continue reading Amos 1-8 Commentary

Catholic Pharisees and Protestant Samaritans

I considered Catholics Pharisees for more than a decade. A common biblical paradigm for Protestants to justify rejecting Catholicism is likening the Catholics to Pharisees; those who "make their phylacteries long," or "have neglected the weightier matters." I understand the appeal of this claim. They might see the liturgy or the thoroughly complex canon legal … Continue reading Catholic Pharisees and Protestant Samaritans