During the reign of Herod the Great, a royal caravan came from foreign lands east of Palestine. Sages, soldiers, and slaves. Gentiles like Job, bringing precious gifts for an infant king of the Jews--a king greater than Herod, greater even than Solomon. When the expedition arrived in Jerusalem, they said that they had been studying… Continue reading Job, Part 5: The Epiphany
Adonai said to the satan, 'Did you notice my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth ...' Then the satan responded to Adonai, saying, '... strike everything that he has, and he will certainly curse You to Your face!' Then Adonai said to the satan, 'Everything he has is in your… Continue reading Job, Part 4: The Dragon
Then ADONAI answered Job out of the whirlwind... 'Now gird up your loins like a man; I will question you, and you will inform me!'"--Job 38:2-3 TLV The more I read The Book of Job, the more I'm convinced that it wasn't meant to explain the problem of suffering. The suffering itself is a decoy--like… Continue reading Job, Part 3: The Chariot of Fire
The Book of Job is a portal into an unseen war, a tribute to the glory of God in creation, and a testimony to the fact that people inevitably disappoint each other and that great men are only men after all. This book can be very confusing, with so much wisdom to unpack, and therefore… Continue reading Job, Part 2: James–A Commentary on The Book of Job?
Before Moses or Muhammad, there was a mighty son of the East who lost everything and wanted to appeal in heaven's court with boldness ("like a prince"). Jews, Christians and Muslims honor him. Scholars are puzzled by him. Even in his own lifetime, he was a legend and a riddle. He was truly his brother's… Continue reading Job, Part 1: Dusting Off The Arab Hero of The Bible
I haven't been in the "zone" now for seven months! (Unprecedented!) I have some free time now, which means that I'm energized and more like my normal self. Decluttering--not writing--is currently at the top of my agenda (I've been inspired by Becky's blog about minimalist lifestyle, and I'm stoked to try some of her ideas… Continue reading Every Year With Jesus Is A Good Year
Well, my friends, it's March, and I'm sure we all agree that Old Man Winter has way, way overstayed his welcome. I thought I'd be making espressos or waitressing somewhere and writing web content for a friend. Instead, I'm working in our office, and my current occupation doesn't involve traveling to anywhere except the post office.… Continue reading Madam Secretary Reflects on International Relations and Happy Happenstance