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 & 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 James: A Commentary on The Book of Job?
Before Moses gave the Ten Commandments to the tribes of Israel, before the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and before Muhammad founded Islam, there was a mighty son of the East who lost everything and wanted to enter God's court with boldness ("like a prince"). Jews, Christians and Muslims honor him. Scholars are puzzled by him. Even… Continue reading Dusting Off The Arab Hero of The Bible
Stay, my restless heart, my wandering feet. The way of escape is here. The place of newness and purpose is here too. Not in the next adventure, the next accomplishment, the next good deed, the next admirer. Stay and look up, above the spectacles, the sensations, the vanity. There is a cross up there in… Continue reading The Romance of The Cross
"He led me to the gate, the gate looking east, and behold, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the east."--Ezekiel 43:1-2 TLV My favorite place in Jerusalem (so far) is the eastern gate, known as the Golden Gate or The Gate of Mercy--seen above from the Garden of Gethsemane, framed by… Continue reading Beautiful Beulah
He was crossing King David Street, in Jerusalem, near the hip vicinity of Mamilla Mall. I noticed his distinctly Native American features and limber stride even before I saw the long hair dangling down his back, swinging behind him like a pendulum as he disappeared into a sweaty throng of pedestrians. His head was high.… Continue reading Chief Cornerstone & The Thirteenth Apostle