Aug 30, 2019

Thoughts on Psalm 133

Some of our fondest memories of road trips involve snacking, stops at roadside attractions, bathroom breaks, and for many, singing. We sing as we travel (no talent required) because it helps us to pass the time and it helps us to bond. Spouses and siblings also find it harder to bicker when there is a melody to be proclaimed. Simply put, singing brings us together. It seems Israel understood this and so the Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120–134, aka Pilgrim Psalms) provided a means to pass the time and bond as they traveled up to Jerusalem to worship. So, it seems quite apropos that one of these Psalms of Ascents, Psalm 133, pictures the blessedness of unity in family and faith. The family that walks together worships together and vice versa.

Aug 29, 2019

Canonical Interpretation, Intertextuality, and Preaching

Jonathan  Catanzaro has some interesting thoughts here on canonical interpretation and intertextuality and how these relate to preaching.

Aug 28, 2019

Gender and the Resurrection Body

Ian Paul has a very good discussion here related to gender and our resurrection bodies.

Aug 27, 2019

Imprecatory Psalms

Abraham K-J has a decent discussion of imprecatory psalms here where he concludes that we can indeed pray them.

Aug 26, 2019

Willie Nelson and Job 19:17

The line "bad breath is better than no breath at all" from Willie Nelson's 2018 song "Bad Breath" reminded me of this verse from Job. 
"My breath is offensive to my wife,
    And I am loathsome to my own brothers." (19:17, NASB)