Wednesday, December 24, 2008
But I’m not in a hurry. I already know that it will take years to get through the entire Bible, so a missed month isn’t a big deal in the grand scale. (Although this isn’t about “getting through the Bible,” it’s about my own personal study…)
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
I realized that I didn’t really put enough thought into the Thoughts section of the last post. It was a crazy day, and I let myself submit the post before I should have. So I’ll present some further thoughts on the passage here—even though they’ll probably amount to very obvious points.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Friday, September 05, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
SynopsisIn this passage, the Israelites engage the Philistines in battle, and lose. About four thousand Israelites are killed, and they want to know why the LORD brought this defeat. And they hit upon a solution: They’ll bring the Ark with them, into battle! There is no indication that they ask the LORD if this is a good idea, but Eli’s two wicked sons, Hophni and Phinehas, go with the Ark, so the plan seems to have the approval of the priests, at any rate.
ThoughtsThe main problem the Israelites seem to have in this chapter is that they are treating the Ark as some kind of talisman, rather than the dwelling place of the LORD Almighty. According to verse 3, they understand that it is the LORD who brought them defeat against the Philistines, which is good, but then it seems like they believe they can just wave the Ark at the Philistines like a magic wand, and cause their defeat.
So the people sent men to Shiloh, and they brought back the ark of the covenant of the LORD Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim. (verse 4a)First of all, I see more respect in the second description. Not that the Bible always describes the Ark in this way, but the author seems to be emphasizing the respect, in this case, in contrast to how the Israelites are treating it.
Friday, August 08, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Friday, July 04, 2008
Friday, May 09, 2008
In the meanwhile, the next passage to blog about is another short 3-verse passage, so I’ll cover that today, before I go silent again for a while…
Incidentally, I just noticed that my last post was my 300th, which is kind of a milestone. When I first started this blog, I wasn’t sure if I would persevere—apparently I might. (Again, not that this blog benefits anyone but myself, but it does benefit me.)
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
The book of Joshua is the first book that wasn’t written by Moses. In fact, Moses—who is the man the Israelites considered to be their greatest leader, against whom future leaders would be measured—has left some pretty big shoes to fill, and that was probably somewhat intimidating for Joshua, his replacement. Or at least, it would have been, if Joshua had to do it on his own. But if God was the Israelites’ true leader, and all Joshua had to do was faithfully follow Him, then there was nothing for him to be worried about. Based on the evidence, I think Joshua did very well.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
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Unfortunately, I think I’m going to be building my church’s website on Wordpress.com, and they don’t allow you to embed iFrames. (Blogger does, which is why you can see the map above.) So I’m going to have to use the Static Map Wizard, instead.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Although I’m really just maintaining this blog for my own benefit, rather than anyone else’s—it’s very helpful, to me, to force myself to do an in-depth look at each passage in the Bible, one by one—it’s still nice to hear that others are finding it helpful, too.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
I guess this is very much like a “podcast,” so if people have experience with that, too, any advice would help. But really, all I’d want is a place where the audio files could go, in conjunction with the blog. (Regardless of what medium I eventually decide on, I’ll still want a text transcript for people to read.) What I’d love is an audio equivalent of YouTube; someplace where I could upload my audio files, and then, if at all possible, have a player that I could embed in the blog posting with the transcript, so the reader could click Play, to hear it. But I’m not just looking for features; I’m also looking for a reliable service, that I can figure will be around for a while. If you want to upload video, YouTube is the hands-down winner, but if you want to upload audio, where do you go?
Worse-case scenario is that I’d have to get a web hosting service with a lot of storage space, and just store the audio files there. But even when you use MP3, my pastor’s sermons are forty-five to sixty minutes, and a sixty minute sermon takes up a lot of space. (I think the sound files we’re capturing are about 40MB, if I remember correctly.) I’d be in a constant cycle of running out of space and having to upgrade my account, and running out of space again, etc. YouTube has upload limits (I think), meaning that you can only upload a certain amount per day or per month or whatever, but once you’ve uploaded something, it’s there for good. You’ll never have to think about deleting it, to make more room on the server.
As an aside, someone had suggested simply creating a video, using the audio—i.e. use the audio file from the sermon, and create a movie with a still picture and the audio, and upload that to YouTube. But YouTube limits you to ten minutes for a video, so for my pastor’s sixty minute sermons, it would mean I’d have to break each one into six pieces. That’s kind of unwieldy.
If anyone has any thoughts, feel free to comment here, and let me know.
Monday, February 04, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
For the most part, the book of Deuteronomy is one long speech by Moses, to the Israelites, before his death. (I was tempted to call it his “swan song,” but that would imply that the speech is a performance, and I don’t think of Moses as “performing” in this book.) Much of the book/speech is spent reminding the nation of Israel of events that have taken part since they left Egypt, or reminding them of laws that were handed down in Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers.