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Why Nineveh? Jonah Would Love to Know Too!

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Here we are with installment three of our Geographical-Theology treatment. I actually never meant for there to be any sequels to the first post, but God has led me onward and upward.

Our next stop, much to the chagrin and protest of Jonah, is a place near and dear to the Assyrians (but not many others, Jonah chief amongst them!), a place called Nineveh. Nineveh was, in Jonah’s day, the capital city of the mighty Assyrian Empire.

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The Theology of Water Leaks

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Drips are incessant. They are nerve-rackingly persistent. They are methodical. Whether it be a leak from a kitchen sink, hitting the stainless steel bowl beneath it; or, a leak from the roof bouncing from the ceiling onto the floor, leaks are a nuisance and an irritant.

Why am I talking about leaks, you may wonder? Well, because I had a leak recently. Right by my desk, as I was trying to concentrate on some work, there was one of these mind-numbing, patience-testing, incessant-irritables only a foot away. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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On Rock Hunting and Clumps of Dirt

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This past weekend, the girls and I were doing a little garden preparation work. Mainly, we were walking through the garden spot (which had been tilled a couple of weeks back) looking for rocks. We made it a little game, to try and hold their attention, and we would find rocks and put them in a bucket. It is good to remove the rocks from the garden, so as not to damage the tines on the tiller. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Cold November Rain

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When I look into your eyes
I can see a love restrained
But darlin’ when I hold you
Don’t you know I feel the same

Nothin’ lasts forever
And we both know hearts can change
And it’s hard to hold a candle
In the cold November rain
(Lyrics from Cold November Rain, by Guns N’ Roses)

November came in with cool dreary days. It is a new month. A month that will fly by as fast as the previous ten have. It is amazing to me how fast time flies as you get older. (Notice I said get older and not get old!) November reminds us that the year is almost over. Soon, we’ll all be singing Auld Lang Syne and toasting our champagne for a new year . . . or, you may be fast asleep when 12:00 strikes for the new year! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Of Mice and Men? No, This Isn’t Steinbeck!

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This time of year mice have a way of finding their way into our house. We live in a rural area—an area surrounded by farm fields. When the farmers harvest their crops in the autumn, the field mice are dislodged from their warm, nestled lodging. They have a habit of seeking refuge in the environs of our house!

Now, I do not particularly care for mice, but my wife absolutely hates them! Or, more to the point, she hates them being in our house! We are not talking about being overrun with mice, only one or two usually; but, this is far too many for her tastes! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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To Judge or Not to Judge, That is the Question! (Part II)

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Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. (Mt. 7.1-2)

The word judgment clangs in our modern ears. It sounds so old-fashioned: prudish, puritanical and antiquated. After all, we have often heard, Jesus is all about love and making everyone feel warm and fuzzy about themselves. Okay, I may have exaggerated the last phrase a bit, but a Jesus who both loves and judges is not one readily accepted by many today.

If we misapply Matthew 7.1, we will end up with just that sort of Jesus. We will have a God who is grandfatherly and harmless. One who pats you on the head and gives a wink and always has a piece of hard candy for you when you visit. God will smell of ointments, sitting in a rocking recliner with his teeth in a glass just to his right. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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To Judge or Not to Judge, That is the Question! (Part I)

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Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. (Mt. 7.1-5, ESV)

Our pastor preached from this text yesterday morning. He has been doing a series on the Sermon on the Mount for the past several months. This is a passage that needs to be preached; and, even more, needs to be heard.

(I wanted to delve into this pericope a bit through a few posts. Today, I will discuss some general things about this pericope and Scripture in general. Tomorrow, Lord willing, I will deal a little more with the opening part of this passage and then in the next post (or two) deal with the closing portion and some conclusions.) Read the rest of this entry »

 

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