Category Archives: Esther

The Anonymous God and the Separation of Church and State

For my write-up today on Circle of Life: Traditional Teachings of Native American Elders, I’ll use as my starting-point something that James David Audlin says on page 134: “When the chiefs of the Hodenasaunee (Iroquois Confederacy) responded to the ‘Founding … Continue reading

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Goldman’s Chapter on Hinduism

For my write-up today on Ari Goldman’s The Search for God at Harvard, I’ll talk some about Goldman’s chapter on Hinduism. Goldman opens this chapter with a conversation between a Hindu teacher and his pupil.  The pupil repeatedly asks how … Continue reading

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Jesus and Elisha Disregard the Firstfruits Law? Esther Violates the Passover?

In my latest reading of John’s Gospel: The Way It Happened, Lee Harmon makes an interesting point about the story of Jesus multiplying the loaves and the fishes in John 6.  According to Lee, Jesus and the people were eating … Continue reading

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Hermeneutical Questions After Last Night’s Bible Study

My church started its Fall Bible study yesterday.  We’re going through A Fragile Stone, Peter: Jesus’ Friend. I’m having a hard time writing today.  Maybe it’s because I’m tired after seeing Barack Obama do so poorly in last night’s debate.  … Continue reading

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Mark Driscoll, Rachel Held Evans, and Skyler-Daniel on Esther

I just listened to a Mark Driscoll sermon, and, much to my surprise, I actually liked it.  That doesn’t mean that I agreed with everything that he said or how he said it, but overall, I found it encouraging, for … Continue reading

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Solomon vs. Ruth, or Maybe Esther

Joe Biden reminds me of Solomon, whereas I associate Sarah Palin with Ruth, or maybe Esther. Let me explain. I realize that comparing Joe Biden to Solomon is problematic, since Biden doesn’t always think before he speaks, violating several Solomonic … Continue reading

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