Sabbath School

A Fallen Hero, A Hardened Sinner – and Grace


For those drawn to the gentle figure of Jesus, violent Elijah is a jarring contrast. Though he had help corralling the 450 prophets of Baal after Yahweh’s victory on Mt. Carmel, Scripture gives Elijah himself full credit for the slaughter.

But however squeamish we may feel about Elijah’s violent deeds, both in Christianity and in Judaism he was to be a key figure in ushering in the kingdom of God. In short, he is one of the good guys.

Retro-fitting Ancient Priestly Garments of Grace


Christians are quick to stitch together interpretations regarding priestly garments designed and described for the most part in the Old Testament. It is a time-tested tradition woven together with the help of New Testament priestly imagery especially from the book of Hebrews. But the New Testament has little interest in the attire the new high priest (Jesus) wears; the Old Testament cares a lot about priestly garments and the details surrounding them.

Watching Joseph Change His Clothing

Clothing signifies.  Beyond covering our nakedness, and providing protection from the elements, what we wear gives clues to gender, status, profession, attitude, age, personality, culture, and often even one’s current mood.

The Greatest of These: A Garment of Mercy

I anticipated the students’ annoyance.  In the classroom, I was prepared to perform the dual roles of devil’s advocate and referee.  Though unsurprised by the response to the play’s ending, I still was secretly pleased that some members of the class had changed their minds.  Their initial assessment about the central character had been challenged; however there was significant evidence that he had redeemed himself.

Jesus Felt It All So That We Can Bear it All


Something about being a CHRISTian gets my attention every day, especially this week.  I am telling the world that I am Partnering with Jesus Christ who is my Pattern, Example, Savior, High Priest, and Coming LifeGiver.

Of course it also matters if He is a Distant Friend or an Ever-present Companion. And it also matters if He is my Constant Supplier of energy, hope, and joy—my Partner every moment of the day and night.

How does this all work?

Nature as a Source of Health

Nature as a Source of Health?  Nature as opposed to . . . in contrast to . . . as an alternative to . . . what?  Which “Nature” are we talking about?

Jealousy In a Family


JEALOUSY: Collins Thesaurus lists the words that convey a related meaning: envy, covetousness, distrust, heart-burning, ill-will, mistrust, possessiveness, resentment, spite, suspicion.

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