Sunday after Ascension: Job 1:13-22

Opening Prayer: Our Father, we ask that you would be with us now by Your Spirit. That the Your presence would break us apart and remake us. Take away our pride that thinks we already know what your Word means for us. And grant us the grace to follow You. Through Jesus Christ our Lord,…

Not even the Pigs

In an article entitled “Health, Welfare, and Education in the Protestant Reformation: Who Cared?”, Rebecca Prichard cites Luther’s condemnation of the “brotherhoods” which were originally founded on principles of charity and mercy ministry: “The brotherhood,” he said, “is also supposed to be a special convocation of good works; instead it has become a collecting of…

Job and the East

One point that didn’t make it into the outline for yesterday’s sermon, but which came out in the sermon (somewhat) was the interesting contrast in the first 12 verses between Job who is the greatest of the “sons of east” and the “sons of God.” For all of Job’s greatness and perfection, he is not…

Remembering Through the Cross

Memory can be a terrifying thing. We often remember things we wish we didn’t. We remember our own failures. We remember sin. We remember guilt. We remember things that others did to us, said to us, and we remember pain, loss, hardships. Memory of course can be a great blessing as well, but in a…

Like It’s the Best Thing

As it turns out there are a number of children here week after week. They worship with us in their own ways and are learning to participate with us. Many of you are parents who are busy with this task, and this is as it should it be. But the exhortation is directed to you…

Sixth Sunday in Easter: Job 1:1-12

IntroductionJob is the introduction to the wisdom literature in our English Bibles, and was perhaps written or compiled by Solomon himself. The book of Job shares many characteristics with the rest of the wisdom literature, and challenges us to learn the wisdom of the resurrection. Perfect and GreatThe author describes Job as blameless or perfect,…

Bad Assumptions

My friend Remy Wilkins has several great posts on Bad Assumptions in Raising Children.

Atbashing Babel

Some of my notes from an Old Testament class in seminary with Dr. George Schwab: In Ezekiel many nations are listed for judgment, which nation is conspicuous by its absence? Babylon. Why is Babylon not mentioned in Ezekiel’s many oracles and condemnation of the nations? Babel/Babylon represents all that stands against Yahweh and his people….

Morality vs. Production

In Economics in One Lesson Henry Hazlitt says: “The progress of civilization has meant the reduction of employment, not its increase. It is because we have become increasingly wealthy as a nation that we have been able virtually to eliminate child labor, to remove the necessity of work for many of the aged and to…

More Hobbes on Job

Thoughts generated by Gordon Hull’s article on Hobbes’ Leviathan and the book of Job: Hull says that the reason for Hobbes’ reference to Job in his titled work Leviathan is threefold: “it serves as an image of the great and powerful civil apparatus… Second, the products of Job’s speech are given as parts of the…