A Monument for Himself

May 13, 2021

1 Samuel 15-16

H - "And Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning. And it was told Samuel, 'Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he set up a monument for himself and turned and passed on and went down to Gilgal.'" - 1 Samuel 15:12E - God commanded Saul to wipe out the Amalekites, but Saul ...
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1 Samuel 13-14

H - "And Samuel said to Saul, 'You have done foolishly. You have not kept the command of Yahweh your God, with which he commanded you. For then Yahweh would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue. Yahweh has sought out a ma...
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1 Samuel 9-10

H - "Then Samuel told the people the rights and duties of the kingship, and he wrote them in a book and laid it up before Yahweh." - 1 Samuel 10:25E - Samuel has just anointed Saul as Israel's first king. The nation is now gathered at Mizpah, and Saul is recognised as king b...
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1 Samuel 3, 8

H - "And Eli said, 'What was it that [Yahweh] told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.' 18 So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him.” - 1 Samuel 3:17-18 E - This is Samuel'...
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1 Samuel 1-2

H - "'And I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who shall do according to what is in my heart and in my mind. And I will build him a sure house, and he shall go in and out before my Messiah forever.'" - 1 Samuel 2:35 E - In this passage, God fires Eli and his sons fr...
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Money is a huge part of our lives, but in the Church we don’t talk very much about it. It tends to be an embarrassing topic. We may feel guilty we’re not giving enough or that the pastor is just in it for the money. We may be living paycheque to paycheque and not have a ...
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Huxley's Playbook

March 23, 2021

Living as a Christian in Our Brave New World

Aldous Huxley published his dystopian novel Brave New World in 1932, at the height of the Great Depression and just before Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany. As Neal Postman pointed out in Amusing Ourselves Ourselves to Death (1985), Huxley’s novel differs significantl...
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In 1966, Michael Kenneth Frank became the first African-American student admitted to Dallas Theological Seminary, 42 years after the seminary was founded in 1924. Dr. John Walvoord was president of DTS at the time. When DTS had been probed on the admission of blacks in 1951,...
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In C. S. Lewis’s Out of the Silent Planet (1938), the main character, Ransom, a philologist, is drugged and kidnapped by Devine, an old schoolmate, and Weston, a great physicist, and transported in a spaceship from Earth to Malacandra, which we later learn is Mars. Once ar...
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A representative from New Zealand's education department expressed concern that our six-year old, Abraham, would be improperly socialized as a homeschooler. Averil's response was great: We definitely agree that social interaction with a range of people is important. May I sh...
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