Taking Stock

It’s taken only eight weeks to get through Daniel 1. Just wait until we get to chapter 7 (sometime in 2013, if we’re lucky). You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet. Before we turn the page to chapter 2, we’re going to pause and take inventory of what’s happened in chapter 1. It may be obvious to…

A Traveler’s Thanks

It’s Thanksgiving Eve, and after a week of whirlwind travel, I’m thankful to be exactly where I am tonight – in a quiet house in a sleepy suburb. On Friday I flew to San Francisco for three days of non-vacation. I stayed with a good friend, and we ended up in a third-story hotel room…

My Empty Nest

I emptied my nest early last week and then I spent the rest of the week cleaning it out. If you know me respectably well, you might be thinking, “Um, Wendy, you don’t have a nest.” Traditionally speaking, you’re right. But sometimes God gives people like me (single with no kids) a different kind of…

What’s His Beef?

We have barely met Daniel (v.6) before we learn that his name is changed to the more Babylonian appropriate “Belteshazzar,” which probably meant something like “Bel (oh, great Babylonian god!), protect his life!” (v.7). Having informed us of this fact, the narrator immediately reverts back to the name “Daniel” (v.8). This narrator will have nothing…