A Slow Learner Is Still a Learner

It’s (past) time to bring Daniel 4 to a close and bid fond farewell to Nebuchadnezzar. (He actually does show up posthumously in the next chapter, but he’s a distant memory there, which turns out to be part of Belshazzar’s problem. But, I am getting ahead of myself.) I rather like the pompous, short-fused, crazy…

Care To Be a Daniel?

In my Baptist Sunday school, we sang a song called “Dare To Be a Daniel.” It was all about taking a stand and standing alone. Daniel showed great gumption when he stood alone (or with his three friends) against the pervasive perversity of Babylon. He dared! But Daniel also cared, and sometimes that’s even harder.…

Green and Gold

I apologize up front to my fellow fans of the Green & Gold: this blog post is not about the Packers. I shamelessly used that color combination to lure in readers. (Did it work?) However, shamelessness does not equal randomness. Read on... You might recall that in the book of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar has two dreams.…

Schadenfreude

I’ve tried numerous times to learn German (not for fun…because it definitely isn’t), but the vocabulary kills me every time. Seriously, when a language allows the ad infinitum gluing together of words already-too-long to make new-out-of-control-longer words, it pretty much guarantees failure for people with short attention spans. I’ve made up an English word for…

Déjà-vous All Over Again

Nebuchadnezzar’s first disturbing dream came to him when he was a new king (chapter 2). He saw the “large statue—an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance” (2:31, NIV ) and, although the dream troubled him, things ended well for him. The interpretation bode badly for empires that succeeded him, but Nebuchadnezzar was the head of…

Say It with a Song

So what’s this important something Nebuchadnezzar had to say? The suspense has probably been causing you pain for a week. Let me put you out of your misery. The great and mighty king of Babylon is bubbly. He’s tickled to tell his story. The stuffy wording of most translations zaps the life right out of…