Can I Get a Witness?

Every time I teach this chapter, I have confused students. It’s not my fault – they’re confused when they come to class after working independently on the chapter. Of course, by the time they leave, all confusion is cleared away. Okay, I’m probably not that good, but I can help with a few things. Here’s…

Moving to a New Chapter…or not

Look! We’re starting a new chapter! That is, we’re starting a new chapter unless you happen to be reading the Hebrew Bible…then we’re still in chapter 3, verses 31–33. In any English Bible, the same verses are in chapter 4, verses 1–3. In these three verses Nebuchadnezzar makes a proclamation to “all peoples, nations, and…

Of Xmas and Other X-things

’Tis the season for getting upset about people using “X” in place of “Christ” in “Christmas.” I don’t deny that a good number of people do want to take “Christ” out of “Christmas,” but using “Xmas” isn’t really the way to do it; nor should “Xmas” be a huge issue to campaign against. Here’s why.…

Basketball and Babylon

Most of the “court tales” we hear these days relate to the NBA and the recent lockout. The book of Daniel certainly features big egos, a bit of sport, and plenty of suspense, but its early chapters tell a completely different kind of court tale than the NBA tells. Daniel 2 moves us into a…