Whoo-hoo!!

I’ve been absent all year (for reasons I’ll post about another day), but today is an easy post. The FedEx man just left a gift on my doorstep: (I assure you that even though this blog is stuck somewhere in the middle of the book of Daniel, the commentary gets all the way to the…

One Small Foot and Two Little Horns

The dermatologist recently took a sharp (but sterile) instrument to my foot and then ordered me to elevate it as much as possible and not to exercise for two weeks. These haven’t been hard orders to follow since not even sandals are comfortable when you have stitches on the top of your foot. You’d think…

Where Worlds Meet

We’re still in Daniel 7  (“How long, O Lord?”), but today I interrupt that train of thought for a quick look into Daniel 10, where I’ve been living of late in commentary writing. Daniel 10-12 is a really long, really difficult section that begins with a tantalizing text about a divine being (some say Gabriel;…

Dipping a Toe in the Dismal Swamp

We're months away from Daniel 9 in this blog (okay, maybe even years, given the pace...), and you can be grateful for that. Trust me. One commentator has famously called the last part of Daniel 9 (Daniel's "Seventy Weeks") the "Dismal Swamp of O.T. criticism." He really doesn't exaggerate. Trust me. However, I spent many…

Turning Back the Clock

Last night was National Turn-Back-the-Clock night, which is widely embraced by most people I know (so long as they don’t have small children at home). Hooray for an extra hour to do something (Read: sleep!)! What I can’t figure out is how, with that extra hour of sleep, I ended up yawning my way through…

Ready or Not!

When I’ve taught Daniel 7 in the past, I’ve often started with some comic relief since I know what’s ahead in the chapter and the rest of the book. That comic relief looks like this: These critters (three of which are currently on craigslist sale – “lion, tiger, and bear! Oh my!”) are ridiculous representations…