“Now at the end of the days, when the king had said that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they served before the king” (Daniel 1:18-19).
Throughout the world, and throughout most of recorded history, examinations have played a major part in determining the future of young people. In South Asia preparing for exams is an extremely important activity as the continuation of one’s education or the beginning of a career depends upon making acceptable marks. In many cases those who fail do not get another opportunity. Continue reading “Final exams”
The end of winter is the time when many gardeners turn to their books. We may have been perusing seed catalogs for the last few months, and even ordered a few new varieties of tomatoes or beans to try.
When the robins appear and the ground starts thawing, we turn our attention to the gardening books. We search for the best way to plant that new Santa Rosa Plum that came in the mail; bare rooted, bare twigged, and sad looking. Continue reading “And the books were opened”
The Israelites had largely forgotten God. In the hundreds of years since they had settled in Egypt and eventually became slaves, they had slowly lost their knowledge of him.
We can understand why earlier, when God sent Moses to the Israelites, that he was hesitant. “If I go to the Israelites and tell them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘’What is his name?’ – what should I say to them?…And if they do not believe me or pay attention to me, but say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you’?” (Exodus 3:13 & 4:1 NET). Moses’ fears were real – the Israelites no longer knew who God was. Continue reading “Meeting God”
As a plant addict and gardener, I am often asked questions concerning plant or insect identification, or plant care questions. Most of the time, I feel blessed when I can help a less experienced gardener to make her world more beautiful, even if it’s just the world of her back porch. Continue reading “I don’t know”
“But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16)
Do you remember the old riddle, “What’s black and white and “read” all over?” (ans: newspaper). Of course, the hearer doesn’t recognize the homophone, and is led by the terms “black” and “white” to hear “red” the color, rather than “read” the past tense verb. What does that have to do with the Bible? Stick with me. Continue reading “Black, white, and “red” all over”
FT Magazine chose to shake up the good feelings of Valentine’s Day with a sober story about “Twelve ways the world could end.” Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute and the Global Challenges Foundation has assessed (or guessed?) risks from human, natural, and extraterrestrial catastrophes. Continue reading “Twelve ways the world will not end”
History is the story of arguments. Continue reading This is the End
There were some anxious moments at our house as my daughter and I prepared for our mission trip. Late in the packing process we discovered that my passport that had been set out earlier was not a current passport! That current passport was not where we expected it to be. Continue reading Moments Of Panic