Continuing with Chapter 5 of Daniel, Jody starts in the midst of a party that has some pretty serious events thrown in.
Jody finishes Daniel 4 starting with a brief stopover on Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and to the end of the chapter with a peek into chapter 5.
Jody begins the first of a two part exploration of the fourth chapter of Daniel.
As the culture clock ticks toward midnight, we read the following headline: Deaths from booze, drugs, suicide could spike 60 percent to 1.6 million over next decade. Tragically, that dire warning didn’t surprise me. I bet you could say the same.
We’ve watched the downward skid for quite awhile. Watched. Fretted. Made peace with impotence.
As this blog series has suggested, there’s not much we can do outside the community of Jesus. People gonna do what people gonna do.
What we can do, though, is build a rat park. I could argue that Jesus has commanded us to build a rat park (John 13:34-35). Continue reading Let’s Build a Rat Park
Jody is out of town facilitating a Prayer Summit so husband, Dan, takes over for the familiar story of the three Hebrew exiles being tossed into the furnace. Listen as three stubborn guys put their lives on the line as a matter of conscience. Gives new meaning to the old phrase, “turn or burn!” In the case of the Babylonian king it was, “watch and learn.”
And so it happens again, this time in a church. People are gathered to worship. Children playing with friends. Adults enjoying conversation. There is music and prayer. A community has come together in the name of the Lord, Jesus.
A man, boiling with hatred enters the sanctuary and begins firing a weapon which has as its sole purpose the taking of human life. It performs flawlessly. Twenty-six brothers and sisters of the Kingdom are dead with another twenty injured. The illusion of safety in this world, if such an illusion persisted, is shattered in a tiny town in Texas.
Another mass shooting. Days before, a worshiper of a demon god (certainly no righteous deity could have inspired such an act) murders eight innocents with a rented truck in New York. Before that, 58 killed in Las Vegas. Elsewhere in the world, acts of cowardly inhumanity are standard fare. Hatred has gone viral. Continue reading Caution: Microcosms of Malice