Reviewing Judges 8

Judges 9 is a harsh reversal of Judges 8 and Gideon’s anger against Israel’s enemies.  It is poignant picture of how warring for God is no sin, but warring against God most certainly is.  The two scenes, Gideon against  Succoth and Penuel vs Abimelech against Gideon’s Israelite sons, are so similar, that without wisdom & … Continue reading Reviewing Judges 8

Holy Ascension Thursday

  Gospel Reading: Luke 24:36-53 At that time, Jesus, having risen from the dead, stood in the midst of his disciples and said to them, "Peace to you." But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit. And so Jesus  said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do questionings … Continue reading Holy Ascension Thursday

The sickle sword of Assyrian king Adad-nirari I.

The sickle sword of Assyrian king Adad-nirari I.Dates to ca. 1307–1275 B.C., northern Mesopotamia, 54.3 cm long, and made of bronze.This curved sword bears the cuneiform inscription “Palace of Adad-nirari, king of the universe, son of Arik-den-ili, king of Assyria, son of Enlil-nirari, king of Assyria,” indicating that it was the property of the Middle Assyrian king Adad-nirari I … Continue reading The sickle sword of Assyrian king Adad-nirari I.

Epictetus on

From everything which is or that happens in the world, it is easy to give praise to God [Providence], if a man possesses these two qualities, first the faculty of seeing what belongs and happens to all people & things in this world and not just particular to himself, and two, a humble disposition. If … Continue reading Epictetus on

Duccio on Christ before the Pharisees

The surroundings for the scenes in which Pilate appears (Christ Accused by the Pharisees and Pilate's First Interrogation of Christ)  take place in the governor's palace. The slender spiral columns of white marble and the decoration carved along the top of the walls seem to refer to classical architecture. Pilate too, portrayed with the solemnity … Continue reading Duccio on Christ before the Pharisees

Sunday Celebration of the Blind Man

The 5th Sunday of Lent - Healing of Blind in Jericho At that time, as Jesus passed by, he saw a man who was blind since  birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, … Continue reading Sunday Celebration of the Blind Man

Memorial Day weekend

Columbus Mississippi was a small town of about 6,000 people during the Civil War. Being near a rail line, Columbus received many mainly Confederate casualties of war, including those from the Battle of Shiloh in April, 1862, in nearby southwestern Tennessee. During the two days of that battle, a total of almost 3,500 soldiers were … Continue reading Memorial Day weekend