In The Beginning, There was Seven

It is hard to imagine a more auspicious beginning for the seventh day than the one put forward in the first book of the Bible. “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and He rested on theContinue reading “In The Beginning, There was Seven”

Jesus and a Pharisee

When we read the gospels, we often give Pharisees and bad rap. There were some excellent Pharisees that came to understand Jesus’s teachings. Gamaliel is one, Nicodemus another. Paul trained as a Pharisee under the guidance of Gamaliel.  Yet despite these noteworthy examples, our perception is Pharisee’s are self-righteous, exclusivist, and thoroughly confused about whatContinue reading “Jesus and a Pharisee”

The Mustard Plant

The Bible fascinates me. Whenever I study its pages, I learn more. It is like the layers of an onion.  With each layer, new aromas of beauty are encountered, often bringing tears of joy to my eyes.  Matthew 13:31-32 is one of these passages. It was Sabbath, Jesus is engaged in conversation with the PhariseesContinue reading “The Mustard Plant”