Every Noise Appalls

The first two essays in this series drew attention to the structure of the first part of Macbeth and to the way Shakespeare incorporates the Garden of Eden into his story. Macbeth, we saw, is a temptation story in which, compared to the Biblical story, the temptation itself is drawn out and extended. The Garden in the Biblical story became Macbeth’s castle in Shakespeare’s, but […]

The Warrior and the City: A Wedding Homily

Revelation 19:6-9 Then I heardsomethinglikethe voice of a great multitude and likethe sound of many waters and like thesound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For theLord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad andgive the glory to Him, forthe marriage of the Lamb has come and Hisbride has made herself ready.”It was given to her to clothe herself infine […]

2015 Biblical Horizons Conference

This year’s Biblical Horizons conference was another great success and we would like to thank all those who were involved by helping out with the catering or opening up their homes to attendees and speakers. The talks, open-ended as they were, offered a fresh perspective and food for thought on the topics they covered. Jeff Meyers’s three lectures centered on the theme of wealth and […]

Training Tools

I find myself often rehearsing conversations with my children. When the house is quiet in the late evening, and I’m standing in front of a pile of soapy dishes, I think about what I am going to say to them in certain situations. When I am driving in the car, and it is the rare moment that everyone has fallen asleep, I rehearse what I […]

Cosmic Language, 1

In Matthew 24:29, Jesus employs “cosmic language,” signs in the sun, moon and stars, to predict the imminent end of the Old Covenant. His first-century audience would have recognized His allusion to the prophecy against Babylon in Isaiah 13 and understood His discourse as a condemnation of Jerusalem as a contemporary Babel. So, this “cosmic” language is clearly poetic, but why would the prophets—including Jesus and His apostles—deliberately cause so much confusion […]