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  • Temple of Solomon
    How King Solomon's domestic policies split the nation
    Solomon is one of the most well-known Biblical Kings, standing proudly in popular culture's understanding of the Bible next to his father, David. But his legacy was not as great as that of his father's - on the contrary, 1 Kings 11...
  • The Legend of Sheba: Rise of a Queen
    The Legend of Sheba: Heavy on history, testament to author's writing powers
    *A desert queen journeys north with her caravan of riches to pay tribute to a king and his one God. The story goes that she was conquered by him and returns to her home with gifts.It’s the question that drives us.This is the story we are...
  • Minister tells congregation to watch out for the 'little foxes'
    Minister tells congregation to watch out for the 'little foxes'
    On Sunday, June 22, Rev. Margaret Minnicks, associate minister from New Canaan Worship Center in Richmond, Virginia preached at Greater Nazarene Baptist Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia for their scholarship day. Rev. Minnicks chose to preach...
  • Foreskin102
    The Bible forbids exogamy
    God (Yahweh or Jesus Christ) shall punish the people that practice exogamy. Jews–including Hasidic Jews–are forbidden to interbreed/intermarry with people outside of their small tribe. The Old Testament forbids exogamy but mandates...
  • Sunrise over the Atlantic
    Working day wisdom
    Have you ever read the Proverbs? I mean have you really read the Proverbs?It is sort of like reading a thousand bumper stickers—ok, some of you don’t know what a bumper sticker is. It is sort of like reading a thousand Facebook posts...
  • Burns Flat Cross
    Tom's top ten or so Proverbs
    Read Proverbs 1-31Not too many people get excited about reading the Proverbs. Some come away scratching their heads thinking they read the same thing in seven or eight or nine different chapters.That’s probably because they did read the same...
  • Discipline and children
    The Solomon Wisdom Variety Show Finale
    Read Proverbs 29:15-27As the second half of this chapter resumes this variety show of wisdom, Solomon returns to the discipline of a child.A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom,but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.Despite what some...
  • Judge
    With liberty, wisdom, and justice for all
    Read Proverbs 29:1-14With liberty, wisdom, and justice for allImagine Solomon teaching a diverse group. Some have government positions, some are students and even scholars, and yet others are common people who want to know what God wants them to...
  • Walk to Jerusalem
    Rich, poor, evil, righteous, and more
    Read Proverbs 28:1-14Had Solomon lived in this century, his editor would have sent the Proverbs back to him with a note that read “Arrange topically and resubmit.”But for now, we take them in the order presented to us.The wicked flee...
  • Mud wrestling
    Faithful to the original design
    Read Proverbs 27:13-27Solomon begins by talking about 4 different types of relationships. They go from the most estranged to the closest to relationships in general.Let’s see what he says.Take the garment of one who puts up security for a...
  • Can't fix stupic
    I Can't fix stupid
    Read Proverbs 27:1-12Thematically, these next few proverbs are going to take us all over the place but perhaps have some common ground in friendship. Some will sound familiar and others may bring a new quip or two into your wisdom arsenal.We begin...
  • Stupid is as stupid does
    A FISH or how to deal with malicious people
    Read Proverbs 26:23-28There are some people who just don’t get it, some who are lazy, and some who have to meddle in other’s business or at least talk about it. None of these people are putting a smile on God’s face, but then we...
  • Post Modern Poverty
    Sluggards, meddlers, and gossips, Oh My!
    Read Proverbs 26:13-22We continue with our exploration of fools, sluggards, meddlers, and gossips. Fools received enough attention previously.So on to sluggards, meddlers, and gossips. We will save those governed by lies and malice for another...
  • Laci at Tom's desk
    Life is like a box of chocolates or coals heaped on the head of your enemy
    Read Proverbs 25:15-28There is the all encompassing allure of allegory and the advantageous arrangement of adjectives and adverbs to advance the art of alliteration.Literary tools are a landscape dotted with comparison and contrast, superlatives,...
  • Gifts
    Boasting about gifts never given, and other quips from Solomon himself
    Read Proverbs 25:1-14The first thing that you might notice about these proverbs attributed to Solomon is that many sound like those included elsewhere in the Proverbs.Some are almost verbatim and others so close that you will think, “Didn...