My English compposition teacher in my freshman year of college often condemned institutionalized education, calling it "assembly- line" education, because it tended to produce cookie-cutter kids with similar imaginations, expectations, and dreams...which trends he could see from their writings. One wonders if he had more home- schooled kids in his classes that he'd have gotten more originality and creativity from their assignments, given the many backgrounds from which they come.
Hard to believe something like that (Ark of the Covenant) would still be intact after all these years.
No doubt Babylonian conquerers were highly motivated to preserve the Ark as a trophy of conquest, but subsequent "owners" of this relic would probably be more interested in melting off the gold and throwing the wood and it's contents away.
Just look at the havok wrought on Egyptian tombs and temples by grave-robbers over the centuries.
After the inner temple curtain was ripped top-to-bottom during Christ's crucifixion, any/all elements in the Holy of Holies would surely have lost their "Old Testament" power--which makes movies like "Raiders of the Lost Ark" that much less compelling. Oh well, it's still a fun movie!
Having and using a psalter would be interesting, especially singing Psalm 58 and others like it.
The Baptist church I used to attend used a Gadsby book of hymns which was VERY good and easy to sing to, as I remember.
Many of the newer hymns and songs in the Trinity hymnal and many of the supplimental songs my church uses are so complex that I find I'm so busy trying to sing them right that I can't concentrate on the lyrics and their meaning.
At least our church now uploads the Sunday bulletin on Saturday, giving us a little time to PRACTICE the hymns the night before.
So much was beyond his control and not really his fault.
1) Dot-com bust 2) 9-11 attacks 3) Morgage crisis
And perhaps others.
Signing as many money bills as he did may not have been so good for our economy but it sure kept the Dems from attacking him like they did when Gerald Ford vetoed so many bills back in the 70's (an action which actually ended up helping the economy a bit).
I heard that a recent Nobel-prize winner for economics claimed that if Bush's tax cuts had been greater and more frequent, our economy might be significantly better than it is now. He was criticized by many (probably Kensians) for his remarks.
'Moses was probably also on drugs when he saw the "burning bush," suggested Shanon, who said he himself has dabbled with such substances.'
This guy is trying to project his own experiences onto a historical figure!
Problem I have with his argument is that I've been told that those who indulge in psychedelics often feel extremely empowered (able to perform super-human tasks like flying, etc.); but Moses was VERY TIMID regarding God's commision for him to confront Pharoah while seeing the burning bush.
Baalam may have used drugs to achieve his "trance state" while prophesying, and apostate israel may very well have used drugs while worshipping on "every high hill" and "under every green tree", but to automatically impune the more faithful Israelites of what the Bible calls "sorcery" is just plain unfair.
Anything and everything that burned in the temple/tabernacle (sacrifices, incense, oil-burning lamps, etc.) was made of standard substances, not drugs, according to Biblical accounts.
Dr Roger Clark wrote: "Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment." (Ecclesiastes 11;9)
VERY sobering passage, as is a similar one in Isaiah 50:11, geared toward those who would justify themselves rather than trust in the Lord.
I just noticed that SA has more articles about homosexuality than anything else, meaning either SA is obsessed with this issue or that homosexuals really have managed to dominate the mainstream media with their agenda. Or maybe both are true.
If the latter, then this is a VERY wise position for Obama to take if he wants to be elected president.
This article seems to focus on the perceived vulnerability of kids (gay, straight, or whatever).
With so much emphasis these days on "the VULNERABLILTY of kids", One would think that contemporary society is actually trying to reinforce this condition rather than trying to "toughen-up" our kids so they will be able to deal with life's major difficulties.
I REALLY feel sorry for the generations of youth that followed mine, which were "allowed" to do so many more challenging activies, like climbing way up into trees, riding bicycles without having to wear any stupid helmet, etc.
Our company has a 20-something admin assistant who's so petite that she actually meets some of the requirements to sit in a CHILD seat while riding in a CAR!!