How the godly fall – Characters: Samson, Part 2

A fall from grace. Maybe you’ve experienced it. Or maybe another’s fall has affected you. There have been a number of high profile such failures, and countless more lower profile examples that don’t get reported in the news. No matter the situation, they impact people deeply, leaving us wonder, “How did that happen?” Parents splitContinue reading “How the godly fall – Characters: Samson, Part 2”

The messiness of crime [Crime & Punishment – Deuteronomy 21, part 4]

Crime and punishment is so complex, messy and often frustrating. The third season of the podcast Serial does an excellent job exploring the nuances of the criminal justice, as seen through the lens of Cleveland, Ohio. It likely comes as no surprise to you that we humans have a conflicted history of dealing with crime.Continue reading “The messiness of crime [Crime & Punishment – Deuteronomy 21, part 4]”

Bodies and wadis? [Crime & Punishment – Deuteronomy 21, part 2]

We have a murder on our hands! In part 1 of this series on crime and punishment in Deuteronomy 21, a dead body has been found. But the murderer can’t be found, or is thus far unknown.  God has told Israel that the body bring blood guilt on the land, and as we saw inContinue reading “Bodies and wadis? [Crime & Punishment – Deuteronomy 21, part 2]”

A biblical murder mystery? [Crime & Punishment – Deuteronomy 21, part 1]

Do you like crime dramas? Last year I watched a Netflix documentary called Making A Murderer.  It was gripping, often feeling like an extended episode of the TV show, Law & Order.  There were many interesting characters and plot twists, but in this documentary, all of it was real.  No actors.  Real interviews. Courtroom andContinue reading “A biblical murder mystery? [Crime & Punishment – Deuteronomy 21, part 1]”