“No evil shall befall us,” said St. Anthony in the desert, preachers during the Rwandan genocide, and Americans after 9/11.
Why would Psalms and Cormac McCarthy's novel Blood Meridian pop into my head?
Todd Billings weaves his struggle with a rare form of blood cancer together with probing biblical and theological reflection.
What are the best Psalms commentaries for Christian exposition? Walter Brueggemann and William Bellinger's book deserves a place alongside Clinton McCann and James Mays.
The accepted baseline for study of the Psalms is genre analysis. Beyond that baseline, however, several interpretive options are available.
I was at a class reunion with several former classmates when one of them, a professor of philosophy, asked an unusual question: “What fears have you conquered over the years and what new ones have you acquired?” Not eager to make our private fears public, each of us waited for someone else to open up the discourse. One person finally listed some familiar fears, including “mice,” “being left out or abandoned” and “the dark.”
The psalmists of the Bible often sound as if they’re drowning.