Just finished reading the Crossway Bible Guide “Discovering
Joshua” by Charles Price. I had a few thoughts and decided I’d post them here.
One big mistake Christians make is to think that Rahab sinned
when she lied about not knowing the whereabouts of the Israelite spies. Rahab
was doing the right thing in this case.
The Bible contains several instances where lying is deemed acceptable.
The Hebrew midwives lied in Exodus and were blessed for it, there was acceptable
lying in Judges, David lied once, and even Jesus lied about not going up to the
Feast of Dedication.
Of course, nobody considers the fact the spies would have
had to lie about the reasons for seeking out Rahab’s house. Obviously, the
spies wouldn’t have told the Cananites their true intentions. Here is how I
picture the conversation going:
Spies: Hey, you know where a couple weary travelers can find
a good time?
Cananite: Yeah, Rahab, she’ll put you up for the night. She’ll
see you get taken good care of.
The part of the wall on which Rahab had her house must have
remained standing, falling after Rahab and her family were safe.
Though Achan’s sons and daughters being put to death along
with Achan does seem harsh, for one thing his children were probably grown. For
another, they were probably accomplices in Achan’s sin. Here is how I picture
it going down:
Daughter: (Sees Achan burying stolen goods) Hey Dad, what
are you doing?
Achan: Oh, I’m just burying this stuff.
Daughter: Isn’t that from Jericho?
Achan: Well, yeah, it is.
Daughter: Well then, that garment is supposed to be
destroyed, and that gold and silver is supposed to be brought before the Lord
and put in the treasury for Him.
Achan: Oh come on, honey. That whole city was filthy rich.
The treasury has more than enough wealth. They won’t miss this stuff. And this
garment, it’s of extremely good quality. Just look at it. We’ve destroyed
everything else from Jericho and put all the rest of the precious metals from
there into the Lord’s service. He’ll overlook me keeping this stuff.
Daughter: Well, I guess you’re right. All right, Dad, just
as long as you think it’ll be OK.
Though God’s command to destroy everything in Ai may seem extreme
and harsh as well, this command illuminates how sin contaminates and affects
everything, including animals and inanimate objects.
This chapter confuses me. I realize one of its lessons: that
we may still have to live with the consequences of sin even after we repent,
but it seems to me that, since making the peace treaty with the Gibeonites in the
first place was a sin, they should have killed them all in the end anyway
rather than having to abide by the treaty. I don’t understand why men of Israel
were punished in later years for killing Gibeonites, since to my way of thinking
they were only carrying out what God had told them to do in the first place.
In Old Testament times, promises were taken a lot more
seriously, but what constitutes a promise? These days, we often casually say
that we’re going to do something for someone, but we usually don’t really mean
it, or else it’s something we’d like to do for that person if we can find the
time. If we were living in Biblical times, Would we have to keep every single
little thing we had idly promised someone?
This Sunday, September 14th from 2 pm until 5 At The Black Dog, 227 West Front St. in Stirling. The ‘Amazing Jam’! Even more amazing music... This Sunday afternoon at The Black Dog in Stirling. We’ll be playing music there for about 3 hours. Welcomed by both staff and the patrons in the lounge and restaurant, our music is appreciated. Once a month on Sunday afternoons. The format is a ‘song circle’ with the lead changing from person to person among the group. Everyone has the option to offer a tune when their turn comes around, or pass to their neighbour if they’d rather. Depending on the music, the mood, choice of instruments, etc. some will choose to support whoever is leading a song, others may prefer to sit out and listen. We invite you to come out and join us, making music with old friends; for sure there will be some new faces too. Remember.... “Bring your instruments, your voices and your music. It’s all unplugged and it’s all good! Guitar, bass, harmonica, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, fiddle, accordion, flute, celtic harp – the list goes on. “Could be only 4 or 5 of us, or there may be a whole room full of musicians, A place for ‘first-timers’ and experienced players alike. A good bunch of people playing all kinds of music together. People in their teens all the way through to proto-geezers. Maybe even an incipient-geriat or two.... “The blues does not rule. We play any acoustic music from punk to polka!” (Baritone sax and tuba set up in the parking lot....) Hope to see you Sunday afternoon in Stirling. James
Magic Bronson played the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon and their
last release, the Nor'easter EP, spent five weeks on the CMJ Top 200 charts.
Since then they have been hard at work writing, recording, and producing their
debut full-length record in a vintage studio in the woods of Northern
Magic Bronson will be on tour this month to promote their
upcoming albumset to release on November 4th on War Cry Records. From their
live bass and looping effects to jumping and flailing on stage, Matthew
Lieberman and Michael Nicastro's live energy is definitely not to miss!
Sep 19th Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon w/ Big Data
Sep 20th Las Vegas, NV @ Gold Spike
Sep 28th Los Angeles, CA @ The Roosevelt (Spare Room)
Burning Ear Showcase w/ Pr0files
After listening to a bit of this album, I can say I find the lyrics catchy, thought-provoking and well-written. The music is catchy as well and makes you feel glad you listened.
Over the last couple of days a song by Allan Jackson has floated around my head like a raft on a stormy lake. I am uncertain of the title, but it goes "where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?`
On That Day
In 2001 I was 21-years-old, and living here in Hamilton, I was engaged to be married, and feeling old before my time. I slept in that morning, and awoke at eight-forty-six unaware of events outside my room let alone in the world at large. I went about my have-to-dos, all the while semi-noticing that there was a quiet heaviness around me. I also was starting to be in the grips of a migraine headache.
New York Is Burning
Like I said my day was plotting its course, and my migraine was trailing along like an annoying sibling. My intended burst through my apartment door to let me know that something horrible had happened. At first I didn't believe him, because he had been known to tell stories, but when I changed stations later, I realized he was telling the truth.
I broke the engagement, moved to another suburb of Hamilton, and am happy to say my life has plotted out a different and better course.
So to quote the song, where were you when the world stopped turning that September day?
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Milliionaires is the second full-length release from this
unique father and son lineup consisting of Rick and Stephen Barton.
You may recognize a familiar sound from Rick Barton as he
was the guitarist and founding member of Dropkick Murphys. Continental's sound
is an upbeat blend of country, folk and punk rock with personal yet relatable
lyrics and just the perfect amount of sweet shredding guitar.
A veteran of the New York music scene, Chancius honed his
live performance skills playing to crowds in the New York City subway system
where he first started selling homemade demos. Fans of his music began to
recognize him on the street as the subway musician with the striking vocals and
memorable song lyrics. It was at this point that Chancius lent his vocals and
song writing skills to the electro-rock outfit Automatic Duo. During his tenure
as front man, Chancius toured towns and cities up and down the east coast. His
soon to be released LP Bando is an 11 song an album that tells a tale of
self-discovery and the meaning of being human in the 21st century.
Throughout the album,
the echoing influences of David Bowie, The Killersand Flaming Lips can be heard weaved into
Chancius' original songs. The single “A Piece of You Wherever I Go” is a catchy
upbeat tune filled with dreamy guitar harmonies alongside mid-century battle
styled drumming patterns. The track's lighthearted lyrics call to mind the
everyday things that we tend to take for granted.
Bando is an
alternative rock concept album (a sci-fi opera if you will) centered around a
character who in the process of cheating death, discovers what it means to
survive beyond. The album's examination of what humanity means allowed Chancius
to step out of his comfort zone when it came to writing and recording all the
material. Instead of solely relying on his guitar to bring his songs to life,
he decided to bring in his guitar as an accent piece after he had laid down
multiple instrumental parts. “I wanted there to be some kind of
continuity," says Chancius, “which meant looking at the story that I
wanted to tell as a whole and then deciding what pieces needed to be fleshed
out and in what order did they work the best in”.
Chancius’ album Bando
will be available September 23rd.
Lyrically, "A Piece of You Whereever I Go" is excellent and musically it is wonderful.