Tag Archives: Greek

Xenia with an Almighty God

Remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:12-13) Welcome […]

God the Epic Poet

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” ~ Ephesians 2:10 Similar to Tuesday’s post, this verse doesn’t need a lot of explanation on the surface.  We get the word picture: God makes us, and He makes us for good […]

Libations

“[Odysseos] dug a pit, of about a cubit in each direction, and poured it full of drink offerings for all the dead.” Homer’s Odyssey[1] “These are my prayers.  Over them I pour libations.  And now it’s your task to wreathe them with the flowers of mourning, to sing praises of the dead” ~ Electra in […]

The Act of Supplication

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” ~ Philippians 4:6 It’s the week of Thanksgiving, and so it would be easy to write about being thankful – which I will.  Eventually.  However, there is a fascinating word right before “thanksgiving” in […]

Samson vs. Heracles

There is no one quite like Samson in the Bible.  His life is one of violence, anger, and impulse.  He had so much promise, only to waste it on women and pleasure.  He did whatever was right in his eyes, even though God had chosen him to be a deliverer before his birth. Why?  Why […]

The Philistines

This week, we’re back to the Greeks.  I always get excited when history, myth, and the Bible come together.  Today, we’ll see how they do just that during the time of the judges. Bible and History According to legend, the descendants of Heracles pushed out the Achaeans – whom we know as the Mycenaeans (a […]

The Power of a Name

The ancient Hebrews deeply revered the name of God.  By Jesus’ day, they wouldn’t even utter it aloud.  It was too holy to be spoken by unclean lips.  We still know there’s power in the name of Jesus.  We know the verses, and we sing the songs…and then we go about our lives, never stopping […]