Why does a book of the Bible spend so much time on a king who isn’t following God? Check out Kathy Cooper’s study notes for some ideas.
“There’s a difference between being functional in a culture and assimilating into that culture.” —Carl Ellis
How do Daniel and his friends respond to efforts to assimilate them into Babylonian culture? And also to a crisis for all the wise men of Babylon? Kathy Cooper shares notes for Bible study groups.
Summary: David Brooks explores the issue of character development through the hard-won pursuit of moral virtue, exemplified in the moral quests of people as diverse as Augustine and Bayard Rustin, Frances Perkins and Dorothy Day.
Often, in the Old Testament, the familiar refrain, “Be strong and courageous,” is given by God to such leaders as Moses and Joshua. Biblical courage is not psycho-babble; it is based on the presence and favor of God, on behalf of His people, and is predicated upon God’s promises in the present concerning His future intervention.