Biblical references

Hal and some of the children at the Bonneville Salt Flats
Bonneville
Bonne Ville means "good city" in French, but without a doubt Bonneville, Utah, is the most inhospitable, uninhabitable place I've ever seen, including the Arabian Desert. It was named for Benjamin Bonneville, a French-born Army officer who explored the region in the 1830s. It certainly is no place for a city, good or bad. 'The…
HOTW: Come and behold Him
   O Come All Ye Faithful   [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="393" caption="The Adoration of the Magi, Botticelli, 1475"][/caption] O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem. Come and behold Him, born the King of angels; Refrain O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come,…
HOTW: Second Adam from Above
Welcome to the last post in our series on Hark the Herald Angels Sing. If this is the first one you've seen, you may want to begin with our Introduction. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="399" caption="The Garden of Eden, Jan Brueghel the Elder, 1615"][/caption] Come, Desire of nations, come, Fix in us Thy humble home; Rise,…
HOTW: Born that man no more may die …
This is the third stanza in our Hymn of the Week series. To read the whole story, start with the introduction from Sunday or the second stanza, Monday. * * * * * [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="427" caption="Rembrandt"][/caption] Hail the heav’nly Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all He…
HOTW: Veiled in Flesh …
Usually, teaching the first stanza of familiar hymns means correcting misunderstandings about the language (like angels singing, "Hark!"). The second stanza is where you usually find the first totally new lyrics. It's where you often find new insights, too, since the words are are fresh and we haven't grown complacent from hearing them a hundred…
Hymn of the Week: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="403" caption="Schnorr von Carolsfeld, From the Bibel in Bildern, 1860"][/caption] This is one of those hymns that we think we all know, but usually only sing the first verse. This is like nibbling on the salad and walking out on the feast. Charles Wesley packed so much Biblical truth into this carol,…