Tuck’s Blog

Complain Very Carefully

Sometimes the point of the story is not the point of the story.  In today’s reading in Number’s 11, there’s his great miracle story of God sending a great wind from the sea to drive great numbers of quail into the Israel’s camp to provide them meat to supplement the manna He used to feed…

Not About Taxes

If ever we’d like elected officials to read one Bible verse, then the verse that begins our daily Bible reading might be that one verse.  Ok, it’s technically two verses, but the first one is so short that it doesn’t really count.  We’d like our elected officials to read the whole Bible from cover to…

The Leviticus Effect

I made an offhand comment a couple of weeks ago that “Leviticus is where daily Bible reading plans go to die!” We can get bogged down in the details of the sacrifices and ritual codes that we give up on our reading.  Lynn told me the other day, “Lay off Leviticus; I like Leviticus.” OK,…

Strange Fire / Strange Story

Our reading today from Leviticus 10 is undoubtedly the best known part of Leviticus for those who grew up “in the church.”  This story of Nadab and Abihu was one reason why I saw myself growing up as different from members of other Christian groups. Nadab and Abihu offered the unauthorized sacrifice of “strange fire” before God and were…