Ever found yourself at a fancy party, looked around at the impressive guests, and wondered, "How did I get invited to this thing?" That's how my month has gone. One day my byline is at First Things' On the Square blog, sandwiched between much more august contributors, and next thing you know, I have an essay in the latest print edition of Comment. The theme of this issue, edited by Peter Leithart, is "The Word of God and the City of Man," and it includes writing by Marilynne Robinson, Richard Mouw, Al Wolters, Calvin Seerveld, Makoto Fujimura … and J. Mark Bertrand.
Just typing that sentence felt a little surreal.
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Second, my essay for Comment, called "What Made Dagon Bow?" is one of the free sample articles from the latest issue, which means you can read it right now. Please do. I appreciate the support you show by reading Bible Design Blog, and would love for you to experience another side of my writing.
"What Made Dagon Bow?" by J. Mark Bertrand
Here's a taste to whet your appetite:
The ark had an agenda of its own. No Israelite army on its own strength could have penetrated deep into Philistine land to install the ark inside the temple of Dagon. Only God could do such a thing, and he could do it without their help. Later God would propagate the faith by sending his missionaries to the four corners of the earth as humbled captives, turning defeat and diaspora to good ends, and the Roman beast would draw the Gospel close to its breast by exercising its powers of arrest. Likewise, the ark needed no human strength, no protection from the threat of the outside world. If only the Israelites had realized, there was nowhere the ark could be taken where creation would not welcome it.
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