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Digging Daniel: Book Review of "The Message of Daniel" by Dale Ralph Davis

The Message of Daniel The Bible Speaks Today series Dale Ralph Davis Inter-Varsity Press IVP Book Centre
Norton Street
UNITED KINGDOM ISBN: 978-1-84474-801-3; £9.99 / $18.00; 2013. Reviewed by Dr. Michael Philliber for Deus Misereatur (12/24)

Digging Daniel (5 stars out of 5)

With a glut of printed, recorded and visualized material on prophecy, and all the hub-bub over failed end-times prognostications that has spilled into the media, another volume on a biblical prophetic book might receive a grimacing wince, or groaning incredulity. But Dale Ralph Davis’s new 176 page paperback, “The Message of Daniel” is a unique treatment of this Old Testament prophet that is devotional, homiletical, textual and thoughtful. This is part of “The Bible Speaks Today” series, and replaces the classic piece by Ronald Wallace.
Davis takes the position that Daniel was written by whom it claims to be written, during the period of time it claims to have been written; but he…

Do You See what I See? Pt 4: Matthew 2.13-23

{Here is the manuscript from the last sermon in the series. The audio file is here. Freely spread around as you see fit. Mike}
Do You See what I See? Pt 4: Matthew 2.13-23 Do you ever find it interesting when someone tells a story the things they leave out? Most retellings of the so-called “Christmas Story” include the wise men – even though they really don’t arrive for almost 2 years after the birth. But most retellings end there. Yet this episode, which on a rare occasion or two is recited, ought to be included in the story. It’s the darker side – just like at communion, when Paul says, “For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayedtook bread, etc.” (1 Corinthians 11.23). We don’t like rehearsing the darker, drearier side because it brings us down. But as Christians we, of all people, ought to be more daring, real, and courageous than our neighbors. Bringing out the dark side can be a blessing to people – mothers w…