Do You Read the Bible like Math or Poetry?

I’ve gotten to know Morgan through the world of blogging and social media for the last few years, and what he writes almost always makes me look at the topic in a different way, which I have appreciated. He’s worked on this book for a long time now and I’m happy for him that it’s finally being published. Disclaimer: I haven’t read the entire book yet; life’s just been a little too busy for me Keep Reading…

Luke’s Gospel Doesn’t Stop in the Book of Luke

After my class on Luke that I was teaching ended, I promised them that since I wasn’t going to teach on Acts as I’d originally planned, I would instead blog about it. My first post on Acts was supposed to be last week. Oops. When I sent the final email to them, I wrote that as I’d briefly looked at Acts, I’d noticed that it ended with this: He lived there two whole years at his own expense and Keep Reading…

Is the Good News Really Good News?

We’re now halfway through the class I am teaching at church about Luke’s gospel. Six weeks. Twelve chapters. A lot of questions. The biggest question of all that I have is “Do we really take this seriously?” For all our talk about the importance of Jesus and the Bible, I’m not sure we really do. In chapter four of Luke’s gospel, Jesus makes two statements that frame his entire ministry: And he stood up to Keep Reading…

Another 10 Commandments Monument Comes Down

I saw a Facebook conversation where someone was upset about a 10 Commandments monument being taken down from public property. A non-Christian person had commented, and then someone asked this person, in what appeared to be a genuine question,”Which of these inhibits your freedom as a non-Christian?” and then listed all 10. This person responded with “the first four.” Is it really that difficult for us as Christians to understand that if “Have no other Keep Reading…

NIV Bible For Women: Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today’s World

It’s a big day today. I’ve been calling myself a writer for a long time now, but now it’s official–I’m published, and it’s been so exciting to experience. I wrote a devotional that is included in the new NIV Bible for Women: Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today’s World.* The scripture I wrote about was Isaiah 9:2: The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the Keep Reading…

Everything is Meaningless (Or Is It?)

Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/people/photo-knight/ Sukkot began last Wednesday evening and will end this coming Friday evening . While it is a holiday that my Jewish friends celebrate, it’s not one that many Christians know or care about, even though it is the one holiday that the Bible mentions that both Jews and Gentiles will celebrate.  “If any of the families of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will Keep Reading…

Rosh Hashana: A Year of Renewal

Rosh Hashanah begins tonight (remember, Biblically, days begin in the evening because Genesis tells us “and there was evening and there was morning…”).  We see references to it in Leviticus, Numbers, and Nehemiah: Leviticus 23:24   24 Speak to the people of Israel, saying: In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of complete rest, a holy convocation commemorated with trumpet blasts. Numbers 29:1 On the first day of Keep Reading…

Facebook Conversations & Digging into the Bible

Facebook is notorious as a place where conversations devolve into anger and accusations.  I typically use my personal timeline as a place to interact in a more fun than serious way and rarely do I have long conversations there.  Until recently.  I’d posted an article about an atheist’s take on the portrayal of atheists in the movie “God’s Not Dead” and it set off quite the conversation.  Through it all though, people remained civil to Keep Reading…

Reading My Bible: A Year of Renewal

For two months, I’ve been reading more Scripture on a regular basis than I have in a long time.  As part of my Year of Renewal project, I’ve been reading the parashah, haftarah, and Revised Common Lectionary readings for each week.   Reading so much scripture has been great; it’s made me wonder and it’s made me question.  It’s made me think of connections–and disconnections–between what I am reading and in other books I am reading Keep Reading…

Idolatry of the Bible

This morning, my friend Andy posted a recent Facebook status of the band Gungor: There is a trend in modern society, no more than a trend…a religion, an idolatry that elevates scripture above Jesus.  This ‘bibliolatry’, if you will, is rooted in a modern mindset that values reductionism over mystery. A reading of the Bible over Jesus. (One clue that your church might be tinged with bibliolatry:in your beliefs section of your website, do you Keep Reading…