There seems to be a prevailing opinion in the US that big churches are successful, little churches are failing, and megachurches are bad. I will start by acknowledging that some big churches are big because they are successful. Some little churches are small because they are failing. Some megachurches are so mega that they … More A Successful Church
One of the podcasts I discovered in my study of Leviticus, which is ongoing, was the Naked Bible Podcast with Bible scholar, Dr. Michael Heiser, and his layman assistant, Trey Strickland. Heiser is one of the many voices I listen to about biblical questions and context, and his actual passion and faith are things I … More Reblog from Dr. Michael Heiser: Why You Don’t Learn Much Bible in Church
When I was a kid, before I ever had any crises of faith or started asking any of the big questions, some adult or other out there had the honor of being the first to tell me: “You shouldn’t read the Bible in order from cover to cover. It’s not meant to be read that … More I’ll Read it From Cover-to-Cover if I Want To
Okay, so I didn’t think I would ever actually do it, but I saw another upsetting thing on the interwebz today, and I cannot abide bullies. So this is happening. I’m gonna write a thing about Beth Moore. For those who are unfamiliar, Beth Moore is a petite, blonde, and Southern Baptist powerhouse who writes … More Beth Moore Is Not The Bogeyman
I have always known that the Bible is special. Nonbelievers might snort at that, and that’s okay. I get it. You go on ahead; I won’t be mad. I spent decades as something of an agnostic myself, and someday I will write down, for my fellow strugglers in the desert, how it is that a … More The Bible is Hard
I think this kind of falls under “How Not To Read the Bible,” and I want to reiterate here that I’m not qualified to preach or teach over anyone by any standard in the church. I’m not speaking from authority here. I’m just blogging. My blog articles are worth precisely what you pay to read … More It Isn’t About Me. It’s About God.
I bought my journaling Bible, which is the NLT “Inspire” Bible from Tyndale Publishers, because I like to take notes as I study Scripture. I have several notebooks that I set aside over the years for this purpose, but I find the entire setup a little clunky for the way I spend time in the … More Coloring in the Bible?
I have accumulated a lot of Bibles and books of scripture (little “s”) over the years, and I thought it might be a nice break from the death and destruction of Judges (which I’m currently writing about) or 1&2 Samuel (which I’ve just finished reading) if I could take a few minutes to talk about … More The Bibles I Use & Why
This blog was technically my husband’s idea. As I got into the habit of nightly Bible study, he would burst out laughing at my over-the-top excitement over each new revelation, question, or problem I came across in Scripture. At some point he suggested I start sharing my “honest thoughts from a beginner in the … More Wrestle With God’s Word
We both felt a bit hesitant that morning, and we knew the feeling was mutual without having to say it aloud. The decision had been made, however, and we weren’t going to back out now. We owed this to our daughter. We owed this to ourselves. We owed this to God. We had been putting … More The First Pastor in My Margin