I love men. I cherish them. I have a father and a stepfather, and I love both of them dearly. I have a brother whose humor and goodness light up every room he enters. I have pastors who encourage me, guide me, and answer all of my many questions with the patience of Job. I … More Where Are Our Men?
My darling and long-time friend Sandi has asked me many times to share my favorite Christian podcasts and pastors and studies with her. I hope that I’ve given her answers in the past, but I know I’ve never taken the time to sit down and give her a comprehensive list. That’s horrible. So let’s just … More My Favorites – The Things I Read, Watch, & Listen To in Bible Study
Depression sucks. You may or may not remember the first article I wrote on this blog that talked about our first day back in church after two decades of non-participation. The sermon that day was about anxiety and worry and the sin of despondence. It spoke to me, and it let me know that … More Depression is Different When God’s Here
Last Christmas, I decided to purchase new bibles for my mother-in-law and a dear friend. I had just spent the previous year falling in love with Scripture, and I wanted to spread the excitement. I knew these two women would receive a Bible gift with pleasure, and after extensive Bible browsing, I landed on the … More A New Bible for a New Season
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 Stricklin. 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.