First Reading of Ruth: 2, Abundance, Respect, & Support

I have been away too long!  My husband got very sick for three solid weeks, and our household has been in chaos.  But let’s get back in where we left off.  Just open your Bible to Ruth chapter 2 and read through it.  It’s quite short.  Come back when you’re there and let’s go through … More First Reading of Ruth: 2, Abundance, Respect, & Support

A Successful Church

  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

Reblog from Dr. Michael Heiser: Why You Don’t Learn Much Bible in 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

From Naomi to Mara: A Perspective on Bitterness

Originally posted on Think Biblically!:
Ruth 1:20 “… Don’t call me Naomi.  Call me Mara, she answered, for the Almighty has made me very bitter.” (HCSB) Bitterness is a funny thing.  Perhaps funny is not the right word, because there really isn’t anything funny about bitterness.  Bitterness is destructive.  Bitterness leads toward rebellion.  Bitterness rips…

First Reading of Ruth: 1, This is What Love Looks Like

As I approached writing a First Reading post on Ruth, I believed it would be easy.  The book of Ruth is very short, tells only one story, and contains nothing that will upset or frustrate the reader.  Unlike literally every other book of the Old Testament before it, Ruth gives us only good examples.  The people … More First Reading of Ruth: 1, This is What Love Looks Like

First Reading of Judges: 21, When Vows Lead to Violence

  Well, this will be the last First Reading post on the book of Judges.  It always feels good to complete something, and this experience of writing everything down has been wonderfully beneficial for me.  I hope it’s useful for other people, too, and if nothing else, I hope it encourages people to open their … More First Reading of Judges: 21, When Vows Lead to Violence