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

The Bible is Hard

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

First Reading of Judges: 18, Unholy Conquest

Because of the utter moral failure of Israel after the death of Joshua, God never allowed portions of the Promised Land to be fully occupied by the Israelites.  The Israelites intermarried with Canaanites and adopted the customs and idol-worship of Canaan.  Israelites gave their favor to false gods, so God removed his favor from Israel. … More First Reading of Judges: 18, Unholy Conquest