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

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