Rebekah

Why do we do what we do? We would like to think—because this is what our culture tells us is the most valued—that we make rational decision based on the logical analysis of data, of facts. But the truth is, we far more often make decisions that have an emotional…

Leah

“No, I can’t take this…nope, not this either…nope, ya gotta haul this all away.” We thought for sure Goodwill would throw confetti, and trot out the welcome band for us. Not a chance. My husband Dave and I stood dumbfounded. We were in the process of helping one of our…

Bathsheba

Bathsheba had grown up admiring the handsome, charismatic king David. It had been an exhilarating time in Israel’s history, and her dad Eliam, one of David’s might men, had been all wrapped up in the thick of it, close with David ever since the young shepherd had been on the…

Abigail

Abigail’s story begins during a traditionally joyful time, the sheep shearing festival. Many guests had gathered, and there was much feasting. Abigail was well-known for her gracious hospitality, and all the tables were generously supplied. As the celebration wore into the evening, ten plainly dressed men entered the pavilion and…

The Bible Alone is Not the Word of God

I can already hear the accusations of heresy. Let me clarify; the Bible, by itself, interpreted by yourself, is NOT the word of God. Listen, if you’re a believer you are part of the body of Christ which is his church. Therefore, the Spirit of God lives in you. Let…

The Word of God Called, He Wants His Throne Back

Honey or Vinegar I am trying to change the general tone of how I write. As my friend Everett has told me, “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.” Of course, he isn’t the first one to say this, but it’s true. But sometimes I just get so fired…

Suffering And Sin

Some books of the Bible are easier to read and to understand than others. Finding the point of a passage from Philippians, for instance, is not too difficult. But what about all the craziness of Ezekiel, Daniel, or Revelation? Those aren’t so simple. Those are way more complicated, scaring off…

The Purpose of Background Studies (How to Read the Bible Series)

In my last post, I briefly described the process of historical-grammatical exegesis. This method of interpretation is long, drawn out, and complicated, but we can boil it down to two major spheres: historical, which includes everything outside the text, and grammatical, which includes everything within the text. Most of my…

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