Dagon vs God (1 Samuel 5)

When you were in high school, did you ever do pranks on a rival school? Once, just before football season, some kids went mud running through our football field and tore the turf to shreds. It was so bad that we had to play all of our games “away” that year while we waited for […]

Hannah’s Triumphant Prayer (1 Samuel 2)

The Second Chapter of First Samuel makes us want to high-five and fist-bump and jump up and down. It is rightly entitled, “Hannah’s Triumphant Prayer,” and it is magnificent! Hannah’s prayer is full of joy and praise and thankfulness to God for answering her prayers for a baby. It’s the kind of prayer that we […]

As It Turned Out (Ruth 2-4)

Every representation that I’ve ever seen of the Biblical character of Ruth shows a woman with glowing, olive-colored skin, long, dark eyelashes and hair so shiny that it belonged in a shampoo commercial. Her robe was neatly ironed. She is lovely. It’s easy to see why Boaz would take one glance at her and fall […]

Scouring Scripture (Revelation 11)

The book of Revelation gives us plenty of fun opportunities to scour scripture, searching for answers to the riddles found in it. For example, in Revelation 11, John described two witnesses who will prophesy for 3 ½ years during the end times. Of course, we can’t know definitively who these two men will be, but […]

When Criticism Restores (Revelation 2-3)

Criticizing “the church” has become something of a past-time on social media. One prominent author recently tweeted that, though the church had never been anything but good to her, she just wasn’t feeling it anymore. She didn’t know where she fit, etc. Hundreds of commenters tweeted that they were disenfranchised also. Some hadn’t been to […]

Good Packaging (2 John, 3 John, Jude)

About five years ago, I was at a Christian conference with a variety of speakers. Because I really, really care about adoption, I was particularly drawn to a speaker who had recently adopted two children. I sat at the edge of my seat as she talked about her family’s adoption journey. She was hysterically funny […]

Picking Up Chairs (1 Peter 4)

My dad is a carpenter by trade. He’s a quiet, hardworking man who is very talented, but never the center of attention. Recently, a friend died and I went back to the tiny community that I grew up in to attend the funeral. The service was held in the only room big enough to hold […]