Can’t I Just Skip the Boring Parts of the Bible?

Two Sundays ago, I preached Nehemiah 3. It's a chapter that lists the various men and women who rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem. Here's a taste: "...Next to them Jedaiah the son of Harumaph repaired opposite his house. And next to him Hattush the son of Hashabneiah repaired. Malchijah the son of Harim and Hasshub … Continue reading Can’t I Just Skip the Boring Parts of the Bible?

A Multi-Layered Reading of Ruth 1:1-5

First off, the book of Ruth presents itself as the solution to Judges's problem. The book of Judges sums itself up in its final sentence: "In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes" (Judges 21:25). Turn the page, and Ruth 1:1, we find ourselves in same world: "In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land." However, in verse 2 we are introduced to a man named "Elimelech", which translates "God is King."

Who Needs ‘The Shack’? We’ve Got Abraham, Isaac, and the Servant!

  There is a reason we are enamored with The Shack. We have a longing to see God's purposes played out in metaphor, in terms we can touch and taste and feel. We are feeble creatures, and we need spiritual realities to be depicted in physical terms. The Shack scratches an itch--albeit poorly, like when you reach your hand … Continue reading Who Needs ‘The Shack’? We’ve Got Abraham, Isaac, and the Servant!