Now, Peter would present his second and third examples, God’s cleansing the whole earth of abject wickedness, yet rescuing the tiny remnant of righteous ones. Continue reading 2 Peter 2: Sodom and Gomorrah
Sarah’s character and faith were going to be put through several severe tests over the course of her marriage, trials that would include long years of travel, homelessness, risk to her life and to her honor, turmoil in her home, even internal soul-searching. Continue reading Sarah
We are going to see God rescuing a very lonely person who had reached the very end of herself, literally all lone, without friend or family, without resources, and finally, without hope. Continue reading Loneliness
Hagar realized God had “seen” her, the Lord knew her just as she was, understood her with great compassion in her inmost depths and all that concerned her. Continue reading Hagar
What we do reveals who we are and what we truly believe.
What pulls you backward? What pulls you forward? Which seems stronger? What does what you say and do reveal about who you truly are and what you truly believe? How can God’s mercy triumph in your life?
Continue reading Wife of Lot
They were beyond words, so enraged they were left with inchoate gutturals, and fury coursing like lava through their bodies. Snakes for arms, fangs for fingers, they struck their rocks like prey and hauled them up in one frenzied motion, a giant Medusa of raging Pharisees readying to hurl their judgment in a hailstorm of stones. Continue reading Gospel of John: Stone Him!
Each side insisted the other was of impure lineage, held in the sway of evil. Who was right? Continue reading Gospel of John: Who Has the Demon?
was this coming from a grubby itinerant soapbox preacher, a construction worker from Galilee who fancied himself a theologian and even more, the actual son of God, the Messiah? Continue reading Gospel of John: Be Made Free
Without being mindful, it is easy to think about spiritual things through the lens of our culture’s mindset and worldview. In Jonah’s day, it was culturally and societally supported to hate certain people groups, such as the Assyrians, and to assume God hated them too. Continue reading Minor Prophets: Jonah is Disappointed
Makeshift lean-tos and vendors’ kiosks thickly encrusted every possible open space, including the streets. Street preachers, entertainers, and peddlers hawking their wares competed for the people’s attention. Continue reading Gospel of John: Circumcision