Category Archives: Bible

Ten Non-Fiction Books that Helped in a Difficult Year

I read more fiction than non-fiction last year, for obvious reasons. It was the kind of year in which retreating into a fictional world was a relief. However, I still read some very good non-fiction books, and here are ten … Continue reading

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Above the Confusion

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Confusion happens. When information doesn’t make sense, when both sides of a story are compelling or when there are too many options to make an easy choice possible, I’m confused. It takes me a while to sort through complexity, get the … Continue reading

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Send in the Clouds

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Some clouds are lovely, but in general they do not carry a positive association. Dreary days, rain, and cooler weather are what I associate with clouds, and I would prefer beautiful sunny days. If I lived in a desert where … Continue reading

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Living Life Now and Forever

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If you are a Christian, you know that you have been given the unimaginable gift of eternal life with God. We’re told that we will have resurrected bodies and that there will be no more death, tears, or pain. I … Continue reading

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The Gospel Story According to You

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What is your story? What does it mean for you to follow Jesus? The big gospel stories have always impressed me. Mother Teresa. Brother Yun. Billy Graham. Elisabeth Eliot. I’ve heard many other powerful stories, although I can’t remember the … Continue reading

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Five Steps to Take On Every Page of Your Bible

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Sometimes I forget that the Bible is not a textbook. The thousands of books written to help us interpret the Bible, like commentaries, dictionaries, and resources on systematic theology and hermeneutics, will never be as powerful as the Word of … Continue reading

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Communication: NPR, Facebook, The Declaration of Independence and the Bible

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Communication is not as easy as it seems. We each speak, write and interpret words based on our experience, education, opinions, and temperament. Without understanding the individual who is communicating or the context from which the message arises, the possibilities for … Continue reading

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The Greatest Mystery

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Mysteries are enticing, aren’t they? A good mystery novel gives us just enough information to work out who-done-it, but disguises it perfectly so we’re surprised. The world’s greatest mysteries are tackled in theology or philosophy classrooms. Who is God? Who am … Continue reading

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Inheritance for Everyone

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When the Bible records the inheritance given to daughters, I pay attention. I’m used to reading a Bible steeped in a patriarchal culture, therefore it is full of the names, escapades and inheritances of men. Except for two places where … Continue reading

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Blind Spots

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The Chicago Tribune has featured recent articles on cultural blind spots. “That is, everyone is missing a cultural puzzle piece – a movie, a TV show, a museum, a play, a record, etc..” I’m not too worried about missing a … Continue reading

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