The Purpose of Exile

Inviting others back to the table But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is a sexually immoral person, or a greedy person, or an idolater, or is verbally abusive, or habitually drunk, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a person.  ~ I Corinthians 5:11, MASBContinue reading “The Purpose of Exile”

The Joy of Living Water

Imagine being the subject of town gossip because of your choices. Imagine having to walk to a well carrying a heavy clay jar in the heat of the afternoon because you couldn’t bear the stares if you drew water when the other women of the city were there. Imagine feeling shame, repeated rejection, and loneliness,Continue reading “The Joy of Living Water”

How the Psalms Saved My Life

Fifteen years ago I began a trip down a very dark path. I’d like to say I didn’t realize where I was headed, but I did. I had prayed, I had pleaded, I had tried all my own methods to make things better — make things change — within the framework of my faith andContinue reading “How the Psalms Saved My Life”

On Being a Warrior Before the Fight

I’ve been reading Judges chapter six this week in preparation for Bible study on Sunday. The chapter introduces Gideon, the youngest in a household that was “the least in Manasseh.” Gideon lived during a pretty terrible time for the people of Israel. It had been a while since they escaped Egypt, wandered through the desert,Continue reading “On Being a Warrior Before the Fight”

Believing God Even If He Doesn’t

Lessons from Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego Faith is hard. It cannot be quantified, it defies logic, and it requires belief in what cannot be seen. In fact, Hebrews 11:1 (NASB) pretty much says it all: “ Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Simply put, if a thing canContinue reading “Believing God Even If He Doesn’t”

What Happens After the Well

The introduction to an upcoming book In John 4, Jesus has an encounter with an unnamed woman simply known as a Samaritan woman. In church-ese, we commonly call her “The Woman at the Well.” If you’ve not heard or read this story, you can read it below, in John 4:7–30 (NASB) A woman of SamariaContinue reading “What Happens After the Well”

COVID Through the Lens of James 1:19-20

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. James 1:19-20, KJV Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man doesContinue reading “COVID Through the Lens of James 1:19-20”