A Small and Piecemeal Life (and Learning to Be Okay with It)

I once thought (as most of us think) that I would "be" something when I "grew up." I mean, "be" one, specific something. We're trained from an early age to think so. Adults (who we presumed already "were" something) would descend from their lofty heights down to kid level to ask the age-old, "So, what do you want to be when you grow up?" If we didn't know, we had to make something up on the spot...

The Passover

"Faith led Moses to establish the Passover and spread the blood on the doorposts so that the destroying angel would not kill the firstborn sons" (Hebrews 11:28). Let's start our look at the Passover today with the character Exodus 12:23 calls “the destroyer” as he is one of the key players...

Genesis 11

After the flood of Noah's day, the next big event in the history of the world as told by Genesis is a happening called “the tower of Babel.” We'll need to touch down on this story before we can land on Abraham's because the story of the tower of Babel sets the stage for the story of the beginning of the nation of Israel (which story was the story of Abraham's life). The tower of Babel comes in at the start of Genesis 11, right before Abraham comes in...

The Carpenter and the Cradle: an Introduction

The Bible is a story that unfolds in bits and pieces over the thousands of years of its writing by its many human authors. They all wrote their own small “chapter” (—we call these “chapters” “books,” though given the holistic nature of the Bible, they're really more like chapters—) but none of these writers could have foreseen the bigger plot line weaving its way through each individual chapter. It's that unified story almost more than any other single thing that convinces me that the Bible is really One Book, written by One (non-human) Author. It smells of the supernatural. It's one reason I hold the belief that the Bible is what it claims to be—a Book written by God...