Ecclesiastes and a Pandemic

I didn't keep a journal during this pandemic. I wish I had. I find myself scrolling back through my iPhone calendar trying to figure out how many days we've been like this. Arizona "reopened" on May 15th. We're eight days into gyms, restaurants and many retail stores being open for business. But life is by… Continue reading Ecclesiastes and a Pandemic

Practices with your Bible that will keep you humble (and make William Tyndale proud)

The accessibility of scripture is something people before us have given their lives for. William Tyndale (1494-1536) laid down his life so that, "... the boy who drives the plow," could know the scriptures even better than the Pope of his time. The stories of how the translation of the Bible, at the blood, sweat… Continue reading Practices with your Bible that will keep you humble (and make William Tyndale proud)

10 things to do with your Bible that will help you grow in faith

It's true, you can have a PhD in Old and New Testament studies and be what Jesus called, "a blind guide" because like Paul said, "Knowledge puffs up but love builds up" (1 Corinthians 8:1). Knowing your Bible doesn't mean you know the one it speaks of (John 5:39).  Nevertheles, you shouldn't throw Bible reading… Continue reading 10 things to do with your Bible that will help you grow in faith

Psalm 42- My paraphrase

Fathom Mag (my favorite Christian magazine) recently offered up a writing contest- your own paraphrase of a Psalm in honor of Eugene Peterson who recently went home. I didn't submit a piece to Fathom because I've done some re-prioritization this past couple weeks. I've stepped back from putting out effort to write anything besides my… Continue reading Psalm 42- My paraphrase

Why it’s important to meditate on the Bible: A conversation between mom and son.

Until about 7 o'clock this evening I felt like the walking dead. Doing some night shifts at the hospital is taking its toll on me.  But I'm always surprised at how much I notice God's presence and help when I feel especially weak. Today was no exception. My 13-year-old is new in his personal walk… Continue reading Why it’s important to meditate on the Bible: A conversation between mom and son.

Reflections on 2017 and resolves for 2018

The last three days of 2017 will be mostly spent at the hospital where I work.  So if not now, I won't have much of a chance to reflect on 2017 or make plans for 2018 before it's here. Today I went to the gym after waking up late (7:30 am is two hours of… Continue reading Reflections on 2017 and resolves for 2018

Just keep reading

(Image credit: Paul Gauguin, Te Tamari No Atua (Nativity),1896) *Before I begin, you should really go to that image credit link and read about this painting of the Nativity.* I'm not a Bible scholar. I really enjoy reading and studying the Bible, but I don't have any formal education in the Bible.  I have had some… Continue reading Just keep reading

Sunday summary

(photo credit)Every Sunday when I get to go to church I leave with something from God's word pressing on me.  Every time.  But I don't always sit down and spend some time chewing on what struck me.  Being involved in a community group helps cause every Thursday our group talks about how the sermon impacted… Continue reading Sunday summary

3 lessons from a seminary podcast

I did a lot of driving yesterday and today.  The German Shepherd we rescued late last year was scheduled for neutering today in east Mesa, about an hour and 15 minutes of heavy traffic metropolis driving away. Driving on a six lane highway through Phoenix in 112 degree weather is not in my top 100,000… Continue reading 3 lessons from a seminary podcast