Who is the main character of the Bible? God. It's his book, his revelation, his communication, describing his actions with his people. I should be obvious then that God shows up in the Bible a lot. It's how he has chosen to reveal himself most consistently throughout time, and even many of his non-literary revelations … Continue reading My Favorite Descriptions of God
Growing up in Florida, I was surrounded by orange groves, blueberry fields, and watermelon patches. Though I’ve never farmed anything, I had many friends who were involved in either the planting or harvesting of all the fruit central Florida has to offer. I had many friends with entire families working in planting and harvesting of … Continue reading The Harvest Is Now
Have you ever felt like you were on the verge of being worked to death? Maybe after hours of overtime at your job without a break or vacation, doing chores as a kid, or when faced with an ever-growing “honey-do” list? Being worked to death is a common expression we use to describe too much … Continue reading Worked to Death
Have you ever had an experience sleepwalking? To my knowledge, I’ve only sleepwalked once in my life. However, according to a Fox News report, 3.6% of the American population sleepwalks regularly. That’s over 8 million people! In fact, people can do all kinds of things in their sleep. I know someone who even sleep-eats. On occasion … Continue reading Are You Awake?
After over a year of marriage, one of my favorite things to watch on cable television is HGTV. For those unfamiliar, HGTV stands for “Home and Garden Television” and broadcasts “a variety of how- to shows with a focus on home improvement, gardening, crafts, and remodeling.” While I am not a handy-man, I enjoy the … Continue reading From HGTV to Haggai
What makes you happy? I asked this question to a teen class once. The responses were varied. Some said things like hanging out with friends, playing games, and reading their Bible. I even had one response of “bacon.” When we think of happiness, there are many thoughts which flood our minds. Family, friends, the beach, … Continue reading What Makes You Happy?
I’ve never liked running. Even though, I’ve probably been ordered to run more than anyone. The movie Forrest Gump was released a year and a half before I was born. The result has been, for as long as I can remember, people telling me, “run, Forest, run!” Though their orders to run aren’t taken seriously, the … Continue reading Run, Christians, Run!
By and large, we live in a merit-based society. While there are some exceptions to this general rule, most of the time success requires merit. The largest college scholarships are given to those who have the best grades and test scores. Usually, employees are hired to work based on the merits of their resumé or … Continue reading God Can Use You Too
The book of Ruth is one of my favorites in the Old Testament. This isn't just because it is only four chapters long and easy to read in one sitting. I've never heard (or preached) a sermon on it and I've never gone over it in Bible class, but I think I've heard it mentioned … Continue reading Why Ruth Is One of My Favorite Old Testament Books
If you’re anything like me, you sometimes wonder why certain books in our English Bibles are placed where they are. Sometimes the order makes perfect sense (i.e. the Pentateuch being the first 5 books in our Bibles), though sometimes the choices make little sense (i.e. the seemingly arbitrary order of Paul's epistles from longest to … Continue reading One Generation Away: the Juxtaposition of Joshua and Judges