Good Things Come In Small Packages

The book of Ruth reminds us that good things come in small packages. It is a quick read checking in at just four chapters/85 verses. Furthermore, it is tucked in between more expansive books like Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel. It almost seems like an afterthought—what is such a tiny book doing among theseContinue reading “Good Things Come In Small Packages”

Surprised By God

The story of Ruth must have knocked the socks (or at least the sandals) off of its Jewish audience. It’s the account of a young Moabite woman who, rather than remain in a pagan land with her people upon the death of her Jewish husband, made the radical decision to accompany her mother-in-law (Naomi) toContinue reading “Surprised By God”

Remembering Who We Are

We were getting ready to take our oldest daughter to Bible camp. Another young lady, who would be riding with us, was being dropped off by her parents. She was their oldest child as well. But her parents didn’t engage in a long, drawn-out farewell (as I might have done). Nor was there any listContinue reading “Remembering Who We Are”

Creation, Marriage, & Family

1. Marriage is not a good idea, it’s God’s idea. Marriage is more than a social construct—a concept adhered to by people in order to promote stability in families for the greater good of society (although it’s true that marriage does this). Marriage is of divine origin—it comes from our Father! If marriage is anythingContinue reading “Creation, Marriage, & Family”

In The Beginning . . .

1. Humanity is created in the image of God. Man is not accidental or incidental—he was created by God! More to the point, man and woman were created in the image of God. Genesis 1:26-27 says: Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the seaContinue reading “In The Beginning . . .”

We’re Not In Kansas Anymore

Well, we’re not in Kansas anymore. You remember the scene in The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy’s house crashes after the tornado had spun it around in the sky. She opens the front door and outside is not the drab black-and-white world of a farm in rural Kansas, but the brilliant Technicolor world of Oz.Continue reading “We’re Not In Kansas Anymore”

Putting Ourselves In The Position Of Power

We’ve all had the experience of being out of position—the wrong lane in congested traffic, in the checkout line behind someone whose gift card has brought the system down, or in a job that doesn’t match our skill set. It’s not a good place to be and we try to get out as quickly asContinue reading “Putting Ourselves In The Position Of Power”

Seeing Ourselves Correctly

It wouldn’t be impossible to feel compassion for Haman (he was, after all, someone’s son), but you’d have to work at it. The portrait painted of him in Esther is of someone who long ago said goodbye to any attempt to be a decent human being. In place of that is a dark, foreboding, destructiveContinue reading “Seeing Ourselves Correctly”