The Same Kind of “Different” as Jesus

Do you want your kids to be “different” from others?

I do.

And I don’t.

I want my kids to be “different” in all the ways that others admire and praise and value.

I do not want my kids to be “different” in all the ways that others mock and pity and despise and reject and ridicule.

God had a kid. Continue reading “The Same Kind of “Different” as Jesus”

“Watch the Woman!” — Why We Should See and Celebrate Women in the Bible

Watch the Woman! Why we should see and celebrate women in the Bible.I’ve been looking for, noticing, celebrating, and writing about the place of women in the storyline of the Bible a lot this year.

Why is that?

In seeing and celebrating women in the storyline of the Bible, I’m not sliding down a slippery-slope of liberalism, about to careen off a cliff into goddess worship.

In seeing and celebrating women in the storyline of the Bible, I am attempting to climb the ladder of careful exegesis and Bible interpretation. I am recognizing the rungs that the Author put in place, and stepping accordingly.

Why should we notice and celebrate women in the storyline of Scripture? Where do you look when you’re expecting someone important? If you’re a child waiting for mom to come home, you look at the front door. You look toward the place from which you know they’ll first appear.

When God first proclaimed the Gospel, he promised deliverance through “the offspring of the woman” (Genesis 3:15). The deliverer will come through her. This promise encourages us to “Look for the offspring!” We read the Bible looking for the arrival of the Redeemer. We read expectantly, hoping each birth brings him. Because of that, this promise then teaches us to “watch the woman” as the storyline unfolds so that we see the Redeemer when he arrives.

Join me in noticing her in the text and celebrating what we see God doing through her (then and now).

Help Celebrate My Birthday!

For the past three years, we’ve reproduced a Johnny Cash picture for my birthday.

It’s 10 weeks until my birthday, so it’s time to start planning the 2018 Johnny Cash Birthday Picture.

Stop by my Facebook profile (here) to leave a picture suggestion in the comments and to vote on your favorite submissions.

Our Dog Died Today

Today we’re mourning the loss of Jude (2003-2015), our 15-year-old black lab. He was a great dog from beginning to end.

We knew for some time that he was nearing the end. He mostly laid in the sun and slept this spring. Evenings were hardest for him, as his hip was giving him problems. But every morning, he’d meander out of his kennel, fetch the ball once, and then find a spot to nap in the shade.

Last night, I came home to find him unable to get up. We knew it was time. So, after we told the kids this morning, they each said their goodbyes and we took one last picture.

The oldest two sat with him in the shade from 8 am until the 2 pm appointment. Continue reading “Our Dog Died Today”

December Giveaway

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