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REVIEW: We should not use “Redeeming Love” to teach Hosea

REVIEW: We should not use “Redeeming Love” to teach Hosea

Somehow I missed the “Redeeming Love” bandwagon, which is remarkable considering I grew up reading Christian romance novels and attended a Christian college. So I should start by saying that I’ve always heard wonderful things about the novel, I know many women who have been deeply moved and blessed by the book. At this point I have not read the book or seen the recent movie, but I did a deep dive into Twitter and YouTube reactions and reviews/summaries, and...

Joseph, Did You Know?

Joseph, Did You Know?

Much has been made about the wise men coming to visit young Jesus. They have a Christmas carol devoted to their story (We Three Kings), an entire liturgical season about the themes of the Gospel being revealed to the nations (Epiphany), and now a recent rise in memes about the little drummer boy waking up the baby and the wise men presenting Him with wildly impractical gifts. The image is legitimately funny, I love a good sardonic meme. But I...

What Mary Knew

What Mary Knew

Sometimes I dream about having the same quiet strength and tenacity that Mary possessed. Experiencing an angelic visitation is one thing. But asking said angel, “How can this be since I am a virgin?” causes me to chuckle, honestly. Picture it. In the midst of her otherwise predictable day this innocent, betrothed, starry-eyed young lady becomes the object of a divine messenger.  Gabriel, whose powerful presence overwhelmed Zechariah and Daniel, visits sweet Mary and her initial, greatly troubled reaction, turns...

The Miracle of Technology

The Miracle of Technology

When you look at the history of, say, the world, one of the most important instigators to transformation has been the way we communicate. It began with spoken words, and we all know how the game of telephone goes. The thing is, when that was the only way you could get the message across, you became good at it. Really good. But no matter how good oral communication was and is, you are always stuck with one person speaking it...

When an Offense Becomes an Opportunity

When an Offense Becomes an Opportunity

Settling myself in the dentist’s chair while he probed along my gum line, a familiar melody played in the background, to which he mindlessly hummed. It was Norman Greenbaum singing the 1969 hit, “Spirit in the Sky”. For those of you too young to retrieve the lyrics from your memory bank, let me offer this to you:

When I die and they lay me to rest
Gonna go to the place that’s the best
When I lay me down...

Lazarus [Part 1]

Lazarus [Part 1]

Lazarus in the Bible was a friend of Jesus who had two sisters, Mary and Martha. The Bible doesn’t specify but it reads to me like Mary is Lazarus’ little sister. The shortest verse in the Bible is found in this account. “Jesus Wept” Jesus came there with one purpose, to raise Lazarus from the dead. He knew in a few moments that the grief of losing Lazarus would be replaced by  rejoicing and wonder at his resurrection. But Jesus wept. He wept for...
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