Identifying biblical patterns is key to comprehending what the biblical authors claim about humanity and God himself.
From its first pages, the Hebrew texts reveal that the Biblical god, Yahweh, is a complex spiritual being unlike any other in ancient mythology. Though it is tempting to read the God of the Old Testament as a uniform spiritual being, singular in form and personhood, Hebrews claimed Yahweh was something other and separate, whichContinue reading
Last week marked Ash Wednesday – the beginning of 40 days of fasting for many Christians. For too long, a foolish blend of rebellion, resentment, and ignorance led me to be weary of fasting during the holiday season. It always seemed to me that too many people observed Lent based on tradition or the desireContinue reading
“My friend isn’t a Christian,” my 8-year-old abruptly blurted to me in the middle of the Walmart checkout line. Completely caught off guard, I said, “This is a conversation I want to have, but not right here. Hold that thought.” When we got home, my two eldest sons (8 and 6) recounted that two daysContinue reading
My husband and I recently took our two eldest boys to discover the stars inside a local planetarium. As we gazed up at the constellations recalling heroes of old, the astronomer dryly commented that ‘less enlightened’ cultures believed these were men and creatures from fairy tales. Ironically, his pride had blinded him from realizing howContinue reading