One afternoon Charlie Brown sinks comfortably into his bean bag chair to watch tv. His sister, Sally, walks up behind him and asks, "We have to memorize a Bible verse for Sunday school..Do you know any short ones?" With his eyes still fixed on his tv show, Charlie Brown replies, "Luke 17:32...'Remember Lot's wife.'" Apparently satisfied, … Continue reading Good Books Looking for a Good Home
For many, prayer and action may seem to be at opposite ends of the spectrum. But with the parable of the persistent widow, action and prayer come together.
A friend of mine is excited about the giveaway for Remember Lot's Wife and Other Unnamed Women of the Bible. "What a great idea!" she says. I love her enthusiasm, but frankly, it also makes me uneasy. What if she doesn't like the book after all? And why am I highlighting an out-of-print book anyway, when … Continue reading The Post-Publication Blues (Again): Same Song, Different Key
One day Jesus met a Samaritan woman drawing water from a well, and she became an evangelist and missional example to her people. The unnamed woman reached her neighbours in a way that Jesus' other disciples would not or could not reach.
I know that in addition to writing a blog post, it's an extra step to find just the right illustration with the appropriate permission, but I urge all writers/bloggers, if you're going to illustrate your blog post in any way, please make sure you have permission to do so. Here are some links that can help.
When Jesus brought Jairus' daughter back from death, he returned her to normal life--to get up and walk, to speak, to laugh, to run, to eat, to drink. These very ordinary activities were enough to proclaim the miraculous work of God, to cause all those present to be filled with wonder.
The key to understanding the story of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath (1 Kings 17:8-16) appears to be "the word of the Lord" that comes to both Elijah and to the widow. God's word comes even to the most unlikely places and even to the most unlikely people, even to us.
Given the wealth of names recorded in the Bible, it's all the more striking to discover how many names are missing from its pages, particularly the names of women. In this blog series, I invite you to meet some of the unnamed women of the Bible and to connect their stories with your own.