Category Archives: Reading the Old Testament Today

Praying Honestly

I’ve written in the past about the lament psalms and how they teach us to pray honestly.  I am increasingly convinced that the church needs to learn to pray honestly, now more than ever.  In our 21st Century middle-class American … Continue reading

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Servant or Slave: A Glimpse Inside the Bible Translation Process

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Where do our modern translations come from? Who are the translators and how do they decide what the end result will be? And when, after all, is the process finally completed? Or is it ever completed? Well, thanks to the … Continue reading

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Life in the Middle of the Story: More from Bruce Waltke on the Old Testament Story

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like I’m in the middle of a long tunnel and I’m not sure where it’s heading; I walked into the tunnel because I thought that I knew where it would take … Continue reading

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WOW! A Visit to the University of Chicago–the Oriental Institute’s Museum and the Goodspeed Library’s Special Collection

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I’ve been having a lot of “this is so cool!” moments lately; on Thursday, I had two big ones (or about 100 little ones) in one day. I took a trip with Maywood Church’s college group, Contact, to the University … Continue reading

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Celebrating Passover–What do you do?

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Passover is almost upon us; it begins at sundown on Tuesday, April 18th. I’m pretty swamped this year, so I’m just planning to throw together a simple Seder for myself and my family. As a Christian interested in recovering the … Continue reading

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Celebrating Purim: God Delivers from “Behind the Scenes”

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Purim begins on Sunday, March 20 (2011) and ends the next day.  What is Purim, you  ask?  To Christians, it may be one of the lesser known Biblical Holidays, as it is not mentioned directly in the New Testament.  Mordecai … Continue reading

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Honest Expressions of Pain: Lessons for Prayer from the Psalms

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“Grief is better than gaiety For through a sad countenance the heart is improved” Ecclesiastes 7:3 “Jesus wept.” John 11:35 The question seems simple enough, but the answer seems elusive:  When things go horribly wrong, how should a faithful follower … Continue reading

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