Reading Ruth: Four Themes to Keep in Mind

Ruth is a literary masterpiece. Death. Suspense. Love. Brokenness. Redemption. Often we think it is mainly about a romantic encounter between a strong man-hunk and an unworthy pauper girl. That’s in there, of course, and it certainly adds to the drama. The author knew what he was doing–it draws us in! Ruth is, however, mainly…

This I Believe: The Redemption of Christ

The Redemption of Christ I believe the only hope for man’s salvation is the redemption purchased by Jesus Christ who came to save sinners. In Christ’s incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and ascension, he acted as our representative and substitute. On the cross, he canceled sin, satisfied God’s wrath, bore the full penalty of our sin,…

Christ the Pure Redeemer, Christ the Dirty Whore

Humans are naturally bent toward works righteousness. We think that if we do good, God will think we are good. When it comes to Bible reading, we often moralize passages of Scripture, asking, “What does this passage have to do to me?” and “What is God requiring of me in this passage?” Those questions aren’t…

A New Year to Remember the Old Story

Many people are taught to believe the Bible is a book of rules with a bunch of stories about many heroes who are used by God because they are good people. That could not be further from the truth. With this new year, as you begin your Bible reading plans and start resolutions, remember the…

Making All the Sad Things Untrue Wordle

Last month I gave a message to our high school ministry titled “Making All the Sad Things Untrue.” Here is a Wordle of that talk for you visual learners.