not giving up on eating

I’ve never been very good at following through with things I commit to do regularly. Whether it’s working out, preparing lesson plans prior to the night before, going to bed at a decent hour, or prayer and spending time in the Word, the pattern is the same. I start out excited and committed, yet within a week, two weeks, or even a month or more, the commitment wanes until I look back and realize it has been weeks since I’ve (insert commitment here). It’s a pattern I’m determined to break.

Implementing new habits is difficult. Doing so requires time, energy and motivation, which make keeping them up very difficult when something comes up and we no longer have the time, or we have a bad week and lack motivation to do anything, or we’re tired and can’t possibly imagine doing something extra. Unfortunately, this is what I see happening with my attempts to build new habits. continue reading…

[bible:365] Intro to 1-2 Samuel

The authorship and date of writing for 1-2 Samuel are uncertain. While some scholars attribute parts of 1 Samuel to Samuel, there is no way he could have written all of it, as he dies before 1 Samuel ends (25:1).

A majority of Biblical scholars view 1-2 Samuel as part of a larger compilation, the Deuteronomistic History, which includes Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, 1-2 Samuel and 1-2 Kings. These books chart the theological history of the nation of Israel from the conquest of Joshua to the dissolution of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, evaluating the nation based on the laws and principles of Deuteronomy. continue reading…

[bible:365] Ruth

Nicolas PoussinI’ve realized trying to catch up was holding me back. It was/is a daunting task, and honestly, I was greatly discouraged by it, and it dissuaded me from even trying. So, I’m just going to skip ahead to where I should be on schedule, and go from there. As for the parts I’ve skipped, I will come back to them, whether it’s retroactive starting next year, or I work on it steadily throughout the year, I will cover Genesis through Revelation. Anyways, on to Ruth!

I find the book of Ruth extremely interesting, particularly how such a short book about how a foreign woman is married to an Israelite (twice I suppose) finds such prominence to be Scripture. It is a remarkable story, and there is a great deal we can learn from it, but amidst great narratives of Israelite history, voluminous collections of poetry from many sources, prophetic words from the Lord, and writings of kings and prophets, this book is unusual. continue reading….

[bible:365] Day 4 – Genesis 16-20

I wonder if we would laugh too.

God comes to Abraham and Sarah, again affirming that they will have a child, and they both laugh! This occurs in both accounts of God foretelling the birth of Isaac, with Abraham laughing in the 17:1-21 account, and Sarah in the 18:1-15 account. The idea that they could have a child at such an old age sounded ridiculous to them, despite the fact that it came from God.

We might look at this and say, God told them they were going to have a son, how could they not believe! But I wonder, should God reveal his plans for our lives, would we not find it equally ridiculous and crazy, and perhaps laugh at the suggestion that we could do such a thing?

The birth of Isaac is foretold as part of God’s covenant with Abraham, and in chapter 17 we get our first picture of what God expects in return: circumcision. What??? continue reading…

[bible:365] Day 3 – Genesis 11-15

The Tower of Babel

The Tower of Babel story is rather odd. It’s a story I’ve heard since I was a child, and I always thought it was pretty crazy, but reading it now it’s just plain odd. The people want to “make a name for themselves” and build a tower to the heavens, and according to God, they can accomplish that goal because they all have one language. At this point, the story seems to be about the power of a people united, that “nothing they propose to do will now be impossible for them” (11:6).

But God sees something bad in this; whether it’s the pride that they want to glorify themselves, that they think they can reach heaven, or that he sees where this will lead (“this is only the beginning of what they will do.” 11:6), he decides this cannot be allowed to happen. So he divides them. According to this story, God is the source of language barriers.

I look at this and can’t help but wonder, was it worth it? continue reading…

[bible:365] Day 2 – Genesis 6-10

What I found myself thinking about the most as I was reading these chapters is our perspective of God. Any listing of characteristics attributed to God will include things like: eternal, omniscient, omnipotent, immutable, infinite, incomprehensible, and transcendent. I’m not saying that these things are not true of God, I just wonder if they’re true in the way we imagine them to be.

In my experience, I’ve seen how this perspective of God tends to set Him apart from us, or maybe more accurately, sets us apart from Him. continue reading…

[bible:365] Day 1 – Genesis 1-5

I don’t know about you, but I thoroughly enjoyed my first day of reading, and am so excited this is going to be a regular activity for the whole year!

On another note, I apologize for how late the posts came out today, I’m still figuring out the logistics of doing my reading and writing the posts in a way that works for me, but are still available for you before 11pm. Regardless, onto my reflection.

Chapter One

If you think about it, there is a lot of controversy over how our culture relates to what the Bible says, including such polarizing topics as abortion, homosexuality and the death penalty. But what hit me here is that you can’t even make it through the first sentence of the Bible without a major controversy arising.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. – Genesis 1:1

Already we have controversy about whether this statement is true or not, not to mention the controversy that surrounds the rest of the chapter: continue reading….

[bible:365] intro to genesis

Welcome to the first day of readings for the bible:365 project! This is incredibly exciting as we begin this journey together!

Intro to Genesis

Genesis is the first in a collection of five books referred to as the Pentateuch (a Greek term), or the Torah in the original Hebrew.  The authorship of these five books have been traditionally been attributed to Moses in both Christianity and Judaism, a tradition attested to in multiple places in both Old and New Testaments (Lev. 1:1-2; Neh. 13:1; Matt. 8:4; Acts 26:22).  According to this tradition, Genesis and the rest of the Torah was likely written during Israel’s wandering in the wilderness, probably between 1440 – 1400 bce. This authorship would have been accomplished through a compilation of multiple sources, both written and oral.

Beginning in the 19th century ce, more recent scholarship has called this tradition into question, continue reading…

Happy New Year!

It’s the new year, and that means the beginning of the bible:365 project!

I am so excited to be embarking on this journey through the Word with all of you, and am looking forward to see how God transforms our lives in this year.

If you are not already on board, or haven’t yet invited your friends to participate, you’re almost out of time, as readings start the beginning of the week!

Just for clarification, I will be following the weekly readings Monday through Friday, though you can do them any five days of the week that work for you! Be sure to get the reading schedule here.

May God be preparing our hearts for the journey.

the bible:365 project

The bible:365 project is a year-long journey through the Word of God.  Click the link in the sidebar for more information.

I strongly suggest that you check out the project and Radical, the book the project comes from.  It’s going to be a truly life changing year, and I would love to have you with me for the journey!

The project begins with the first reading on Monday, January 3.