March 16, 2015
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there was no king like him

Another familiar story—that of King Josiah—I think I had read mostly from the shorter account in 2 Chronicles and somewhat passed over the much more detailed account in 2 Kings 23.  It’s really quite an incredible story in context, after … Continue reading

March 11, 2015
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A Woman of Boldness

As I continue to think about the definition of biblical womanhood, the very-familiar story of the Shunammite woman who helped Elisha in 2 Kings 4 seemed worth looking into.  I’ve always read the story with puzzlement over the somewhat odd … Continue reading

March 10, 2015
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The Tragedy of an Old Prophet

1 Kings 13:11-34 is one of the most strikingly sad and terrible stories in Scripture.  It’s about two men of God—prophets—who make some “small” sins for apparently minor reasons and pay a heavy price. The story opens with a “certain … Continue reading

January 29, 2015
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Memorial stones.

I love the part in Joshua 4 where Joshua tells Israel to set up 12 memorial stones, so that, In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’  you should tell them, ‘The waters … Continue reading

January 5, 2015
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Wise Young People

Well, person.  Today is Job 32-42 and Genesis 12-14. Elihu begins the conversation with two objections: Job justified himself, not God. His friends didn’t refute Job, but still condemned him. So no one had defended the goodness of God. At … Continue reading

January 4, 2015
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Job’s distant God

Today I’ve got my reading plan more exact so it’s officially Job 18-31, part of which I already read. Job 21:3: “Bear with me while I speak; then after I have spoken, you may continue mocking.”  Job refutes the claims … Continue reading

January 2, 2015
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The Problem of Pain

Today, Job 6-20, in which Job and his friends continue to discuss why Job might be suffering. The depth of Job’s bitterness surprises me.  He is wishes to die (6:8) and says there is no hope because he can’t help … Continue reading

January 1, 2015
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The Story Begins

With a new year comes a new refresh of “the Bible in 90 Days.”  This year I’m trying to do it chronologically,  which means today I read Genesis 1-11 and Job 1-5.  Again, my intent is to do this breakneck … Continue reading