Have the Stinkin’ Conversation

Have the Stinkin’ Conversation

Tucked away between the Gospel-rich story of David and Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9) and the tragic account of David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11) lies a clinic on why conversations are necessary (2 Samuel 10). Hanun (the king of the Ammonites) assumed David sent men to spy...
Can I Talk to the Dead?

Can I Talk to the Dead?

Let’s be honest. Sometimes the Bible includes things we wish weren’t there. Like the time King Saul consulted a medium and talked to Samuel. Yeah. That Samuel. The Prophet of God who had been dead for a while. Saul talked to that Samuel. And Saul talked to...
Running Interference: Abbey, Jesus, and the Son of Jesse

Running Interference: Abbey, Jesus, and the Son of Jesse

1 Samuel 25. A mammoth chapter. Forty-four verses. Here’s the breakdown: David had been on the run from King Saul. In so doing, David protected an entire estate belonging to a rich, but very mean man, named Nabal. David asked Nabal for some food and supplies in...
Need to Get Away?

Need to Get Away?

Luke (the Gospel writer) shares with his readers that the man under demonic influence was often driven by demons into solitary places (Luke 8:29). When I read that, I think, “Yep. That’s about right. The devil and his minions love to push us humans away...
Fair Factor: What about the Fifty Dollar Guy?

Fair Factor: What about the Fifty Dollar Guy?

I’ve been reflecting on the beautiful story of the sinful woman in Luke 7. The one who washed Jesus’s feet with her tears. To reveal the heart condition of an observant self-righteous Pharisee, Jesus gives an everyday scenario anyone can understand. Two...