The Yellow Brick Road

Follow the yellow brick road. When Dorothy found herself in a strange place and didn’t know how to get home, this pig-tailed girl from Kansas heeded the advice of a dubious band of Munchkins. Dorothy and her dog, Toto, met other needy misfits along the way, locked arms, and empowered themselves with the mantra, Follow the yellow brick road. Reaching the wizard was their mission, and this road would lead them there. Danger, discouragement …

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Psalms at Summer's End

The summer went by too quickly. I didn’t get a vacation—“w-a-a-a-a”. Sluggish and weary, I don’t feel mentally geared up for a busy fall.

I run to the Psalms—the book that understands.

Why do I love the Psalms? When I flip over to those pages I find my melancholy self there. In the mix of praise and lament I see me. I linger and listen and learn. Eventually I find my way …

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Delighting in Instructions

Last night I taught Psalm One at the women’s Bible study at my church. Because of the familiarity of this psalm, I anticipated their expectations to be low. The comments I received afterward let me know that I’d given them some fresh insights.

After verse one tells us that the blessed person is not influenced by unbelievers, verse two tells us how that is possible. The blessed person delights in the law of …

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Vindicating the Vixens

Compelled to pass along a good read, I’m doing a rare book review. VINDICATING THE VIXENS: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible.

Fourteen chapters, each written by a different author, each featuring a misunderstood woman in the Bible. The general editor is Sandra Glahn, published by Kregel, 2017.

Page after page uncovers precision and excellence in the study of God’s Word. As a Bible teacher and retreat speaker, I go …

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Sovereignty & Love Intersect

Next weekend I’m speaking at a women’s retreat presenting my recently revised theme: Finding Hope in a World of Hurt. One of my favorite parts is the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth that illustrates where God’s sovereignty and God’s love intersect.

The gospel of Luke describes this husband and wife team as “upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly” (1:6). This couple does everything right, but there’s …

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