Seasons: A Time for All Things


What Not to Wear, Deuteronomy, and the Clarity of Scripture

For the record: I’m still confused. Our prior work (RuPaul and the Clarity of Scripture) prepared me to translate our text: A woman must not wear the things of mighty men, nor a man dress in women’s garments; for whoever does is abhorrent to the Lord your God. (Deut. 22:5) I admit that…

RuPaul and the Clarity of Scripture

I’m confused. Let my children and former students echo a mighty “Amen.” I’m confused these days by statements that speak of “clear Biblical teaching” about same-sex attraction (and related LGBTQ issues). To speak of my field of study (Old Testament), I find that the text is simply not as straightforward as it might…

The Sin of Sodom? (or America?)

Warning: this is may not be about what you think. In ancient Israel, to call a place Sodom was a major insult. I want to know why? So, as best we can let’s clear the deck of our assumptions and trace what this place/theme means in the Old Testament. We may quickly set…

In my Happy Place

I’m in my happy place today. The ice, even thunder-ice moved in early this morning with a little snow. Actually, I’d prefer 6 to 10 inches of snow instead of ice—but I’m still happy as a clam (whatever that means). I love the ice and snow, with apologies to all those who must…

“Mercy” (A Prayer from Jessica Lemmons)

I’ve been at a loss for words since the horrific school shooting in Florida, unable to enter the darkness for fear of losing myself. Thankfully, the prayer “Mercy” found its way to me; it’s from the blog “Not a Starving Artist Girl” by Jessica Lemmons (shared here by permission). I warn you, these…

Blessings from the Sky!

At the end of January,  Larry Henderson (Instructor of Bible and Asian Coordinator for the Halbert Center for Missions and Global Service) was a plane captain for a special secret jump – as in skydiving out of a perfectly sound airplane from high altitude: an expert skydiver among 47 other expert skydivers. Their…


Glenn Pemberton is a minister turned professor turned writer. After serving churches in Texas and Colorado, Glenn completed a Ph.D. (Old Testament). He then taught at Oklahoma Christian University before coming to Abilene Christian University in 2005, retiring as professor emeritus in 2017 due to a severe chronic pain. Glenn now spends his time writing for the church. Along with short essays he has published four books, including The God who Saves: An Introduction to the Message of the Old Testament (2015), and Hurting with God: Learning to Lament with the Psalms (2012). Glenn and his wife Dana continue to live in Abilene, Texas.


Glenn Pemberton
3341 East Lake Rd.
Abilene, TX, 79601
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