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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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