Author Archives: Glenn Pemberton

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.

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To Subscribers: If you attempted to download the booklet advertised in yesterday’s post (“Same-Sex Intimacy and the Old Testament”) and the link failed to work, I apologize. The site with a working link should now be functional. See the original post or this link to that post (if it works; my batting average…

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The Gospel and the Zombies attacking our Schools

One week ago, my stomach rolled. I had turned on the television, too slow on the trigger to change the breakfast news station to lighter lunchtime fare. All too familiar faces appeared, interviewing familiar experts who provided analysis of an all too familiar event: another school shooting. A minute passed without any identification…

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The Daughter Divine and Proverbs’ Woman Wisdom

The timing could not have been better. Just as we have finished our study of same-sex intimacy and the Old Testament, The Priscilla Papers (a journal committed to biblical gender-equity) has released its Spring 2018 issue that includes my essay: “Daughter Divine: Proverbs’ Woman of Wisdom.” Even better, this article is available on-line: click here…

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The Cards in Your Pocket… Not up Your Sleeve (Reading the Same-Sex Ban)

When I was a young pastor I thought it would be fun to teach teenagers how to play poker… in the Sanctuary: an idea that didn’t fly so well with one of our older members. Whether I’ve learned anything over the past 30 years, however, is debatable. On one hand, I have moved…

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Texas Hold’em and the Homosexual Ban of Leviticus

{Finally the server is back… here’s the post from Tuesday} Over the past two weeks, I’ve dealt several ‘information cards’ regarding Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13. As a reminder, these texts read: You must not have sexual intercourse with a man as you would with a woman; it is a detestable [to’ebah]practice.(18:22, CEV; or…

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Gibberish or Shirebbig? Reading the Ban on Male Intercourse in Leviticus

We love shortcuts in our fast paced society. After all, who needs to learn Hebrew to get a Hebrew tattoo? Why bother with cultural and literary contexts when we can read scripture and understand its “obvious” meaning? In concise terms, shortcuts can be dangerous. We may end up with Hebrew gibberish tattooed on…

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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…

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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…

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Litany of Hope (Revised)

The revisions may be slight, but they are significant (to me). So I share this updated version of the prayer. For those struggling with a loss of hope, whatever the cause (but especially due to health), I recommend that you do what I have committed myself to: read/pray this prayer (aloud is better)…

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Litany of Hope

A Litany of Hope to balance the Litany of Pain posted earlier. (See note below.)  May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! He is the compassionate Father and God of all comfort. God of all sufficient grace, please, hear me. Immanuel, God ever and always with us, please,…

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A Litany for those in pain

Written with lines  from the “Litany for Humility” with help from Craig Churchill and Doug Foster. O Jesus, man of sorrows and suffering,hear me. From the desire of being known, deliver me, Jesus. From the desire of being honored, deliver me, Jesus. From the desire of being consulted,            deliver me, Jesus. From…

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A Productive Silence

Please excuse the silence over the past week. The time normally spent on “blogging” has been directed toward preparation of classes to be taught at ACU Summit next week. On Monday I will participate in the lecture series hosted by CSART (Center for the Study of Ancient Religious Texts; Biblical Studies Building 129).…

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Overwhelming Harvey

I am at a loss of words in the face of hurricane Harvey. I know what it is like to lose everything. On September 19, 2000 (my daughter’s birthday) I came home a little early to prepare for the party. It was another hot and windy day in the midst of a summer…

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“If I could talk to the President” (2)

“1If I could talk to the President, just imagine it. Talking with a Trump in Twittereeze. 2Imagine reasoning with liberals, consulting with conservatives. What a neat achievement it would be.” (Thanks to the original lyricist, Bobby Darrin) On Tuesday I began to sing my little song about speech in Proverbs, beginning with the…

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One More Time – this year

For the past six years Dana and I have made a trek to the mountains, the first year alone followed by five years of enjoying children (and grandchildren) and friends in the cabin(s) we have rented. So for a couple of weeks I will be away from my blogging position, hoping to come…

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4th and 7th to Go

Israel’s ‘constitution’—Deuteronomy (to play with language in the spirit of July 4th), includes what at first appears to be a great idea and then, on closer inspection of the text and our lives—is radical, dangerous, and as un-American as High Tea and Scones. In Deuteronomy, the provision is simply called the “Seventh Year”…

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A Whale of a Tale

I promised whales to come, so I must deliver. Sorry, but nothing “spiritual” today–unless you consider the magnificence of creation something of spiritual wonder… hmm. “So did you see whales?” seems to be the leading question in conversations since we returned home. And the answer is… Ah yes, “Call me Ishmael” (in other…

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North to Alaska

My friends, it has been my intention to prepare several posts to deploy at the end of this week, next week, and the beginning of the next (through Monday, June 26) while I take a little boat ride with Dana up to Alaska (the inside passage). But, alas, my full press to complete an…

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For London and Britain

Lord, it’s true you have been our help, generation after generation. Before you gave birth to mountains, to the earth or inhabited world, from forever to forever, you are God. But while a thousand years are a day or like a brief time at night, it’s not so for humans—we are like green…

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A Post You Will Hate (But Should Really Read)

Today we follow in the shadow of Brueggemann’s, “Grief, Despair, Hope” (see “A book you will hate (but must read)” from Tuesday); tackling an idea on the fringes of his topic, but not explored in the book. It’s nothing new. In fact, the catch phrases are a bit worn down: America was founded…

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What’s in a Name?

Today I share another essay from Dana’s wonderful little book, I Will Change Your Name: Messages from the Father to a Heart Broken by Divorce (Leafwood Publishers, 2007). This book is written especially for women going through the heartache of divorce, but I can testify reading it in two days (only because I…

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A Mother’s Day Prayer

Originally composed in 2013, I edited and added to this prayer to better reflect our world and all those for whom this day is special and difficult. Lord, God of Sara, Rebekah, and Rachel;    and God of Hagar, Bilhah, and Zilpah. God of the hopeless, surprised by joy;    and God of the…

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Dear Mom

My mother, Peggy (Hatter) Pemberton, would have turned 83 this week, on Saturday, May 13. Instead, she died 2½ years ago, on Saturday, September 27, 2014. My sister Margie and I have collaborated together for today’s post. Mom We don’t know if those who have died have any awareness of what is happening…

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A Tribute to Dr. John Willis

In 1955 a young man by the name of John graduated from Abilene Christian College (ACC); earning his Master’s degree a year later. Then he (and Evelyn) packed up and moved to Nashville where he began teaching Old Testament at David Lipscomb College. Tomorrow, on May 5, 2017, after sixty-one years in the…

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He is Risen!

It’s taken me a long time to come to embrace the traditional Christian Calendar. Raised in a traditional Church of Christ, with all the benefits I gained with that heritage (e.g., a love for scripture leaps to the front of the list), I had a long journey to make from discrediting the Christian…

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A Lenten Prayer

Lord, we want to hear: “Peace, prosperity, security.” Standing in your spotlight: “Favored, chosen, beloved.” Legends in our own minds: entitled, spoiled, confused. We cannot hear the prophets: “Polluted, shamed, rejected.” Cannot read the signs: “Renounced, disowned, detested.” Dazzled by our own light: blinded, fumbling, stumbling. In time, reality exposes myth, the sacred…

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Nowhere to Hide

One of (many) chapters Dana wrote years ago that spoke to my heart in 2010 and still speaks today, from I Will Change Your Name: Messages From the Father to a Heart Broken By Divorce (Dana Hood; Leafwood, 2007). Used by permission. Before I walked through the death of my marriage I thought that…

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Musings and a Basset Hound

In the event you haven’t noticed (and I don’t know why you would), I have added several items beneath the “More” menu in the right column of the front page of “Seasons” on a computer, beneath this column on a phone or reader: Free Adult Curriculum Recommended on-line Resources Recommended Resources for Preaching/Teaching from…

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UFOs and April Fools

Important note: Though still rough in appearance, it is now possible to subscribe to this blog so that you receive email notifications for all new post. This box is available on the right hand side of this page. ___________________________________________________________________ Somehow April 1st is the right day to roll out an entry from my…

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Preaching against the clock?

I continue to reflect on my years of preaching with the aid of Hindsight Philosophy, If I knew then what I know now, safely protected from having to act on my own advice (or maybe daring God to heal me). Either way, my place above the fray is beginning to embolden me. So…

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