January 2018

Bible Challenge, Week 19: The Nation - Samuel

After the chaos of Judges, the LORD is ready to move Israel to a new phase of history.  They’ve exhausted themselves by “every man doing what was right in his own eyes,” and they seem to recognize it.  They need leadership, direction, identity: “Give us a King, so we might be like the other nations!” […]

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Chislin' Dixie

My daughter was one of the first employees of Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Theater Attraction (yes, you need all those words) when it opened in Branson—1996, as I recall.  It’s advertised as unique, and for a fact I’d never seen anything like it.  The audience sits in long rows before plank tables with a […]

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Bible Challenge, Week 18: The Nation - Ruth

After all the mayhem of the book of Judges, Ruth is a sweet breeze blowing from the barley fields surrounding the House of Bread (or as it’s better known, Bethlehem).  It’s reassuring that even in times of war and strife, normal life goes on.  But Ruth is also a sweet story, a lovely example of […]

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Bible Challenge, Week 17: The Nation - Failure!

All that the LORD commands us, we will do.”  That’s the solemn promise of God’s own people, first to Moses and then to Joshua.  But, as we’ll soon see, they couldn’t even keep the first commandment.  (By the way, do you remember what the First Commandment is?)  I find the book of Judges to be […]

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