When an Israelite in the Bible times made a vow to God, it was private, between them and God. Unless, of course, if they were a woman. What gives?
For every disaster or disease or crime or pestilence, there's a sermon given by an earnest pastor who goes on and on and on about God's faithfulness and His power and His love and His protection - while smoothly skipping over the fact that plenty of people were not protected, and did indeed suffer.
Do you think everything God asks you to do is fair?
It's so easy to creep back into bad habits, to slide into the DMs of things that seem just a little wrong or a little dangerous. I mean, the Bible doesn't explicitly say this is a sin! Or doing this just one time won't really do much harm. And is this really all that bad?...Why do we do this?
Summary: You ever hear about those scams people end up falling for? Men and women send money to people halfway across the world, believing the scammer's promise of millions of dollars in the future. Hopeless romantics form relationships online, despite the object of their affections dubiously claiming to be Tyler Perry or even just super … Continue reading Christians Are Crazy (Exodus 6)
Summary: High school math was torture for me. The fight for A's in Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry was like a life or death struggle. I remember one time finishing a quiz and literally feeling as if I were panting and sweating, crawling across a finish line after a harrowing mental workout. Hard as it was, though, … Continue reading The Wonderful World of Wrestling (Genesis 32)
Summary: We all have arguments with our family members. Whether they're passive-aggressive and icy or loud and violent, they suck. The worst part, in my opinion, is the aftermath. How do we mend this? How are we supposed to act around each other until someone says "I'm sorry"? How do we get back to normal? … Continue reading When You Just Know (Genesis 28)
Summary: Sometimes there's nothing crueller than a writer. Whether it's a book, a TV show, or a movie, one day, out of the blue, they throw you completely off. A character's life falls apart. Or worse, the character is brutally murdered. It's truly offensive when a writer does you like that, but soon you come … Continue reading An Ultimatum (Genesis 22)
Summary: It is impossible to avoid disappointment. No matter who we marry or how much squad goals our friend group is, they will disappoint us. We will disappoint them. It's life. We all can more or less accept this and live with it. That's why it's so surreal to consider the one Person who breaks … Continue reading Let’s Try That Again (Genesis 17)
Summary: "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh what a foretaste of glory divine..." This popular hymn is filled with hope, confidence and surety. These things are difficult to come by these days. With natural disasters, economic inequality, racism, sexism, horrendous presidents…one begins to wonder just how much hope can be reasonably had in a God that … Continue reading How Can I Know? (Genesis 15)