Kindly Rahab

“I know that the Lord has given you the land for we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you.” -Joshua 2:9-10 Read: Joshua 2:8-14 Rahab—Gentile, woman, harlot. Surely if there was anyone in her community who was alienated and shamed, it would be Rahab. Surely she would […]

Jesus’ Way is The Way

“The Lord will again take delight in prospering you…when you obey the Lord your God by observing his commandments and decrees.” -Deuteronomy 30:9-10 Read Deuteronomy 30:1-10 Holidays are feast days, special days marked ahead on the calendar and including the best meats, special sides and choice beverages. Holidays are days of celebration. Unfortunately, holi-days can […]

From the Mouth of a What!?

“I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near—a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel.” -Numbers 24:17 Read Numbers 22:21-33, 38; 24:17 The story of Balaam is a wildly surprising affair. I must admit that, when telling this story to neighborhood kids for the […]

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A Love for Water Polo, A Dream for Olympic Gold

Daniel Seymour 2016 BS in Kinesiology What does every athlete dream of? Playing for their country at the Olympics and playing professionally, of course! Recent alum Daniel Seymour is living part of his dream and striving for more as he lives in Spain and plays water polo at that country’s highest division. He is living […]

The Liberation of Passover

“When your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’” -Exodus 12:26 Read Exodus 12:25-28 Soft candlelight sets the mood. Wine glasses signal celebration. The ornate plate is set with parsley, herbs, an egg and chopped apples, nuts, cinnamon and honey. A salt water bowl completes the setting. A quiet hush marks the […]

Baccalaureate is a Dress Rehearsal for Eternity

One of my most meaningful memories from seminary was participating in the baccalaureate ceremony a few days before graduation in 2010. About 30 minutes prior to reporting for the processional, I tried the gown, hood and cap on for size. Before I could step fully into the living room, I could see the look of […]

The Family Tree

“This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham.” -Matthew 1:1 Read Matthew 1:1-3 Family trees look so innocent, don’t they? The simple lists of names only hint at the varied lives and stories of the people who bore them. Digging into Jesus’ family tree is no different. […]

Birthing New Life

“So she laughed to herself. She thought, ‘I’m worn out, and my husband is old. Can I really know the joy of having a baby?’” -Genesis 18:12 Read Genesis 18:1-15 When I was younger, I thought I was going to have many children by the time I was in my 20s. This did not happen, […]

Encounter Daily the God Who Sees

“So she named the LORD who spoke to her, ‘You are El-roi’; for she said, ‘Have I really seen God and remained alive after seeing him?’” -Genesis 16:13 Read Genesis 16 I have two little nieces that bring me great joy. They love to show off their new skills, saying, “Look, Mimi, look at what […]