Is the Bible pro-slavery?

Like polygamy, slavery is conditionally allowed in the Bible. Paul writes in Colossians 4:1, "Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven." Slaves were to be shown certain considerations including Sabbath rest to "refresh themselves" (Exodus 23:12). They were to go free if a master knocked … Continue reading Is the Bible pro-slavery?

Beyond bias

In 1 Timothy 5:21, Paul writes, "I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality." This verse sings a common refrain to Christians: we are to do what God asks, making no exceptions, … Continue reading Beyond bias

A biblical response to (even unjust) authority

The Bible teaches that there are things worth dying for, and a time to obey God rather than man, as the apostles said in response to the Jewish Council in Acts 4:18-21: 18 “And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But … Continue reading A biblical response to (even unjust) authority

The Gratitude Attitude

1 Timothy 4:4 "For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude;" Do even simple tasks seem difficult lately? Is life laden with frustration? If so, please join me in a resounding cyber scream! I'll spare you the details, but even this post has been … Continue reading The Gratitude Attitude

A Place for Mom

This Sunday is Mother's Day, a perennially difficult day for those who have lost mothers, mothers who have lost children or women who wish they were mothers. I've spent time in all three categories. For those formerly untouched by tragedy, this year's celebration might bring new sadness in dealing with the restrictions, lockdowns, illnesses and … Continue reading A Place for Mom

Help! I’m Homeschooling

The National Homeschool Education Research Institute approximates that 2.5 million K-12 students homeschool in the United States, based on projections for 2019. Of our estimated 331 million citizens, Business Insider reported on April 7 that 95% are under stay-at-home orders. As a result the number of Americans attempting to teach or learn at home has … Continue reading Help! I’m Homeschooling

Reclaiming Biblical Marriage: 1 Man 1 Woman 4 Life

The world can and often does define marriage any way it wants. The Bible defines biblical marriage, but the church has largely adopted the world’s definition, leading to chaos and heartbreak within the church as well. Marriage was established by God and introduced in the first book of the Bible. It is a unique relationship, … Continue reading Reclaiming Biblical Marriage: 1 Man 1 Woman 4 Life

Psalm 119’s Surprising Side Effects

In time of trouble I often turn to the 40s chapters of Isaiah or the Book of Psalms. After a particularly trying season, I found myself on a memorizing roll. Beginning with Psalm 104, I skipped only David’s imprecatory rant in 109 and just kept going—until I hit Psalm 119. Screeching halt. No way! Reading … Continue reading Psalm 119’s Surprising Side Effects