Lost, Found, Rejoice

The Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, the Lost Sons (the Prodigal Son) are three familiar parables. So familiar we may think we know them. But these parables, like other biblical stories reward repeated engagement. Reading them this time, I was struck by the repeating celebrating and joy. “He calls together his friends and neighbors, saying […]

Jesus in the Temple

WordPress and I are having formatting issues. I’ll try to resolve them, but that might take a little time. I apologize for the goofy formatting.  Sometimes people ask me what my favorite Bible story is. Usually I tell them it is whatever I am currently studying. Recently I have been reading Luke 2:39-52, the story […]

Plot Twist

We don’t often talk about plot twists in Biblical texts, but the book of Job has a couple worth noting. Job’s friends are well known for their unhelpfulness. But as unhelpful and annoying as they are, they do seem to accomplish one thing. As Job listens to their assessment of his  situation and their suggestions […]