October 17, 2017

A Letter for the Church Today

A Letter for the Church Today (1) A Study of 2 Corinthians 10-13 For the next six Sundays, I will do a series on chapters 10-13 from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. That sentence raises a question: Why pick out part of an epistle and study just that section? Here’s my answer, to be […]

Fullness and a Future

Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (12, conclusion) All the people who were at the gate and the elders replied, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is entering your home like Rachel and Leah, both of whom built up the house of Israel! May you prosper in Ephrathah […]

Sealing the Deal

Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (11) Now Boaz went up to the village gate and sat there. Then along came the guardian whom Boaz had mentioned to Ruth! Boaz said, “Come here and sit down, ‘John Doe’!” So he came and sat down. Boaz chose ten of the village leaders and […]

Some Enchanted Evening

Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (10) Update: edited with some added content commenting on the deliberately ambiguous portrayal of Boaz and Ruth’s encounter. Did she, or didn’t she? • • • Sex! Sex!! Sex!!! There. Do I have your attention? Few things keep us on the edge of our seats like […]

A Taste of Fullness

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (9) We missed a week in our Ruth study and this morning it is time to go back to Bethlehem to find out what is happening. What have we seen so far? A family from Israel, forced to move to Moab in a […]

Welcoming the Stranger

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (8) Naomi and Ruth have returned to Bethlehem, where the Lord has visited his people and blessed them with a good harvest. Ruth takes initiative immediately and goes out to glean in the fields to provide for their household. According to the Torah, […]

A “Chance” Meeting

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (7) We have completed the first part of the story told in the Book of Ruth. Chapter one introduced two problems in need of resolution: The provision of food for Naomi and her family The provision of heirs for Naomi and her family […]

It is OK to Lament

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (6) Today we complete the first part of Ruth’s story with a look at the concluding verses of Ruth, chapter one. This text has many lessons for those who grieve and those who love them. So the two of them journeyed together until […]

A Faith that Surpasses Abraham

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (5) In Ruth 1:1-5, we are introduced to a family that became beset by severe trials. Forced to leave their home and journey to a neighboring country during a famine, the patriarch of the family then died. Subsequently the two sons, who had […]

From Fullness to Emptiness

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study The Book of Ruth (4) The Book of Ruth was written to show how an unlikely woman, who proved herself to be a woman of wisdom and love, became a “founding mother” in Israel. In the tradition of Israel’s honored ancestors, God providentially worked for her and through […]