August 21, 2018

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 […]

Listening to the Story

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study The Book of Ruth (3) How Did I Miss That? Dept. Inexplicably, when recommending commentaries on Ruth in an earlier post, I forgot to mention one of the finest: The Book of Ruth (New International Commentary on the Old Testament), by Robert L. Hubbard, Jr. It may actually […]

Lady Wisdom’s Five Fair Daughters

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (2) Series Introduction (in case you missed it last time) During Ordinary Time this summer, we will have a weekly Bible study on the Book of Ruth. I think this especially appropriate, for Ruth is a story about ordinary people in ordinary settings, […]

Ruth among the Writings

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (1) During Ordinary Time this summer, we will have a weekly Bible study on the Book of Ruth. I think this especially appropriate, for Ruth is a story about ordinary people in ordinary settings, in and through whom God did extraordinary things. For […]

Paul, Christ, and Adam

By Chaplain Mike Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned– To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. […]

Another Look: Life in the King’s Garden (Bible Study on Gen 2)

By Chaplain Mike Before we dive into making comments about the “Historical Adam” controversy that the recent cover story in Christianity Today highlighted, I thought it would be good to review a couple of posts that we did last year. These are Bible studies of Genesis 2-3. I will reproduce them and update them here […]