As we seek to understand the tensions present in the church of Ephesus, we also must seek insight for how error today has mingled with sound doctrine, and how our behavior could destroy the good news of Jesus Christ for the watching world.… Read More What is useful in 1 Timothy 2:8-15?
William Law believed that the fall was not a single act of disobedience, but a gradual slide into the unholy state. … Read More The Gradual Fall of Adam
The skeptic finds that Esther encapsulates the human experience of doubt, and the author invites the reader to interact with the discomfort of a God who is “silent as light, hid from our sight.”… Read More The Silent God
Every generation will encounter evil. One theme of the book of Esther is that it is necessary for women to resist evil by refusing to be silent. I find this message to be relevant for current events. As Dr. Christine Blasey Ford speaks up before the whole nation concerning her story regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett… Read More Refuse to be silent.
Racism, persecution of people because of their race, instigated the crisis of Esther, as Haman demands the death of all the Jews because of the insult of one Jew. But, racism also motivated Esther’s author to highlight the race of Haman, a comedic resolution to an historic, racial conflict between the Amalekites and the Israelites. Racism is evident throughout Esther’s story.… Read More Racism in Esther
The only direct instruction of Esther is how to throw a party.… Read More Party like its 479 BCE!
The book of Esther is a story designed to echo Israel’s literary history to encourage and inspire national hope for a good future. It is a tale of deliverance, and the influences of other Biblical deliverance narratives, such as Joseph, Moses and the Judges, naturally imprint the organization of Esther’s rhythm as the reader cycles… Read More Esther’s Historical Background