Where is God? (Job 21-23)

There are times in life when God seems absent and we want to ask Him, "Where were you with that one, God?"  Five years ago this month my cousin was killed in a car accident on his way to an amusement park with his girlfriend; they were going there to celebrate his birthday.  In his mid-twenties, his life was taken from him, and it left the rest of the ... [Continue Reading]

Loneliness (Job 17-20)

When I was a freshman in college I experienced a loneliness that I had never experienced before in my life.  About two months into my first semester I found myself surrounded by lots of people but feeling incredibly alone.  Don't misunderstand me: I knew A LOT of people.  Being the extrovert that I am, I knew a least a couple hundred people on campus ... [Continue Reading]

Until you walk in my shoes… (Job 14-16)

A weakness in my own character is that I quickly judge situations before realizing what it is like to walk in someone else's shoes, and I think the same flawed character is present in Job's friends.  It never ceases to amaze me at how strictly I can withhold grace from others when all the while I demand it for myself.  I can't help but think that ... [Continue Reading]

What if I can ‘ t keep up?

I have had several people mention to me that they're not sure whether or not they'll be able to keep up with the year-long readings.  I have a few thoughts on that issue: First, it's okay if you get behind.  When I read through the Bible last year, I was behind during the busy summer and was able to catch back up later. Secondly, I believe that God ... [Continue Reading]

The great misunderstanding (Job 6-9)

I can't help but wonder sometimes if God listens to our ramblings from up above and finds amusement in our nonsense.  As readers of Job, we have the benefit of knowing why Job has faced such difficult life circumstances.  Unfortunately for him, he thought that the adversity was a result of his own actions.  The reality, however, is that his adversity ... [Continue Reading]

The greatest hope (Job 9-13)

There is sure a good glimpse into God's character in these words from Job.  We are reminded that He holds strength, wisdom, power, and authority beyond any other.  We are also reminded that He is the source of our hope.  Despite all of Job's experiences, it's really incredible to me that he can say, "Though [God] slay me, I will hope in ... [Continue Reading]

A cosmic game of chess (Job 1-5)

If nothing else, this introduction to Job reminds us that there is a spiritual battle raging in our world.  CS Lewis said that Satan would prefer one of two things: either we give him credit for all of the evil in the world or we don't give him any credit at all.  It's interesting that Job takes the latter approach.  However, even in the midst of ... [Continue Reading]

Bible Reading Plan

If you would like to join me in studying God's Narrative over the next year, please download this reading guide to keep up.  I was told that the reading guide is in chronological order and that it covers the majority of the Bible. Also, I encourage anyone and everyone to comment on my posts.  You can comment by clicking on the "Comments" link ... [Continue Reading]

The Great Flood and the Glory of God (Genesis 7-11)

I can't even begin to imagine what Noah must have felt like when the Lord "shut him in" (Gen. 7:16) that incredible ark.  I would have been wondering what in the world was happening to me and how I had managed to get myself into that mess.  Thankfully I wasn't Noah because I'm not sure if I would have had the guts to follow through with ... [Continue Reading]

The Bourne Ultimatum – a look at the choice to do right

I just saw the 12:01 AM premier of The Bourne Ultimatum.  I was eagerly anticipating this final installment in the Bourne trilogy, and I was not at all disappointed.  In fact, I was really challenged by a particular scene where Bourne is forced to kill or be killed.  Following his actions, he is faced with the reality of what he did, and he remarks to his ... [Continue Reading]