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Can God the Father Teach us About Masculinity?

Can God the Father Teach us About Masculinity?

It’s Father’s Day and articles fill the internet about men who defied the masculine stereotype of being tough, distant workaholics. Changing diapers. Working at home. The world is a very different place nowadays than it was a few decades ago. The last place that many would look for inspiration for modern fatherhood is the Old […]

The Epic Saga of Genesis

The Epic Saga of Genesis

I used to struggle with why we have the stories we do in Genesis – about the sons of Jacob destroying the city of Shechem, or Reuben sleeping with his father’s servant girl. My expectation was that the Bible was a book of simple moral stories to teach me how to live. Actually, the point […]

Where Family is Everything...

Where Family is Everything…

Our modern, Western culture revolves around the individual. In the biblical world, family was everything. What does that actually mean though, in terms of how they thought? I found a fascinating description of this worldview in The Shadow of the Sun, by Ryszard Kapuscinski, as he describes the peoples he encounters throughout his travels in […]

Orphans, in this Day and Age?

Orphans, in this Day and Age?

The word for “orphan” in the Bible also referred to children who were fatherless, because having a single parent was a terrible fate too. Nowadays we don’t have many orphans, but we have a lot of single parent families.

Ruth’s Family Soap Opera

Ruth’s Family Soap Opera

Modern readers miss the scandalous background of Ruth – that she was a Moabitess, who were known for their sexual immorality. You need to listen to this story with ancient ears to appreciate how she’s redeemed.