Reading Esther and Ruth in Tandem

Esther 1:1–2:23 By Sarah Puryear This week in the Good Book Club, our reading plan moves from the story of Ruth to that of Esther. These two books are often paired with each other because they are the only ... Read More...

Friendship and the Threshing Floor

Ruth 3:1–4:18 By Neil Dhingra Ruth, the Moabite, widowed, bereaved, loyal and faithful to mother-in-law from Israel. — Graham Kings, “Ruth” In a recent lecture on friendship, Alasdair MacIntyre says it r... Read More...

Love Gleaned, Offered, and Received

Ruth 1:1-2:23 By Brandt L. Montgomery On today, the Feast of the Epiphany, we are again invited on a Good Book Club journey through Scripture, starting with the Book of Ruth. Faust author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is said to have described this Old Testam... Read More...

Ten Words and a Consuming Fire

Exodus 17:8–20:21 By Christopher Yoder For six weeks they wandered in the wilderness. They had sung with joy when they walked through the sea on dry ground and into freedom. They were deliriously happy. The... Read More...

Covenant Care in the Wilderness

Exodus 15:1-17:7 By Wesley Hill Growing up in church, I would sometimes encounter preachers trying to help us get a fresh angle of vision on Jesus’ famous parable in Luke 15 by saying, “This parable really ... Read More...

Exodus and Tiramisu

Exodus 12:33-14:31 By Amber Noel This section of Exodus reminds me irresistibly of tiramisu. Or perhaps lasagna. No — let’s stick with tiramisu. Starting with chapter 12, the text alternates between energy-soaked story and dense, rich commands. The story o... Read More...

Remembrance: God’s Promises

Exodus 10:11—12:32 By Charlie Clauss This past September 11 was the 20th anniversary of the attacks that ended with the twin towers of the World Trade Center lying in ruins, a large hole in the outer ring o... Read More...