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HEBREW POETRY

It’s almost time to check off Week Three of reading for the 40-Day Bible Challenge. Whether you’re reading the entire Bible or listening to an audiobible (free copies here!) during Lent, we’re excited you’re joining in. We never expected nearly 2000 people to download the free 40-Day Reading Guide in the first 24 hours. You can grab your copy by clicking here.

If you peek ahead at the reading guide, you’ll see that next week is almost completely poetry and wisdom literature.

The pages of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs may bring some of us a sigh of relief. Not too many unpronounceable names, unknown places, or foreign laws.

Others of us may feel dread toward the strange illusions, awkward sentence structure, and bizarre language. You may ask yourself, “If this is poetry, why doesn’t it rhyme?” Continue Reading...

Lent Week 1: Christ in Cosmic Poetry: Discovering Jesus in the Gospel of John

Today Lent begins. I've been waiting for this day. Counting down the days. And Lent is finally here.
During the next six weeks I'm going to be diving into the Gospel of John. I hope you'll join me. Continue Reading...

Walter Brueggemann

It's no secret that Leif and I have struggled over the years to connect spiritually through our personal times of devotion.

In the early days of our marriage, we tried a laundry list of things that simply didn't work. We began reading Oswald Chambers together on January 1 one year. By January 18, we couldn't even find the book. We attempted reading the same passages of scripture for discussion, but also felt a sense of awkward disconnect. We tried reading the same books, listening to the same sermons among other practices and yet it always felt forced, unnatural, anything but, well, organic. Those images of spiritual marital bliss faded into the reality that growing spiritually together as a couple takes time, perseverance and hard work.

Over the last few years, we've found something that works. (And when you find something that works when it comes to spiritual disciplines, do it and keep on doing it!) We sit on the couch beside each other in the morning and read whatever we're reading. I'm currently enjoying Bruce K. Waltke's commentary on Genesis; Leif is making his way through The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan. As we read, we sometimes hmmm or oooh-ahhhh aloud, signifying we've found something special, then we share what we're reading and our responses. It's natural. Non-forced. The practice works for us. When we're done, we each read a prayer aloud from Walter Brueggemann's Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth (a book given to us by our special friend Troy Champ). Then we spend time in prayer--for our families, our leaders, our friend, our world, and yes, you!--together aloud.

Brueggemann has a gift to bring hidden thoughts of the soul to light before God. Over the course of the fall, I wanted to share Walter Brueggemann with you every Wednesday. We invite you to join us for "Wednesdays With Walter" as you dive deeper in your own relation with God and prayer life: Continue Reading...