Author Archives: Tim

Bible Memes You Never See

I’m thinking of publishing a new Scripture translation. I’m going to call it The Meme Bible. Meme – a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users. Bible … Continue reading

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Listening To The Wrong God’s Voice

I thought I heard the voice of God. It wasn’t. No matter how much I wanted it to be, it wasn’t. It’s not that I didn’t ask. I did. It was in my prayers daily. “God, if this isn’t your … Continue reading

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Mega-Pastors Abandon Patriarchy, Promote Women Leaders

[An appropriate post each April 1.] In an abrupt about-face, a group of well-known mega-pastors have announced plans to welcome and promote women in all positions of church leadership. “There are so many passages of women leading men in the … Continue reading

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On Writing a Book About My Late Husband’s Dementia

[Carol Noren Johnson gives a glimpse of what it’s like to write and then publish a book on marriage, dementia, loss, grief, hope and prayer.] During the illness of my late husband, Herb Johnson, I kept a blog of what … Continue reading

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Men and Women: a false gender dichotomy of being rational and emotional

People are emotional beings. Yet when it comes to classifying men and women it comes across differently, as Erica Limkeman recently observed: Isn’t it telling that being “emotional” is considered a feminine quality and is frowned upon, whereas men are … Continue reading

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That Time I Chose a Church My Friends Wouldn’t Approve Of

[Today’s guest post is from Jeanette Hanscome, who writes of the powerful blessings God delivers when women and men engage in the pastoral work God has prepared for them.] I sat in church getting so much out of the sermon … Continue reading

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The Irony of Joseph’s Slaves – reducing people to poverty is never good

In moving from Genesis to Exodus, a reader might note some irony. This particular narrative thread starts with Joseph and finds its ironic twist in the time of Moses. Joseph’s Slave Experience In Genesis 37, Joseph’s brother had had about … Continue reading

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Writing the Blog People Can’t Wait to Read

When Susy Flory, Director of West Coast Christian Writers, asked me to speak on blogging at the 2019 conference, she gave me the session title Writing the Blog People Can’t Wait to Read. I wasn’t going to quibble over the … Continue reading

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Naming Rights – When Meaning and Metaphor Meet Reality

[Today’s guest post is from Lewis Seaton.] What’s in a name? To hear Juliet tell it, a name has no significance. It doesn’t mean a thing. But then again, who is Juliet? Just a character in another play written by … Continue reading

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Treating Women as People Does Not Depend on Their Relationship to Men

Our expectations for how men should treat women are often stated in the negative — don’t abuse; don’t oppress; don’t sexually assault. These are obvious, bare minimum standards for male behavior that shouldn’t have to be stated, but here we … Continue reading

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