Back to Bethlehem

Back to Bethlehem

Dear Naomi, Your home town of Bethlehem is a big deal this time of year. We tend to focus on Mary and Joseph traveling there to be counted in the census and to give birth to Jesus in a stable. Of course, long before Mary and Joseph made their weary way to Bethlehem,...
Thank You, Moses

Thank You, Moses

Dear Moses, Gender, nationality, age, geography, and time in history—we are radically different, you and I. God used you to free a nation, destroy the oppressors, give the law, set up the tabernacle, and pen the Pentateuch. Given all that—it does not seem that we have...
Holy Defiance

Holy Defiance

I’m guessing Shiphrah and Puah may not be names you recognize, but—trust me—they matter! Their story is astounding. These two middle-eastern women were famine refugees in a forced labor camp. Among the refugees, they were the lowest of the low. Status in their culture...
Will This Be On the Test?

Will This Be On the Test?

Will this be on the test? Why do we have to learn this? When am I ever going to use this? Many assume questions like these come from kids who are lazy and want to do the least they can to get by. You wish your students would take a longer view and not just cram for...
Stories Like Stars

Stories Like Stars

It was full dark when I left home. By the time I drove out of town, the world was pre-dawn grey. As the sun topped the mountains, the growing light turned the world around me full-color beautiful.  The brilliance of the sunrise fueled my hope as I drove towards...

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