Review: A Voice in the Wind

Francine Rivers. A Voice In The Wind. Tyndale House Publishers, 1993. I generally avoid any book categorized as ‘Christian fiction.’ In the past few decades, a lot of bad writing has tried to gain a market by slapping the label ‘Christian’ on the front of it. The ugly triad of boring characters, simplistic plots, and…

Leaders must be lovers

Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that ‘We all possess knowledge.’ But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. But whoever loves God is known by God. (1 Cor 8:1-3) In a recent consistory meeting (the governing body…

First Glance: Ruth 3

 Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer. (Ruth 3:9b) Under cover of darkness, Ruth makes her way to the threshing floor where she’s been told, by her mother-in-law Naomi, that Boaz will be spending the night. After waiting for the man to fall asleep, she approached quietly, uncovered his feet…

First Glance: Ruth 2

“As it turned out, she was working in a field belong to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelek” (Ruth 2:3b) God’s activity is subtle in the book of Ruth. Excellent timing here, faithful people there. Yet all the while, God continually works fullness and redemption for Ruth and Naomi. There is no more…

The Cost of Resolutions

Each new year opens with a certain freshness. So many possibilities, so many hopes, so many dreams. The old has passed away and – behold! – the new has come. The changing of years causes many of us to reflect on the past and make renewed commitments for the coming year. These resolutions include a…