Keep Your Heart as Fertile Soil

In today’s Bible reading* we came across Jesus’ parable of the sower and the seeds (Mark 4:3-9). It’s a familiar story for those of us who grew up going to church. We’ve heard it at least a million times, right? According to the parable, as the sower scattered the seed, some of the seed fell…

The Power of Eyewitness Testimony

In today’s Bible reading* we read a familiar story about the power of eyewitness testimony. It’s the story of Jesus’ encounter with a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well in Sychar. The shortest path to Galilee from Judea would take them through Samaria, but most Jews went out of their way (literally), crossing and traveling East…

Corruption in the Camp

In today’s Bible reading* we read that while Nehemiah was fortifying the wall around Jerusalem, he was heckled by Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem. Once the project was completed, Nehemiah was still hassled by Tobiah who continued to write intimidating letters to Nehemiah. Part of the problem was corruption on the part of God’s people who…