More of the Love Song

We complete our readings in the Song of Solomon with today’s Bible reading*. The lovers continue their love song. Solomon and his wife exchange compliments and express their desires for each other. As I said the day before yesterday, we should celebrate this gift that God has given us! And celebrating this gift — singing…

Texas Passes the Heartbeat Bill

One of the most insightful classes I had in Pastoral Ministry class in Seminary wasn’t taught by the professor. He was out that day and his grader stepped in for him. He used an illustration of placing “Danger! Bridge Out!” signs on a mountain road. He pointed out the church’s strength of warning of the…

Calling All Valiant Warriors

Seven times in today’s Bible reading,* we encounter the term “valiant warriors” (CSB), “mighty warriors” (ESV, LEB, NLT), “mighty men” (KJV), “fighting men” (NIV), “warriors” (MSG). The word translated as warriors/men refers not only to their fighting occupation but to their strong/noble character. One Hebrew lexicon says, “Although [the book of Chronicles] generally uses the…

A Portrait of a Biblical Woman

One of the most common mental images of a Biblical woman is that of Proverbs 31. Proverbs 31 describes a woman who takes care of her husband and family while also earning a living in the marketplace. In today’s Bible reading* we see another picture of a Biblical woman. Deborah and Jael are mentioned in…