As Jacob and his family take up residence in the Promised Land tragedy strikes… Jacob’s only daughter Dinah is raped. As we are confronted with the circumstances of this atrocity and how the various people respond to it, we will be gripped by a desperate need for God to reform our thinking about abuse and […]
When we look out at a world full of injustice, oppression and betrayal it is easy for us to wonder where God might be… if God is a God of justice, why is the world such an unjust place? People throughout history have asked this question, many of them have been faithful worshippers of God […]
When we see violence in the Bible, especially violence orchestrated by God, it is easy to pull back a bit from God and doubt whether or not He is the kind of God that we want to trust. Well as we reach the crescendo of the narrative of Jeremiah, the destruction of Jerusalem, we see […]
Running through the prophecies of Jeremiah has been a savage critique of the society that the now idolatrous nation of Judah was building. The poor, the widow, the orphan, and the refugee were being overlooked and left vulnerable. Here in this chapter Jeremiah brings this theme to the fore and reveals something shocking about the […]
As Christians we often face the accusation that our God cannot be the God of love and moral perfection that we claim Him to be when there are scores of examples of horrid violence in the Old Testament committed by the people of God often times at the direction of God. Chapter 9 of Esther presents […]
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To be called a hypocrite is one of the most pointed and cutting accusations in our culture! It is to be accused of wearing two faces. The church is no stranger to this accusation, in fact it is one of the most common labelled against Christianity… and not without reason. Unfortunately many people have suffered […]