Joshua 22: Why We Desperately Need Altars Today

Have you ever heard the story of the giant altar that saved Israel from civil war? No? Neither had I. Until today. Why, oh why does no one preach on this?!? Seriously! This story is up there with Zelophehad’s Daughters and the stories of the Inclusive God in Numbers. I loved it! And we have … Continue reading

Joshua 6: The “Battle” of Jericho

Alright! Joshua 6! Another one of those über-famous stories that also happens to be über-weird and über-interesting. I just figured out how to put an umlaut on my “u,” so I plan on üsing it liberally. I’d like to start talking about this battle by acknowledging the difficulty of reading about the slaughter of an … Continue reading

Joshua 4: Out of the River

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Confession: I was wrong. I take back what I said yesterday about the limited amount of space given to the crossing of the Jordan. Joshua 4 actually gives a lot of airtime to the ceremony following the crossing. My bad. I spoke too soon. The New Moses Remember what Moses’ name meant? “Out of the … Continue reading

Joshua 1: Hello, Joshua

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Oh man! Can you feel it? Everything is so new! We’re kicking off Joshua today, I have new markers and a new binder for my manuscript, Spring is in the air, I saw The Avengers on Saturday and couldn’t fall asleep because I was thinking about how awesome it was. Maybe I didn’t need that last part … Continue reading

Reading Joshua and Judges: An Interview with David T. Lamb

If you have been following this blog for a while, you might have noticed me pushing a book called “God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist, and Racist?” by David T. Lamb.  I really enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to people who are wrestling with those very questions. … Continue reading