February 15, 2017
I told them it was okay to be mad at God. Afterward I got a phone call.
I spoke to over a hundred college students about the book of Ruth. After Naomi's husband and two sons died in Moab, she told her daughters-in-law (Ruth and Orpah) not go back to Israel with her "because the LORD's hand has turned against me!" On her return Namoi told the women in her hometown, "Don't call me Naomi. . . . Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter" (Ruth 1:13, 20).Continue reading "Getting Mad at God"
January 17, 2017
I have lived with the New Testament letter of James for many decades. And I frequently puzzled over one aspect of a particular verse: "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." (Jas 1:27) Why widows and orphans? Why not people who are hungry or ill or grieving? Is there something special about orphans and widows that should take our attention?Continue reading "Widows and Orphans"
December 20, 2016
December 13, 2016
Election is controversial. Of course, I'm talking about the Christian doctrine, not any recent political events.
For five hundred years Protestants have gone back and forth on the topic of predestination and all its implications. The effect for sensitive souls, however, can be to worry and wonder, "Am I one of the elect? Am I one of the chosen, or will I somehow fall outside the bounds of grace?"Continue reading "Through Old Testament Eyes 4: Who Are the Chosen Ones?"
August 16, 2016
Throughout my life I have attended worship services in a variety of traditions, but they tended to have one thing in common--they began with praise to God and then moved to confession. This is an appropriate model to follow with much merit. When we see how holy and good God is, we see more clearly by contrast that we are not, and so we confess.Continue reading "Prophetic Lament"
Posted by Andy Le Peau at 10:15 AM
July 14, 2016
Here's what many people know about the book of Job.
1. Job is on trial.
All of those points, however, according to John Walton and Tremper Longman are quite mistaken.Continue reading "Unlocking the Book of Job"
Posted by Andy Le Peau at 10:00 AM