The Most Misunderstood Woman in the Bible | Kyria

I was pleasantly surprised to find that an article I wrote for the Kyria online magazine (Christianity Today) was among it's most popular articles. This was one I enjoyed writing, a sort of contrarian take on the typical depiction of Job's wife: Her name was never revealed and yet she may be the most infamous woman in the Bible. Augustine labeled her "the devils accomplice." Calvin called her "a diabolical fury."And the contemporary understanding of Jobs wife hasnt improved on Calvin or Augustine. Its difficult to find a book or sermon treatment of the life of Job that doesnt include the usual condemnations toward his wife. It has become a standard joke to pity Job, as if his wife was yet another cross God called this man to bear.If the Proverbs 31 woman represents a model of Christian virtue, the wife of Job occupies the role of least desirable, sharing space...

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Mini Reviews #9

Thanks to my new NOOK, I've been on a reading tear lately. So here are two more mini-reviews: The Cure for the Common Life  by Max Lucado I appreciate Lucado's unique gift at taking difficult concepts and making them easy for lay people to understand. In The Cure for the Common Life, Max shares a winsome, wise, and thoroughly biblical case for living a life of maximum impact. He encourages people to discover how God has gifted them, skills, abilities, opportunities, background, and leverage that for maximum Kingdom purpose. He grounds it in God's desire to see His glory revealed in each of His children. He also uses specific examples of people who found their "sweet spot", where their gifts, callings, and opportunities align with God's purpose. What I like is that Lucado pushes replaces the cultural idea of "you can be what you want to be" and replaces it with "you...

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My Favorite Books of 2011

I had the opportunity to read quite a few great books in 2011. Not quite as many (101) as my friend, Aaron Armstrong, but I read quite a few. Here are my top ten books. You'll notice they are not necessarily all books that were published in 2011, but books I had the chance to read this year. Unbroken by Lauren Hildenbrand Lou Zamperini's His life as told inUnbroken is a powerful story, a reminder of the sovereignty and grace of God in the life of one man, lived during one of the most ominous periods of world history. Bonhoeffer by Erik Metaxes Bonhoeffer is a book I highly recommend. It is a weighty, important biography of a man used greatly by God. Bonhoeffer was unsuccessful in taking down Hitler, but his life has become an inspiration for Christian boldness, faith, and cross-bearing in the many decades since he was martyred. I have a feeling that this is the book Eric Metaxas...

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Mini-Reviews #8

Just finished another great batch of books: Work Matters by Tom Nelson. This is a terrific book on a subject not explored fully enough in contemporary evangelicalism: a theology of work. As usual, Nelson (pastor of Christ Community Church in Leawood, Kansas), shares a comprehensive, balanced, biblical view of the doctrine of work. A Christmas Journey Home by Kathi Macias Kathi Macias, a friend, is a gifted writer. The last few years she has devoted herself to writing what she calls "bold" fiction. She tackles a thorny social issue and weaves a story around it, opening up the reader's eyes to issues of justice and suffering. I recently read and reviewed her novel, Deliver Me From Evil which puts a face on the scourge of human trafficking. It so disturbed me that I've renewed a committment to help in this fight. A Christmas Journey Home tackles the subject of illegal immigration, something that provokes heated debate on both...

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