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PDA: A Look into the Worship Habit of Mary of Bethany

Mary’s first recorded act of PDA occurs in a famous scene where many modern books and biblestudies tisk-tisk Mary’s sister Martha for being hospitable, and perhaps a bit of a bossy older sister. But nevermind that. Sitting at the Lord’s feet is public worship, is slightly scandalous, and is perhaps what enabled Mary to understand Jesus’ predictions of his death—and what partly motivated her to exhibit her next recorded public display of affection: breaking the very expensive jar of perfume to anoint her Lord’s head and feet. Continue reading

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The Scarlet Thread that Connects Us All to Jesus

Rahab is chalked full of allusions — or references — to other Old Testament stories. For example, the author of Rahab’s story, probably Joshua, uses a very specific word in the Hebrew to make a very significant point. Chapter two, verse four: Joshua kicks off this story with a major reference to another story in Hebrew history. In our English Bibles, the verse reads, “But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them…” However, what it actually says is this: wattişpenehô, which means, she hid him.

Now, why would the author of our story do this when clearly she hid them? As Westerners, we… Continue reading

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Every Story Whispers His Name

I’m impressed by the style and the quality of the writing and the art in this Bible. I’m impressed by the author’s use of punctuation and parallelism and alliteration to make the story come to life. I’m impressed by the way she introduces ideas like God’s “Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love,” ideas like Home (and ontology), Good and Evil, and the Creation-Fall-Redemption narrative. Sally Lloyd-Jones acknowledges Tim Keller for giving her this “vocabulary of faith.” I’m impressed by that too. It sounds a bit high-faluting when it’s described by how it has impressed me; but I promise you, it is not. It’s a children’s book that young children can read themselves and enjoy. But like any good children’s literature, it’s a good read for adults too. Continue reading

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