“Bold Obedience” (Ruth 3)

Listen here:  The story of Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi, takes place in ancient Palestine around 1100 B.C. We are going to see that, although the cultural practices were quite different than ours, the human condition is exactly the same. The same problems and the same needs, the same dreams, the same struggles. Last week, … Continue reading “Bold Obedience” (Ruth 3)

Knowing the Great Goel (Ruth 2:14-23)

Listen here:  My parents divorced just months after I was born. In fact, I didn't meet my father until I was about 10. While I spent a few random weekends with him in my childhood, those visits were sporadic and brief, and we rarely talked between visits. Although I knew stuff about him, I really … Continue reading Knowing the Great Goel (Ruth 2:14-23)

The Sun Also Rises (Ruth 2:1-13)

Listen here:  Ernest Hemingway's first novel, The Sun Also Rises, follows a troupe of characters through Spain in 1920s Europe who represented what became known as "the lost generation." The "lost generation" describes those who came of age during the horrors of WWI, a generation usually identified with those born between 1883 and 1900. Gertrude … Continue reading The Sun Also Rises (Ruth 2:1-13)

The Bottom of the J-Curve (Ruth 1:19-22)

Listen here:  My 30th high school reunion is this summer in Jackson, Mississippi.  I haven't been able to make any of the reunions thus far. So, maybe we'll make it back this year. But probably not. One thing is for sure. The people that return this summer for the reunion will not be the same … Continue reading The Bottom of the J-Curve (Ruth 1:19-22)

“Unrelenting Love” (Ruth 1:6-18)

Listen here:  On October 23, 2015, with sustained winds of 215 miles per hour, Hurricane Patricia became the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded, making landfall the following day on the western coast of northern, Mexico. Patricia was a "Category 5" hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, which measures a storm's sustained winds. If the … Continue reading “Unrelenting Love” (Ruth 1:6-18)