Guest Card Talk

Unbridled Horniness (Most of Song of Solomon) [A Guest Card Talk]

Unbridled Horniness (Most of Song of Solomon) [A Guest Card Talk]

“What the Bible is rather silent on is sexual relationships between two unmarried but committed and consenting people.  Except in Song of Solomon. Here, we have a love story in its many facets.  There is no judgement and no condemnation. And no guarantee of marriage.  And we don’t know what to do with it. And that’s a tragedy.”

Death by Lion for not Punching a Prophet (1 Kings 20:35-36) [A Guest Card Talk]

Death by Lion for not Punching a Prophet (1 Kings 20:35-36) [A Guest Card Talk]

The neat thing is we don't have to do what God's asking us to do. We don’t have to jump in a muddy river seven times, stroll around a city for seven days, or punch our friends in the face. We have free will. That's how God made us. 

Wide and Narrow Gates (Matthew 7:13-14) [Guest Card Talk]

Wide and Narrow Gates (Matthew 7:13-14) [Guest Card Talk]

"When I read this card I hear a guideline and see a lens through which to evaluate what I’m doing with my life,  in a broad, whole picture view, or within a given, specific situation. It helps me make better decisions, informed by my choice to adhere to Jesus’ teachings to the best of my ability. I don’t do this out of a fear of Hell or destruction, but out of love for life – others’ as well as my own. 

The Capable Wife and the Contentious Wife: “A quarrelsome and nagging wife” (Prv 21:19) & “A virtuous woman as defined by old Jewish men” (Prv 31) [A two-for-one Guest Card Talk]

The Capable Wife and the Contentious Wife: “A quarrelsome and nagging wife” (Prv 21:19) & “A virtuous woman as defined by old Jewish men” (Prv 31) [A two-for-one Guest Card Talk]

"These two wives are held up sort of in opposition. The bits of Proverbs from which they come are not back-to-back, but they’re part of an ongoing comparison between desirable qualities and undesirable. Sometimes these qualities are literally about a wife, sometimes they’re about the inner life of the man being addressed. In both cases, they present two women: Woman Wisdom and Woman Folly, the good wife and the bad wife."

"Women: shut up in the church" (1 Corinthians 14:34) & "Head-coverings keeping angel-lust at bay" (1 Corinthians 11:6-10) [Guest Card Talk]

 "Women: shut up in the church" (1 Corinthians 14:34) & "Head-coverings keeping angel-lust at bay" (1 Corinthians 11:6-10) [Guest Card Talk]

"In the first century, the subjugation and silencing of women was standard issue, and shouldn’t come as a surprise. What should come as a surprise is that Paul was participating in it." 

Being tricked into circumcision, and while still sore, having your throat slit...because you raped my little sister (Genesis 34) [A Guest Card Talk]

Being tricked into circumcision, and while still sore, having your throat slit...because you raped my little sister (Genesis 34) [A Guest Card Talk]

"While we may be able to emotionally relate to some elements of this story, the world in which it takes place is utterly unrecognizable to us. We can’t bring really any assumptions into the narrative as we read. It’s a shock to the system."

The Day I Realized John Was Faster than Peter or The Day the Bible Became Real to Me [A Guest Card Talk]

The Day I Realized John Was Faster than Peter or The Day the Bible Became Real to Me [A Guest Card Talk]

These people that I read about and had put on a pedestal were no better than me. They sucked just as much as I do. But God still used them and told us their stories. That gave me hope.