6th Reading – Esther 4:9-17

This exercise of posting the OSFGroup readings publicly in the blog is confirming why I don't normally do it: That is--no one is discussing anything here! This space does not reflect what is going on in the actual group, where the discussion is quite lively and terms like "toxic masculinity" are being bandied about. I…Read more 6th Reading – Esther 4:9-17

4th Reading – Esther 3

What a political book this is! The factions are starting to align, and the main conflict is being set up.  What can we tell about Haman from this chapter? What is his deal? Is Mordecai’s response justified?  Also, do you see any consistencies or inconsistencies in the way individual rebellion is dealt with in this…Read more 4th Reading – Esther 3

3rd and 4th Readings

Esther 2:19-23 A much shorter read today, but still packed with detail, and even though it seems a little random, it ends up impacting other aspects of this story. (One of the reasons I’m a fan of the way this story is told is that the writer weaves so many story threads masterfully together.) What are…Read more 3rd and 4th Readings

2nd Reading: Esther 2:1-18

Second OSF post of the exploration study: If you’ve read this story a million times before, it might be so familiar that nothing about it really seems surprising. See if you can read it as if you’re coming to the story for the first time (or maybe you really are!). What kinds of questions does…Read more 2nd Reading: Esther 2:1-18

Which Bible Translation Should I Use?

...is a question that has been asked in the OSFGroups. Here's how I answer: The Bible’s a really old book, originally written in two different languages, neither of which exist in those ancient forms anymore...which means that it has to be translated for everybody. In fact, it has been translated into a huge number of world…Read more Which Bible Translation Should I Use?