Reading Plans for the New Year and the December Dilemma

I have a  December Dilemma. (Yes, I just gave it that name.) I really want to reread the Harry Potter series this month. I read it the first time in December of 2015 and I would love to read them again. But you don’t read Harry Potter a few pages at a time, here and there, when you have a chance. You read Harry Potter in a pick up the book after the kids are in bed and go to sleep when you finish the final sentence type of manner. That’s the appropriate way to read Harry Potter. Which means I have to either get a babysitter, ignore my life, or lose a week of sleep while I read the series. Will I do this? I haven’t decided yet.

That’s not how I typically read. It doesn’t work in my season of life and honestly, hasn’t worked since I was a child. Adults just have too many responsibilities to do that. So I read in snatches. I read in the bathroom. I take a book in the car. I read before I go to sleep. I read a few pages at quiet time. I read during commercials of tv shows (that’s not a joke, friends). Do I have time to read a paragraph? Then it’s reading time. I read in the tiniest moments because reading matters.

Read Your Whole Bible: A Call for Bible Literacy

This past week I had an enlightening conversation with a friend who reminded me that a lot of believers have probably never read the entire Bible. (This, sadly, forces me to admit that I still look at other people through the lens of my own life and interests instead of seeking out their stories.)

I took a poll on Instagram and it was split almost 50-50 with people having read and not read the whole Bible. The vast majority of people who had not read it all wanted to though. The feedback overwhelmingly went the route of falling behind on a reading plan and getting discouraged. (Also, I shared some things that help me in reading the whole Bible and saved them in highlights under, you guessed it, “whole Bible.”)

Reading the Bible is not a race. I’d like to take a microphone and announce it to the world. I’d like to interrupt conversations among believers and point this out. I’d like to stick a bookmark into your Bible that reminds you of that every single time you read. Reading the Bible is not a race. It’s not a competition. It’s not a time to feel bad that you don’t know more than you do or that someone else knows more than you. You will never know it all. No one will.

Episode 112: Defending Traditional Soteriology with Dr. Leighton Flowers

This week Lisa interviews Dr. Leighton Flowers of the Soteriology 101 podcast. Dr. Flowers, among many other things, is an apologist for traditional (provisionist) soteriology. We’ve recommended his podcast before and you all were so interested in this topic that we asked him to come on the show!

In this episode, Dr. Flowers discusses how he went into and out of Calvinism, when he started researching soteriology, and why he started his podcast. He also talks about the surges of Calvinism in church history, why we should all care about knowing theology and provides some resources at the end of the show.

Online Summer Bible Study!

I used to think that the Christian faith was private; I don’t think that anymore. I do think our faith is personal but I also see that it’s community-based. We are already part of the church, the Bride of Christ, and we should also be part of a local church. We should join with other believers to “stir up one another to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24).

What am I getting at? Find a good, Bible-believing church and get involved! We need to run with other believers, cheering each other on and picking each other up.

About International Women’s Day

Yesterday, when I saw on Instagram that it was International Women’s Day, I thought about what that means to me for a while.

I grew up very conservative. I knew that if I went to Facebook I would see posts from people I knew about how women didn’t need a day (or a protest or a march or a movement); they needed to get to work or they needed to forget about themselves and look at Jesus or they needed to stop trying to be men. There are still people who don’t realize that women need a day.

Not because women are better than men. Not because women are the point because really, as trite as it sounds, Jesus is. Not because motherhood isn’t valuable or I don’t believe in traditional marriage or I want to argue about the wage gap.

Women need a day. Women need a day because there are stories like this and this and this. (And that last line of that last article? “I don’t have help from anyone, but my children have dreams and I want to make them real.” makes me cry out ‘Why am I wasting time on dumb stuff?’) Y’all, I skipped the graphic stories. Disappear into the internet on this topic for a while.

Episode 77: Getting Started as a Writer Q+A

Since Phylicia and I are both writers we frequently get asked how to get started as a writer. First thing? Start writing! Then decide how/if you want to share that writing with others.

Then we move on to some work tips; a work ethic is invaluable to learning to write well. Write consistently, be in it for the long haul, read a lot, and write down all your ideas.

You too, can be a writer!