Daily Bible Reading Schedule


1)  Annual reading  schedule is now complete (Genesis – Revelation)
2)  Leftmost column now contains the Book of the bible making it easier
     to find a book and chapter
3)  Book of bible in leftmost column is a link that automatically loads
     the audio version of each book.  Click on it and give it a try.  Hint:
     If it doesn’t automatically start playing then reselect a translation/
     version in the left drop down menu and it should start playing shortly after.

More updates coming soon!

Book Date Daily Reading Brief Commentary
Genesis 1-Jan Genesis 1-3 * In The Beginning, GOD, N Sween
2-Jan Genesis 4-7  * Rebellion and Obedience, N Sween
3-Jan Genesis 8-11  * God Remembered Noah, N Sween
4-Jan Genesis 12-15  * Leave…And Go, N Sween
5-Jan Genesis 16-18  * What It’s Like To Be Chosen, N Sween
6-Jan Genesis 19-21  * Rated “X”, N Sween
7-Jan Genesis 22-23  * Faith and Sacrifice, Theophilus
8-Jan Genesis 24-25  * Birthright, N Sween
9-Jan Genesis 26-27  * Isaac’s Life Story, N Sween
10-Jan Genesis 28-30  * Jacob’s Family, N Sween
11-Jan Genesis 31-32 * He Struggles With God, N Sween (also Reunited, G. Burnett)
12-Jan Genesis 33-35  * Hard Times In Canaan, N Sween
13-Jan Genesis 36-38  * Increasing In Number, N Sween
14-Jan Genesis 39-41  * Favor and Intervention, N Sween
15-Jan Genesis 42-43  * Testing, Testing, 1-2-3, N Sween
16-Jan Genesis 44-46  * “That’s Funny – You Don’t LOOK Jewish”, Alan Gilman
17-Jan Genesis 47-50 * Shepherd At The Right Hand, Bob Mendelsohn
* Joseph Wept, N Sween
Exodus 18-Jan Exodus 1-3 * Slavery in Egypt, D Bass
19-Jan Exodus 4-6 * Answering the LORD’s Call, N Sween
20-Jan Exodus 7-8 * Hard Hearts and Plagues, B Mendelsohn
21-Jan Exodus 9-11 * Who Is The LORD?, N Sween
22-Jan Exodus 12-13 * Passover, Chabad.org
23-Jan Exodus 14-16 * Obedience School, N Sween
24-Jan Exodus 17-19 * Organizing and Setting Boundaries, N Sween
25-Jan Exodus 20-22 * Commandments, D McCune
26-Jan Exodus 23-25 * Book of the Covenant, N Sween
27-Jan Exodus 26-27 * Blueprints for Moveable Worship, N Sween
28-Jan Exodus 28-29 * The Priests, N Sween
29-Jan Exodus 30-31 * Concluding His Testimony, N Sween
30-Jan Exodus 32-34 * That We May Know The LORD, N Sween
31-Jan Exodus 35-36 * Weekly Rest and Tabernacle Work, N Sween
1-Feb Exodus 37-38 * Tabernacle Details, N Sween
2-Feb Exodus 39-40 * Holiness To The LORD, N Sween
Leviticus 3-Feb Leviticus 1-4 * Worship Offerings, N Sween
4-Feb Leviticus 5-7 * Instructions for Priests, Sween
5-Feb Leviticus 8-10 * The Consuming Fire, Sween
6-Feb Leviticus 11-13:28 * Diet, Babies, and Skin Disease, Sween
7-Feb Leviticus 13:29-14:57 * Health Issues, Sween
8-Feb Leviticus 15-17 * Disease Control and Atonement, Sween
9-Feb Leviticus 18-20 * Customs Check, Sween
10-Feb Leviticus 21-23:22 * Higher Standard, Hoekstra
11-Feb Leviticus 23:23-25:46 * Obey and Celebrate, Sween
12-Feb Leviticus 25:47-27:34 * Redemption, Sween
Numbers 13-Feb Numbers 1-2 Counting Able Bodied Men, N Sween
14-Feb Numbers 3:1-4:33 The Sons of Levi, Sween
15-Feb Numbers 4:34-6:27 Final Count, Clean up, Jealosy, Nazarite Vow, Blessing, Sween
16-Feb Numbers 7 Dedication, by Sween
17-Feb Numbers 8-10 Blessed, Organized, Ready to Move, Sween
18-Feb Numbers 11:1-13:29 When is Complaining, Rebelling?, Sween
19-Feb Numbers 13:30-14:24 Godly Minority Report, Bass
20-Feb Numbers 14:25-16:27 Evaluating Leadership, Sween
21-Feb Numbers 16:28-18:32 God’s Ways, Not Your Ways, Sween
22-Feb Numbers 19-21 Red Heifer and Moving On, Sween
23-Feb Numbers 22-24 Balaam, Sween
24-Feb Numbers 25-26 Phinehas, Sween
25-Feb Numbers 27-30 Out of the Wilderness, Sween
26-Feb Numbers 31-32 War and Ranching, Sween
27-Feb Numbers 33-35 The Value of a Human Life, Weisberg
28-Feb Numbers 36, Inheritance Issues #1, Sween
Deuteronomy 1-Mar Deuteronomy 1-2 * History of the Middle East, by N Sween
2-Mar Deuteronomy 3-4 * Getting Our Affairs In Order, by Sween
3-Mar Deuteronomy 5-7 * Committed to the LORD, by Sween
4-Mar Deuteronomy 8-10 * Growing Up With God the Father, by Sween
5-Mar Deuteronomy 11-15 * The Lord’s Plan for Israel, by Sween
6-Mar Deuteronomy 16-18 * Provisions for Israel, by N Sween
7-Mar Deuteronomy 19-21 * More Legal Points, by Sween
8-Mar Deuteronomy 22-24 * Various Laws, by Sween
9-Mar Deuteronomy 25-27 * Living By Law and Covenant, by Sween
10-Mar Deuteronomy 28 * Alternate Reality – What If…, by Sween
11-Mar Deuteronomy 29-31 * Covenant Life, by Sween
12-Mar Deuteronomy 32-34 * Moses, the Man of God, by Sween
Joshua 13-Mar Joshua 1-4 * Crossing the Jordan River, by N Sween
14-Mar Joshua 5-7 * Victory and Defeat, by Sween
15-Mar Joshua 8-10 * The Invasion Begins, by Sween
16-Mar Joshua 11-14 * Fighting for the Land, for the LORD, by Sween
17-Mar Joshua 15-17 * Dividing up the Land, by Sween
18-Mar Joshua 18-20 * Carving Up Canaan, by N Sween
19-Mar Joshua 21-22 * The Levites, The Priests, by Sween
20-Mar Joshua 23-24 * And In Conclusion…, by Sween
Judges 21-Mar Judges 1-3 The Time of the Judges, by Rabbi Spiro, Aish.com
22-Mar Judges 4-6 Studies in Leadership: Deborah and Gideon
23-Mar Judges 7-10 Measuring Success
24-Mar Judges 11-13 Of Victory and Defeat
25-Mar Judges 14-17 Samson
26-Mar Judges 18-20:13 “I’ll Do It My Way”
27-Mar Judges 20:14-21:25 Dealing With Sin By War
Ruth 28-Mar Ruth 1-4 Ruth and the Redeemer
1 Samuel 29-Mar 1 Samuel 1-3 Hannah Prayed, Samuel Listened
30-Mar 1 Samuel 4-7 Guesswork and Misunderstandings
31-Mar 1 Samuel 8-11 Different Perspectives: Samuel and Saul
1-Apr 1 Samuel 12-14 What Must We Do To Be Saved?
2-Apr 1 Samuel 15-17:37 Who Is This David of Bethlehem?
3-Apr 1 Samuel 17:38-20:17 King Saul
4-Apr 1 Samuel 20:18-23:29 David on the Run
5-Apr 1 Samuel 24-26 Chasing David
6-Apr 1 Samuel 27-31 The Philistines: Success or Failure?
2 Samuel 7-Apr 2 Samuel 1-2 Fighting For The Promise
8-Apr 2 Samuel 3-5 Power Plays
9-Apr 2 Samuel 6-9 Getting Stronger and Stronger
10-Apr 2 Samuel 10-12 Lust Fulfilled Despises the LORD
11-Apr 2 Samuel 13-14 “One Sin Drags Another”
12-Apr 2 Samuel 15-17 David’s Punishment
13-Apr 2 Samuel 18-19 Counting the Cost of Sin
14-Apr 2 Samuel 20-22 Deceit, Rebellion, More War, and a So
15-Apr 2 Samuel 23-24 King David’s Later Life
1 Kings 16-Apr 1 Kings 1 * Asking for the Promise
17-Apr 1 Kings 2-3 * Solomon’s Early Days as King
18-Apr 1 Kings 4-6 * King Solomon’s Successes
19-Apr 1 Kings 7-8:21 * Building Houses
20-Apr 1 Kings 8:22-9:28 * Gaining and Losing God’s Blessing
21-Apr 1 Kings 10-11 * The Danger of a Sidetracked Heart
22-Apr 1 Kings 12-14:20 * Rehoboam and Jeroboam 
23-Apr 1 Kings 14:21-17:24 * 9 Kings and 2 Prophets
24-Apr 1 Kings 18-20 * Sin, Judgement, and Elijah
25-Apr 1 Kings 21-22 * Ahab, Jezebel, and Jehoshaphat
2 Kings 26-Apr 2 Kings 1-3 * War on Two Fronts, by Sween
27-Apr 2 Kings 4-5 * Who Will Believe Our Report?, Sween
28-Apr 2 Kings 6-8 * Living by Revelation, Sween – plus devotional
29-Apr 2 Kings 9-10 * Beheaded, Murdered, Slain for the LORD, Sween
30-Apr 2 Kings 11-14 * Rulers of Judah and Israel, Sween
1-May 2 Kings 15-17 * Israel Removed from Lord’s Presence, Sween
2-May 2 Kings 18-19 * The Beginning of the Reign of Hezekiah, by Bowler
3-May 2 Kings 20-23:6 * When A Ruler Weeps and Prays, Sween
4-May 2 Kings 23:7-25:30 * The Fall of Judah, Sween
1 Chronicles 5-May 1 Chronicles 1-6:59 * The Genealogies, by D Sween
6-May 1 Chronicles 6:60-9:23 * Why Learn History?, N Sween
7-May 1 Chronicles 9:24-12:40 * Like the Army of God, D Sween
8-May 1 Chronicles 13-16 * The Ark of the Covenant, N Sween
9-May 1 Chronicles 17-21:16 * When Humility Turns Arrogant, D Sween
10-May 1 Chronicles 21:17-24:31 * Seeking the LORD After Sinning, N Sween
11-May 1 Chronicles 25-27 * Organizational Lists, D Sween
12-May 1 Chronicles 28-29 * Living in a Theocracy, N Sween
2 Chronicles 13-May 2 Chronicles 1-4 * Solomon Builds the Temple, by N Sween
14-May 2 Chronicles 5-7 * The Shekinah Glory and The Cherubim, D Sween
15-May 2 Chronicles 8-11 * Solomon, Rehoboam, and Jeroboam, N Sween
16-May 2 Chronicles 12-16 * King Asa Made A Treaty, N Sween
17-May 2 Chronicles 17-20:23 * Ahab Outsmarts the Lord’s Prophet – Not, D Sween
18-May 2 Chronicles 20:24-23:21 * War and Peace, Murder and Deceipt, N Sween
19-May 2 Chronicles 24-26 * The Value of a Godly Leader, D Sween
20-May 2 Chronicles 27-29 * Battles, Blessings, and Punishment, N Sween
21-May 2 Chronicles 30-32 * Hezekiah On Revival and Testing, D Sween
22-May 2 Chronicles 33-34 * Revival Is Not Inherited, N Sween
23-May 2 Chronicles 35-36 * The End Of Judah, N Sween
Ezra 24-May Ezra 1-4 * Rebuilding Begins in Jerusalem, by D Sween
25-May Ezra 5-7 * Babylon-Persia Recognizes The God of Heaven, D Sween
26-May Ezra 8-10 * Repenting, Returning, Confessing, Correcting, D Sween
Nehemiah 27-May Nehemiah 1-3 * Nehemiah, Cupbearer to the King, N Sween
28-May Nehemiah 4-6 * Patience With A Purpose and A Plan, N Sween
29-May Nehemiah 7-8 * The Joy of the LORD is Your Strength, N Sween
30-May Nehemiah 9-10 * Worshiping the LORD’s Justice and Mercy With Facts, N Sween
31-May Nehemiah 11-13 * The Revival and Post-Revival Cleanup, N Sween
Esther 1-Jun Esther 1-4 * Jews Serving the King of Persia, N Sween
2-Jun Esther 5-10 * A New Celebration: Purim, D Sween
Job 3-Jun Job 1-4 * Have You Considered Job?, by N Sween
4-Jun Job 5-8 * If I Have Sinned, What Have I Done To You, Lord?, D Sween
5-Jun Job 9-12 * How Can I Do Anything But Plead With God?, N Sween
6-Jun Job 13-16 * If A Man Dies, Will He Live Again?, D Sween
7-Jun Job 17-21 * Who Else Will Put Up Security For Me?, N Sween
8-Jun Job 22-26 * Why Doesn’t the Almighty Set Times for Judgment?, N Sween
9-Jun Job 27-30 * But Where Can Wisdom Be Found?, N Sween
10-Jun Job 31-34 * What Will I Answer When Called To Account?, N Sween
11-Jun Job 35-38 * Do You Know How God Controls The Clouds?, N Sween
12-Jun Job 39-42 * Does The Eagle Soar At Your Command?, N Sween
Psalm 13-Jun Psalms 1-8 * What does the word “blessed” mean? 
14-Jun Psalms 9-16 * Why do I respond to God with praise? 
15-Jun Psalms 17-20 * How can I change the way I talk and act? 
16-Jun Psalms 21-25 * How did David respond to God after a victory? 
17-Jun Psalms 26-31 * What can I ask the Lord to do for me? What pleases Him? 
18-Jun Psalms 32-35 * What can I ask the Lord to do about my sins? 
19-Jun Psalms 36-39 * What makes someone wicked? 
20-Jun Psalms 40-44 * Why wait patiently for the LORD to make changes..? 
21-Jun Psalms 45-50 * What will the Messiah be like? 
22-Jun Psalms 51-56 * Why does David rely upon God’s mercy…? 
23-Jun Psalms 57-63 * Does God’s purpose for me come easily? 
24-Jun Psalms 64-68 * Have I complained to God re: noisy conspiracy of wicked terrorists? 
25-Jun Psalms 69-72 * How are insults to God insults to us? 
26-Jun Psalms 73-77 * What’s wrong with wanting to be like arrogant people? 
27-Jun Psalms 78-80 * What are parables? 
28-Jun Psalms 81-87 * How joyfully and loud do I celebrate the Lord God? 
29-Jun Psalms 88-91 * Am I ever depressed? 
30-Jun Psalms 92-100 * What causes some people to sing praises to God? 
1-Jul Psalms 101-104 * How does singing scripture help me apply the Lord’s discipline? 
2-Jul Psalms 105-106 * What’s my personal relationship with the Lord? 
3-Jul Psalms 107-111 * From what have I been redeemed? 
4-Jul Psalms 112-119:24 * Besides opening up wisdom, what does fearing the Lord mean? 
5-Jul Psalms 119:25-119:128 * What benefits does the Lord offer me when I’m low..? 
6-Jul Psalms 119:129-127:5 * How can I “unfold” the Lord’s words? 
7-Jul Psalms 128-137 * What blessings come from fearing and respecting the Lord? 
8-Jul Psalms 138-143 * What 2 things do I praise the Lord’s name for, no matter what? 
9-Jul Psalms 144-150 * Who trains me for war and battles? 
Proverbs 10-Jul Proverbs 1-2 * Applying the Lord’s Way To My Life
11-Jul Proverbs 3-6 * Creator’s Instructions – Human Choices
12-Jul Proverbs 7-10 * Learning Skills For Servants In Training
13-Jul Proverbs 11-14 * How Then Shall We Live?
14-Jul Proverbs 15-18 * Wisdom From The Lord
15-Jul Proverbs 19-22 * More Wise Sayings
16-Jul Proverbs 23-27 * Building Strength of Character
17-Jul Proverbs 28-31 * Wicked, Righteous, Rich, Poor, Men, and Women
Ecclesiastes 18-Jul Ecclesiastes 1-5 * Searching for Happiness
19-Jul Ecclesiastes 6-10 * Will Work and Wealth Equal Happiness?
20-Jul Ecclesiastes 11-12 * Fear God – Keep His Commandments
Song of Solomon 21-Jul SONG OF SOLOMON 1-8 * SONG OF SOLOMON 1-8
Isaiah 22-Jul Isaiah 1-5 * Repentance – By Choice or Force?, N Sween
23-Jul Isaiah 6-9 * Weaving Good News and Bad News, N Sween
24-Jul Isaiah 10-13 * When the Lord Intervenes, N Sween
25-Jul Isaiah 14-18 * Israel, Babylon, Assyria, Moab, Damascus, Cush, N Sween
26-Jul Isaiah 19-23 * Egypt, Edom, Arabia, Babylon, Jerusalem, Tyre, N Sween
27-Jul Isaiah 24-28:13 * What To Learn BEFORE Your World Falls Apart, N Sween
28-Jul Isaiah 28:14-30:33 * Do You Recognize Salvation When You See It?, N Sween
29-Jul Isaiah 31-35 * Can You See What’s Coming?, N Sween
30-Jul Isaiah 36-38 * History Between Sennacherib and Hezekiah, N Sween
31-Jul Isaiah 39-42:12 * The Lord’s Plans For Intervention, N Sween
1-Aug Isaiah 42:13-45:14 * How Unique, The God of Israel, D Sween
2-Aug Isaiah 45:15-49:18 * The Lord Announces Something New, N Sween
3-Aug Isaiah 49:19-53:12 * Restoration After Babylon and Through Messiah, N Sween
4-Aug Isaiah 54-58 * The Lord Reveals More, D Sween
5-Aug Isaiah 59-63:10 * Looking into Confession and Redemption, D Sween
6-Aug Isaiah 63:11-66:24 * Ruins, Rebellion, Repentance, Redemption, N Sween
Jeremiah 7-Aug Jeremiah 1-3 * Is There Any Cure For Faithless Backsliders?, N Sween
8-Aug Jeremiah 4-6 * A Destroyer of Nations Has Set Out, D Sween
9-Aug Jeremiah 7-9 * God’s People: Charged and Sentenced, N Sween
10-Aug Jeremiah 10-13 * How Idol Worship Ruined the Covenant, D Sween
11-Aug Jeremiah 14-17 * What Wrong Have We Done?, D Sween
12-Aug Jeremiah 18-21 * Watching for National Repentance, D Sween
13-Aug Jeremiah 22-24 * Recognizing False Prophets, N Sween
14-Aug Jeremiah 25-27 * How To Survive Exile, D Sween
15-Aug Jeremiah 28-30 * Prospering In Exile, N Sween
16-Aug Jeremiah 31-32 * Property Rights, N Sween
17-Aug Jeremiah 33-35 * The Value of Obedience, N Sween
18-Aug Jeremiah 36-38 * I Hear You, But I’m Not Listening, D Sween
19-Aug Jeremiah 39-42 * Jerusalem Falls – Egypt Calls, D Sween
20-Aug Jeremiah 43-46 * False Worship Continues, N Sween
21-Aug Jeremiah 47-49 * The Lord Warns Israel’s Neighbors, N Sween
22-Aug Jeremiah 50-51:26 * The Future and Babylon, D Sween
23-Aug Jeremiah 51:27-52:34 * Final Thoughts: Babylon, Jerusalem, Jehoiachin, N Sween
Lamentations 24-Aug Lamentations 1-5 * When the Loss is Too Much, Too Hard, Too Impossible, N Sween
Ezekiel 25-Aug Ezekiel 1-4 * Ezekiel, A Prophet In Exile, N Sween
26-Aug Ezekiel 5-8 * When The Lord Rejects Rejection, N Sween
27-Aug Ezekiel 9-12 * Derailed In Jerusalem, N Sween
28-Aug Ezekiel 13-16:23 * False Prophets and Forgotten Love, N Sween
29-Aug Ezekiel 16:24-18:13 * “Like Mother, Like Daughter”, N Sween
30-Aug Ezekiel 18:14-20:49 * Changing the Covenant Agreement, N Sween
31-Aug Ezekiel 21-22 * No One In The Gap, N Sween
1-Sep Ezekiel 23-24 * When Wasting Away Reveals The Lord, N Sween
2-Sep Ezekiel 25-27 * The Lord Hears National Responses To Israel, N Sween
3-Sep Ezekiel 28-31 * The Lord Deals With Pride, N Sween
4-Sep Ezekiel 32-33 * Warnings for Terrorists and National Security Watchmen, N Sween
5-Sep Ezekiel 34-36 * On Hating Israel and Profaning the Name, N Sween
6-Sep Ezekiel 37-39 * Focus on Israel: Disaster and Recovery, N Sween
7-Sep Ezekiel 40-42 * See the Temple Ezekiel Was Shown, N Sween
8-Sep Ezekiel 43-46 * The Final Temple, N Sween
9-Sep Ezekiel 47-48 * Israel’s Future, N Sween
Daniel 10-Sep Daniel 1-3 * In Chains and Exile, N Sween,
11-Sep Daniel 4-5 * Nebuchadnezzar, N Sween
12-Sep Daniel 6-7 * Thanking God – for Exile?, N Sween
13-Sep Daniel 8-9 * Foreknowledge, N Sween
14-Sep Daniel 10-12 * Insight and Understanding, N Sween
Hosea 15-Sep Hosea 1-5 * Hear and See O Israel
16-Sep Hosea 6-9 * Where Is Your Pride?
17-Sep Hosea 10-14 * Punished For Sin, Then What?
Joel 18-Sep Joel 1-3 * Disasters Get Attention
Amos 19-Sep Amos 1-4 * Problems With Justice
20-Sep Amos 5-9 * Judgment: Guilty
Obadiah & Jonah 21-Sep Obadiah 1 + Jonah 1-4 * Treatment of Non-Believers
Micah 22-Sep Micah 1-4 * God’s Promises: Unconditional?
23-Sep Micah 5-7 * The Lord’s Requirements
Nahum 24-Sep Nahum 1-3 * The Lord’s FAQ for Gentiles
Habak + Zeph 25-Sep Habakkuk 1-3 + Zephaniah 1 * The Lord’s Punishment and Anger
Zeph + Hag 26-Sep Zephaniah 2-3 + Haggai 1-2 * Warning! Warning!
Zecheriah 27-Sep Zechariah 1-4 * Special Offer: New Beginning
28-Sep Zechariah 5-9 * Connections
29-Sep Zechariah 10-14 * What Will Happen To Israel?
Malachi 30-Sep Malachi 1-4 * Warning: Respect the Lord
Matthew 1-Oct Matthew 1-4 * Jesus’ Background and Preparation, D Sween
2-Oct Matthew 5-7 * Sermon on the Mount, D Sween
3-Oct Matthew 8-10:23 * Watch Jesus Teach, Explain, and Heal, N Sween
4-Oct Matthew 10:24-12:50 * Kingdom Membership, D Sween
5-Oct Matthew 13-15:20 * Parable and Life Teachings, D Sween
6-Oct Matthew 15:21-18:14 * Teaching Through Conflict, D Sween
7-Oct Matthew 18:15-21:17 * Prayer, Reverse Order Truth, Prophecy, N Sween
8-Oct Matthew 21:18-23:26 * The Pharisees’ and Sadducees’ Best Shots, N Sween
9-Oct Matthew 23:27-25:46 * Getting Ready to Meet Messiah, D Sween
10-Oct Matthew 26:01-27:26 * Signs of Jesus’ Impending Death, N Sween
11-Oct Matthew 27:27-28:20 * Death, Resurrection, Servant Assignments, N Sween
Mark 12-Oct Mark 1-3 * Healing, Forgiveness, and Answering Questions, D Sween
13-Oct Mark 4:1-6:11 * Spreading His Message: Healing, Parables, and Hometown Disbelief, D Sween
14-Oct Mark 6:12-8:16 * From Healing to Getting the Message, N Sween
15-Oct Mark 8:17-10:31 * Eye Witnesses And Further Training, D Sween
16-Oct Mark 10:32-12:44 * Sending the Son – Messiah!, D Sween
17-Oct Mark 13-14 * Watching and Waiting to the End, N Sween
18-Oct Mark 15-16 * The Plan Unfolds: Forsaken and Resurrected, D Sween
Luke 19-Oct Luke 1:1-2:24 * Reactions to Angel Messages, D&N Sween
20-Oct Luke 2:25-3:38 * Preparation of a Promise, D Sween
21-Oct Luke 4:1-6:18 * Spiritual Power Throughout Attacks, D&N Sween
22-Oct Luke 6:19-7:50 * Practical Applications for a Godly Life, D&N Sween
23-Oct Luke 8:1-9:27 * He did WHAT? He said WHAT?, D Sween
24-Oct Luke 9:28-11:13 * Lessons By Demonstration or Parable, D Sween
25-Oct Luke 11:14-12:59 * Jesus Continues Teaching His Disciples, D Sween
26-Oct Luke 13-15 * More Demonstrations With Parables To Explain, Sween
27-Oct Luke 16-18 * Speaking With Parables and Proverbs, D Sween
28-Oct Luke 19-20 * Reaching out to the Lost, D&N Sween
29-Oct Luke 21-22 * Betrayed and Disowned, D Sween
30-Oct Luke 23-24 * Jesus Died and Rose Again, D Sween
John 31-Oct John 1-3 * In The Beginning Was The Word, D and N Sween
1-Nov John 4-5 * When Words of Praise Don’t Count, D Sween
2-Nov John 6-7:32 * Invited To Eat His Words, N Sween
3-Nov John 7:33-9:41 * Words To Set You Free, N Sween
4-Nov John 10-11 * Words That Raise the Dead, D Sween
5-Nov John 12-14:21 * Keeping, Speaking, and Obeying His Words, D Sween
6-Nov John 14:22-17:26 * Taking His Word For It, N Sween
7-Nov John 18-19 * Final Words, N Sween
8-Nov John 20-21 * Jesus Keeps His Word, N Sween
Acts 9-Nov Acts 1-3 * Believers In Transition, by “Theophilus”
10-Nov Acts 4-6 * A New Approach To God, Sween
11-Nov Acts 7-9:31 * One Died – One Was Born Again, Sween
12-Nov Acts 9:32-11:18 * How The Faith Spread, Sween
13-Nov Acts 11:19-13:52 * Early Believers Spread The Word, Sween
14-Nov Acts 14-16:15 * Hardships At The Entrance, Sween
15-Nov Acts 16:16-18:23 * Show the Jews, Then the Gentiles, Sween
16-Nov Acts 18:24-20:38 * Receiving the Holy Spirit, Sween
17-Nov Acts 21-23:11 * New Covenant Controversy, Sween
18-Nov Acts 23:12-25:27 * Through The Lower Courts, Sween
19-Nov Acts 26-27 * Is Resurrection Believable?, Deffinbaugh
20-Nov Acts 28 * In Chains and Exile, Sween
Romans 21-Nov Romans 1-2 * Who Is A Jew? Who is Approved By God?, by N Sween
22-Nov Romans 3-5 * Justified By Faith, by Sween
23-Nov Romans 6-8 * What A Change!, by Sween
24-Nov Romans 9-11 * What About Israel?, by Sween
25-Nov Romans 12-14 * God’s Mercy, My Response, by Sween
26-Nov Romans 15-16 * Exercising and Getting Stronger, by Sween
1 Corinthians 27-Nov 1 Corinthians 1-4 * Who Are You?, by N Sween
28-Nov 1 Corinthians 5-8 * Behave Yourself!, by G E Ertel
29-Nov 1 Corinthians 9-11 * Exercising Faith, by N Sween
30-Nov 1 Corinthians 12-14 * Spiritual Gifts, Love, Worship, by N Gomez
1-Dec 1 Corinthians 15-16 * Resurrection, by N Sween
2 Corinthians 2-Dec 2 Corinthians 1:1-6:2 * Father of Compassion and Comfort, by Doug McHone
3-Dec 2 Corinthians 6:3-10:18 * The Work of an Apostle, by Sween
4-Dec 2 Corinthians 11-13 * Dealing with Doubt, by Sween
Galatians 5-Dec Galatians 1-3:25 * Free Gift, by Tim Samoff
6-Dec Galatians 3:26-6:18 * Not By Law But By Grace, by Tim Samoff
Ephesians 7-Dec Ephesians 1-3 * Inheritance Issues, by N Sween
8-Dec Ephesians 4-6 * Prosperity From Prison, Sween
Phillipians 9-Dec Philippians 1-4 Cultural Warfare
Colossians 10-Dec Colossians 1-4 Rejoicing in the Face of Death
1 Thessalonians 11-Dec 1 Thessalonians 1-5 From Paul, With Encouragement, N Sween
2 Thesselonians 12-Dec 2 Thessalonians 1-3 Why God’s People Suffer
1 Timothy 13-Dec 1 Timothy 1-6 * The Care and Feeding of the Church, Joe Stanley
2 Timothy 14-Dec 2 Timothy 1-4 * Telling the Truth about Godly Living, N Sween
Titus & Phil 15-Dec Titus 1-3, Philemon 1 Titus and Philemon
Hebrews 16-Dec Hebrews 1-5 * Basic Christianity and Beyond, N Sween
17-Dec Hebrews 6-9 * Why A New Covenant Plan?, D Sween
18-Dec Hebrews 10-11 * Accepting God’s Plan: By Faith, N Sween
19-Dec Hebrews 12-13 * Accepting God’s Plan: Self-Discipline, D Sween
James 20-Dec James 1-5 * What If…?, by Nancy Sween
1 Peter 21-Dec 1 Peter 1-5 * In Training To Follow Christ’s Example, N Sween
2 Peter 22-Dec 2 Peter 1-3 * Faith, False Teachers, and the Day of the LORD, D Sween
1 John 23-Dec 1 John 1-5 * The Apostle John Explains and Answers Questions, N Sween
2 John, 3 John, Jude 24-Dec 2 John, 3 John, Jude Recognizing False Teachers
Revelation 25-Dec Revelation 1-2 * Revealed: Instructions To His Churches, N Sween
26-Dec Revelation 3-5 * Churches and Heaven Prepare For Battle, D Sween
27-Dec Revelation 6-8 * The End of God’s Longsuffering Patience, N Sween
28-Dec Revelation 9-11 * Angels, The Sealed, The Unsealed, and 2 Witnesses, D Sween
29-Dec Revelation 12-14 * Satan’s Hatred Unleashes Tribulation, D Sween
30-Dec Revelation 15-17 * Seven Judgements and Political Prostitution, N Sween
31-Dec Revelation 18-22 * The Fall of Babylon and Satan Chained, D Sween
* New Heaven, New Earth, New Jerusalem, N Sween

What the story of Jonah, the solar eclipse, Charlottesville, and rising nationalism can teach us

I was recently listening to a local public radio station and overheard the tail-end of story about total solar eclipses.  The segment caught my attention when I heard the bible mentioned several times. They described how scientists had discovered several historical coincidences between biblical events and total solar eclipses.

By happenstance, as I researched what biblical events coincided with total solar eclipses, I learned that scientists have been able to verify with high probability that a total solar eclipse occurred around 763 BC over Nineveh, the capital city of the ancient Assyrians [1].  The date correlates well with the time in which Jonah was called to Nineveh.  Ancient civilizations viewed solar eclipse as bad omens.  Is it possible that the solar eclipse may have preempted and primed the people of Nineveh to listen with an open mind to Jonah’s message of repentance?  As we know from the bible, the people of Nineveh did repent (Jonah 3:1-10).

Historical primer
Prior to the time of the biblical story of Jonah, the ancient Assyrians had grown into a powerful people group.  The key to their rise to power was primarily by way of an efficient, resourceful, and brutal military.  They celebrated bloodshed and the humiliation of their enemies by horrific torture, i.e.  – skinning their enemies alive, ethnic cleansing, and other sadistic means.  The height of their power occurred after the military was converted from a voluntary to a professionally trained army funded by the empire.
Yet, a new neighbor to the west, Israel, was expanding it’s territory, growing, and prospering economically under the reign of King Jeroboam II (2 Kings 14:27-28).
The two empires were natural enemies.  The Assyrians worshipped multiple pagan God’s, and religion centered around the worship of nature.  The Israelites were monotheistic, God’s chosen people.

What the story of Jonah, the solar eclipse, Charlottesville and rising nationalism can teach us
Learning the history above is what inspired me to dig deeper beyond the typical Sunday school rehashing of Jonah’s story: “Why to never run from God’s will”.  In particular, the latter portion of Jonah’s story has always intrigued me, especially the portion about the gourd (shrub) and the naturistic torture he had to endure as a hard lesson.  What’s the takeaway from Jonah’s misery (to the point of pleading for death, in anger).  What was the precedent for his anger over God sparing the city of Nineveh?

What seems to call for celebration, by Jonah, results in his misery.  He sulks before God, stating that he knew God desired to spare the Ninevites from destruction.  My prior conclusion drawn was that he was annoyed by having to make the long and tortuous journey, knowing that God desired and providentially planned to spare them anyway.  However, taking the above history into account, I learned that there may have been more malevolent feelings at play in his heart.  The recent wealth and prosperity of the nation of Israel had led to a heightened nationalistic outlook and an aim for self-preservation [2]. As he sulked before God he may have asked the question….

Are the Assyrians, worthy of God’s love and redemption?

Jonah, struggled with the idea that God loved the enemy of his people; even more so, people of foreign ethnicity, culture, and religion.  The very thought that God had even used them to display his wrath against Israel (when they were disobedient to his will ) made it even more difficult to bear [3].  Perhaps he even struggled with the perceived threat that the Ninevites posed to his nation’s economic prosperity and burgeoning economy.

May it serve as a great warning to the growing appeal of “nationalism”, domestic and abroad, racial and socio-economic.  It’s noxious on multiple fronts.  When we become narrowly focused on what God has for us and/or what’s best for us, it’s easy to forget how broad and wide His love is toward all (John 3:16).  He not only sent his Son to die for “us” but for “them” as well. Even those whom the spirit of nationalism would tell us are our enemies.

1 John 2:2 (ESV)

He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

1 Timothy 2 (ESV)

This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2 Peter 3:9 (ESV)

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,[a] not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

In modern times, our economic, racial, and cultural interests often pose the same moral threats that Jonah faced in his heart toward the Ninevites.

Ultimately, we fight and argue with one another, because we’re each at war within ourselves.   Our flesh always seeks to elevate self above others – self-fulfillment, self-pride, self-justification, self-preservation, self-interest.  Do the above terms not define the very essence of hyper-nationalism?   As Jesus half-brother James said….

James 4 (ESV)

Warning Against Worldliness

4 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions[a] are at war within you?[bYou desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people![c]Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

The recent tragedy in Charlottesville, VA is a sobering reminder of that.

“Our” solar eclipse (August 21, 2017)
On August 21st a total solar Eclipse will run it’s course, crossing America.  It will start near Portland, Oregon and finishing near Charleston, SC.  Rare in occurrence (specifically total solar Eclipses), the last time one was viewable across a significant part of the U.S. was 1932.

As the light of the sun will be temporarily blocked by moon, I find hope in the fact that it’s only temporary.  In much the same way, I find hope in knowing that the light of Christ always overcomes darkness.



[1] https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-history

[2] http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/the-education-of-a-prophet-jonah

[3] http://www.spiritualmanna.info/nationalism/

Expectant prayer

“There is a kind of false piety that says we shouldn’t look for answers to prayer, we should just pray and leave it to God.  That’s not bible prayer.  Bible prayer says go and look!  If we’re praying for rain then look for rain.  We’re told to ‘watch and pray’. That watching implies that your looking for something to happen.”  David Pawson

Recently, I was listening to a sermon by one of my favorite bible teachers, David Pawson. The comment above, from his sermon, made me want to learn about an old parable-like story that he briefly referred to.  It challenged me to rethink my prayer life. When I pray (according to God’s will), am I expecting to see change come about? Am I praying with faith that is expectant?  With a little google mining I was able to dig up the story he referred to in his sermon.  It really drives the point home.  I pray that it both blesses and challenges you as it did for me:

“The fields were parched and brown from lack of rain, and the crops lay wilting from thirst.  People were anxious and irritable as they searched the sky for any sign of relief. Days turned into arid weeks.  No rain came.

The ministers of the local churches called for an hour of prayer on the town square the following Saturday.  They requested that everyone bring an object of faith for inspiration.

At high noon on the appointed Saturday the townspeople turned out en masse, filling the square with anxious faces and hopeful hearts.  The ministers were touched to see the variety of objects clutched in prayerful hands – holy books, crosses, rosaries.

When the hour ended, as if on magical command, a soft rain began to fall. Cheers swept the crowd as they held their treasured objects high in gratitude and praise. From the middle of the crowd one faith symbol seemed to overshadow all the others. A small nine-year old child had brought an umbrella.” (1)

There’s one story from the gospels (book of Mark) that has always captivated and haunted me from the first time I recall reading it.  It’s the story of Jesus performing miracles in his hometown of Nazareth.  Momentarily, observers were praising his incredible wisdom and power to perform miracles.  And yet, moments later they began to question his “true identity” and power:

  • Mark 6:3
    Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him.

    The verses that follow are sobering:

  • Mark 6:5-6
    Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.

    Lord, help me to return to the faith of a child.  Give us the faith of the little girl who showed up to the prayer meeting, for rain, expectant, with an umbrella.

    “Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of faith is to see what we believe.” – Saint Augustine

    Grace and peace….


1) Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Aubery, Nancy Mitchell Auto and LeAnn Thieman Jack Canfield (2006). A Taste of Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul: Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirit. Health Communicaions, Inc.

A powerful conversation on race

Listen to this:


The conversation in this podcast is like no other I’ve heard, read, or contemplated regarding race in America in some time.  There are at least fifty blogs worth of fortified, deep conversation embedded within.

Here’s one thing to chew on…..

Perhaps this conversation is so refreshingly unique, because the perspectives and experiences of those sharing their viewpoints are so disparate.  They vary greatly – featuring a musical artist with a Southern Baptist fundamentalist background, who found that God and the “gospel” are far bigger than he thought. A Christian rapper from L.A. who grew up in hispanic culture, but finds much in common with a Neo-Reformed crowd.  A young man who grew up in the black church, but comfortably performs charismatic-type spontaneous worship music before predominately white audiences.  Yes, waving praise banners and the whole nine.  LOL.  What?!  As I’ve heard Tim Keller allude to before, (taking creative license to paraphrase here)……..

God was infinitely wise enough to hide a bit of his glory, revelation, and character within each culture.  In the messy process of fellowship, we discover the real definition of loving our neighbor as we love ourselves.

I won’t say anymore.  Just listen.

What does it mean? – Ephesians 5:25-27

Edited by: Leslyn Kim and Dana Curle

I’m starting a new ongoing series called – “What does it mean?” The plan is to take bible verses that use unfamiliar or complex language and research what it means. We’ve all read them or heard them before, scriptures or portions of scripture that require a leap of faith in personal interpretation. Phrases, or ideas that are not 100% clear upon first read. There are two solutions when this occurs. We can mentally cut out that particular section of the text and ignore it and risk losing the full meaning. Or, we can choose to simplify its meaning to match our level of understanding.

Ephesians 5:25-27, is the most recent one that I’ve come across.

The broader context of the chapter is an appeal to walk in holiness and righteousness before the Lord. Paul is emphatically appealing to the church in Ephesus to have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but instead to walk in the light of Christ.
In verses twenty-five through twenty-seven he transitions into what that looks like for husband and wife relationships.

Ephesians 5
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[b] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

The first part of verse twenty-five is relatively straightforward. Christ died for our sins that we might be forgiven, righteous in his sight. The middle portion, “cleansing her by the washing with water through the word”, doesn’t seem as easy to understand. What does cleansing by the washing with water really mean? And how does one wash with water through the word? What does “word” mean here, the bible, Jesus – who’s referred to the Word in Hebrews?

Cleansing her by the washing with water
Mikveh – is a Hebraic tradition by which immersion in water is used to signify a rebirth. It’s a ritual that signifies a crossing over from and old chapter of life to the new. Sound familiar? Yes! Mikveh, in Jewish culture was the precursor to baptism. An outward spiritual sign of an internal conversion, where the old man is put to death and a new creation emerges (If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation..).

The same ritual is still practiced today in orthodox Jewish culture today. A bride prior to marriage is expected to perform a special mikveh just before the marriage ceremony, marking a transition from single life into that of holy matrimony with her new husband. In doing, she briefly bathes in water (natural or man-made sources) in preparation for her new life and commitment.

Through the Word
The term the “The Word” takes on different meanings in scripture. Sometimes it refers to Christ, at other times it refers to scripture. In this particular instance it’s referring to the rhema Word. The active, living Word of God spoken to us in the present form.

The word of God, as it’s spoken to us now, has a purifying and cleansing effect.
You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. – John 15:3

It’s God’s will that we would be sanctified by the continual leading and guiding into all truth by the Holy Spirit (John 16:1-15)

Practical application for marriage
Christ not only saved us, sealed us for eternity, but in the present he continually sanctifies us through continual cleansing of his present Word for our lives today. The challenge to myself and others is to live out our lives in Christ-glorifying way in marriage. Loving our wives as Christ loved us, and loving our wives as we love ourselves (as the text goes on to explain) is an everyday act of obedience. One way to achieve that is to cover (wash) our wives daily in life yielding words that lead them closer to Christ, seeing to it that their sanctification and seeking God’s will for their lives is just as paramount as it is for us. Similar to a mikvah, this daily “washing” with words of wisdom and encouragement can have a purifying affect on both the person and the relationship.

In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church – Ephesians 5:28-29






Artist Spotlight: Liz Vice – Placing Christianity on the cutting edge of culture

“Once darkness was our guide
without hope and only night (Isaiah 42:16)
We heard the call and turned to you
Now the veil and been removed (Hebrews 10:20)

Jesus we will throw away our lives to follow you (Matthew 4:20)
Struggling in your strength, resting in your truth (Psalm 73:26)
Jesus, you’re so beautiful, you give vision to the blind (John 9:25)
You in us, the hope of glory, in you we will abide (Colossians 1:27)

Though the body waste away
Inside we’re renewed, as you remain (2 Corinthians 4:16)
The hope of glory far outweighs
The light affliction of our days (Romans 8:18)

Jesus we will throw away our lives to follow you
Struggling in your strength, resting in your truth
Jesus, you’re so beautiful, you give vision to the blind
You in us, the hope of glory, in You we will abide

With hope for tomorrow
We fight through today
With energy and happy word (?)
We lift our hands and say
The mystery is known
Jesus you’re on the throne
Darkness is overthrown
Help us to make you known
To make you known”

Liz Vice – Abide Lyrics | MetroLyrics

The above lyrics indeed read like a prayer (see the interview below).  You’ll rarely hear rich lyrics like these on Christian radio. They simply don’t fit the mold of typical radio play. In some sense, Christian radio often parrots secular pop music, communicating to the lowest common denominator.  Not necessarily in a demeaning fashion, but with lyrics and melodies that are easy to understand at first take.  In the same way, simple lyrics often permeate pop music airways, telling the most basic of stories, leaving listeners with a keen ear wanting for something beyond the mundane, wanting more. Perhaps it plays into the spirit of anti-intellectualism that tends to permeate modern culture and some sectors of American Christianity.

Enter Liz Vice, who turns typical gospel music on it’s head.  Her new album, “There’s a Light”, breaks through cultural barriers and shines new light on what gospel music could be without the preconceived ideas of what it’s supposed to be.  Vice’s indirect entry into gospel music may very well be the reason for her unique sound.  It’s out-of-bounds for most gospel music in a number of ways: One Song Interview.  Almost “beyond the pale”.

Not only is the production as strong as typical secular music, but the tunes are catchy and melodic.  It’s good from beginning to end.  No need to skip tracks.

Whereas most secular music was born out of gospel, blues, and jazz, Vice enters from the opposite direction.  Using gospel music as the base (lyrically), she re-infuses smoky, gritty, blues and soul music back in.  As odd as Christian blues may sound, it works. Incredibly well.

Her lyrics are thoughtful, wise, and challenging.  Her voice is retro-soulful.  Each song is  jam-packed with uplifting and scriptural-driven themes with very little filler.  Her sound is a breath of fresh air.

Why can’t we have it all?  Great music, and great lyrics that challenge the listener to think and engage beyond surface level themes.  Liz Vice offers a solution.

Have a listen, you won’t regret it.


The gulf of righteous indignation between #Charleston and #SCOTUS

The bible says that Lot was deeply distressed by the evil that he witnessed around him (http://biblehub.com/2_peter/2-7.htm). To get a full account of how deep and varied that evil was you must read more than one book of the bible to get the full story (http://biblehub.com/niv/genesis/19.htm, http://biblehub.com/ezekiel/16-49.htm). In the same way, the evangelical church often projects half-truths to the world around them, by not fully acknowledging the complexity of sinfulness in the world. As the old idiom goes – “Half the truth is often a whole lie”. We eagerly acknowledge some sins around us that are abominations, while ignoring the complexity and depth of abominable sins found in more broad/sweeping lists like those “hiding” in Proverbs 6:16-19:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%206:16-19. Many are deeply ingrained and historically rooted in dominate culture. Tragically, at times they’ve even found a home in the church. These sins include racism, greed (which the bible calls idolatry – violation of first commandment), and unjust war. All of them implicated in Proverbs 6:16-19.

A more recent example of this is the number of Christian leaders and parishoners who understandably addressed their serious concern for recent events like the SCOTUS decision from blogs to social media. I can appreciate that. However, only one week prior, many failed to equally and objectively address the Charleston tragedy. Even more disheartening, few (esp. evangelical Christian leaders) attempted to address the long-standing and unreconciled sins of America’s past and present that informed the perpetrator. I’m afraid that until we stop telling these luke-warm narratives by selectively expressing our deep distress over sin, we’ll continue to look like heroes from within, but too often Pharisaic to the outside world. If a lying tongue is an abomination we have some soul searching to do in the body of Christ. Now, someone, anyone, can reply “preach”, but sadly this don’t preach much in evangelicalism.

I suspect it doesn’t, because it casts a long shadow of conviction over us all.

Thank God for his grace that extends to us all.  Blessings.

Placing Christianity on the leading edge of culture.


Edited By: Leslyn Kim

A number of thoughts ran through my mind as I read through this article in the AtlanticHow Sufjan Stevens Subverts the Stigma of Christian Music”.

One statement in particular not only made me laugh out loud, but also caused me to reflect on what it truly means to be a Christian witness as it relates to creating art:

Here the Atlantic describes Steven’s work as “representing a different camp of “Christian art,” with completely different motives and characteristics, he’s distinct among other artists of faith, who tend to produce bad, kitschy work—whether heavy-handed films like Facing the Giants and Fireproof, or the musical travesties on the Wow compilation albums.”

What constitutes “Christian art”?  
To be a Christian artist, do you have to create art saturated with faith themes, and deemphasized aesthetics, or can you simply make art which simply speaks to the person you have become as a follower of Christ?

N.T. Wright defines it this way……..
“to be at the leading edge of the whole culture, articulating in story and music and art and philosophy and education and poetry and politics and theology … a worldview that will mount the historically-rooted Christian challenge to both modernity and postmodernity.”

The “Fireproof”, and “God is Not Dead” brand of Christian movies are meaningful to a certain audience within evangelicalism.  I stuff those movies into one giant box labeled self-affirming, Christian patriotism. When it comes to movies, I dig certain aspects of that nationalistic attitude, while still wondering how much of an evangelistic turn-off it is to the outside world. In reality, the vast majority of people probably find simple joy in watching a movie that’s not trashy, that has a uplifting message–something the whole family can watch.

Most of Christian radio does not fit into that category.  My gripe is with the idea that Christians can’t create songs with catchy tunes, or ultra-creative aesthetically beautiful art, because it too closely mirrors vain worldly ambitions centered around beauty, material or immaterial.

It’s easy to say, why should we care?  However, that begs the question why shouldn’t we?  The article from the Atlantic reveals that I’m not the only one who sees it this way.

That brings me to conclude why I decided to pen this strange blog.  To introduce a new artists that shatters every stereotype I mentioned above.  Somehow, she seems to embody everything the evangelical world could improve upon.  A more authentic and bold expression of faith that still emphasizes what we unabashedly declare with our mouths, but places the chief emphasis on a life story that reflects the work of the Masters hands.  In this particular case, the life story is told through music.  I believe it’s this type of life that people see. And in their observation it speaks volumes.

“Let your light so shine that others may see your good works, and glorify your father in heaven.”  – Matthew 5:16

Stay tuned for the next blog….