Blog

Where

the blog

goes

On the Road: The Psalms of Ascent

Studies in Psalms 120-134,  a set of pilgrimage songs.

Wayside Stops

Reflections prompted by life circumstances.

Holding the Flashlight

Assorted tips and helps for Bible study.

The Book of Daniel

Studies in Daniel 1-7 . . . where my blog began!

Recent Posts

Marking Time

Marking Time

Most Minnesota mornings find one of us walking the dog. Zuzu takes the lead, ears bobbing and curlicue tail flipped over her back as she trots down the sidewalk of her choice—and yes, she does have an opinion.  One of my favorite routes takes us along a cornfield...

read more
When It’s Good to Be Stuck in the Middle

When It’s Good to Be Stuck in the Middle

On our trek through Psalm 120, we’ve looked backward and forward. We’ve thought about the value of remembering God’s past faithfulness and anticipating his future vindication. These are both good practices, but the psalm doesn’t end with them. It returns to the...

read more
Of Broom Trees & Burning Coals

Of Broom Trees & Burning Coals

We recently planted a tree near our deck in hopes of having shade in twenty years. That’s called taking the long view. There aren’t many good alternatives to this long view—so the best we can do is enjoy watching our little tree grow and hope we live to enjoy its...

read more
Truth and Lies

Truth and Lies

“I was a high school cheerleader.” This is my go-to statement that usually guarantees a win in the ice-breaker game, “Two Truths and a Lie.” After each person says three things about themselves—two that are true and one that’s not—everyone takes a turn guessing the...

read more
Stones & Scars

Stones & Scars

The Israelites had some mountaintop experiences in the colorful years after the exodus from Egyptian slavery. The midnight hustle out of Egypt, the crossing of the Red Sea, and the first morning of manna were all occasions for celebration. Surely one of the most...

read more
Road-Trip Essentials, Part 2

Road-Trip Essentials, Part 2

If anyone ever told you that following Jesus would make you healthy or wealthy, they were lying. Just because we read our Bibles, go to church, and love our neighbor doesn’t mean we get a free pass on trouble in life. In fact, as followers of Jesus, we sometimes get...

read more
Road-Trip Essentials, Part 1

Road-Trip Essentials, Part 1

When I moved across the country in 2012, I took several road-trip essentials with me, beginning with my sister Suzy, easily the world’s best moving buddy. I also took an array of maps, a bag of groceries, a stocked cooler, and my emergency cell phone—the one pictured...

read more
Psalm 120–Roadside Reflection

Psalm 120–Roadside Reflection

The second post for each song of ascent features a video devotional from the Music Ministry of First United Methodist Church in Stephenville, Texas. These videos were a weekly devotional series during the 13 months that the church’s music ministry was apart during the...

read more
Strawberry Summer

Strawberry Summer

June has started on the cool side this year, delaying the official start to summer for me: the first day of strawberry season. As soon as I hear that the strawberry field is open, I'll be there. By midday, two flats of bright red berries will have taken over our...

read more

See a Sample Syllabus

Join the mailing list to see a sample syllabus of Wendy's Fall 2022 course, "The Bible Explored."

You have Successfully Subscribed!