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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!

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Paint Slashes & Parenting

Paint Slashes & Parenting

My new book is releasing November 1—just 35 days from now! For the next several weeks, I’ll be blogging samples of it. My dad liked to walk the neighborhood for exercise and probably his own sanity. When my siblings and I were children, we often accompanied him. I...

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New Book!

New Book!

My new book is releasing November 1—just 42 days from now! For the next several weeks, I'll be blogging samples of it...beginning today with the book's introduction. My high school geography class spent a lot of time making maps. Topographic maps, road maps, political...

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Finding My Way Home

Finding My Way Home

As sure as the compass points north, I was lost. That night I was driving in downtown Minneapolis for the first time, having moved to the area only a few months earlier. A single woman without a smartphone, I fought the suffocating darkness—both within and without—as...

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Watching the Clock or the Clouds?

Watching the Clock or the Clouds?

When a seminary dean first approached me about teaching the book of Daniel, I was a PhD candidate desperate for cash and classroom experience. If not for these two factors, I might have turned him down. I had spent much of my adult life avoiding the book and its New...

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Me, My Selfie, and I

Me, My Selfie, and I

I'm hitting "pause" on the Psalms of Ascent series for a few weeks while I blog about a couple other things. This week, the topic is the Really Difficult Second Half of the book of Daniel...which is taking up prime space in my head these days. My little church is...

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Is “Jehovah” God or Not?

Is “Jehovah” God or Not?

If you grew up singing hymns, you are familiar with the name “Jehovah”—and even if you don’t know a hymnbook from a matchbook, you are still likely familiar with the name. It’s a name for God, right? Well, not exactly. If you look through your Bible, you’ll have a...

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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...

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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...

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