Blasphemy, by Asia Bibi, is the memoir of a Catholic woman who was sentenced to death over a cup of water. It tells the story of a simple, illiterate farmer's daughter who was accused of blaspheming against Mohammed and the religion of Islam. This book records what led up to her imprisonment, the first two years of her terrible treatment, and attempts to free her.
Sometimes it is necessary to be rebuked in order to see our faults. This correction can help us move toward change that results in us being more like Christ. As I reflect on Humble Orthodoxy by Joshua Harris, that is the concept that comes to mind. Despite its small size, it can make an impressive impact on the reader. In some ways it did for me.
What can we expect when Jesus comes in His glory and sits on the throne of His glory? Many things, but one of them is division! Matthew 25:31-46 provides an incredible and terrifying glimpse of the judgment to come. In the passage, Jesus separates people from all the nations as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. This will be great from some, and horrible for others.
Daily Life at the time of Jesus by Miriam Vamosh presents a rich overview of the culture and circumstances in which the Lord walked the earth. It discusses many aspects of Jewish life in the first century and features a large number of images and illustrations. It does an excellent job of presenting a brief overview of many things that would have been second nature to Jesus' hearers, but are foreign to us.
The Psalms are among the most popular books in the Old Testament. They are extremely diverse in their subject matter, and I expect that a straightforward reading of them will be very valuable for many. As such, I've developed this reading plan for those who want to focus on this great book of wisdom over the course of 60 days.
Recently we've been examining the idea of the Christian Faith being known as "The Way." As is taught in multiple places, there are only two ways that we can go in this life. Near the end of 1 Thessalonians we read of the conflicting characteristics between the children of the day and those of the night.