A Book Review of Blasphemy by Asia Bibi

A ruined prison cell. Almost half of the walls don't have paint on them, and the floor is just dirt. There is a bed frame, but it is leaning up against a wall. There is a toilet in the corner, with no way to flush it.

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.

Sheep and Goats, or the Two Ways of Matthew 25

A shepherd is with his sheep. He is standing in front of a fence with dozens of sheep behind him. A barn or farm house can be seen on the other side of the fence. Some trees are visible further down the fence line. At the left side of the image the sun is peeping over some mountains on the horizon.

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.

A Book Review of Daily Life at the time of Jesus by Miriam Feinberg Vamosh

Two young boys in Israel weaving in front of their home. There is a pole in the middle of the image with one of the boys leaning up against it. Another boy on the left is sitting down and working.

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.

Conflicting Characteristics Between the Children of the Day and Those of the Night

A bright summer sky. A large cloud covers up a large portion of the bottom left of the image. A bright light is visible just above the cloud.

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.