Updates, Gospel, and the Poisoned Bible Project

Yes, I have a release date ;-)

I don’t know about you, but I finished Lent and went into Easter season this year just kind of wrung out. Perhaps the ever-mingled hope and apprehension around the pandemic, the vaccinations, police shootings, hope for accountability for one even in the midst of several more occurrences, and on and on. It’s all a lot, it’s been a lot, and all the “a lot” just seems to continue.

So I’ve been engaging as I can, and running into the woods as much as possible. Plus I had one kid turn a decade old that needed to be celebrated properly with a camping trip and a careful hang out with a buddy.

The woods refresh me. Sleeping outside resets my body too long accustomed to lots of screen time by necessity, and late hours seeking some quiet and solitude after everyone was asleep. Somehow I’ve been reversing that and seeking quiet in the morning which is a different rhythm for me, but I think I like it. 

As I wrapped up the Lenten series here, I also finished a piece for Earth & Altar’s “Christianity 101” series which has since gone live on their website and will be included in their second print edition, and I’m very excited about that. I got to write “What is the Gospel? The Scandalous, Good News that Includes Us All.” 

Following on the heels of that, I’ve been diving into the first text for the Poisoned Bible Project, and I’m excited to announce that I will have the first episode/essay on that published on Sunday May 2nd! I’m looking into a troubling text in Numbers chapter 5 where a man who suspects his wife has cheated on him can drag her before the priest for a trial by ordeal. I’m diggin into the text and the culture of the day to unpack this disturbing tale, and I’m discovering that all is not as it seems. So be sure you’re subscribed to take part in this conversation next week! 

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