Deborah Leighton

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Possible Impossibility

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Possible Impossibility

Luke 1 Psalm 40 Have you ever seen a great artist embellish his work with a flourish?  The best painters can mix colors and brushwork to depict beauty and truth on multiple levels.  An Olympic figure skater can land the most difficult axels with both technical skill and deceptive ease.  A jazz pianist starts improvising … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Walls Came a-Tumblin’ Down

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Walls Came a-Tumblin’ Down

Joshua 4-6 Israel is a weak and tired people, hungry after all their wanderings, but hopeful as they cross the Jordan River to enter the Promised Land under the new leadership of Joshua, Moses’ assistant.  Through the parting of the Jordan, the Lord reminds the Israelites of his past faithfulness, when he intervened to part … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Lather – Rinse – Repeat?

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Lather – Rinse – Repeat?

Deuteronomy 1-3 “How many times do I have to tell you?  You know you’re not supposed to . . . wah-WAH-wah . . .” I ducked down the next aisle in the department store to avoid the remainder of the mother’s reproach.  Her volume and emotion drowned out the content of her scold, which probably … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: One Weird Trick

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: One Weird Trick

Mark 7-8 Psalm 35 In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus begins his ministry by going into Galilee proclaiming the Good News:  “The kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe in the gospel” (1:15). In the chapters that follow, Mark shows us that the kingdom of God is indeed at hand, as Jesus teaches … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: The Crux of the Matter

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: The Crux of the Matter

Romans 7-8 Psalm 26 And now we come to the crux of the matter, the answer that brings hope to struggling Christians everywhere. In Romans 7, Paul examines the role of the law both before and after faith. The law “produces death” in us (7:13) by revealing to us the gravity of our sin and … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Oxblood – More Than a Fashion Color

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Oxblood – More Than a Fashion Color

Exodus 22-24 Earlier in Exodus, we saw how God intervened miraculously to redeem his people Israel from slavery in Egypt.  In chapter 19, these same Israelites arrive at the mountain where they will worship God.  Moses climbs Mount Sinai to meet with God and bring his message back to the people.   Through Moses, the Lord … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: The End of Self-Righteousness

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: The End of Self-Righteousness

Matthew 5-7 Psalm 6-7 A long time ago, I gave up on women’s fashion magazines.  I still love the idea of bright pictures accompanying practical articles, but this staple of consumption for many modern women lost its allure for me when reading them only produced despair in me.  The promotion of an elusive beauty that … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: The Perfect Substitute

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: The Perfect Substitute

Genesis 43-45 One line from some bad poetry that I wrote as a teenager has stayed with me over the years: “I grow out my hair to hide my heart.” In Genesis 43-45, Joseph hides his hurting heart behind his Egyptian wig, makeup, and strange dress.  He hides identity and his true feelings from those … Read More

Out of the Whirlwind (or) The X-Factor

Out of the Whirlwind (or) The X-Factor

Job 38-39 Proverbs 20 While I was in seminary, I waited tables for a season at a Belgian brasserie.  I learned all sorts of things about Belgian beer and I always appreciated the free dinner, but in retrospect, I learned a few things about ministry, too, even while I listened to the people I served.  … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Home Sweet Home

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Home Sweet Home

1 Peter 1-2 Proverbs 3 Throughout his first letter, St. Peter urges his hearers to confess the faith without fear, and to persist in doing good, no matter what suffering such boldness brings.  He reminds these believers in Asia Minor of the suffering that Jesus endured on their behalf and of the promises that belong … Read More