Marilyn Dixon

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: La Pêche Miraculeuse

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: La Pêche Miraculeuse

Luke 5-6 Psalm 44 In the beginning of Luke chapter 5 we are offered a glimpse of what it means to truly follow Christ. Up to this point Jesus has met the needs of many by healing their various ailments. Now we find Jesus on the Sea of Galilee with his disciples, who have had … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: The Downward Spiral Continues

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: The Downward Spiral Continues

Judges 17-19 Judges 17-21 delivers the final summary of the book in an upsetting portrait of the depraved conditions of the era. We are reminded several times that there is now no king (judge) in Israel and that “everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judg.17:6). The dereliction of Israel is illustrated in … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Camping in the Plains of Moab

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Camping in the Plains of Moab

Numbers 33-36 Reading through the Bible in a year is a challenging task, especially when one reads through chapters like Numbers 33. It details a long list of the Israelites’ encampments during their journey in the wilderness. It’s important here not to get bogged down with all the strange names, but to look at the … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Buckets o’ Blood

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Buckets o’ Blood

Leviticus 7-9 If I were living in the year 1443 BC there would have been 53,888 animals sacrificed on my behalf in the 41 years I have existed.  That’s over 4000 bulls, about 1500 rams and over 46000 lambs.  (Check out crossward.org to calculate your public sin offering.)  This does not include free-will offerings, which … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Grafted In (or) Marilyn Talks Some Smack

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Grafted In (or) Marilyn Talks Some Smack

Romans 11-12 Psalm 28-29 Sometimes I just want to smack Paul for making it all sound so easy. In the twelfth chapter of his letter to the Romans, Paul rattles off a list of what my Bible entitles “Marks of the True Christian.” Beginning with verse 10: “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one … Read More

Advent Bible-in-a-Year Blog: Frogs. Lots o’ Frogs…

Advent Bible-in-a-Year Blog: Frogs. Lots o’ Frogs…

Exodus 6-8 The plagues in Exodus are a colorful and sometimes comical portrait of the human condition.  There is a storybook feel to these descriptions, but the message is anything but charming. Moses is repeatedly pleading with Pharaoh to let God’s people go, and Pharaoh’s heart is repeatedly hardened. What does this mean, to harden … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Pride or Shame?

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Pride or Shame?

Revelation 17-18 Proverbs 29 Most Christians come to the table with one of two predispositions: either “Of course God loves me” or “How could God love me?” One attitude is rooted in pride, the other in shame. Both in some way assume an incomplete picture of the Lord. The former attitude fails to recognize the … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: A Friend in Need…

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: A Friend in Need…

Job 22-24 Proverbs 16 In this section of the book of Job, Eliphaz really lets it rip. Earlier in the book Job’s “friend” says to Job, “Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; your own lips testify against you” (15:6). Here we see the theology of this “miserable comforter” brought down on Job’s head—that … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Will your long-winded speeches never end?

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Will your long-winded speeches never end?

Job 15-17 Proverbs 13 I had the pleasure of studying the book of Job a few years ago in a small group setting. I love this book because its inclusion in the Bible is a merciful granting of permission to be human. The suffering depicted and the endless discussions about why such suffering might be … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: If we say we have no sin

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: If we say we have no sin

1 John 1-2 Proverbs 7 It is easy to occasionally read something in the Bible that you immediately dismiss as irrelevant to your life. This is especially true of stories in the Old Testament, which, if taken at face value, have no bearing on my circumstances at all. Proverbs 7 is just such a passage, … Read More