Robin Anderson

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Laws of Warfare, Unsolved Murders, and Cross-dressing

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Laws of Warfare, Unsolved Murders, and Cross-dressing

Deuteronomy 20-22 We may feel that we are far removed from Moses and the children of Israel as they prepare to cross into the promised land, but under a few layers of technology we are not so different. For us, as for our forebearers, the question stands: how do we live as a people of … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: You Shall Be Holy

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: You Shall Be Holy

Leviticus 19-21 Today’s chapters in Leviticus open with the Lord’s command to his people: “you shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.”   Holiness can be defined as “separate, set apart”, but the perfect uniqueness of God goes far beyond this definition. As creator, God naturally exists outside of his creation, … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Show Me the Money (or) Trick Questions for a Thousand Please, Alex

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Show Me the Money (or) Trick Questions for a Thousand Please, Alex

Matthew 22-23 Psalm 18 In the week before his crucifixion Jesus spent the days in the temple, speaking to the chief priests and elders of the Jewish people. These leaders resented the impact Jesus was having on the people and feared that their position was being assailed. They believed themselves to be standards of worthiness … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Shelter from the Storm

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Shelter from the Storm

Revelation 11-12 Proverbs 26 The Revelation to John is a beautiful gift from Christ to his church. Life for a believer brings great joy and also much peril, and in our troubles it helps to hear that someone knows, and cares; it helps even more if that someone is the God of all the universe, … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: A Wild Ride of a Book

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: A Wild Ride of a Book

Revelation 1-2 Proverbs 21 The Revelation to St. John is a message from Jesus Christ to all believers, from the earliest Christian congregations to the ones who will be on earth when Christ returns. The Revelation is a wild ride of a book, describing things that we yearn to know but are yet beyond our … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: If a man dies, shall he live again?

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: If a man dies, shall he live again?

Job 11-14 Job is a man in the midst of an overwhelming ordeal of loss and pain. At first his friends were a comfort, when they sat silently beside him in sympathy for his misery. But after seven days Job’s distress frightens his friends, and they begin to seek explanations for Job’s troubles. They assume … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Witness and Partaker

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Witness and Partaker

1 Peter 5 2 Peter 1 Proverbs 5 Peter’s epistles ring with the words of an eye witness, as well they should. Peter was indeed a “witness of the sufferings of Christ” and now knows himself to be a “partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed” (1 Pet. 5:1). He recognizes that … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: The Fiery Trial Is No Metaphor

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: The Fiery Trial Is No Metaphor

1 Peter 3-4 Proverbs 4 Peter wrote this letter to Christians who were enduring terrible persecutions for their faith in Jesus. Peter is supplying us with encouragement for patient and faithful endurance to support us on our journey; he is living out Jesus’ last words to him: if you love me, feed my sheep. Peter … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Pass me another brick, please…

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Pass me another brick, please…

Nehemiah 1-4 In the late sixth century B.C. God fulfilled his promise to bring his people home to Judah from exile in Babylon. The books of Ezra and Nehemiah tell the story of the return of the children of Israel to their promised land. When this book opens, the restoration of Jerusalem has been going … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Proud in Your Wealth

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Proud in Your Wealth

Ezekiel 26-28 Today’s reading tells of God’s judgment on the island city Tyre, a neighbor to Israel and a powerful center of trade. Speaking through Ezekiel, the Lord describes the vast array of valuable goods that were bought and sold there: gold, jewels, ivory, warhorses, linens, and every food imaginable. The people of Tyre were … Read More