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Feb 17, 2019

How does a love for God directly impact our love for others? Augustine, the famous 4th century theologian saw virtue as rightly ordered love. When a person gives their ultimate love to God it will directly benefit the love they are able to give to others. Chapter 3 of the book of Ruth is the climactic turning point in...


Feb 3, 2019

The book of Ruth is a story of redemption, God's redemption. Often when people think of God's activity in the world, they think only of big moments or dramatic intervention. In chapter 2 of Ruth we see God's redemption happen in the smallest of details, decisions, interactions, and conversations. These are...


Jan 27, 2019

How do you handle pain? How do you handle sorrow? In this life pain is inevitable. Therefore how we handle it is one of the most important subjects one can consider. In this week's text, Ruth and Naomi return to Bethlehem. While this return is the beginning of their redemption, it is also a moment filled with lament....


Jan 20, 2019

What is loyalty? Why does it matter? In a consumer driven, throw-away culture it seems that loyalty is a lost and dying art. In the book of Ruth we are introduced to a uniquely biblical idea summed up in the Hebrew word Hesed. Hesed is a mix of loyalty and love and most often attributed to God, but also applies to...


Jan 13, 2019

In a world where everyone is posting their highlight reals, it can be hard to admit where we are really at in life, especially when it comes to our relationships. The first five verses of the book of Ruth record the tragic circumstances of one Israelite family from the city of Bethlehem. Considering the book is...