Preaching Job: 38-42

As promised: “Not the Answer I wanted; But Certainly the Answer I Needed”

Nov 28, 2018 CSU Chapel: Job 38-42 part 1

Nov 29, 2018 CSU Chapel: Job 38-42 part 2


Pain, Suffering & Job

I had the privilege of sharing in Clarks Summit University CSU Chapel this past week for three days.  I spoke on Disappointment with God from Job.  My chapel was more of a testimony of my journey w/ pain and suffering.  For those who are interested the video is here:  I will post the 2nd and 3rd when they post the videos.


Review of Ruth Tucker’s, Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife: My Story of Finding Hope after Domestic Abuse

Review of Ruth A. Tucker, Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife: My Story of Finding Hope after Domestic Abuse (Zondervan, 2016) 206 pages.

Ruth Tucker of Jerusalem to Irian Jaya fame, has penned a personal, heart-wrenching account of years of domestic violence at the hands of her “charming, articulate, and intelligent” husband and once beloved pastor. Her ex-spouse (who is never named in the book) inflicted untold physical and emotional horror on her and their son for years. Sadly, Tucker’s experience is not unique in the church. Women and their children like her and her son (Carlton) should not have to suffer in silence and alone. The church needs to read this book to be motivated to come along side others like Tucker.

What Tucker suffered at the hands of her husband was terrible and inexcusable. Her ex’s use of the Bible to cower Tucker into submission was not only violence inflicted on his wife, Ruth, but also abuse of the worst kind on the biblical text itself. And this is where Tucker does not differentiate between what the Bible actually teaches and what her husband inflicted on her based on his warped hermeneutic. For Tucker they are one in the same. Since her husband demanded total and unquestioned submission and would physically and/or emotionally make her tow that line, any male who supports and practices loving biblical submission (i.e. complementarianism) in marriage is like her husband.

While there is certainly a danger that the doctrine of biblical submission in marriage has (and will be) used as a vicious club (23), Tucker misses the point that God never intended this doctrine to be wielded in such fashion. Sadly, she also confuses the perpetrator with the teaching when she writes, “Yet the doctrine of male headship demands that an independent single woman turn into another woman—a woman under subjection” (53). Tucker’s horrendous experience was at the hands of her ex who had violated the biblical text long before he had abused her.

“Redeeming Chronic Pain: When Surgery Fails” Chapter in new book arrived this week

Just received my copy of When Suffering Is Redemptive: Stories of How Anguish and Pain Accomplish God’s Mission edited by Larry Waters (Weaver Publishing). The paperback is available from the publisher for $11.25 or $11.14 from Amazon.

I contributed chapter three: “Redeeming Chronic Pain: When Surgery Fails.”

If you have a soft heart for suffering people, this is not an easy read. However, for those who are hurting, it may be an encouragement that others have and are suffering and God is with them in their pain and sorrow.

book cover


Attention Hebrew Students

Below is an email I received this weekend. Sounds like a neat opportunity.

I’m assisting Jennifer Cunneen from Wycliffe Associates to find volunteers to do a Hebrew check on their Old Testament translation. They need as many folks as possible, even as many as 100. The start date is anytime, and for the end date, it’s a bit more flexible. The first phase of this work ends on September 30, 2016, but they need folks to stay for as long as they can. Ideally, they would prefer six months to a year, but they can work with shorter time frames. Below is a detailed explanation of the Bible translation.

Wycliffe Associates is working on a Bible translation that is completely free of copyright. Not only do they have an English copyright-free translation, but are also translating into 52 of the main gateway (trade) languages throughout the world. These Bibles will be freely given to national translators, so that they may use them to translate into their minority languages which have no Scripture.

To make sure that they have been completely accurate with the original text, they need volunteers who are willing to help them check for accuracy. Their focus is on the Old Testament right now, which means they need volunteers with Hebrew knowledge. The volunteers don’t have to be fluent in Hebrew, but previous Bible background and experience using Hebrew tools would be helpful. The work is done remotely, and would only require about 10 hours per week.

All of this work is done online, so volunteers must have a good internet connection, and feel comfortable accessing their text on the computer. Volunteers will check the translation and then report their findings to Wycliffe’s team by email, or another online interface. They are asking for 8-10 hours per week of service. Please contact with any student volunteers. Jennifer and Wycliffe Associates appreciates any assistance and prayers to find volunteers.

Blessings in Jesus,

Marc Handelsman