The Joy of Scripture — The Parker J Cole Show

Last week, I was browsing through Amazon when I landed on a gorgeous book written by Mesu Andrews. Her name had been mentioned to me before by listeners and I started to scan through her book list. Excited to delve into her works, I clicked on her author bio on Amazon and saw these words: “Mesu grew up with a variegated Christian heritage. With grandparents from the Pilgrim Holiness, Nazarene, and Wesleyan Churches, her dad was a Quaker and mom charismatic. As you might imagine, God was a central figure in most family discussions, but theology was a battlefield and Scripture the weapon.”

Many of us can relate to this idea of denominations clash with the Church. Further, some of us know how Scripture has been used to control, demand, or even humiliate depending on the circumstances so that the Bible becomes this tool of control instead of the Lord’s repository of revelatory redemption.

How did a woman who grew up in the war-torn family of believers become an author and speaker understanding profoundly the joy of scripture? Let’s find out! You can all in at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/10670941.


61fiQQ-nwvL._UX250_ (1)Mesu grew up with a variegated Christian heritage. With grandparents from the Pilgrim Holiness, Nazarene, and Wesleyan Churches, her dad was a Quaker and mom charismatic. As you might imagine, God was a central figure in most family discussions, but theology was a battlefield and Scripture the weapon. As a rebellious teenager, Mesu rejected God and His Word, but discovered Jesus as a life-transforming Savior through the changed life of an old friend.

The desire for God’s Word exploded with her new commitment, but devotional time was scarce due to the demands of a young wife and mother. So Mesu scoured the only two theology books available–children’s Bible stories and her Bible. The stories she read to her daughters at night pointed her to the Bible passages she studied all day. She became an avid student of God’s Word, searching historical and cultural settings as well as ancient texts and original languages.

Mesu and her husband Roy have raised those two daughters and now enjoy a tribe of grandkids, who get to hear those same Bible stories. Mesu’s love for God’s Word has never waned. She now writes biblical novels, rich with spiritual insight learned through fascinating discoveries in deep historical research.

Her first novel, Love Amid the Ashes (Revell)–the story of Job and the women who loved him–won the 2012 ECPA Book of the Year in the Debut Author Category. Her subsequent novels have released with high praise, shedding light on some of the shadowy women of Scripture. Love’s Sacred Song (Revell, 2012) tells the story of the beloved shepherdess in King Solomon’s Song of Solomon. Love in a Broken Vessel (Revell, 2013) tells the story of Hosea and Gomer and is the final stand-alone novel in the Treasures of His Love Series. Her fourth novel, In the Shadow of Jezebel (Revell, 2014) tells the fascinating story of Queen Athaliah and the courageous Princess Jehosheba.

The Treasures of the Nile series (Waterbrook/Multnomah, 2015-16) included The Pharaoh’s Daughter and Miriam and spanned Moses’ life from birth to the Exodus. Her 2017 release, Isaiah’s Daughter (Waterbrook/Multnomah), explores the life and ministry of the prophet Isaiah and the tumultuous days of Judah under the reigns of Ahaz and Hezekiah but focuses on the woman Hephzibah–a fascinating character in Jewish legends.

Mesu writes in their log cabin tucked away in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Her best friend is an American Staffordshire Terrier named Zeke, who keeps her company on long writing days. Zeke also enjoys watching movies, long walks in the woods, and sitting by the fireplace on rainy days.

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Parker J Cole Show Throwback Thursday — The Biblical Justification for Slavery

This show was a unique experience for me because Lisa Guinther truly had me stumped. I had NO idea what she was going to say and I sorta chewed my nails as I waited. Would I have to hang up on her if she said something out of the wall? Would the phone lines be ringing off the hook? A lot of thoughts went through my mind with this show.

Interestingly enough, Lisa said, “Trust me.”

Trust. A word that many are searching for today. Who do we trust in when EVERYONE seems to break our trust? Yet, in the few years I’ve known Lisa, she hasn’t even given me any reason, NOT to trust her. So, I did.

By the end of this episode, I was struck anew by Lisa’s approach to biblical interpretation. She really lets us know to read the Bible for all its worth.

Enjoy!

The Parker J Cole Show — Empowering Women Through Biblical Studies

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Join me for the month of March as we discuss women’s empowerment in various aspects of life as we celebrate Women’s History Month.

The area of where women place in the body of Christ is a hot topic among today’s evangelical Church. Whether women should lead in pastoral duties or remain silent under a patriarchal system of church authority there are all kinds of debates going. No matter where your opinion stands on this issue, biblical studies empowers women to learn about God for themselves as they seek to understand the Creator of both sexes.

Another reason why biblical study is important is because of the biblical illiteracy rampant in today’s society. There are Christians who have NEVER picked up a Bible or even tried to do an in-depth study on it. Perhaps if more are encouraged to take up biblical studies we can effectively retrain those of the Church to get back to biblical principles.

With me to discuss this is returning guest Lisa Guinther, a biblical scholar with a passion for educating women in biblical studies. To weigh in, you can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air, Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/8368637.   Tune in!