Read the following questions, and pick one or two to respond to in the comments below. Or, respond to someone else’s comment with a question or comment of your own.
Calvin Church folks – do you remember Pastor Doug's Easter sermon this year […]
We often overlook the shepherds’ response. After the angels depart, the shepherds say to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” The shepherds don’t doubt the good news, and they act immediately.
When we hear […]
Read Isaiah 49-51.
Rich, poetic imagery flows throughout the book of Isaiah, and is very evident again in these chapters. The passages crest with the undeniable power and inevitable redemption of the Lord’s hands, then dip in troughs of dark exile, terror and separation from the Lord, only to swell once more with the […]
Read Isaiah 46-48.
There is a great refrain in these chapters, running all the way from Chs 44-48. “Where is my equal? … Who is my like?” (46: 4-5); then, “for I am God, there is no other, I am God and there is no one like me” (46:9). This is God’s proclamation in […]
No Ordinary Time. My girls and I were discussing books when both mentioned that Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book about Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most memorable they had ever read. The librarians at Raybrook added it to our collection. I read it and had to agree.
During one […]
Read Isaiah 29-32.
“Ariel” means altar hearth, so the opening lines of this portion of Isaiah tell us that we are going to observe a bloody, religious event. I see the following themes running through this portion of scripture:
Warnings from God
Against insincerity, injustice, complacency, oppression, deceitfulness Against the nations that oppose Jerusalem […]
Learning from Simon PeterThis summer, we'll look together at some stories from the Bible about this flawed disciple of Jesus. Chime in on the conversation! Comment below any of the posts. Let's encourage each other in our life of discipleship.