Isaiah 2: Guns to Garden Tools

The prophets knew their bible well. Much of their imagery comes from borrowed symbols and stories originating in the Torah. As we get to Isaiah chapter 2, we too will need to know the Torah, specifically Genesis here, with great appreciation. Isaiah 2 opens with a vision regarding the "last days". It is important to … Continue reading Isaiah 2: Guns to Garden Tools

Isaiah 1: The Cosmic Courtroom

Necessary Background Welcome to the first chapter of Isaiah! Before getting into the text, it will be necessary to set the scene. If you have any experience reading the Old Testament, you have probably picked up on the seemingly disorganized chronology of its books. Many of the prophets can often be mapped unto stories found … Continue reading Isaiah 1: The Cosmic Courtroom

Reading the Prophets

Old Testament prophets. The final frontier. So it seems. For many Christians the prophets are uncharted territory filled with odd visions, sharp words, and lengthy poetry. Few venture here nowadays. For some, the title of “Prophet” conjures up an image of a future-telling wizard with no present time relevance. This caricature is aided by our … Continue reading Reading the Prophets

Party With Jesus: Why Jesus Turned Water to Wine

Even Jesus knew the quickest way to our heart was through the stomach. The highlights of his ministry and teaching, given to us by the gospel writers, often place Jesus among food and drink. Whether he was having meals with his disciples, outsiders, the unlikely, the Pharisees or even feeding massive crowds with little resources, … Continue reading Party With Jesus: Why Jesus Turned Water to Wine

He Tabernacled Among Us

In a world where temples where commonplace for religious activity and often the center of a city, the Christian faith in the first century certainly would have stood out for their lack of temple building. It seems Christians have always been thought of as a little weird. For people of the ancient world, a temple … Continue reading He Tabernacled Among Us