Envision yourself at a wedding. Someone from the bridal party stands up to give a toast. It starts with beautiful sentiment. They are complimenting the bride and groom and reflecting on their love. You assume this admiration will continue in the speech. But suddenly things turn south. The speaker starts accusing the happy couple of … Continue reading Isaiah 5: A Wedding Song Gone Wrong
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
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
"Once upon a time..." "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." I am almost certain that you could fill out the next few lines of these famous openers. With just a few words, you recall a whole world of characters, … Continue reading In The Beginning…
Aw. The weekend. What an incredible invention! You can genuinely thank God for that idea. Taking a day off from work and intentionally resting has not always been the normal expectation for the working class. Go way back to the ancient times and you have this one little group of people, the Israelites, taking one … Continue reading Everyday Sabbath
“We are not to look to what men in themselves deserve but to attend to the image of God which exists in all and to which we owe all honor and love.” - John Calvin, "Institutes of the Christian Religion" Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. … Continue reading What Does It Mean To Be Human?
There is no shortage of debate and controversy when it comes to the book of Genesis. It seems we all carry baggage and preconceived ideas before we even open the book. So what if we left that baggage behind? What if we sifted through the noise surrounding Genesis? What if we read it with fresh … Continue reading Genesis Through Fresh And Ancient Eyes