The Season of Walking and Waiting

The Season of Walking and Waiting

In 587 BC or thereabouts, depending on how you number the years of certain kings’ reigns in various chronicles, the second siege of Jerusalem by the Babylonian army was successful. The first siege was also successful, although incomplete in destructive force....
Temple, Word, and King

Temple, Word, and King

Scripture Passage: Josiah Renews the Covenant The king stood by the pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord—to follow the Lord and keep his commands, statutes and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, thus confirming the words of the...
Cords of Human Kindness

Cords of Human Kindness

Scripture Passage: Hosea 2:14-23 In that day I will make a covenant for them     with the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky     and the creatures that move along the ground. Bow and sword and battle     I will abolish from the land,     so that all may lie...
Living Missionally: Growing Into It

Living Missionally: Growing Into It

It would have taken awhile for news of the coronation of Saul, the first king of Israel, to reach the little town of Bethlehem. News traveled slower, in those days. Saul was made king by the prophet Samuel in a town called Mizpah, which probably had a miller and a...
Living Missionally: Saying Yes

Living Missionally: Saying Yes

All the way towards the end of the book of Ruth, there’s an unnamed character. We’ve been on a names kick, recently, so I thought you might like that. He’s anonymous, and he’s also much like you and me. Here’s the short version of his story: a great opportunity...