Do these signs make you sing?

The Unimpressive Shoot Who Makes Us Sing

The election 2020 candidates have all tried to impress us, but it's the unimpressive "shoot from the root of Jesse" who will make us sing. Today we cast our vote. What will tomorrow bring? The end of campaign rhetoric at the very least.…

Real Hope for Real Times Isaiah 9:1-7

Photo by Manny Becerra on Unsplash Sometimes my hope seems like wishful thinking more than the real thing. As we face our nation's elections one week from today, wishful thinking won't cut it. Positivity will fall short. Slogans and campaign…

In God We Trust? Ancient Words for Today’s Headlines

  Photo by Dan Dennis on Unsplash   "In God We Trust" is stamped on the back of every coin and dollar bill in my wallet. But it's the $20 on the front that I often trust in more. "We all have control issues," said the preacher…
Three Steps to Worship

Three Steps to Stop a National Crisis: Isaiah 6

Photo by K. Mitch Hodge on Unsplash   Three steps. That's what the advertisers always promise, right? Three easy steps to lose weight, stop smoking, write a best seller or ... (fill in the blank). But what if it's not just a…
"Jesus Saves" painted on a yellow gas meter

The Power of Words: Isaiah 1-5

Photo by Shane on Unsplash Winston Churchill didn't just see clearly, he spoke powerfully. His words steadied England during the worst year of World War II. His words also filled a book I read this past year, The Splendid and the Vile by…

Isaiah for Dummies: New Blog Series

image credit Do you feel like a dummy when you open Isaiah? I do. That's why I've entitled this new Blog Bible Study series Isaiah for Dummies. Much like its many practical counterparts-- Windows for Dummies, Football for Dummies, etc.--this…