Numbering Our Days

What happened on February 17?  For most, it's just another day, nothing special.  For me, it is one of those most life impacting days.  February 17, 1984 is the day my mother died.  And February 17, 2002 is the day my father died. Yes, eighteen years to the day after my father was widowed, he joined [...]

"5 years ago you fell off your bike and ...busted your face," so was the friendly text on Monday from my granddaughter, Delia. Indeed, she was right, at least partially.  She was commemorating five years since I fainted while riding my bike, probably due to dehydration, and ended up in the ER. Gratefully, "busted your [...]

Death and Hope

Guest Post by Scott Hackett* Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Romans 12:15 In the past month, we have experienced our share of death.  Not a cheery subject for the beginning of the year, I know, but keep reading.  First, a security guard at GIS died unexpectedly leaving a wife and children [...]

Of the twelve minor prophets, just two are mentioned by Jesus in the New Testament Gospels. Jesus refers to the sign of Jonah as a foreshadowing of the resurrection after three days in the tomb. And in his last confrontation with the religious leaders not long before Jesus was arrested, he holds them accountable for the murder of [...]

August 29, 520 BC September 21, 520 BC October 17, 520 BC December 18, 520 BC A unique feature of the prophecy of Haggai, the second shortest book in the Old Testament  is that it is precisely dated, not just generally as "during the reign" of a certain king, or even just the year, but five [...]

If any of the writing prophets is more obscure than Nahum, it is probably Zephaniah.  And I'm just as weak in my knowledge of this prophet as anyone.  So this post is virtually all fresh research. The opening lines actually give more information about Zephaniah than almost any other prophet, His lineage is traced back [...]

Will a man argue with God?  How about a prophet of God?  Will he object to God's plans?  Habakkuk did. This little known prophet is not mentioned outside of the book that bears his name. There is no hint of his hometown or family of origin.  He was probably a contemporary of the prophet Jeremiah, serving in [...]

One of the most impactful biographies I've read in recent years, was Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, the story of Olympic runner, World War II gunner and Prisoner of War, Louie Zamperini. Last night, Linda and I saw the widely heralded Angelina Jolie film, Unbroken, based on the book.  It's not an easy film to watch. While watching brutality suffered by [...]

The Gospel of Nahum

A prophecy concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite. Nahum 1:1 Of all the minor prophets, Nahum is among the least recognized. His hometown, Elkosh, not easily identified, is the name of a small village in northern Galilee on the Lebanese border, founded in 1949 by immigrants from Yemen. That is not likely Nahum's home [...]

The Gospel of Micah

He has shown you, O man, what is good, And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 7:8 This is probably the most familiar passage from the prophet, Micah, contemporary of Isaiah, who prophesied in the 8th and early 7th century BC. during [...]