Obadiah is the story of a man called to confront two families, the offspring of twin brothers, Jacob and Eli Jordan. When Jacob steals his older brother’s inheritance and blessing, Eli, harboring deep-seated resentment, disowns his family and marries into the neighboring Eaton clan, bringing with him the seeds of bitterness and revenge. Decades later, the feud comes to a head when the Jordans, caught in the undertow of the Great Depression, face financial and familial ruin. The Eatons, ever vigilant from their mountain home, move to avenge their ancestors, but in so-doing find themselves aligned against the solitary, aged prophet, Obadiah.
Philemon is the story of three men—a runaway, a murderer, and an angry father—whose lives intersect over the course of three decades. Drawn to the Laramie Valley of southeastern Wyoming, Seamus Ryan O’Malley, Saul Sawyer, and Phil Eammon, labor under their own burdens of sin, burdens that ultimately bring them together, and lead them on the road to forgiveness.
The poems in this collection span over a quarter century of not only writing, but joy and disappointment, love and anger, wonder and ennui, hope and despair. But, above all, they represent growth and the ever-changing seasons of life.
The ancient Israelites often erected large stones to memorialize important events in their history, especially times when God intervened on their behalf. These stones served to remind them, and any who would see them, of God's goodness and faithfulness in their lives. They were called 'Ebenezer Stones.'
A NEW LOOK AT THE GOSPEL OF MARK
We’ve Never Seen Anything Like This is an autobiographical commentary on the Gospel of Mark for anyone for whom Jesus has become too ordinary, too familiar. From his explosive entrance in the Judean wilderness to his passionate crucifixion in Jerusalem, Jesus was unlike any person who had ever lived, and today, he is just as fascinating and amazing as ever.
THOUGHTS ON FIRST PETER
When Peter penned his letter to the church he called them strangers, meaning they were different, separate from the rest of the world, like tourists in a foreign land. Different in the way they lived, at work and at home. Different in how they saw pain and suffering, how they viewed the present and the future.
A THEOLOGY OF TECHNIQUE IN JACQUES ELLUL
From Cain’s rebellion and the birth of the City to the New Jerusalem and the reign of Christ, the history of humanity is the struggle between Jesus and technology.
A couple weeks ago our church started a study of the book of Nehemiah. The basic premise of the book is that he finds out that his home city, Jerusalem is in utter ruins. The walls have been torn down and almost all of Israel is in captivity in Babylon (including Nehemiah himself). I think […]
I’ve realized something about myself: how I feel about myself tends to correlate with how productive I have been. Have I accomplished something positive today? Then I feel pretty good. Did I lay around on the couch eating Cheetos watching The Office for ten hours. I feel pretty terrible. As well […]
I am not, by nature, a submissive person. If someone tells me to do something one way, my guttural instinct is generally to do the very opposite. I am not sure why I am this way (and I know I am not alone), but I think it may have to […]