A Tent with No Idols

During His earthly ministry, Jesus Christ never utters the words for “idol” and “idolatry.” My friend Rev. Bill Dennison pointed out this omission a few days ago. What makes it so intriguing is that idolatry is mentioned many times and in many ways throughout the Hebrew Bible. And idolatry comes up again later, repeatedly, asContinue reading “A Tent with No Idols”

Remember us, O our God, for good

I am trying to move on to Esther, but I can’t leave Nehemiah. Nehemiah’s life is so full of Jesus Christ, his narrative so beautifully punctuated with devotion and prayer. When the book begins, when Nehemiah learns about the great trouble and disgrace of Israel’s remnant, we witness the heavenly love and zeal that flowsContinue reading “Remember us, O our God, for good”

The zeal that consumes us

Remember me, O my God, for good. Nehemiah 13:31 The book of Nehemiah is so compelling, so piercing, so full of love and longing for God. So full of Christ. Nehemiah rebuilds the Temple after exile, as Jesus would rebuild the Temple of His Body, even us (Jn 2:19, 1 Cor. 12:27). But there’s more.Continue reading “The zeal that consumes us”

The Month of Light

When a non-Jewish person writes a book on the Jewish festivals and seasons, I imagine Jewish scholars are sortof like uhhhh errrr duh we’ve already written a million books on that. It’s become my practice to try to honour Jewish Bible scholars by going to their work in the first instance when I am tryingContinue reading “The Month of Light”