Who is Micah?

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  When we look at the people in our churches, we see great variety. Tall and short. Young and old. Thin and . . . not so thin (especially after all those Thanksgiving and Christmas goodies!). Big churches, little churches, well-to-do parishes, and those that struggle financially. We could break it down into Protestant, Catholic, Evangelicals and then name various denominations. But what’s …

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Who Is Isaiah?

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When children list their superheroes, we get Batman, Superman, Spiderman, and maybe—now that we’re raising more sophisticated children—Captain America and/or Iron Man. Diligent, Bible-teaching parents might invest in the Super Heroes of the Bible Sticker and Activity book. I would be surprised if the prophet Isaiah was featured in this book. He’s generally not listed with Old Testament greats like:  …

Brokenness–Even the “Good” Get Badly Broken

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Brokenness From 3 Sources If you haven’t yet read the book, Love in a Broken Vessel, let me give you a short synopsis. It’s the story of a faithful prophet, Hosea, who is commanded by God to marry a prostitute named Gomer. Much of this novel is based on the biblical record of Hosea, Isaiah, Micah, Jonah, Amos, 2 Kings, and …

3 Ways to Avoid Spiritual Famine

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What Kind of “Spiritual Famine”? In Israel’s history, the days of King Jeroboam II, Amos prophesied Yahweh’s message of an imminent famine to Amaziah, High Priest at Bethel’s temple, home of the golden calf: “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land—not a famine of food or a thirst for water, …

Why the Title “Love in a Broken Vessel”?

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Quick Change Artist Many of you know that my husband used to be a pastor. He left full-time pastoral ministry in 2007 to pursue the overarching call of his life–teaching. He began as a high school teacher and coach before going to seminary. He then served as a pastor for fourteen year, and finished his doctoral degree at the same …