Is That a Trumpet?

I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet.             Revelation 1:10 NRSV It might seem strange that God’s voice sounded like a trumpet, but in John’s day the trumpet was commonly used for a number of things. The trumpet was actually a ram’s horn called…

The Apostles’ Bible

When someone says, “Read your Bible” of “The Bible says.” most of us have in mind a leather-bound volume containing the old and new testaments. For the younger crowd the term Bible may instead conjure up the app on their phone or tablet that allows them to read those words in hundreds of languages and…

Becoming Still

and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. 1 Kings 19:12 Have you had some earthquakes and fires pass through your life? Does it feel as if everything has fallen down or burned down this morning? Do not despair but prepare. God is ready to speak if we are…

Lost in Translation

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.                       2 Corinthians 5:20 In Paul’s day ambassadors would have been required to speak both the language of their king as well as that of the people to whom they were sent. As…

The Middle of Things

But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.  Matthew 14:24 As we reach the half way point of my wife’s chemotherapy the phrase – midst of the sea – is a pretty good description of where we are. “The midst of the sea” is that…