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Exploring the Heart of Restoration

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The Book of the Twelve consists of the rudely called “Minor Prophets.” I say rude because these small works contain some of the most challenging and profound things in the Bible. The canonical arrangement of our English Bible has the “Old Testament” ending with these books (Malachi) but the Hebrew Bible arrangement ends with Chronicles. Thus the Book opens with the heartbreaking love story of Hosea/Gomer and ends with…

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 Over the last 20 years I have come to believe that Exodus 34.6-7 is perhaps one of, if not the, most important texts in the whole Bible. This is fascinating to me because growing up and going to church all of my life previously I can testify I never heard of it. And since encountering the text I…

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Don’t Close Your Eyes: Psalm 4 and Me…Praying the Psalms (Part 1)

Eugene Peterson has written that the Psalms are God given tools for “Answering God.” What a great insight. God has spoken and God has acted even when we do not perceive it. This means that the first step is to invite God’s own Spirit – the owner of…

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Over the years I have read the Psalms in a lectio continua fashion, that is Ps 1 to Ps 150 sequentially over and over.  My initial step into this was really the response to things in my life. First questions about worship and then existential realities of a personal nature.  My relationship with the Psalter has also had its mountains…

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