Bible Overview Series: John

John by Joseph Novak John: Because we could not find the way to God, he used a spear to open a door in his side, and said, “Look, I am the way!” (Ben Myers’ #CanonFodder Summary) Jeffrey Kranz’s Overview of John John is the story of Jesus: God who came down to save the world. This book was written … Continue reading Bible Overview Series: John

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Bible Overview Series: Mark

Mark by Joseph Novak Mark: Just as we were killing him, God whispered a secret. No one heard except the soldier who raised his bloodied hands in awe. (Ben Myers’ #CanonFodder Summary) Jeffrey Kranz’s Overview of Mark Mark is the story of what Jesus did for us. The author, John Mark, wrote this book based on the apostle Peter’s memories … Continue reading Bible Overview Series: Mark

“Does the Work I Do Matter?”

Labour day is the perfect time to be reminded that our work–be it accounting, construction, writing, housekeeping, farming, customer service, banking–can have eternal significance. In his book Every Good Endeavor, pastor Timothy Keller makes the following claim: “Everyone will be forgotten, nothing we do will make any difference, and all good endeavours, even the best, will … Continue reading “Does the Work I Do Matter?”

Bible Overview Series: Matthew

Matthew by Joseph Novak Matthew: We thought his teaching was a mirror of God’s Law, but we were wrong. The Law is the mirror, reflecting him. (Ben Myers’ #CanonFodder Summary) Jeffrey Kranz’s Overview of Matthew This is the story of Jesus as written by an eyewitness: the apostle Matthew. The book of Matthew is the first Gospel (an account … Continue reading Bible Overview Series: Matthew

Jesus is the True and Greater Shambhala

Note: This brief reflection first appeared in the August 12th edition of the Nelson Star. It has come and gone.  Shambhala, a music festival that drew thousands of revelers to our neck of the woods has been dismantled for another year.  In its wake, our city experienced an influx of post-Shambhala pilgrims recuperating from four … Continue reading Jesus is the True and Greater Shambhala

Bible Overview Series: 1 and 2 Chronicles

Chronicles by Joseph Novak 1 Chronicles: And behold, in those days all the begetting was done by the menfolk. 2 Chronicles: If we build it, he will come. (Ben Myers’ #CanonFodder Summary)   Jeffrey Kranz’s Overview of 1 and 2 Chronicles What if you had the job of communicating your nation’s entire history—its rulers, wars, religious events, economic cycles—starting … Continue reading Bible Overview Series: 1 and 2 Chronicles

Bible Overview Series: Malachi

Malachi: You’ve got a new temple; now get new hearts to go with it, before the temple’s Lord appears and turns the tables on you. (Ben Myers’ #CanonFodder Summary)   Jeffrey Kranz’s Overview of Malachi The Jews had returned to Jerusalem from Babylon. They’d obeyed the messages of God from the prophets Haggai and Zechariah. They’d rebuilt the … Continue reading Bible Overview Series: Malachi

Bible Overview Series: Zechariah

If only you could have lived to see the day he read your scroll, and loved it, and told his friends to fetch a donkey. (Ben Myers’ #CanonFodder Summary)   Jeffrey Kranz’s Overview of Zechariah When God had a message for the people, He sent His prophets. The prophets would then speak forth the word of God … Continue reading Bible Overview Series: Zechariah

Bible Overview Series: Haggai

Haggai: After the return from exile, the prophets spoke in prose. It took captivity to wring the poetry from their souls. (Ben Myers’ #CanonFodder Summary)   Jeffrey Kranz’s Overview of Haggai After spending 70 years as captives in Babylon, the Jews were allowed to return to Jerusalem. The Persian emperor Cyrus issued a decree:  the Jews were … Continue reading Bible Overview Series: Haggai

Bible Overview Series: Daniel

Daniel by Joseph Novak I pray (each day) towards the city of the Son of Man; to him all kings (all things) shall bend like grass in the wind. (Ben Myers’ #CanonFodder Summary) Jeffrey Kranz’s Overview of Daniel Isaiah was right. Jeremiah was right. Habakkuk was right. The Babylonians had attacked Jerusalem and carried off many Jewish captives. One of them was a young … Continue reading Bible Overview Series: Daniel

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