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

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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

Bible Overview Series: Esther

Esther by Joseph Novak The orphan queen is glorious at her feast. In her glittering eyes are sex and armies. (Ben Myers’ #CanonFodder Summary) Jeffrey Kranz’s Overview of Esther Courage. Faith. Betrayal. Politics. Plots of genocide. The book of Esther is a drama about how two Jews risked everything to save their people. The story is set in Susa, … Continue reading Bible Overview Series: Esther

Bible Overview Series: Nehemiah

Nehemiah by Joseph Novak When he read the scroll it was as if, after a long dementia, I remembered my name and wept to hear it spoken. (Ben Myers’ #CanonFodder Summary)   Jeffrey Kranz’s Overview of Nehemiah After 70 years in exile, the Jews had returned home and rebuilt the temple in Jerusalem. They were able to worship God … Continue reading Bible Overview Series: Nehemiah

Bible Overview Series: Ezra

Ezra by Joseph Novak When we saw the Temple we thought we must be dreaming, or that all our lives had been a dream from which we had awoken. (Ben Myers’ #CanonFodder Summary)   Jeffrey Kranz’s Overview of Ezra After 70 years in exile, the people of Israel were coming back home. The new Persian emperor Cyrus had decreed … Continue reading Bible Overview Series: Ezra

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