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Bible Study 3: Waiting

by Henry Brinton, July 6 2020

Sailing to a New Land How do you know that you are heading in the right direction? My father was a NASA physicist, so I went to Duke University assuming that I should be a scientist. I took biology classes and got decent grades, although I didn’t find a lot of joy in the work. I was rowing, not sailing.

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Bible Study 2: Waiting

by Henry Brinton, July 2 2020

Watching the Clouds Where do you look for signs of God’s guidance? A Methodist minister named Harley Camden, the main character in my novel City of Peace (Köehler Books, 2019), suffers the deaths of his wife and daughter in a European terrorist attack. Spiraling downward into grief and anger, he is sent by his bishop to the riverside town of Occo...

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Bible Study 1: Waiting

by Henry Brinton, June 29 2020

What happens when you make a deal with God, exchanging a promise for a gift? Early in our marriage, Nancy and I sat in a coffee shop and talked about names for the children we might have. We settled on “Sarah” for a girl because her best friend from childhood had that name. And if we had a boy, we decided we would call him “Samuel,” mainly becaus...

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Stay-at-Home Scripture Study 36: Zephaniah

by Henry Brinton, June 25 2020

Zephaniah was a prophet during the reign of King Josiah in the seventh century before Christ. The prophet announced God’s judgment on Judah and Jerusalem, saying that God would cut off “the name of the idolatrous priests” (Zeph 1:4), but he also predicted judgment on enemy nations, saying that “Moab shall become like Sodom and the Ammonites like Go...

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Stay-at-Home Scripture Study 35: Habakkuk

by Henry Brinton, June 24 2020

Most scholars place the book of Habakkuk near the time of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Chaldeans, also known as the Babylonians. This is based mostly on verse 1:6, which mentions God rousing the “Chaldeans” against the Israelites. Babylon had conquered Assyria a few decades earlier, and was now attacking neighbors such as Israel. Some might...

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Stay-at-Home Scripture Study 34: Nahum

by Henry Brinton, June 23 2020

Nahum is just three chapters in length, and the first describes the LORD as “avenging and wrathful” (Nah 1:2). The second and third chapters focus on Nineveh, the capital city of Assyria, and Nahum predicts the destruction of this “city of bloodshed” (Nah 3:1). The first verse of the book identifies it as “an oracle concerning Nineveh” (Nah 1:1) —...

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Stay-at-Home Scripture Study 33: Micah

by Henry Brinton, June 22 2020

The Book of Micah, named for a prophet from Moresheth in the land of Judah, begins with prophecies of doom directed toward Israel and Judah. Because the leaders of the people “abhor justice and pervert all equity,” Micah says that “Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins” (Mic 3:9, 12). But the book also promises restoration, and the fifth chapter s...

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Stay-at-Home Scripture Study 32: Jonah

by Henry Brinton, June 21 2020

The Book of Jonah is a fish story, the only book among the twelve Minor Prophets that is presented in narrative form, but it is also much more. Although the prophet Jonah is best known for being swallowed by a large sea creature and spit onto land, the central message of the book is repentance. The book begins when “the word of the LORD came to Jon...

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Stay-at-Home Scripture Study 31: Obadiah

by Henry Brinton, June 20 2020

The book of Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament, just a single chapter in length. Because the prophet Obadiah frequently mentions Jerusalem, Judah and Zion, he was probably working in the southern kingdom of Judah (Obad 11, 12-13, 17, 21). His name means “servant of the Lord,” but nothing is known of his personal life and he is never...

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Stay-at-Home Scripture Study 30: Amos

by Henry Brinton, June 19 2020

Amos was a prophet who rose out of “the shepherds of Tekoa,” and he spoke “in the days of King Uzziah of Judah and in the days of King Jeroboam son of Joash of Israel, two years before the earthquake” (Amos 1:1). His book begins with a series of prophetic judgments against foreign nations, and then offers words against Judah and Israel. The fifth...

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