R. Herbert

A Tale of Two Prophets

Two prophets – Jonah and Nahum. Both messengers of God prophesied against the great Assyrian capital of Nineveh, the largest city in the world at that time. It was also the very heart of the empire that took ancient Israel captive and threatened the kingdom of Judah. However, the two prophetic books have vastly different […]

The Meaning of ‘Life’

In the English language we get by with a single word for life, but the ancient Greeks realized that the concept can include very different things. As a result, the New Testament uses not one but three words for life, each with a distinct meaning. An awareness of the varied “meanings of life” can help […]

Patience, First and Last

Have you ever noticed that in his famous list of love’s qualities in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, the apostle Paul begins and ends the list with the same trait: patience? Although he uses two different words, showing different aspects of this important quality, they both mean patience. It is often said that the Greeks had a […]

How Isaiah Delivered the News

When Jerusalem lay under the shadow of the brutal Assyrian Empire, which had already conquered the northern tribes of Israel, the prophet Isaiah was given the difficult task of taking bad news, as well as good news, to the people of Judah. The book of Isaiah not only records those messages but also shows us […]

Why Worship?

Biblical reasons to celebrate our good God.

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Letters of Hope: A Reflection on the Book of Revelation

More than mysterious symbolism and apocalyptic imagery, Revelation offers a consistent message of hope to the persecuted church.

Our Job Description

Throughout his epistles Paul gives us glimpses of the nature of his calling — his job description. He opens most of his letters by identifying himself as an apostle or servant of Jesus Christ, but these are primarily job titles rather than job descriptions. Similarly, in his letter to Philemon, Paul introduces himself as the […]

Healthy Incompatibility

Recent statistics from the American Psychological Association show that as many as 40-50 percent of marriages in the United States end in divorce, and the situation is similar in a number of other developed countries. Divorce statistics for second and third marriages are even higher. Sadly, many of these divorces were undoubtedly preventable. The majority […]

Balancing Justice and Mercy

Most of us are familiar with Lady Justice. We may have seen statues and paintings of her holding a sword in one hand and a balance scale in the other. The sword, of course, represents punishment and justice, and the balance scale symbolizes fairness in the justice dispensed. If we look closely at these representations […]

Uprooting the Tree of Temptation

The Bible contains many guiding scriptures to help us overcome, but it also provides understanding of the cycle of temptation and sin that grows, figuratively, from tiny seed to burgeoning tree. We find this understanding in both the Old and New Testaments and can apply it directly to our lives. The apostle James describes the […]