The conversation between God's prophet Isaiah and King Ahaz is difficult to understand
without having information from 2 Kings 16 and 2 Chronicles 28. Ahaz was one of the
most wicked and most perverse kings who ever ruled in Jerusalem. He even sacrificed his
own son to a pagan god. Still, the Lord wanted Ahaz to change his heart and
As evil as Ahaz was, the Lord loved the king and wanted him to believe. He told the
obstinate monarch to ask for a sign. It could be "deep as Sheol or high as heaven." But
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
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Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.