The book of Isaiah, part 3. Isaiah 6

During Israel’s Decline, the Prophets address King after King, calling them to repentance and covenant faithfulness. One of the greatest and most eloquent of these prophets is Isaiah. In this episode, Stuart Holman reflects on the commissioning of Isaiah as God’s prophet. Is he the recipient of a ‘divine hospital pass’?

The book of Isaiah, part 2

During Israel’s Decline, the Prophets address King after King, calling them to repentance and covenant faithfulness. One of the greatest and most eloquent of these prophets is Isaiah. In this episode, Stuart Holman reflects on the searing indictment brought against the leadership of Jerusalem, as well the grace offered to the same rebels.

The book of Isaiah, part 1

During Israel’s Decline, the Prophets address King after King, calling them to repentance and covenant faithfulness. One of the greatest and most eloquent of these prophets is Isaiah. In this episode, Stuart Holman reflects on the historical context and the premise of the book of Isaiah.

The book of Psalms: Psalm 23

Although well known to so many, Psalm 23 offers a fresh message– assurance and comfort for each new day. Stuart Holman leads this Daily Devotional as part of the Growing Disciples course.

The book of Psalms: Psalm 22

As we continue our journey through Book 1 of the Psalter, Psalm 22 offers us a window into the experience of God’s anointed as he suffers. Remarkably, God’s anointed suffers! David’s circumstances are not made explicit when he writes this Psalm, and yet the New Testament insists that this Psalm lays down a template for Jesus Christ’s experience of suffering and vindication– the cross and the resurrection in one Psalm. Stuart Holman leads this Daily Devotional as part of the Growing Disciples course.

The book of Psalms: Psalm 19

As we continue our journey through Book 1 of the Psalter, Psalm 19 offers us a meditation on God’s self-revelation. God has made himself known both in his Creation and in his Word. Stuart Holman leads this Daily Devotional as part of the Growing Disciples course.

The book of Psalms: Psalm 14

As are continue our journey through Book 1 of the Psalter, Psalm 14 wrestles with the fatal flaw of fallen human nature. Stuart Holman leads this Daily Devotional as part of the Growing Disciples course.

The book of Psalms: Psalms 9 and 10

As we continue our journey through Book 1 of the Psalter, Psalms 9 and 10 work together to explore the problem of injustice in the face of God’s sovereignty.

The book of Psalms: Psalm 8

Fortunately, the first Book of the Psalms is not all gloom and agony. In the Psalm, the Psalmist calls the reader to stop and look up. Although humbled by the magnitude of creation, God’s majesty sustains his person– each person that is made in his image, dignified over all creatures.

The book of Psalms: Psalm 6

With God’s king introduced at the beginning of the book of Psalms, this sixth Psalm shows many of the characteristics of those collected in the first Book 1 of the Psalter. God’s king is seen to cry out to God for help, for vindication and protection, when surrounded by evil, and evil men.

The book of Psalms: Psalm 5

With God’s king introduced at the beginning of the book of Psalms, this fifth Psalm shows many of the characteristics of those collected in the first Book 1 of the Psalter. This is an intensely personal Psalm— one person crying out to God for help in the face of a crisis. It’s written in the first person– king David. David’s experience prepares us for that of God’s ultimate king, Jesus Christ.

The book of Psalms: Psalm 2

The book of Psalms is tied together at significant points by the twin themes of ‘wisdom’ and ‘the king’. The first Psalm was a ‘wisdom’ psalm, pointing out the way of The Blessed. This second Psalm introduces God’s king. He is a king who faces opposition from the rulers of the world. He is a king who invites his enemies to find refuge in him now, while they can. For there is no refuge from God’s ultimate rule, only in it.