Ch 5: The Quest For God’s King

Before the curtain opens on Act II of the Old Testament and the need for God’s people in God’s Country to be ruled by God’s King, it is worth looking back on the story to see what has happened to the human heart since Eden. Many things, of course, have gone wrong, but most of…

Ch 6: God’s King

One of the most influential people in my life is a man I have never met, yet one whose words have, on multiple occasions, literally saved my life. Andrew Peterson is a singer, songwriter, and storyteller, whose stories and songs vividly capture, better than any other artist I know, what I call “homesick happiness,” the…

Ch 7: The Fall and Rise of King and Country

The day that God’s nascent kingdom began falling apart dawned just like that fateful day back in Eden, a beautiful golden spring morning. The kingdom was secure, God’s people were prospering and victorious, and God’s king was reigning from the throne. All was well. But in that idyllic scene, just like that day in Eden,…

Ch 8: The Great King Arrives

Turn the page from Malachi into the New Testament and you’ll fast forward through four hundred silent years—centuries in which God did not speak, prophets and visions ceased, and the long night of exile lingered on. Even though God’s people had returned to God’s country, all was not well in paradise—and in fact, paradise had…

Ch 9: God’s Arriving Country

The first speech that an American President gives, upon taking the oath of office, is viewed as a defining moment for every presidency. With the eyes and ears of the nation trained on them, the Inaugural Address gives the new leader an opportunity to lay out a vision of what their administration will be about,…