And His Name Shall be Call-ed: Divine Hero

“And his name shall be call-ed Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God.” The Hebrew lurking beneath “Mighty God” is fascinating: el gibbor. The first word, el, is “God,” but might be parsed as an adjective, “divine.” The simplest rendering of gibbor isn’t the adjective...

And His Name Shall be Call-ed: Mighty God

And his name shall be call-ed Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God. Surely “Mighty God” is the most obvious and self-explanatory of all conceivable names for God. How much might did it take to touch off the Big Bang or however our universe came into being? Galaxies,...

And His Name Shall be Call-ed: Wonderful Counselor

And his name shall be call-ed: Wonderful Counselor. {I love this version of Handel with only children’s voices!) Counselor? Ancient Israelites didn’t have therapists to listen to, advise or medicate them. They did have wise sages in every town who were revered, and...

And His Name Shall be Call-ed: Planner of Wonders

And his name shall be call-ed: Wonderful Counselor. What a name! I hear not just a choir singing Handel, but the newish hymn “His Name is Wonderful” too. Isaiah envisions the birth of a child. Not hard to say “Wonderful!” in the wake of delivery endured, that first...

And His Name Shall be Call-ed: Emmanuel

A few weeks ago, my friend Rob Fuquay, a North Carolina guy who’s now senior pastor of St. Luke United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, reached out to me asking if I had any suggested resources on Isaiah 9:6, which he was considering preaching upon. It’s one of those...