Author: Jackson Lashier

Dr. Jackson Lashier is Associate Professor of Religion and Chair of the Social Science Division at Southwestern College. He has a Ph.D. from Marquette University. He has a passion for connecting the historic doctrines of the church to everyday lives of Christians and is the author of "Irenaeus on the Trinity" (Brill, 2014).
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Jackson Lashier ~ The Story of Two Mountains: A Transfiguration Meditation

In this mysterious moment, known to history as “the Transfiguration,” Jesus reveals to the disciples his true nature. And to their shock, his true nature is the glory of God shining from his face. Present with the disciples, and beholding the same incredible sight, is Moses, the prophet who had asked on Mt. Sinai to see God’s glory. Only now, on Mt. Tabor, does he get what he hoped for. Only in Jesus does he see God face to face.

Jackson Lashier ~ Advent, Esther, & the Absence of God

As good as the story of Esther is, however, it presents us with a problem: God is absent. Unlike other Old Testament stories, where we read of God appearing to Abraham or working behind the scenes to foil the plans of the Pharaoh, the story of Esther never mentions God. Rather, the characters in Esther appear to be acting on their own. God, it seems, is absent.