The Minor Prophets are the least studied, least taught portion of Scripture. They contain 12 of the 66 books of the Bible—or 18% (by number of books). Yet, excepting Jonah, they rarely appear in pulpits. It is possible to spend a lifetime in church without ever hearing a sermon on Obadiah or Zephaniah. They do not merit this neglect. The Apostle Paul taught us that “All scripture…is profitable.” This means that the church disregards these books at its peril. We need the whole counsel of God and church leaders need to teach the whole counsel of God.
Admittedly, these books are difficult. They contain dense poetry and complex allusions. They pertain to events shrouded by time and distance, unfamiliar to many students of the Bible. Delving into the Minor Prophets requires work and time. This should not dissuade us. God promises “But if…you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deut 4:29). God will reward the person willing to take this journey.
This website and my research are dedicated to helping in this endeavor. I was a pastor for twelve years in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) before completing a Ph.D. in Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary. My studies focused on the Minor Prophets—specifically how they relate to each other. I wrote my dissertation on how Nahum used allusion and ambiguity to prophesy the destruction of historical Nineveh, but also the spiritual forces empowering Assyria. In the past two years I have written academic articles arguing against what I consider faulty views of Nahum in biblical scholarship. I also finished Severe Compassion: The Gospel According to Nahum in the hopes of making this small prophecy more accessible to the Church. It is available in e-book, print, and audio formats. I am now starting another project on the historicity of Jonah. I hope that over time, this site will make more resources available to all those desiring to understand God’s message to us in the Minor Prophets.