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Chainsaw Art Isaiah 11:1-10

Chainsaw Art

Hope can sustain us when we’re worried and fearful.


George Kenny is a chainsaw artist. He creates art out of tree stumps. The prophet Isaiah refers to something, Someone, who is going to emerge from a stump — the stump of Jesse.



For material based on today’s gospel text, see “Wild John and Homeless Jesus,” December 8, 2013.


Although The New Interpreter’s Bible says “Few texts in biblical literature are better known or loved” than Isaiah 11:1-10, it’s unlikely that this reading has left you quivering with excitement. In fact, you could argue that it’s an outright and ridiculous exaggeration.

Here are just a few texts that are surely “better known or loved” than this obscure text in Isaiah:

  • Psalm 23
  • Psalm 100
  • The story of creation
  • Moses and the parting of the Red Sea
  • The Ten Commandments
  • David and Bathsheba
  • David and Goliath
  • The story of Ruth
  • The story of Jericho
  • The nativity story in Luke 2
  • John 3:16
  • ...

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