Mountains May Be Removed

On May 18, 1980 I was in Scio, Oregon when I learned that Mt. St. Helens, which had been bulging, seething and spouting steam for months had erupted, blasting rock, mud and ash all high into the atmosphere.  Driving back home that afternoon, the plume of smoke and ash rising from the volcano looked like it was right over Portland! On that memorable day forty years ago, the top third of Mt. St. Helens blew outward to the northeast and upward into the sky. There are people living today who once climbed to a place on earth that no longer exists! The summit of that mighty mountain has departed!

Mt. St. Helens, May 18, 1980

The eruption of Mt. St. Helens reminds me of a promise God made in Isaiah 54:10, “For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love will not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”

This past week I enjoyed a strenuous, three-day backpacking trip on the 30-mile Loowit Trail around what is left of Mt. St. Helens. As I hiked through the blast zone, saw the evidence of massive destruction, and viewed the remnants of Spirit Lake, I was continually reminded of the Lord’s power to remove mountains. But I also reflected His His faithfulness in never removing His steadfast love.

Mt. St. Helens 2020
Carl, on the Loowit Trail
The Story of Jesus: Past, Present and Future

Most books on the life of Jesus begin with His birth. This book begins with a flash back to the past to see what Jesus was doing before He was born in Bethlehem. After looking at ten key Old Testament texts, we turn to the Gospels to tell the story of Jesus life on earth. This is followed by an encouraging study of what Jesus is doing now for us in heaven. The forth section of the book presents what Jesus will do in the future according to biblical prophecy.

Presenting my new book, “The Story of Jesus.”

The book is available on Amazon for $9.95 in paperback or $4.95 as a Kindle edition. And if you purchase the paperback, you can have the Kindle edition for just 99 cents.

Bible Study Methods

I was privileged to speak at a Bible study conference this past fall on “How to get the most out of Bible Study. Click on the picture below to watch my presentation on YouTube.

How to Get the Most From Your Bible Study
How to Get the Most From Your Bible Study

And don’t forget about my other recent publication, “The Story of Israel: A short history of the land and its people.” Dr. Todd Miles, my friend an colleague at Western Seminary wrote, “Students of long-time Western Seminary biblical studies professor Carl Laney will recognize the love for the Bible and the love for the setting of (most of) the Bible that permeates every page of Laney’s latest book. The Story of Israel summarizes Carl’s teachings on the plotline of the Bible as well as providing helpful historical and cultural insights that bring clarification to the proper interpretation of the biblical text. Laney takes you from Genesis 1 through first and second Temple Judaism into the modern era. Those interested in studying the Bible will find this a very helpful resource for understanding the big picture and many of its details.” Thanks, Todd, for these kind words!

The Story of Israel is available on for $8.95. The book is also available in Kindle edition for $4.95. If you purchase the paperback book, you can buy the Kindle edition for just $.99. Click on the link below to find my book on Amazon.

Marion Falls, Jefferson Wilderness Area

More pictures of Oregon’s scenic beauty can be found on my YouTube video, Oregon Outdoors