Perhaps you have been drawn into the scholarly debate about what Jesus did for the first 30 years of His earthly life. Was He a carpenter or a stone-mason? There are two references/translations that are commonly used to suggest that Jesus was a carpenter, Matthew 13:55, where he is called “the son of a carpenter … More Jesus Was a Painter
Read Psalm 76 Asaph “is the name of three men in the Old Testament, of whom one is the reputed author of Psalms 50 and 73 through 83. He was one of David’s three chief musicians, the other two being Heman, and Ethan or Jeduthun, and we first hear of him when the ark was … More What Asaph Knew
My pastor asked me to be a part of our Good Friday service. I said yes. Approximately 15 minutes before the service was to begin, my phone rang. It was my friend Ben’s number. We were in prayer with all the other participants in the evening’s service so I didn’t pick up. But when prayer … More A Good Friday Meditation for Silent Saturday
A friend of mine decided to increase his uptake of the word of God and started a plan to read the entire New Testament in three months. It got me thinking about Bible reading plans and some of the pro’s and con’s of different plans. Much more pluses than the minuses by the way. Personally, … More Read the New Testament in 28 Days
Abortion is a tragic and horrific picture of the brutality of man. Human society is capable of normalizing stupendous depths of evil. Otherwise compassionate people seem completely unmoved about the murder of defenseless children. Yesterday, I was reading A Hunger for God, a 25 year old book and a passionate plea for prayer and fasting … More Re-reading a Twenty-Five Year Old Book
“Three key Hebrew verbs are used for leading a flock. Nahal means leading with tenderness and can refer to bringing a flock to a place of rest and refreshment. Nakhah is a straightforward guidance verb. Nahag suggests the kind of directive herding accomplished best from the back of the flock, when the will of … More The Lovingkindness of the Shepherd of Israel
“We are, all of us, haunted by loneliness.” mps, Jr We were driving back from a visit to Pennsylvania. I saw the cars. I saw the people in the cars and the classic tune sprang to memory. In my head, I began to sing the lyrics. So memory became thoughts, became this post about a … More The Beatles “Lonely People”–a Lament for All of Us
The king was evil and powerful. He knew what he wanted and was willing to do anything to get it. He was a fist-in-the face-of-God leader and was willing to pay for the answers he wanted. Four hundred of his lackeys were flattering his ego. And one lone prophet of Judah stood up to him … More For the Love of Christ, Give Us Preachers Like This!
A Morning Call to Worship “Our Mighty Rock, our Refuge, our LORD,has watched us as we sleptand has prepared good works for usto walk in this day. Some of those good works are words we will speak, care we will give, a smile we will shine, a note we will write, … More Use the Day. Spend it Well.
I have been reading in Psalms and Ezra and Romans and the Gospel of Mark this week and have found a reoccuring theme, the companionship of blessing and wrath. One is often discussed in relation to the other. Part of this is the working out of the “blessing and curse” theology of Deuteronomy 27-28. But … More The Companionship of Blessing and Wrath