Reading with the Pastor James 3 and Psalm 56-57 As a teacher, it is hard for me to get past verse 1 of chapter 3 in the letter of James. “Let not many of you become teachers, my brothers, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.” There is a weight that any teacher … More How is it Possible to Write Without Pain?
Reading with the Pastor Mark 14-15 and Psalm 50 “And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.” Mark 14:26 (cf. also Matthew 26:30) Was Jesus a tenor or a baritone? One day we will know. But it is captivating to think of Jesus singing to me. The … More Was Jesus a Tenor or a Baritone?
Reading with the Pastor Mark 11 and Psalm 46 “Open my eyes that I might see wonderful things in Your word” (Psalm 119:18). The Temple was to be a house of prayer but in Jesus time it had been turned into a “robber’s den” (Mark 11:17). Here was a specially set aside and sacred place … More When Doing Right Gets You in Trouble
The Poetry Project In December of 2009 or thereabouts, my son, Marty Schoenleber III, (aka, Marty S. Dalton) put a video up on Youtube.com. It inspired me to keep working on a project I thought of a couple of years ago. The idea is to write a poem of personal reflection for each Psalm in the psalter. … More When Waiting On God is the Purpose
What does it Take to Thrive Under Pressure? Part of the Poetry Project Suggested by a Reading of Psalm 12 Read Psalm 12 “There is no strength left in the world of men.” —Elrond, in The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkein Resilience is the ability to thrive under pressure. I have seen some … More Resilience: The Ability to Thrive under Pressure
Wednesday is for Prayer Sleep is over-rated. One hour, and then toss, switch sides, too hot, toilet, a thousand thoughts, turn them into prayers, what was that sound?, more thoughts, more prayers, give up, rise, light on, rearrange bed, locate Bible, listen to the voice of God. Last night, reading, praying, meditating on Psalm 93. … More The King and a Blade of Dry Grass (a meditation)
The Poetry Project Continues Poems for Psalms (Part of the “Poetry Project”) Suggested by Psalm 127 In December of 2009 or there abouts, my son, Marty Schoenleber III (aka Marty S. Dalton), put a video up on Youtube.com. It inspired me to keep working on a project I thought of a couple of years ago. The idea is … More Delighting in Undeserved Gifts