Preparing for Sunday Helped, along with 4,600,000 others by Fernando Ortega and an old hymn. Maybe all of us preacher types ought to remind ourselves that we need Jesus every hour. Maybe we would be more effective in reminding our congregations that they do too.
It is one of my favorite Christmas hymns. A carol of joy, Hark the Herrald Angels Sing, was not always in the form or sound that we enjoy it today. The youtube version below has a driving bass beat and an additional chorus inserted. It comes from Paul Baloche’s Christmas album and it captures well … More Christmas, Let’s Sing!
A few weeks ago I went to the funeral for the mother of one of the elders of Trinity Church. The funeral itself was at Calvary Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) in Watseka. Pastor Don Love did a marvelous job but he was also helped by the marvelous funeral liturgy of his church and the genius … More A Hymn Story for a Flawed Church
Wednesday is for Thinking Much of the best progress in the Christian life involves finding new opportunities to be humble and to beat down our pride. It is part of striving not to grow weary in well doing (Gal. 6:9). Sometimes, it’s hard and I am so glad I have my long-suffering bride to help … More Humility and Pride
Wednesday is for Worship As an undergrad, I was an ancient history major, focused on Greece and Rome with a minor in ancient Greek language. I love history and I love exploring the past for gems that speak across the centuries about the wonder of Christ. Venantius Fortunatus was a bishop in Poitiers France around … More Worship: “Sing, My Tongue, The Saviour’s Battle”
Thursday is for Discipleship O Holy Night is a great song for corporate worship but a very difficult song for soloists to pull off. But’s its theology is worth the risk. Different artists have done covers, from Bing Crosby to Whitney Houston. Personally, I like this one by Josh Groban even though he changes some … More Another Hymn for Christmas Meditation
Wednesday is for Prayer There are times when only a Christmas hymn will suffice for clarity and beauty of doctrine proclaimed with joy. Here’s a classic example. There are multiple verses and whole chapters that could be summoned for every line of this hymn. Remember and remind your soul to bask in the wonder of … More Incarnation: God Infleshed — It Doesn’t Get Any More Profound
This is marvelous and just like our God. Yesterday, I woke up with this thought, “your mercies are new every morning.” That led me to the hymn, Great is Thy Faithfulness, which I started to sing in the shower and meditate on as I shaved. On the drive to the office I continued to think … More Mercies for Troubles and Everything Else
Sunday Musings Here’s one the great hymns of the faith. No meditation on the greatness of the incarnation is a waste of time. All meditation on the greatness of what God was doing in the work of Christ is productive for our spiritual growth in grace and in the power of our witness in the … More Teaching the Soul to Value the Incarnation
Friday is for Heart Songs Yesterday, I used the first two lines from this great hymn as the title to Thursday’s post. I have not been able to get the tune or the beauty of its theology out of my head ever since. If I’m not singing it, I’m whistling it but I am always … More Why Should We Gain from His Reward? Why Indeed?