I know this has happened to you too. You went to Youtube and saw a video, maybe it was a music video, or a teaching video, or a movie short, or a full length movie. After the movie, or teaching, or song, something else popped up in the queue and before you knew it, you … More On the Importance of Hymns and Singing
Today I was doing some research for a couple of men I am discipling and found an article in a theological journal that referenced a hymn writer I knew but a hymn I did not. When I looked up the hymn, I knew I had found a gem. See if you don’t agree. The words … More The Importance of the Words We Sing
[Listen to the sound file while you read — two inches to the right of this line on this page, marked “Aubre’s Gift”] A Morning Devotion for the Silent Saturday of Holy Week The Savior dies on the cross for our sin. Adapted from the accounts of Mt 27:49-56; Mk 15:37-41; Lk 23:44-49 The temple … More A Day to Meditate on the Meaning of a Torn Veil
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