Christmas is near. I love it when I find or someone sends me new artists or songs of praise that have substance to their thinking. I’m so tired of “Christian songs” that are more about the singer than they are about Jesus and the Kingdom. Songs with good theology that exalt the Living God, the … More O Come, All You UNfaithful
This is an experiment. I have posted video’s of others but very rarely (I think one) of myself. Maybe this will be a flop. But if it is, at least for those who see this, the exposure they gain from the words of this 160 year old hymn will still be an encouragement to appreciate … More Not What My Hands Have Done
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”] Preparing Our Hearts for Good Friday and Easter 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 Veil is … 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”