Friday is for Heart Songs I am away, making my first ever trip to Israel. While I am gone I have prepared a series of re-posts comprised of some of the most downloaded and viewed pages of the last 5 years. Keep me in prayer for the next 10 days. I am looking forward to walking the … More The Music of the Heart of God?
There are people we meet who change our lives. There are experiences we have that change our lives. There are thoughts we think that change our lives. In the early 70’s, when I came to know Christ, there was a song I heard that changed my life. This was that song. Words and melody still … More There are Songs You Hear that Change You
Sunday Afternoon Musings Worship is the priority of the church. It is fuel for evangelism. It is often neglected in private and unattended in public. But it remains a priority for the church. Which is why, when I saw this article in the Winter issue of Trinity Magazine, I knew I wanted to get it … More Keith and Kristyn Getty: On Modern Hymns and Worship
Part of the worship service this Sunday. In the madness that is our world at the moment, it is good to draw away and reflect on the greatness of Christmas and “good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people.” All people. Black, yellow, white and brown–all people–equally, before the King … More Celebrating Advent
Reading with the Pastor 1 Peter 3 and Psalm 64-65 Read Psalm 65 Suggested by a Reading of Psalm 65 Meditating on Psalm 65 (esp. vs. 4) In most places, the NASB and ESV translations are very similar, though the ESV is more readable. But in verse one of Psalm 65 there is a real difference that … More When Joy Wants to Explode
Weekend Links Doubly late Weekend links. I have been otherwise occupied with a doctoral class and limited time to prepare this week’s message. Enjoy. Better Engagement with Ministry Journaling: A Pathway to Joy (David Mathis–Desiring God Ministries.) Five Signs of a “Great Decline” in Religious Fervor in America (Five charts that demonstrate the need for … More Hamas Gaza Follies and Tragedies; Media Cover Ups; Religious Decline; Gay Men and HIV; Church Planting
Thursday is for Worship (And so is every other day of the week) A former student recently emailed me to ask for help in the area of worship. He is faithfully serving a small church in the mid-west and I hope they know what a gem they have as a leader/preacher/thinker. Bottom line, he has … More “Worship at Our Small Church is a Challenge”
“You see,” Dr. Iverson said, “If you are broken, you don’t have to ask to be used. God delights to use broken people. That’s the only way to be filled and it’s the only way to become useable.” (For more see …) via Spirit of the Living God, Break Me in Pieces.
Tuesday Musings: Brokenness vs Usefulness We called him “Wild Bill.” Closer to sixty than forty, Dr. Bill Iverson was not your typical seminary professor. A gifted evangelist and an original thinker, Bill was always challenging either what you thought or what you did as a Christian. Bill impacted my life in many ways but the story … More Spirit of the Living God, Break Me in Pieces
Thursday is for Discipleship Jesus lives. Don’t quit. Don’t stop. Don’t give in. He’s coming again. He lives, he lives, and he reigns. Grab your soul and shake it! Live passionately for and like Jesus. Live to win the lost, the least and the last. Faint Not Music and Lyrics: Copyright 2010 Tyler Somers (BMI), … More Grab Your Soul and Shake It! (Reprise)