Psalm 77

September 29, 2010

The previous weekend (9/18-19/2010) I was honored to meet with the Echo Lake Church of Christ in Westfield, NJ and discuss “Anchors for the Soul: Trusting God in the Storms of Life.” Brian Nicklaus is the minister there and it was a joy to spend some time with him. Several blog friends, and others, showed […]

God’s Aquarium (Psalm 104:24-26)

May 11, 2010

God created his own aquarium.  There are living creature in the sea which no human being has ever seen and most of which have only recently come within human sight.  For centuries the oceans and their depths were only visible to God–they were his personal aquarium.  But he did not intend to enjoy it alone. […]

Crying “Glory” in the Storm (Psalm 29)

May 10, 2010

On the first Saturday and Sunday of May, Nashville experienced an unprecedented storm where we received 1/4 of our annual rainfall in two days. The resultant floods were devastating for many and crippling to the economy. One only need to look at the pictures and videos present on the internet to understand that this was Middle Tennessee’s worst disaster […]

Hungering for a New Day (Lenten Reflections on Psalm 118)

March 24, 2010

Text: Psalm 118 (see this post also) The resounding refrain of this Psalm—the climactic confession of Israel—is worth repeating…over and over and over, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 118 beings and ends with this confession. It invites Israel and all those who fear Yahweh to praise the enduring love of God. It rings true throughout […]

The Egyptian Hallel and the Lord’s Supper (Psalm 113-118)

March 14, 2010

The New Testament offers little liturgical help for conducting the Lord’s Supper. This is especially true regarding hymnology. No account of the Lord’s Supper, except the Last Supper itself, connects music and the Supper (Matthew 26:30). Other than the fact that the Jerusalem community praised God as they ate—and presumably this included songs as well […]

Profiles in Character: A Look at Shepherding and Spiritual Leadership I

July 1, 2009

[This is a brief small group/Bible class series that parallels the sermons of Dean Barham at Woodmont Hills Family of God in Nashville, TN, for the month of July 2009. You may listen to Dean’s lessons here.] THE DIVINE SHEPHERD Psalm 23 “God Who Has Been My Shepherd All My Life” Genesis 48:15 The “Shepherd” […]

Fearless and Free During Economic Storms I

May 3, 2009

Note: This is the first of six small group studies that are coordinated with a sermon series by Dean Barham who is the preaching minister at the Woodmont Family of God. Eventually, his sermons will be available here.  “His Righteousness Endures Forever”: Two Hymns Psalms 111 & 112   Vers Psalm 111 Psalm 112   […]

Comment on “Providence, Death and Grief”

April 28, 2009

Yesterday I posted two articles by my hand from the 1981 Gospel Advocate. These were my first atttempts, at the age of twenty-three, to write (even publicly speak of) the loss of my wife in 1980. Reading them again after so long–I don’t think I have read them or perhaps even thought of them in […]

Palm Sunday: Psalm 118

April 5, 2009

The last of the Passover Psalms, Psalm 118, is the one which the crowd that lined the streets of Jerusalem shouted to welcome Jesus (Matthew 21:9): “Hosanna!” and “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” They blessed the one who came to declare the name of the Lord, the one who came in the […]

Maximum Grandparenting

April 4, 2009

Last night (Friday) and this morning (Saturday) I sat under the feet of Leon B. Sanderson–the son of L. O. Sanderson and Associate Minister at the White Station Church of Christ in Memphis Tennesse–who conducted a seminar on Maximum Grandparenting at the Woodmont Hills Family of God in Nashville, Tennessee. I enjoyed every aspect of […]