Last Sunday I needed the Body of Christ. I needed the deep traditions of the Church to carry me. I was away from home, my dad had just passed, a hard week lay ahead.
Our Old Testament Scripture reading for this Sunday (2nd Sunday of Lent) is from Genesis 15. Abram was doubting the promises of God. He didn’t have a son. He wasn’t getting any younger. How would it happen? God shows up. I thought of this song reading this text:
A song for our time of prayer lifting up Ukraine and their plight. Though the nations rage, kingdoms rise and fallThere is still one King reigning over allSo I will not fear for this truth remainsThat my God is, the Ancient of Days None above Him, none before HimAll of time in His handsFor HisContinue reading “Ancient of Days”
I was at a conference this week and this song was used in one of our worship times. It deeply moved me. I am finding when I am coming across new music that moves me this deeply it is from Maverick City right now.
Every line of this song is so deeply impacting to me. It is wonderful to listen to again and again. One verse in particular: He is the hope of the hungryHe is the Lord of the feastOur Father’s house always opens wideTo welcome refugees
When I have come to the end of Ephesians Chapter 3 each time I slow walk through Ephesians, I am left in awe. I am left in wordless awe. A deep praise that takes me into depths I cannot describe. As I walk through Ephesians, and have come once again to the end of ChapterContinue reading “The vast love of the Savior”
It’s been a week since my father-in-law passed away. I give thanks for the Body of Christ.
I am working my way through Simon Chan’s great book, Liturgical Theology: The Church as a Worshiping Community again. This was a key book years ago when I was in the Assemblies of God. I’ve picked it up now as someone who has joined the Anglican Communion, so I’m reading it with a renewed passion.
18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.Continue reading “The power of praise”
One of the things that may confound some folks who wonder about me leaving the Pentecostal denomination I grew up in is how I go to a place that has liturgy. I mean, it “repeats” every Sunday! Where is the moving of the Spirit? (Of course, no one actually asks me these things. Silence isContinue reading “One of the beauties of liturgy”