Hymnnotes: When My Love to Christ Grows Weak.

November 28, 2014. For a while now I have wanted to do a series on some of my favorite hymns with a running commentary on the verses as they unfold. I believe singing to be one of the best ways to worship our Lord, and music has throughout the centuries both captivated and touched the…

When worship and prayer are abominations.

November 18, 2014. As I read through the wisdom literature in the Old Testament, there is a concept that keeps coming up that is a bit concerning me when I read it. This concept is not one that we usually talk about, nor is it one that would probably be acceptable to teach in larger…

Why I don’t care too much for contemporary Christian music.

November 13, 2014. I read an article the other day regarding someone’s thoughts on contemporary Christian music in comparison to the older hymns and why he had a higher affinity to hymns. Many of you who know me know that I tend to shy away from contemporary Christian music as well. Other than the fact…

5 Lessons from Psalm 51.

November 3, 2014. There are few more emotional psalms in my opinion than Psalm 51. As many of you may know, Psalm 51 is written by David in response to his infamous sting of sins that he committed as he sat on the throne of Israel and coveted Bathsheba, one of his mighty men’s wife….

We might have missed the point.

November 1, 2014. It’s time for a paradigm shift. Few characters are more disliked by Christians today in the New Testament than the Pharisees. This stems, of course, from a generally negative depiction of this sect in the pages of scripture. The Pharisees were notorious for being the “holier-than-thou” Jews, binding heavy burdens on the people though…

The Christian Virtues, Part 6: Godliness.

October 10, 2014. “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus…

Lip service.

March 28, 2014. “And the Lord said: ‘Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me,and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men, therefore, behold, I will againdo wonderful things with this people, with wonder upon wonder; and the wisdom…

Two lessons from a wise man.

February 20, 2014. Today a friend of mine and I were studying Ecclesiastes, and we ran across a passage that I liked so much that I decided it was worthy of yet again jumping back into this book for today’s post (in all fairness, it really doesn’t take much for me to make that decision)….

A lesson from the past.

January 13, 2014. I’m reading through II Chronicles right now and I keep coming across phrases that simply make me mad/disappointed. Chronicles, as I realized this time through, is a Old Testament book of history that mainly deals with the kings of Judah up until Babylonian captivity. Now, compared to the kings of Israel, the…

Come, let us worship and bow down.

January 12, 2014. What is worship? This may seem to be a naive question for many Christians today, but I believe that we are not fully aware of the true definition of worship. Do you ever use phrases that you’ve heard so often and know where they fit in a sentence, but you really don’t…