The House of Mourning

The lovely Angela and I have a friend for whom the medical prognosis is not good. Our time with her seems ever to be shorter. Of course, this has prompted much prayer and reflection on our part. We have pleaded with God to extend her days for His sake and the sake of […]

However Cold I Be

This is one of my favorite Christina Rossetti poems. My wife and I occassionally sing the Craig Courtney setting in church. Oh, the longing.

None Other Lamb

None other Lamb, none other Name,
None other hope in Heav’n or earth or sea,
None other hiding place from guilt and shame,
None beside Thee!

My faith burns low, […]

Hymns of the Cross: My God, I Love Thee

I think the Catholic notions of perfect and imperfect contrition can be very helpful to us Protestants, even though we would reject such aspects of those notions as touch on the nature of grace and justification, etc. But the basic definitions do clarify for us the nature of true repentance.

Imperfect contrition is a sense […]

Now Abides . . . Hope

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,
that he may deliver their soul from death
and keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
Let your […]

Great But Unsung Hymn Stanzas, Vol. I

After recently being convinced of the necessity of developing religious affections in my children, we have begun singing some of the more theological, God-centered hymns in our family devotions.

One benefit is exposure to some great texts. Another is discovering all the original stanzas of the more familiar texts, some of which have […]

NaPoWriMo Update (Good Friday Edition)

I’d just thought that you’d like to know that I have so far made good on my National Poetry Writing Month commitment.  Of course, we’re only two days in . . .    At any rate, I’ve been considering I Tim 1 for the last couple days, and, through my thoughts this Good Friday, it became the seed […]

The Just for the Unjust

I have to work today, Good Friday. I wish I didn’t–it seems crass to go about business as usual, working, laughing, etc. But I will be worshiping in my heart, mourning who I was and am and rejoicing in what God did for such an undeserving one as me. I hope you […]

Bonus Poetry Post!

I had Romans 8 in my daily devotions a few weeks back, and had cause to meditate on the portion about suffering in this life vs. the glory of the next. Eventually these thoughts led to a poem. Enjoy.

Glory Past Comparing
Consider, all who suffer;
    let this your sorrows heal:
a glory past comparing
    in […]

Biblical Poetry: Entry 1

For a few weeks now, I have been carrying the American Life In Poetry column, courtesy of the Library of Congress and the Poetry Foundation. In addition to this feature, I would also like to occassionally bring you snippets of poetry from the most important book in my life, The Bible.

At the outset, I would […]