If the live monkey is stapled to the dead monkey's back . . .

. . . they both shall fall out of the tree.

[H]ow is it consistent with belief that the church is the body of Christ, a belief I share, to think it has no intrinsic life to be relied on, and must, for the sake of its survival, be fastened to a more vigorous […]

Epiphyte Bytes

Verse Wisconsin is a bit of a conundrum to me. According to Duotrope, they are among the most approachable poetry markets, publishing in the neighborhood of 40% of the work sent their way (nudgenudge, Joel), yet still managed to be respectably represented in the Pushcart Anthology. (By respectably I mean at all.) […]

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, […]

Reading Plan 2012: The First Ten

One of my goals for this year is to read 52 books. That’s not a book a week, but 52 books in 52 weeks. A fine distinction, I know, but this way, no false expectations.

No further adieu.

1. The Chronological Bible. For starters, I’m not sure I’ve ever read every verse […]

Hymns of the Cross: When I Survey

Isaac Watts is the author of two of the most widely known hymns of the cross. Since my favorite, “Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed,” was the subject of a very good article by Ryan Martin at Religious Affections, I will be content to encourage you to read that there.

The other, “When I Survey […]

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 […]

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 […]