Easter Joy

April 12, 2020
The amazing truth about Easter is that Jesus came back! And He came back to YOU AND ME!
"Where does help come from?" seems to be the guiding question that sets the psalm in motion.  The Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, is presented as Helper.  The…

The Old and New Adam

March 1, 2020
Let's open Lent with Paul's reflections on the refashioning of humanity from the "Old Adam" under the "fall" to the "New Adam" in Christ.  Lent is that forty-day period when…

True Happiness

February 16, 2020
This is a psalm addressed to God and to the "nations."  Where do we come in?  What are we able to hear that is addressed to us?  And what's to…
The psalm speaks of the "Fear of the Lord," (rendered "honor" by some translations).  "Fear" does not mean "to be afraid" but rather a posture toward God similar to the…
The Sermon on the Mount, a collection of Jesus's teachings, opens with the Beatitudes.  Jesus has called people to follow him.  But what is the substance of that following?  What…

A Lamp in the Darkness

January 26, 2020
With the Psalmist, we sing with such bold confidence in the light and salvation of God precisely at those moments when we are filled with fear.  We sing our way…
The psalmist says that God "leaned down to me; he listened to my cry for help" (v. 1).  Psalms of thanksgiving tend to have a stereotypical form: the crisis is…