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The Trauma of Changing Church Music: An Ironic Story

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As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, many people are traumatized by the changing of music in church. I am one of those people. I must confess that I am bugged when I’m singing a familiar hymn, one I […]

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Crown Him With Many Crowns: A New Verse

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In yesterday’s post I explained the unusual origin and history of the hymn “Crown Him with Many Crowns.” Though most hymnals today include four verses of this hymn, its original author, Robert Bridges, wrote six. Then, a couple of decades […]

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The Surprising Origins of a Great Hymn

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One of my favorite hymns, and one that is frequently sung during Holy Week and Eastertide, is “Crown Him with Many Crowns.” The lyrics of this glorious hymn celebrate the multi-faceted sovereignty of Christ. If you were to look in […]

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Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Seven Last Words of Christ for Holy Week: The First Word READ Luke 23:1-34  “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34 The seven last “words” of Christ are, in actuality, seven sentences spoken […]

The Smells of New York

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I recently posted a series of photographs of New York, souvenirs of a sprink break trip. Undeniably, there is more to see in this city than in just about any place else on earth. And more to smell. This fact […]

A Thriving Church in New York City . . . Why?

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During a recent visit to New York, I had the opportunity to visit Redeemer Presbyterian Church. It was my first time at Redeemer, and I was pleased to join the congregation at one of its several Sunday worship services. I […]

Midwestern Happenings

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Today I want to comment on a couple of items related to the middle of our country. A Mennonite College and the National Anthem First, I’ve been fascinated by a story about Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana. The college has […]

Things You Don’t See Every Day . . . Unless You’re in New York (Part 3)

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Finally, three more photos of New York City. I’ve never seen anything like these before, anywhere. First, an M&M rainbow from the M&M store on Broaday. You don’t get those colors in your normal bag of M&Ms. I saw the […]

Things You Don’t See Every Day . . . Unless You’re in New York (Part 2)

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Here are some more things that you don’t see every day . . . unless you happen to be in New York City. And even then you might not see them every day, but you could. The Irises by Vincent […]

Things You Don’t See Every Day . . . Unless You’re in New York

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Here are a few photos from my recent trip to New York. They’re sights you don’t see very often, if at all, outside of the Big Apple. The elevator indicates that we’re on the 86th floor (of the Empire State […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Foundation of Wisdom READ Psalm 111:1-10  Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever! Psalm 111:10 Wisdom seems to be on the wane these days. […]

New York: A Photographer’s Paradise

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My family and I visited New York City over spring break. I had fun taking lots of photos there. But I think I had more fun observing my son, who has become quite a fine photographer, taking his photos. I […]

God in 100 Words (or less)

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I have recommended the Patheos website here before. Patheos, which is substitled “Balanced Views of Religion and Spirituality,” provides a platform for people of various religious commitments, or no religious commitment whatsoever, to converse in a mutually respectful way. Recently, […]

Voldemort in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York???

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During a recent trip to New York City, I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “The Met,” which contains over two million works of art, is one of the world’s largest art galleries. You could spend days wandering through its […]

Full-Size!

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I’ll never forget the first memorial service I ever performed as a pastor. It was for a grandmother of one of my college students at Hollywood Presbyterian Church. I did not know this woman, but was the only pastor her […]

Life’s Ironies

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Life is full of ironies. When you start looking for them, you’ll see them all the time. They make life interesting. For example, last week I had a business meeting in Dallas. I flew Southwest Airlines, which uses Dallas Love […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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What Should You Do When People Speak Poorly of You? I love them, but they try to destroy me with accusations even as I am praying for them!   Psalm 109:4 Psalm 109 is David’s prayer when people around him […]

Best of Friends?

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Over five years ago, we got our dog, Sandy, a mellow Golden Retriever. Sandy is about a good-natured as a dog can be. She has only growled once in her life . . . when she saw a cow in […]

“Last Tech” . . . My How Things Change!

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On a recent Southwest airlines flight, I read a fascinating article in Spirit, the official airline magazine. “Last Tech” by Lauren Parajon (March 2010, pp. 82-92) chronicled some recent technological changes. Some of these were familiar; some were surprising. You […]

Now That’s What I Call Crime . . .

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Today I want to put up some excerpts from the latest police blotter as they appeared in The Boerne Star, my local newspaper. I have not changed these one iota. March 3 3:14 p.m., 200 Market – A woman reported […]

What’s Better? Anticipation or the Real Thing?

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I read an opinion piece in USA Today that got me thinking: “We expect too much of our presidents” by William Choslovsky. I’m not so interested in the main point of the column, which is a defense of President Obama […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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A Cry for Help READ Psalm 107:1-43  “LORD, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he rescued them from their distress. Psalm 107:6 Psalm 107 reminds us to “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good!” (107:1). The bulk […]

Live Blogging Lent: With a Little Help From My Friends

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Part 7 of series: Live Blogging Lent Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I doubt that John Lennon and Paul McCartney were thinking about Lent when they wrote: “With a Little Help From My Friends.” And I […]

Excellent Resources: Patheos and CHURCHandWORLD.com

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Today I am impressed to recommend a couple of the finest online resources for material related to faith, culture, and the connection between them. Patheos The first resource is Patheos. Patheos is a website that seeks to offer top-notch resources […]

Live Blogging Lent: Fasting from Fast? (Section 4)

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Part 6 of series: Live Blogging Lent Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Today I finish up my Lenten reflections on Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything by James Gleick. Let me begin with a quotation […]

Live Blogging Lent: Fasting from Fast? (Section 3)

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Part 5 of series: Live Blogging Lent Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Last Thursday I put up some comments about and excerpts from a book: Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything by James Gleick. On […]

First Signs of Spring

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I’ve seen the first signs of spring in my yard. We’ve had plenty of rain this year, along with unusually cold weather. But a few warm days, with highs in the 60s, have encouraged some wildflowers to start blooming. Here’s […]

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? Conclusions
In this series on the death of Jesus, I have presented four different perspectives on why Jesus had to die: Roman, Jewish, Jesus’, and Early Christian. I believe that each of these points of view has merit, and that we cannot fully understand the necessity of Jesus’ death without taking them all

posted 2:47:39am Apr. 11, 2011 | read full post »

Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling
Can We Find God in the City? Psalm 48:1-14 Go, inspect the city of Jerusalem. Walk around and count the many towers. Take note of the fortified walls, and tour all the citadels, that you may describe them to future generations. For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever,

posted 2:05:51am Apr. 10, 2011 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 3
An Act and Symbol of Love Perhaps one of the most startling of the early Christian interpretations of the cross was that it was all about love. It’s easy in our day, when crosses are religious symbols, attractive ornaments, and trendy jewelry to associate the cross with love. But, in the first

posted 2:41:47am Apr. 08, 2011 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
The Means of Reconciliation In my last post, I examined one of the very earliest Christian statements of the purpose of Jesus’ death. According to the tradition encapsulated in 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus died “for our sins in accordance with the scriptures” (15:3). Yet this text doesn’t expl

posted 2:30:03am Apr. 07, 2011 | read full post »

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