Stay Centered (Psalm 24, Weekly Word)

I pray everyone’s first week back on campus went well! This past January I started doing weekly devotions on Fridays, a Psalm each week.  I’ve missed some weeks, and now we are at Psalm 24.  The hope is that these weekly thoughts are encouraging, uplifting and challenging. Read Psalm 24 Perhaps you already feel busy. Continue reading “Stay Centered (Psalm 24, Weekly Word)”

Of Gods and Kings (Psalm 21, Weekly Word)

Read Psalm 21` This is a Psalm from King David, celebrating the strength of God and all God has done for him.  When I read this in light of Jesus, I admit I have trouble with it.  I mean, every successful king, or political leader, throughout history has credited some god or God for hisContinue reading “Of Gods and Kings (Psalm 21, Weekly Word)”

Peace AND Enemies? (Psalm 23, Weekly Word!)

I’ve slacked off in my reflections on Psalms the last few weeks.  I am skipping Psalm 22 since I did that one around Easter (and after I finished writing this, I realized I accidentally skipped 21…whoops!). Read Psalm 23 Psalm 23 may be the most well known of all the Psalms.  We have the beautifulContinue reading “Peace AND Enemies? (Psalm 23, Weekly Word!)”

Psalm 20 – Where’s Your Trust? (Weekly Word)

“Daddy, what is faith?” I forget exactly what we were talking about when Junia asked me this question.  Sometimes when I ask her to do something that appears risky, she hesitates, to which I say “Junia, have faith in me!”  She has never been comfortable in the water, so we are working on that thisContinue reading “Psalm 20 – Where’s Your Trust? (Weekly Word)”

What is Worship? – Psalm 18 (Weekly Word)

I preach 3-4 times per year at my church and have just been speaking with my pastor about the next sermon series I will be a part of.  The topic it is looking like I am going to be speaking on is worship.  With this topic, I am beginning to think about what I mightContinue reading “What is Worship? – Psalm 18 (Weekly Word)”

What’s Good? – Psalm 16 (Weekly Word)

“What’s good!” Some of you know the student who always says this when you see him.  Because I’ve heard him say this, I have found myself saying it to others.  When I read Psalm 16, the question becomes real – what is good? Read Psalm 16 1 Keep me safe, my God,     for in you IContinue reading “What’s Good? – Psalm 16 (Weekly Word)”

Weekly Word – Psalm 13

1 How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?     How long will you hide your face from me? 2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts     and day after day have sorrow in my heart?     How long will my enemy triumph over me? 3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God.     Give light to my eyes,Continue reading “Weekly Word – Psalm 13”

Weekly Word – Psalm 12

“Its not a lie, if you believe it” – George Costanza. I know most of you never watched Seinfeld, it went off the air before you were born!  If I could recommend one nineties show, it’d be this.  George was Jerry’s neurotic friend who made an art out of lying.  While we chuckle at hisContinue reading “Weekly Word – Psalm 12”

Weekly Word – Psalm 11

What images come to mind when you think of God? Over the years, reflecting on scripture and the cosmos, Christians have described God in different ways.  When we think of God, we cannot help but think of something.  Philosopher Peter Rollins considers four views of God: God as Superbeing – God exists as a moreContinue reading “Weekly Word – Psalm 11”

Psalm 10 – Weekly Word

I’d believe if there was evidence… If God exists, why does the universe seem so silent? I have heard the first one from skeptics often.  The second one, well, I have heard both Christians and skeptics ask that question.  I ask it quite frequently.  Why doesn’t God seem more apparent? The Psalmist begins with similarContinue reading “Psalm 10 – Weekly Word”