Blessed is the one Who is Forgiven (Psalm32, Weekly Word)

I’ve been blogging about my 100 favorite books of all time for the last four months or so.  My favorite books cover a variety of genres – history, biography, fantasy, fiction, theology and spirituality.  Yesterday I got to number seven!  I hope to get finished in the next two weeks.  But here’s a spoiler alertContinue reading “Blessed is the one Who is Forgiven (Psalm32, Weekly Word)”

The Voice of God in a Noisy World (Weekly Word)

This morning at breakfast, my kids were arguing about what food is gross.  My daughter insisted plain cream cheese is simply nasty.  So my son responded by sticking his finger in the cream cheese and sucking it off to her horror. My kids are pretty relaxed mostly, but they can argue with the best ofContinue reading “The Voice of God in a Noisy World (Weekly Word)”

Praying the Psalm And Questioning it At the Same Time (Psalm 26 – Weekly Word)

After last week’s detour to Psalm 55, we are back on track with where we left off – Psalm 26!  As I read this Psalm two thoughts ran through my mind: This is beautiful!  I want to have this sort of confidence and pray like this. This is so different once we bring Jesus, theContinue reading “Praying the Psalm And Questioning it At the Same Time (Psalm 26 – 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)”

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)”

The Fool and Getting Away With It – Psalm 14 (Weekly Word)

Read Psalm 14 The fool says in his heart,     “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;     there is no one who does good. Psalm 14 begins with this declaration that appears rather confrontational.  Calling people “fools” is not the best way to get them to listen to your point of view. Continue reading “The Fool and Getting Away With It – Psalm 14 (Weekly Word)”

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”

Weekly Word – Psalm 9

I grew up in the church, I’ve been a Christian as long as I can remember. The first time I read the Bible was early in my teen years. I’ve been familiar with the stories as long as I can remember. Eventually, I came to an uncomfortable realization: God judges and punishes wicked and evil…andContinue reading “Weekly Word – Psalm 9”