Rooted & Unwithered: Meditating Through Psalm 1

Psalm 1 is a well that does not run dry. For many who grow up in the faith, it is among the first passages of Scripture that they memorize, but even still, its six short verses quite easily bear the weight of a lifetime of meditation. Indeed, in calling us to meditate on God’s law …

Continue reading Rooted & Unwithered: Meditating Through Psalm 1

The Child’s Story Bible

My four-year-old and I are nearly finished reading The Child's Story Bible by Catherine Vos, so I’m going to go ahead and set down some of my thoughts about it. Without hesitation, this has been my favorite book to read this year. Of course, much of my enjoyment is related to the fact that this …

Continue reading The Child’s Story Bible

The Insolent Utterly Deride Me | Psalm 119:51

The insolent utterly deride me,but I do not turn away from your law. Psalm 119:51 ESV In this verse, the psalmist resolves that the derision of the insolent will not turn him away from God's law. We can safely root his determination in two previous verses. First, we need only to look back to the …

Continue reading The Insolent Utterly Deride Me | Psalm 119:51

Remember Your Word to Your Servant | Psalm 119:49

Here again is Psalm 119 on a Wednesday, while discussion over chapter 3 of Calvin's Little Book will be posted on Friday. I believe that I will make this scheduling switch for chapters 4-5 as well. Grace and peace. Remember your word to your servant,in which you have made me hope. Psalm 119:49 ESV Here …

Continue reading Remember Your Word to Your Servant | Psalm 119:49

I Will Lift Up My Hands | Psalm 119:48

In order to attempt to do justice to chapter 2 of Calvin's Little Book on the Christian Life, that post will come on Friday this week rather than today. In exchange, I leave you with what was intended to be Friday's post. I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love,and I …

Continue reading I Will Lift Up My Hands | Psalm 119:48

The King Has Come

Making Void the Word of God by Traditions | Mark 6:53-7:13

When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored to the shore. And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized him and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he came, …

Continue reading Making Void the Word of God by Traditions | Mark 6:53-7:13

I Find My Delight in Your Commandments | Psalm 119:47

for I find my delight in your commandments,which I love. Psalm 119:47 ESV As is common to stanza waw, this verse is a continuation of the previous verse, in which the psalmist declared that he would speak of the testimonies of God before kings without shame. Of course, that verse too was rooted particularly in …

Continue reading I Find My Delight in Your Commandments | Psalm 119:47

Let’s Read A Little Book on the Christian Life Together

Throughout the month of October (and a bit of November), I invite you to read one more book together for this year, A Little Book on the Christian Life by John Calvin. The previous two books that we have read together were both written by Puritans (Thomas Watson and John Owen); John Calvin, however, was …

Continue reading Let’s Read A Little Book on the Christian Life Together

Should You Watch The Chosen?

The Chosen, a crowd-funded series depicting the ministry of Jesus, particularly by focusing upon the twelve disciples, has been a smashing success. Given its success and that I am a pastor, the question "What do you think about The Chosen?" is common one. While I have intended to share some of my thoughts for some …

Continue reading Should You Watch The Chosen?

I Will Also Speak of Your Testimonies Before Kings | Psalm 119:46

I will also speak of your testimonies before kingsand shall not be put to shame, Psalm 119:46 ESV Even though the ESV breaks this verse into a new sentence (unlike verses 41-42 and 44-45), this verse is still very much building upon those before it, which is evidenced by the word also. The psalmist is, …

Continue reading I Will Also Speak of Your Testimonies Before Kings | Psalm 119:46