Cleansing Blood?

As I was reading through 1 John, I was struck by this especially counter-intuitive fact, that Jesus' blood doesn't stain. It cleanses. Have you ever heard of such a thing? When was the last time you dipped a rag into a cup of blood and used it to wipe down your kitchen table? Or how... Continue Reading →

Lovers of Self

"But understand this, in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having... Continue Reading →

A Retraction

I have had to write a few of these over the course of my lifetime, typically on social media. I have not written one for the blog yet, however. So, here goes nothing. Perhaps "retraction" is too strong a word. "Apology" might be more fitting, or "reconsideration." In any event, I no longer think the... Continue Reading →

A Plea for Deliverance

O Yahweh, my God, deliver me from those who ensnare me; Save me from those who tempt me to sin. The wicked torment my soul daily without ceasing; Long into the night they oppress my mind. Help me, O Yahweh, to flee from sin, And instead to pursue righteousness. For though the wicked prowl at... Continue Reading →

Life’s Criminal Agnosticism

William Alfred Quayle (1860-1925) was an Episcopalian minister and author. Reproduced here is an excerpt from one of his sermons, entitled “Life’s Criminal Agnosticism.” When you're outside admiring God’s creation, I hope this encourages you to remember the Creator. And knew not that it was Jesus. —John 20:14 Mary was in the garden. Some of... Continue Reading →

Two Poems

A number of years ago I ran across a call for scores put out by some choral ensemble or other, asking for settings of a poem by William Ernest Henley called “Invictus.” I gave it a good effort, and I’m still somewhat fond of some of the musical fragments that came from that effort, but... Continue Reading →

Three Years Later

Three years have passed since the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that, according to the 14th amendment to the Constitution of the United States, it is a basic human right for people to “marry” whomever they choose, including those of the same gender/sex. “Gay marriage” as it's called. Yet one more step in the walk of... Continue Reading →

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