The Trinity Psalter Hymnal is a joint publication of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and the United Reformed Churches in North America. I want to evaluate the psalter and hymnal sections separately on their own merits, and then the volume as a whole. This is part one, covering the psalter portion. General Commendations At the outset,... Continue Reading →
Comfort for God’s People – Isaiah 40:1-8
The following sermon was preached at Alta Vista Bible Church on August 22, 2021. I pray it is edifying to you. Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the... Continue Reading →
Meditation on Psalm 3
As we continue our singing through the Psalms at AVBC, I want to try to post some thoughts on each psalm we sing. It is important that we sing not just with our hearts, but with our understanding also. What good is it if we sing words we do not understand? (See Paul’s discussion of... Continue Reading →
Psalm 15 is a Good Psalm. You Should Read It.
Last night, the fam and I read and reflected on Psalm 15, which is quite short yet packs a punch. I commend it to you for reading and study. O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?Who shall dwell on your holy hill?He who walks blamelessly and does what is rightand speaks truth in his... Continue Reading →
The Underwood in its natural habitat. And yes, that is a Rolodex on the right.
I haven't done a typecast in years. For what it's worth, here's a little something I just typed up.
The Book of Common Prayer: A Christian Treasure
So for the last few weeks I’ve been doing the Daily Office out of the Book of Common Prayer for my morning and evening devotions, and I have to say that it has been a wonderful time of spiritual refreshment and renewal in my own life. I struggle with prayer. My prayer life is one... Continue Reading →
The Strange Spirituality of Whitacre and Silvestri’s “The Sacred Veil”
I have long been a fan of Eric Whitacre's music. In fact, it was the discovery of his virtual choirs that drove me to pursue music composition in high school, such that I chose that as my major in college. His music has an otherworldly quality at times and its capacity to move me deeply... Continue Reading →
A Brief Guide to the 1650 Psalter
Full text of the 1650 Psalter here. The Psalms of David in Metre, otherwise known as the Scottish Metrical Version (SMV) or 1650 Psalter, is a beautiful translation of the Psalms from the Hebrew into English meter and rhyme so that they can be sung. It's so simple to use, that all you need to... Continue Reading →
Encouragement from Paul
I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed in us.Romans 8:18 ESV I quote this not because I am suffering. I have no reason to count myself among the sufferers. By all accounts, I am a rich man. I live in a... Continue Reading →