Seventeen years into the 21st century, threatening cultural and political storms sweep the world. Are Christians prepared? Are we creating robust cultures? Are we living lives that will equip us to face these winds? In fact we may be facing the “perfect storm,” three dangerous phenomena colliding at the same
If you enjoy harmony in music, you should probably thank the people who brought us the Bible. That’s one way to restate the message of a recent blog post by our friend, Christian Overman. Westerners take melody and harmony for granted. But “Western” music did not spring from a vacuum.
Music is more than just an aural experience, as I was reminded recently by something I read. It’s always fun to find those in our travels to whom God has given a similar message. That’s certainly true for those of us in the Disciple Nations Alliance. Sometimes they become co-laborers
As my daughter and I went on a sunset stroll last week, I began singing some Christmas carols and landed on “Joy to the World” – a song that we spent a good deal of time reflecting on last January. As I began singing the third verse, I was so
The other day as I was driving to work, “The Little Drummer Boy” came on the radio. I’m sure we all hear this song at least once every year around Christmastime, but its full meaning is something that I hadn’t really recognized until I heard it this year. Let’s look
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Does our King rule arbitrarily? No. He governs through His eternal laws and ordinances. People and nations will prosper, living within the framework of God’s order. They will suffer impoverishment and enslavement by choosing to live outside of this order. We are measured against God’s laws and ordinances. The Lord’s Prayer
We are coming to the end of our look at the New Year’s Carol – Joy to the World. We have celebrated with Isaac Watts, the author of this wonderful carol, the joy and reason for the joy: Jesus is the Messiah and His Kingdom is coming. Christ is both Savior
I mentioned earlier that years ago I had a “revelation” when I was singing this hymn. This was the stanza that startled me. There is an imperative here, “No more let sins and sorrows grow!” How far? “As far as the curse is found.” Here in this hymn are marching
How are we to respond to this good news? The answer is found in the second line of the stanza: “Let men their songs employ!” What does this mean? To employ is “to use as an instrument of means” (Noah Webster’s 1828). We use a saw for cutting, a pen