Monthly Archives: May 2016

Psalm 30

  Psalm 30 In New Orleans, among other southern communities, brass bands have a traditional role in funerals. In The Music of Black Americans: A History, Eileen Southern wrote, “On the way to the cemetery it was customary for the band to play a dirge… Continue reading




1 Kings 17:17-24

  1 Kings 17:17-24 It’s not the time or place, but I would love to have a theological argument with Elijah. When you are standing over a deathbed with weeping coming from the other room, it is not the moment to quibble over theology. Still,… Continue reading




“Lord Speak To Us, That We May Speak”

“Lord Speak To Us, That We May Speak”  Lord, speak to us, that we may speak in living echoes of your tone; as you have sought, so let us seek your straying children, lost and lone. Oh, lead us, Lord, that we may lead the… Continue reading




“Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now”

“Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now”  Lord Jesus Christ, be present now; our hearts in true devotion bow. Your Spirit send with light divine, and let your truth within us shine. Unseal our lips to sing your praise in endless hymns through all our days;… Continue reading




Luke 7: 1-10 # 2

Luke 7: 1-10 # 2 “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” (Luke 7: 9) If ever we hear a word of commendation over an aspect of life under our control, it is Likely a word of praise That we… Continue reading




Luke 7:1-10

  Luke 7:1-10 “After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum.” (Luke 7:1) What happens when the sermon ends? In Jesus’ ministry, often once the words have been spoken, he leaves his place of speaking and reenters… Continue reading




Galatians 1:1-12

  Galatians 1:1-12 “For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin … I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.” (Galatians 1:11-12) By whose authority do we speak? If, like… Continue reading




Psalm 96:1-9

  Psalm 96:1-9 “Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.” (Psalm 96:9a) In our northern hemisphere the song birds have returned. This annual migration is timed to coincide with our longest days. The lengthy days allow each song bird plenteous amounts of time to… Continue reading




1 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43

  1 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43 “If there’s something strange in your neighborhood … who you gonna call? If it’s something weird and it don’t look good … who you gonna call?” These lyrics from the movie Ghostbusters bring to mind the matter of “invocation.” Who… Continue reading




“There is a Balm in Gilead”

“There is a Balm in Gilead”  Refrain: There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole; there is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul. Sometimes I feel discouraged and think my work’s in vain, but then the Holy Spirit revives… Continue reading