Monthly Archives: January 2017

Psalm 112:1-9(10)

Psalm 112:1-9(10)   I love books and movies about good versus evil. Especially when good wins out and evil is sent packing. That’s probably why I like Psalm 112 so much. The psalmist is inviting us into the reality of lived faith that focuses on… Continue reading




Isaiah 58:1-9 (9b-12)

Isaiah 58:1-9 (9b-12)   God expects big things of you! Do you believe that? I hope you do. So often we avoid talking about expectations and hide behind our theology of grace that we fail to realize the mandate and calling of our God. This… Continue reading




“Hail to the Lord’s Anointed”

“Hail to the Lord’s Anointed”   Hail to the Lord’s anointed, great David’s greater Son! Hail, in the time appointed, your reign on earth begun! You come to break oppression, to set the captive free, to take away transgression and rule in equity.   You… Continue reading




“Oh, Wondrous Image, Vision Fair”

“Oh, Wondrous Image, Vision Fair”   Oh, wondrous image, vision fair of glory that the church may share, which Christ upon the mountain shows, where brighter than the sun he glows!   With Moses and Elijah nigh the’incarnate Lord holds converse high, and from the… Continue reading




Matthew 5:1-12 # 2   Confession: my personal social media page is curated, meaning that I choose not to share photos that I feel look too much, too little, too this or too that. It also means that I avoid sharing words, articles, etc. that… Continue reading




Matthew 5:1-12

Matthew 5:1-12   In Corrie Ten Boom’s famous book, The Hiding Place, Rahms, a lieutenant in the Nazi SS, says to Corrie, “If you want converts, surely one normal person is worth all the half-wits in the world!” A watchmaker by trade and caretaker of… Continue reading




1 Corinthians 1:18-31

1 Corinthians 1:18-31   Outside of Pittsburgh’s Steel Building, the annual life-sized nativity set was just recently dismantled. Christmas wasn’t that long ago, really. During the Advent and Christmas seasons many Christians in the region erect nativity scenes around their homes or outdoors. Now, in… Continue reading




Psalm 15

Psalm 15   Our family prefaced meals with a blessing: “Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest.” The psalmist begins, to some extent, with the inverse, wondering to whom the Lord may say, “Come, my people, be my guest.”   What kind of guests are a… Continue reading




Micah 6:1-8

Micah 6:1-8   Among my favorite parts of collegiate science courses was the exercise book and its accompanying answer guide. I balanced equations and evaluated on paper how much of which substance to add in an experiment before heading into the lab. The answer guide… Continue reading




“Alleluia, Song of Gladness”

“Alleluia, Song of Gladness” (ELW 318) Alleluia, song of gladness, voice of joy that cannot die; alleluia is the anthem ever dear to choirs on high; in the house of God abiding thus they sing eternally. Alleluia you are sounding, true Jerusalem and free; alleluia,… Continue reading