Archives For Psalms

When Life Spirals Out of Control

My four-pound superpup, Hershey brings so much joy to my life. Even with his small size, he certainly packs a powerful punch in the ways God uses him in my life.

I think back to a few years ago when Leif and I met him for the first time.

Tiny. Timid. Fearful.

As we gently picked him up to take him home for the first time, fear filled his body. We were taking him from everything he knew and was familiar—and it showed.

No eye contact. Tail between the legs. His tiny body trembling.

The whole drive we tried to offer comfort. We stroked his soft fur. We held him close. We kept repeating: Trust me. You’re going to be okay. Just trust me little Hershey. We’re going to take care of you.  

But he didn’t listen or understand. Like a horse with blinders, he was only focused on the fear around him, not realizing that we had his best intentions in mind and the fullness of life we were offering him. Continue Reading...

God Created Really Hot Sex

For me, this was by far the easiest week of the 40-Day Bible Reading Challenge during Lent.

If you’ve fallen behind, keep on going. You’re going to love Week Four’s reading. For a free download of the 40-Day Bible Reading Challenge, click here.

Covering the Books of Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs felt like a crash course in wisdom.

Through these books, I was reminded:  Continue Reading...

In the 40-Day Bible Reading challenge, we’ve been plunging and playing in the Psalms this week. I’ve so appreciated the way Eugene Peterson breaths fresh language, imagery, and color into this collection of songs and poems in The Message Bible.

Here are 5 breathtaking quotables from the Psalms. All are within an easy click to Tweet to your friends and Pin-able for all your fellow Pinterest-lovers!Psalm 4, #LIVEWONDERSTRUCK

“At day’s end I’m ready for sound sleep,

For you, God, have put my life back together.” —Psalm 4 #LIVEWONDERSTRUCK [Tweet this] Continue Reading...

HEBREW POETRY

It’s almost time to check off Week Three of reading for the 40-Day Bible Challenge. Whether you’re reading the entire Bible or listening to an audiobible (free copies here!) during Lent, we’re excited you’re joining in. We never expected nearly 2000 people to download the free 40-Day Reading Guide in the first 24 hours. You can grab your copy by clicking here.

If you peek ahead at the reading guide, you’ll see that next week is almost completely poetry and wisdom literature.

The pages of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs may bring some of us a sigh of relief. Not too many unpronounceable names, unknown places, or foreign laws.

Others of us may feel dread toward the strange illusions, awkward sentence structure, and bizarre language. You may ask yourself, “If this is poetry, why doesn’t it rhyme?” Continue Reading...

Let me introduce you to my friend, Michael Blewett. He's an amazing Episcopal priest who serves in Bowling Green, Kentucky at Christ Episcopal Church. He's a passionatefoodie, a gifted communicator, and a great writer. I'm a fan of his blog at Under God's Fingernails.

Throughout this year, I want to introduce you to some of my friends. People whose voices I know, respect, and appreciate. Their words often challenge me in my thinking and faith. I hope they'll challenge you, too. Enjoy!

Michael Blewett

One of the most-asked questions I've encountered as a priest goes something like, "Is it OK to be angry with God?"  The answer is, of course, "Yes."  The problem is that most people are really angry at God rather than with God, and there can be quite a difference between the two.
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