Monthly Archives: March 2011

Famine

When David is surrounded by nations that have had good harvests, the people start to think that the fertility gods of the surrounding nations might have something to offer.  There is a form of religion that looks at famine (both … Continue reading

Posted in Daily Devotions | Leave a comment

Surrounded

Psalm 3 presents a hypothetical military situation that describes how David feels.  He is in a situation, that sometimes is shown in classic heroism, where he is surrounded by fows on every side.  They press in on him and want … Continue reading

Posted in Daily Devotions | Leave a comment

Impotence

I am concerned, as many of us are, by events in the Middle East and North Africa.  In those situations powers are at work which seem frightening.  The world is such a small place now and so people with limited … Continue reading

Posted in Daily Devotions | Leave a comment

Two Ways To Live Life

There are two paths open to those raised by religious people.  They can uphold the values and choices of their parents and community or they can seek a darker community. Before we round on those who choose the darkness, let’s … Continue reading

Posted in Daily Devotions | Leave a comment

Basic Types of Psalms

When I was teaching 5th grade I had them compose a psalm of lament and a Psalm of praise.  It was really a lot of fun, but the subject matter that they put in was quite revealing.  The psalm of … Continue reading

Posted in Daily Devotions | Leave a comment

New Beginning: Why Read Psalms?

I have decided to read the book of Psalms.  Why?  Because I need an aid to my life of praise and worship.  I am stronger by far in my study of the Bible than I am in prayer, or worship/praise. … Continue reading

Posted in Daily Devotions | Leave a comment

Communitas not Community

In the book, The Forgotten Ways, that I have been reading as an applicatio of the book of Acts, Alan Hirsch advicates letting go of community in our churches and replacing it with communitas.  In community people are inward looking … Continue reading

Posted in Daily Devotions | Leave a comment

Godfather: Tribute to Uncle Den

About an hour ago my godfather left earth.  He is in the presence of his Lord, who he served faithfully for many years.  My godfather was my Uncle Den.  My mother and father chose them to raise me if anything … Continue reading

Posted in 1 | 6 Comments

Passover Seder

I have decided to do a Passover Seder at my house this year.  We will be doing it on Palm Sunday, the week before Easter.  I thought that I had to bight the bullet and just do one.  As an … Continue reading

| 1 Comment

Application of Acts to Church Organization

In the next section of Alan Hirsch’s book The Forgotten Ways he explains what he terms organic systems.  He starts by showing that Jesus talked in mostly organic terms about organisation using imagery of fields or vines.  He insists that … Continue reading

Posted in Daily Devotions | Leave a comment