I Want Our Hymns Back

The songs we sing in church have changed – and I’m not so sure I like the trend.

10 years ago churches were wrestling with the issue of what to do with ‘traditional’ services. Hymns vs. contemporary praise music was a divisive issue that church leaders had to wrestle with consistently. Today, the issue is all but gone. It is difficult to even find a church that offers a traditional service any longer. What happened?! Continue reading “I Want Our Hymns Back”


I was talking with a friend the other day who said he was resolved not to make New Year’s resolutions for 2010. After commenting on the ironic way he put it, I asked him why. He said something to the effect of, “it’s just feels cheesy and unoriginal.” I’ll give him that one. New Year’s resolutions often feel trite to me too. It’s easier to not make any resolutions at all just so you can scoff at the losers who abandon theirs by February.

We all have to make the decision though, don’t we? We all know what they should be, but we’re not sure we want to go there. Half the battle with resolutions isn’t that they are cheesy or trite – it’s that I’m lazy and complacent. I’d rather keep the 10 pounds I gained this year, thank you very much. They were yummy! Losing them would not be so yummy.

So, I’ve decided to make some New Year’s resolutions – lots of them. Why? Continue reading “Resolution”

The Secret of a No Exchange Policy

“Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.” -Jeremiah 9:23-24

Wisdom, might and riches are usually the pursuits and achievements of our hard work and experiences more than they are the results of knowing and understanding the LORD. It’s an honest mistake, too, because as we strive to bring honor to Him, they seem to be noble pursuits. What else brings more security than knowing the right thing to do all the time, or having the strength to handle any adversity, or having enough money to weather every storm? Continue reading “The Secret of a No Exchange Policy”

The Better Place

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” -Luke 10:41-42

I’ve had some time to rest and reflect over the past few days and it has been much needed.  Lots weighing on my mind and several decisions to make about the future.  In speaking with a friend of mine and in reading the Scriptures, I stumbled upon Luke 10:41-42 once again.  It’s the all-too-familiar story of Mary and Martha that I all-too-often dismiss for the “don’t be too busy” passage.

Continue reading “The Better Place”