How deserted lies the city, once so full of people! How like a widow is she, who once was great among the nations! She who was queen among the provinces has now become a slave. Bitterly she weeps at night, tears are upon her cheeks. Among all her lovers there is none to comfort her. [...]

June 25, 2014 - a federal judge declared Indiana's marriage laws unconstitutional, opening the door to the issuance of same sex marriage licenses in Indiana.  Then a stay was issued on the ruling until it could be appealed, September 4, 2014 - a three judge panel of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in [...]

Gospel means good news. Chapter after chapter in the book of Jeremiah is bad news. The lonely prophet, sometimes called the weeping prophet, began preaching during the reign of Josiah, one of the best kings ever. It was a time of revival, renewal of worship, and ending the evil practices of his father and grandfather. [...]

I slept in Thursday morning so my daily appointment on the back screened in porch was delayed until about 8:o'clock. The sun was well on its way in its daily journey across Indiana, the skies that day perfectly blue, not even a puff of cloud. By that time in the morning, the chatter of birds was [...]

Two days ago, Delia and Matti, my twin granddaughters, had their tenth birthday.  In those ten years, they have experienced the agony and major inconvenience of about ten long bone fractures - femur, tibia and fibula; plus several small fractures in their feet, all due to a fragile bone condition called Osteo Genesis Imperfecta, Their lives have [...]

If finding the Gospel in Proverbs or Ecclesiastes was a challenge, Isaiah is the opposite. It is seemingly everywhere. One approach would be to just consult the the libretto of Handel's oratorio, The Messiah.  In order, you will find texts from Isaiah chapters 40, 7, 40, 60, 9, 35, 40, 53, and 52. Handel's librettist, Charles Jennens, [...]

Last year, 2013, I started a blog series, The Gospel in the Old Testament, intent on discovering and sharing the good news that the Good News (Gospel) is found, not as a new idea for the New Testament, but is in fact evident throughout the the Old Testament.  And this is not just a few random [...]

Dancing in the streets!  Mourning in our hearts! Historic Day for Indiana - I heard the news yesterday, but reading the headline and the details in the Indianapolis Star this morning made for a sad start to this day. Predictably, a federal judge in another act of judicial tyranny, declared Indiana's marriage laws unconstitutional. Laws based [...]

I recently discovered a new song celebrating the resurrection. It looked like a great fit for the last message of a post-Easter sermon series, Because He Lives.  Beautifully sung by Kari Jobe, the song is called Forever (We Sing Hallelujah). My exposure to Forever was on the Worship Together website, an interview preceding a "live" performance. [...]

It's been titled Canticles, Song of Songs, and Song of Solomon.  The first words of this work are The Song of Songs, which is Solomon's. How could the Gospel of Jesus Christ be seen in a poetic saga that is a highly sensual, sometimes starkly sexual and with "no obvious religious content"* and doesn't even [...]