Why we Worship


Clap your hands, all peoples!
  Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared,
  a great king over all the earth.
He subdued peoples under us,
  and nations under our feet.
He chose our heritage for us,
  the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

God has gone up with a shout,
  the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
  Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth;
  sing praises with a psalm!

Why Sing?

God reigns over the nations;
  God sits on his holy throne.
The princes of the peoples gather
  as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
  he is highly exalted!

Why Scripture?


Poets often see things as they are before the "general public" - you and me. Their insight into faith matters needs to be considered, and perhaps could serve as a wakeup call.

Recent Entries

God? Who Needs Him?
May 31, 2013
Self-sufficient humanism. Paul saw it coming – “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.”

Imago Dei
September 12, 2012
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Why Can't I Pray?
August 18, 2012
The bible gives us several reasons, but according to Jeremy Taylor, a deceitful heart is at the root of prayerlessness.

It's Not Rocket Science
July 23, 2012
To keep in step with the Spirit should be our daily quest. And if we are successful at that, all of life falls into place.

Theological Steak
April 10, 2012
These words by P. T. Forsythe on the magnificence of Christ's work are to theology what Ruth's Chris is to a good steak.

Describing the Indescribable
February 11, 2012
What we have in Christ will take all eternity to describe. But for one segment of one sermon, a great preacher made a mighty attempt.

Making Sense Of It All
January 30, 2012
Where are things headed? Is there rhyme and reason to the endless cycle of summer, fall, winter and spring? Is there a plan in place, or is randomness the explanation?

Choices Have Consequences

January 1, 2010

This is what the LORD says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, 'We will not walk in it.' Jeremiah 6:16


Thomas Hardy, the English poet perhaps best known for his novels, considered poetry his first love. He had early exposure to the church of England, and then was influenced by the Baptists, choosing to reject both influences. But as you will see in his poem GOD'S FUNERAL, he laments the loss of God, with an unmistakable tinge of regret and fear.


God is now for Hardy the....


Mangled.....Monarch of our fashioning,

Who quavered, sank; and now has ceased to be.


So, now that we have "gotten rid" of God, what do we do?


'And who or what shall fill his place?

Whither will wanderers turn distracted eyes

For some fixed star to stimulate their pace

Towards the goal of their enterprise?'...


Hardy get it - there is no longer any fixed center. Everything is up for grabs.


Some in the background then I saw,

Sweet women, youths, men, all incredulous,

Who chimed as one: 'This is figure is of straw,

This requiem mockery! Still he lives to us!'


Is this a reference to believers who hold to a risen Christ, against all odds, in every age?


I could not prop their faith: and yet

Many I had known: with all I sympathized;

And though struck speechless, I did not forget

That what was mourned for, I, too, once had prized.



Still, how to bear such loss I deemed

The insistent question for each animate mind.....


Hardy refuses to gloss over a culture that chooses to live as though there were no God.


And gazing, to my growing sight there seemed

A pale yet positive gleam low down behind.....


Hope springs eternal. "It's not so bad," says the crowd. "We'll be allright. You'll see."


Whereof, to lift the general night,

A certain few who stood aloof had said,

'See you upon the horizon that small light --

Swelling somewhat?' Each mourner shook his head.


This world needs light. And so alternative sources are sought after. The search is ongoing to find something to hold on to.


And they composed a crowd of whom

Some were right good, and many nigh the best....

Thus dazed and puzzled 'twixt the gleam and gloom

Mechanically I followed with the rest.


Hardy is unable to fight the gravitational pull of the spirit of the age. He gives in without putting up much of a fight.


Yet my people have forgotten me; they burn incense to worthless idols, which made them stumble in their ways and in the ancient paths. They made them walk in bypaths and on roads not built up. Jeremiah 18:15






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