Out of Weakness

“…who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight” (Heb. 11:33-34, ESV). On Easter Sunday, before church, I was thinking about how weak I feel…

Lies

“Lies” is a gorgeous grief-ballad by Glen Hansard. It tells the story of a relationship that dies by degrees, almost unnoticed by the couple. One striking section of lyrics goes: Maybe if you slowed down for me I could see you’re only tellin’ lies, lies, lies Breakin’ us down with your lies, lies, lies When…

Time for a Break!

No, I haven’t broken any bones. I’m just taking a short rest from blogging 😉 Feel free to browse past posts or booklets available on The Voice of One. At the bottom of the page, there is a list of blogs I follow. I consider every blog I follow worth reading. You might find some…

When the Wind Blows

In December, I finished a new CD of songs the Lord has given me over the years. The album is called, “Poured Out” and centers on themes of communion—the Lord pouring Himself out at the cross as well as our participation in His death and life. The bread and wine of communion ceremonies depict these…

Out, Damn’d Spot!

 “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her  to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word. He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless“ (Eph. 5:25-27).  Our pastor…

The Wind and the Shadows

Followers of The Voice of One know that I periodically post poems I’ve written. This past summer, the Lord put it on my heart to organize all my poems from the past 25 years or so. This meant pulling poems from notebooks, my laptop, my tablet, and putting them all in one place. I also…

Nervous

Yesterday, Trump supporters violently breached our nation’s capitol building.  The authorities have things more or less in hand.  But the thought of a Trump-inspired coup succeeding still makes me nervous.  Historically, revolutions don’t end well for anyone.   Coups aside, I’m nervous about a democrat-run government swinging the pendulum far left in reaction to Trump’s…

COVID in Our Stockings

With Christmas happening this week, I found myself thinking about Jesus’s birth.  Caesar Augustus required that everyone travel to their home town for a census.  Rome would update taxation based on this census (and taxes rarely go down).  I imagine the average citizen thought, “You want me to make a long, expensive, dangerous journey so…

Lord of the Dance

“Lord of the Dance” is a hymn written by Sydney Carter in the 1960s and set to the Shaker tune, “Simple Gifts.” I have been unable to get it out of my head. For over a week, this song greets me when I get up and pops in my head throughout the day. Even when…

Babe of Bethlehem

About 20 years ago, my wife and I became acquainted with the music group, Nowell Sing We Clear. We were immediately struck with the way their lively music focused Christmas on Christ. Truly, they sing nowell clear. “Babe of Bethlehem” is one of their songs I’ve come to love because of its presentation of who…