James Early Massey— Herald of the Lord

Here is an nice post courtesy of my friend Timothy George, about another friend of mine from Anderson School of Theology in Ind., James Earl Massey.......James Earl Massey: Steward of the Storyby Timothy GeorgeJuly 25, 2016I first heard the voice of James Earl Massey when I was a theological student at Harvard Divinity School and he was the stated preacher for the Christian Brotherhood Hour, a weekly international broadcast sponsored by the Church of God (Anderson, … [Read more...]

Psalm 51—Reflections on Sin/ Quote of the Day

All sin is properly speaking against God, even if it is committed with or against another human being. Nevertheless, as James Mays stresses, sin always has social implications---“the notion that a person could sin without injuring others is inconceivable in the Old Testament. The Old Testament knows of hidden sins and unintended sins but not of private sins that neither concern nor affect others….apart from God’s relation to all human acts, there would be no sin. Sin is essentially a theol … [Read more...]

Theophany— Psalm 18 Revisited

PART ONE Heaven heaved And God came down, Riding on the wind. The mountains trembled The earth it quaked The trees began to bend.Fire and ice Thunder and lightning Accompanied the condescension Who could stand Against such forces Who had comprehension?In anger fierce His nostrils flared Color suffused his face The God of all creation Came to show he cared.PART TWOHe rescued me from chaos waters, He plucked me from the sea He put my feet back on dry ground At … [Read more...]

Human Dignity and Psalm 34

I am currently working on a book on the Psalms and their uses in the NT. The Psalms can certainly prompt some deep reflection, and one such psalm is Ps. 34, which reads as follows----1 I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. 2 I will glory in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. 3 Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together. 4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. 5 Those who … [Read more...]

Thought for the Day— Courtesy Jaroslav Pelikan

Jaroslav Pelikan was perhaps the greatest church historian of the second half of the twentieth century. His body of work speaks for itself. For a good deal of his life he was a Lutheran but eventually he joined the Orthodox Church. Here is an interesting reflection of his about Christian tradition (including of course Protestant traditions, though many Protestants seem to be oblivious to the fact that they have traditions and not just the Bible).“Tradition is the living faith of the dead; … [Read more...]

Finally!! Chicago in the R+R Hall of Fame

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKCYLmch0q4It is one of the great mysteries of rock and roll history as to why it took until 2016 to put Chicago in the rock and roll hall of fame. They should've been in on the basis of their first two double albums if nothing else. It just makes no sense. There must have been a huge amount of blow back because of all those power ballads in the 80s, which were different than the early records. And somehow they survived both the unexpected loss of Terry Kath … [Read more...]

Heartstone–Another C.J. Sansom Novel

Since Ellis Peters began writing her wonderful Brother Cadfael novels, I've been hooked on medieval thrillers/mystery/historical novels. I've run through all of Peters, lots of Paul Doherty, and now five volumes of the Matthew Shardlake series written by C.J. Sansom. His focus is on the reign of Henry VIII ('I am, I am') and so mainly on the 1540s. Matthew Shardlake is a lawyer/barrister of some note, a hunchback in an age where that was seen as a curse of God, and now a single older man, who … [Read more...]

Going Dark for the Sake of the Light

Let me be clear from the outset, I'm not a technophobe. I realize the world has become technology dependent, and as a writer, I am as well to a real extent. But what this post is about is not letting technology, and in particular your smart phone out-smart you by stealing your life away. What I mean by this is technology, and in particular smart phones prompt obsessive compulsive behavior. It really isn't necessary to text your BFF, or whoever, multiple times, with drivel and trivia and cute … [Read more...]

Now You See Me– 1 and 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuEjHzOIgBESequels are rarely equals to hit movies. This is my maxim for today. This is especially the case when there is a considerable time lapse between the original movie (in this case in 2013) and the sequel, and all the more the case when you change the cast of characters, in this case the female member of the 4 Horsemen is not the same in this summer's release of Now You See Me 2, hence continuity issues for OCD minded viewers. So, how do you overcome … [Read more...]