Songless Saints

I was on a scriptural safari. Prowling through the Ephesian letter, I was tracking an elusive, totally unrelated verse when God’s sharp sword flashed, suddenly slicing me to the core. . . . speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:19) EveryoneContinue reading “Songless Saints”

Worship Isn’t Worship Till We Serve

Reading: Romans 12:1-8 Reflection: There is so much in this famous passage from Paul’s letter to the Romans that we could spend weeks unpacking it all. After speaking, in the earlier chapters of this book, about our human condition of brokenness and sin, and God’s solution in Christ, Paul affirms God’s love and the powerContinue reading “Worship Isn’t Worship Till We Serve”

Are You Ready for Christmas Morn

Surely by now you’ve been asked, “Are you ready for Christmas?” By which we generally mean, “Do you have all the presents bought and wrapped, all the decorations hung, all the food bought, and all the other to-dos crossed off your list?” We know we need to be prepared for something—but what? Most often, weContinue reading “Are You Ready for Christmas Morn”