Category Archives: Psalms

Book Review: Everyman’s Bible Commentary: Volume 1: Psalms 1-21

Everyman’s Bible Commentary:  Volume 1:  Psalms 1-21, by Kenneth D. Baker [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/Westbow Press.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] How you appreciate this book is likely to depend on a … Continue reading

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The Magnificat Of Mary

[Note:  This is the prepared text for a sermonette given on June 17, 2017 at the United Church of God congregation in Hood River, Oregon.] I promised you all last Sabbath when you visited Portland that I would have a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Garden Psalms

Garden Psalms:  God’s Gift of Comfort and Abundance, written by Margaret Langstaff This book manages to combine in deft passion two subjects I greatly enjoy reading about, gardening [1] and the Psalms, and manages to combine them in a beautiful … Continue reading

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Thou Mayest Smile At All Thy Foes

For various reasons my relationship with the hymn “Glorious Things Of Thee Are Spoken” has always been complicated [1].  The music itself comes from the patriotic and nationalistic German song Deutschland, most famous for having been Hitler’s national anthem with … Continue reading

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Mysteries Of The Bible: What Is The Connection Between The Bible And Pop Music

Many readers of this blog will know that I write at some length about both the Bible and popular music.  It was only a matter of time, I suppose, before the two would be discussed in some detail, even though … Continue reading

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An Introduction To The Songs Of Ascent: Part Three

[Note:  This post is part of a series of posts [1].] Having discussed why Christians should care about the Songs of Ascent in light of the importance of “going up to Jerusalem” and having introduced the songs themselves and some … Continue reading

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An Introduction To The Songs Of Ascent: Part Two

[Note:  This post is part of a series [1] on the Songs of Ascent] Before we can have much to say about the Songs of Ascent themselves, it is worthwhile to introduce the contents of the Songs of Ascents themselves.  … Continue reading

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Psalm 126: Those Who Sow In Tears Shall Reap In Joy

In understanding Psalm 126, it is important to understand a bit about its context and placement within the Bible.  This anonymous psalm, and a short one at only 6 verses, is one of the psalms in the Songs of Ascents, … Continue reading

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An Introduction To The Songs Of Ascents: Part One

When the Psalms were compiled in the post-exilic period, there were a few areas of the Psalms where song cycles were placed.  In our contemporary age we are used to compilations and concept albums, so much so that we think … Continue reading

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Psalm 26: I Will Wash My Hands In Innocence

When we look at the biblical examples of washing one’s hands, the most vivid picture that comes to mind is that of the Roman prefect Pontius Pilate washing his hands in a vain attempt to demonstrate his innocence in the … Continue reading

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