Here's a list of the Lament Psalms known as Imprecatory (Psalm 7, 35, 52, 54, 55, 58, 59, 79, 83, 94, 129, 137, and 140). Claus Westermann claims that these imprecatory Psalms “have once and for all been taken away from Christ’s congregation.” Some of them appear rather bloodthirsty, pre-Christian and inappropriate for believers to … Continue reading 9/11 and the Imprecatory Psalms: Two Opinions
The story of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane would have resonated deeply with the original recipients of Mark's gospel. The Christians in Rome were suffering intense persecution and affliction due to their loyalty to Christ. How easy it would have been to feel abandoned and forsaken by God. As His own passion commences, … Continue reading Why Pray?
"It is in the process of being worshipped that God communicates His presence to men. It is not of course the only way. But for many people at many times the 'fair beauty of the LORD' is revealed chiefly or only while they worship Him together. Even in Judaism, the essence of the sacrifice was … Continue reading A Few Nuggets on Praising God from C.S. Lewis
1 Peter 5:5 says: "Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." In my devotional reading this morning, I came across this piece from a 17th century pastor named Jeremy Taylor entitled "To Increase Humility." I stumbled upon it in the Winter … Continue reading To Increase Humility
No word in my vocabulary expressed deeper hatred than the word interference. And the Bible placed at the center what seemed to me a Transcendental Interferer. — C.S. Lewis Glorious as Jesus is in Himself, as a conqueror over death, and hell, and the grave, the Son of God is still ‘meek and lowly of … Continue reading Reflections for Palm Sunday Worship
When C.S. Lewis came to faith, he wasn't happy at all because the first thing that happened to him was the realization that God was God and that he was not. Jesus Christ was a transcendental interferer, barging into Lewis' life and saying, "You're not God, I am." In his own words, he describes his … Continue reading Palm Sunday and the Transcendental Interferer