How Firm a Foundation – August 2020

About four years ago I was out in our backyard doing some gardening around a very old fruit tree. I’m not even quite sure what kind of fruit tree it was because it had never produced anything beyond one wee little baby fruit that just ended up withering away. While I was pulling up weeds…

Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners — July 2020

We’ve been enduring quite a storm for the greater portion of 2020, haven’t we, friends? Here are words and phrases I’ve heard myself repeating: “…unsettling, scary, confusing, difficult to navigate, WHAT in the world is GOING ON, such darkness all around us, maranatha Lord Jesus…”  Beyond just the craziness of a world pandemic, violence, racism,…

If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee – May 2020

Georg Neumark, (pronounced Gay-og Noymawk) knew what it means to suffer. Born in Germany in 1621, he lived much of his life during the 30 Years’ War (1618-1648), a war with one of the worst famines, plagues and greatest medical catastrophes in modern European history. Hymnologist Albert Edward Bailey speculates that Neumark’s homeland was at…

God Moves in a Mysterious Way — October 2019

William Cowper (pronounced Cooper) was born in 1731 in Berkhampstead, England. His life was one of tragedy and mental illness. His frail childhood was marked by the death of his mother when he was only 6 years old. Though he endured a terribly difficult education in a boarding school, he became quite gifted in the…

What a Friend We Have in Jesus – July 2019

Hymnody is not always happy… Joseph A. Scriven was born on Sept. 10, 1819, in Ireland. His well-to-do parents sent him to Trinity College in Dublin and after he graduated, he had high hopes to serve in the military. Poor health, however, put a quick end to that dream. Scriven then made plans to marry…