• “Man of Sorrows” audio/visual of Isaiah 53

    Man of Sorrows  by Hillsong United was released on the Glorious Ruins album in July of 2013. The lyrics and the title are based on Isaiah 53 where God through Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would be “a man of sorrows, familiar with suffering.” This song reads and sings like a hymn. …

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  • “I Will Rise” an Easter Anthem

    I Will Rise from Martin Luther College on Vimeo. Wow! I can’t even fully express right now how exited I am to share this choir anthem. What excites me is not just the beautiful Christ centered lyrics of the anthem that the Martin Luther College Choir has sung and shared. …

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  • 3 Minutes in the Desert with Jesus

    I, like many pastors (and Christians in general), was not always impressed or pleased by what the History Channel producers of last spring’s The Bible Miniseries did with each story and every character. However, as my congregation is quickly becoming aware (due to me repeatedly bringing it up in worship …

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  • Shine into Our Night by Sovereign Grace

    Shine Into Our Night from Sovereign Grace Ministries on Vimeo. Perhaps an Epiphany appropriate hymn with some great darkness and light themes. What do you think? Positives and negatives? Free sheet music and scores. Lyrics: Shine into Our Night VERSE 1 We are not what we should be We haven’t …

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  • Daily Bread Lectionary Devotions

    Scroll down to see the full list of Daily Bread Lectionary Devotions outlined by season of the church year. Check back each week for a new Daily Bread Lectionary Devotion, which will be posted as a two page printable PDF. You can either use the PDF digitally or better yet, …

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THE GOSPEL and Abandoning (Nearly) All Hope

Simon Critchley wrote, “Abandon (Nearly) All Hope” an interesting (and clearly antagonistic) opinion piece in the New York Times on Saturday (the Saturday before Easter). Author and professor of philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York, Critchley claims: “With Easter upon us, powerful narratives of rebirth and resurrection are in the air …

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In The Garden a hymn for Holy Week

Thanks to Mike Westendorf for sharing his new take on the hymn Go to Dark Gethsemane originally written by James Montgomery. Mike shared …

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Who is Barabbas?

One of the most fascinating aspects of Jesus’ Passion History is how Jesus’ trial, and its outcome, drastically alters the fate of …

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A Hymn on Isaiah 53:10-12

Below is another Hymn based on Isaiah 53, this time on verses 10-12. It follows the melody of Hymn 122 in Christian …