Gospel Saturation

I still remember the day we learned about colors in preschool. Our teacher took a clear glass of water and slowly drip…drip…dropped blue food coloring into it. We four year-olds watched, awe-struck. The drops plunged into the water like tiny blue comets. Then, gradually, they began to dissipate, swirling around like a sapphire hurricane, until… Read More ›

Is there life on…?

A recent article in the Economist reports on the discovery of a planet about the size of the Earth orbiting a star called Alpha Centauri B. Plenty of planets have been discovered in the past two decades, but what made this one worth reporting on is its proximity: Alpha Centauri B is the third closest… Read More ›

Art and the Practical Nation

Camille Paglia on art: “Art is spiritual—it uses physical materials, but it’s a spiritual quest, and the artistic mission has a spiritual goal. But nothing in the ideology or language of current academe—from Berkeley to Harvard—permits anyone to say that.” She’s onto something. She’s talking about art here, and sees quite clearly that it is… Read More ›

God's Wide-Angle Lens

The perspective of  Psalm 9 is simultaneously wide and narrow. It begins with a personal “I” responding to God with “my whole heart” (9:1). The camera comes in for a closeup on me and my response. But what I am responding to are ALL God’s wonderful deeds. With just one line, the camera bolts from one individual to… Read More ›

How Majestic

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. (Psalm 8:1-2) The first two verses of Psalm 8 make no sense next to each other. God’s majesty is… Read More ›

Ask God to judge you

I often pray the psalms. But sometimes, a particular psalm or verse in a psalm makes me shift in my seat a bit. I don’t always feel like I can always pray all of the psalms. Psalm 7:8 is one such verse that I just don’t think I can pray: “judge me, O LORD, according to… Read More ›

Troubled bones

The writer of Psalm 6 is suffering. His life is in turmoil, and he cries out to God: “my bones are troubled” (6:2). When our bones are troubled, we can take solace in the knowledge that all these psalms of suffering were fulfilled in Jesus. He can empathize with all the struggles and challenges we… Read More ›

Quiet Confidence

Psalm 4 is characterized by a quiet confidence that is ours in the gospel. That confidence helps us to come to God on account of Christ, and it helps strengthen us in the midst of trials brought on by other people. He begins by asking God to hear him, and then remembering that He has. It’s… Read More ›