Holy Spirit, Trinity, and Hymns, Part 1: A Poll

As a part of this month’s focus on the Holy Spirit, I’m working on a couple different opportunities for dialogue and conversation about our hymnological and musical experience in Churches of Christ with regard to the subject of and person o f the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Godhead, the Trinity. If you […]

It Happened Again!

I am still amazed at little, seemingly hidden verses that strike me from time to time. In recent years, it seems to always happen at Christmas. Last night was no different. Our congregation travels to a local rehabilitation and nursing facility every other Wednesday night to sing and fellowship with a special group of residents. […]

Law of Love…Gospel of Peace

Christmas, 2015, I wrote this post amidst a sea of unrest, politically and otherwise.  In light of tragic events in our country and around the world, I find myself reflecting on it again this holiday season. There has been a lot of swirling conversation going on around me, both physically and virtually, about what has […]

Come, Emmanuel! (#2)

As the anticipation, the “Watching and waiting, looking above” continues, we move (backward) to the first verse of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”  Perhaps, this is the most poignant of this hymns litany of verses, with its begging and pleading for Messiah to come…little did they know just what that Messiah would look like. O […]

Come, Emmanuel!

Come, Emmanuel! No sooner had the Thanksgiving dressing been put away to become a late-afternoon football snack than the Christmas decor began to make its grand entrance from almost a year’s worth of being stored away! Isn’t this story so true in many of our homes?  Seems like some folks have been ready to unleash […]

Next Action Steps to Redeem the Arts in Worship

  Over the course of September, we have discussed what it means to be a left-brained church in a right-brained world. I think we leave no doubt that we are indeed a cerebral crew! But what does it mean when we privilege our head over our heart and hands? It means we are out of […]

Where are the Artists?

  During lunch on Sundays my family usually discusses the sermon from earlier that morning. My teenage sons have heard their dad preach their whole lives and have come to expect the question, “What did you hear in the sermon today?” Recently, our youngest son answered with, “I’m sorry dad, I have to admit I […]

Guest Writer: Christiana Muir

Rooting Yourself in Belovedness   I struggle with perfectionism; not so much that life needs to be perfect, but moreso that I need to be. I’m not really sure when or where it all began, but somehow someway I developed the mindset that my worth was directly connected to my ability to be “good enough”. […]