October 17, 2017

A Hymn for Ordinary Time (9): For the Beauty of the Earth

By Chaplain Mike On this Lord’s Day, we present a familiar hymn of praise by which we thank God for his common grace and the gifts of beauty and love that flow from it. For the Beauty of the Earth For the beauty of the earth For the glory of the skies, For the love […]

A Hymn for Ordinary Time (8): A Prayer for the Church

By Chaplain Mike Timothy Dudley-Smith, whose biography of the late John Stott will most certainly be read by many this year in the light of Stott’s passing, is one of the truly fine British hymn writers of the past century. He has penned over 300 texts, and his hymns have been published in over 250 […]

Welcoming the Stranger

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (8) Naomi and Ruth have returned to Bethlehem, where the Lord has visited his people and blessed them with a good harvest. Ruth takes initiative immediately and goes out to glean in the fields to provide for their household. According to the Torah, […]

A Hymn for Ordinary Time (7): For Ecclesia Week

By Chaplain Mike The following words are from the Preface to Lyra Fidelium: Twelve Hymns on the Twelve Articles of the Apostles Creed, by S.J. Stone (1866) Most clergymen are aware how many of their parishioners, among the poor especially, say the Creed in their private prayers. And they cannot but feel how this excellent […]

A “Chance” Meeting

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (7) We have completed the first part of the story told in the Book of Ruth. Chapter one introduced two problems in need of resolution: The provision of food for Naomi and her family The provision of heirs for Naomi and her family […]

A Hymn for Ordinary Time (6): Another for Bible Week

By Chaplain Mike As I’ve thought about hymns to go with our Bible Week emphasis, it strikes me that there are not many songs we sing about the Bible. And that is how it should be. For the point of the Bible is not to point to itself but to the One who revealed his […]

It is OK to Lament

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (6) Today we complete the first part of Ruth’s story with a look at the concluding verses of Ruth, chapter one. This text has many lessons for those who grieve and those who love them. So the two of them journeyed together until […]

A Hymn for Ordinary Time (5): For Bible Week

By Chaplain Mike A Hymn for “Bible Week” Martin Luther was committed to getting God’s Word, the Bible, into the common language of the German people, and thus into their hands, hearts, and lives. And so he translated the Bible, published his Catechisms, and gave God’s people songs to sing. All these elements come together […]

A Faith that Surpasses Abraham

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (5) In Ruth 1:1-5, we are introduced to a family that became beset by severe trials. Forced to leave their home and journey to a neighboring country during a famine, the patriarch of the family then died. Subsequently the two sons, who had […]

A Hymn for Ordinary Time (4): A Favorite Spiritual

photo © 2011 Steve Snodgrass | more info (via: Wylio)By Chaplain Mike We have talked a bit about discouragement this week. For some of us, music that points to Jesus and the Gospel can bring us refreshment. Among the great historical examples of this are the spirituals that grew out of the unjust and tragic […]