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Chrysostom on the Value of Scripture Reading

“Hearken, I entreat you, all ye that are careful for this life, and procure books that will be medicines for the soul. If ye will not any other, yet get you at least the New Testament, the Apostolic Epistles, the acts, the Gospels, for your constant teachers. If grief befall thee, dive into them as […]

Luther, Psalms a Manual for Prayer

Every Christian who would abound in prayer and piety ought, in all reason, to make the Psalter his manual; and, moreover, it were well if every Christian so used it and were so expert in it as to have it word for word by heart, and could have it even in his heart as often […]

The Psalms- Singing as Prayer

In describing the elements of public worship in the apostolic (1st century) church, Philip Schaaf lists “The SONG, a form of prayer, in the dress of festive poetry and the elevated language of inspiration.” This practice, he writes, “passed immediately, with the psalms of the Old Testament, those inexhaustible treasures of spiritual experience, edification and […]

Chrysostom, Psalm Singing Leads to Happiness

“Do you wish to be happy? Do you want to know how to spend the day truly blessed? I offer you a drink that is spiritual. This is not a drink for drunkenness that would cut off even meaningful speech. This does not cause us to babble. It does not disturb our vision. Here it […]

Tim Tebow, Through My Eyes

At my blog on children’s literature, The Children’s Hour, I comment on books we read together as a family giving recommendations or warnings. This is the most recent entry from The Children’s Hour: Through My Eyes, Tim Tebow with Nathan Whitaker (Harper Collins, 2011), hb., 260 pp. Ages 10+ My boys and I really enjoyed […]

Prayers on the Psalms

I have just received my copy of Prayers on the Psalms:From The Scottish Psalter of 1595 and am delighted with it! It will now be placed on my morning table alongside Reading the Psalms with Luther to aid me as I seek to pray the Psalms. After just seeing the book in a catalog I […]

The Gospel is for All Christians

While at Southern Seminary about a week ago I had the opportunity to meet Mitch Chase and to see his new book, The Gospel Is For Christians.  So far I have only been able to peruse the book, but I like what I see. The thesis is dead on and has been a key concern […]