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Psalm 100 Defining Life

I had the privilege yesterday of preaching Psalm 100 at First Baptist Church here in Jackson, TN, where Justin Wainscott is pastor. I have commented here several times on this rich psalm, and I continue to be blessed by it. Here is a quote on the command in verse 3 to “Know that the LORD […]

Worship Frees Us from Self-reliance

Here is another excerpt from Brueggemann’s sermon on Psalm 100 [“Psalm 100,” Interpretation 39 (1985): 65-69]. In this section he is making the point that worship along the lines called for in Psalm 100 is a summons to reorient life in light of the reality that God is our Creator and Shepherd. To sing in […]

Praise as Polemic

I have plenty of differences with Walter Brueggemann, but his sermon on Psalm 100 is very rich [“Psalm 100,” Interpretation 39 (1985): 65-69]. The following quote makes a profound point about praise and has helped me see more of the importance of praise. To praise is to reject alternative loyalties and false definitions of reality. […]

God Expects Joy in His Service

The Bible clearly speaks to the pain of this life and encourages us to be honest about it as well. This point is often lost on prosperity preachers and the “happy-clappy” approach to worship. At times, though, I see the error in the opposite direction- the idea that those who are serious about their faith […]

God Deserving of Universal Praise

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!” (Psalm 100:1) “What the singers undertake has to do with the world, and should their horizon be at all foreshortened, the happening would immediately decay into something else. Against all practicality or human expectation of being heard, they summon mankind … nor do they measure […]

Praise Reorienting Life

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!” ( Psalm 100:1-2) “This doxology needs to be understood not only as a literary assertion of trustful simplicity (which it is) but also as an action which reorients life. When the community praises, it […]

Guns of the Lion

Guns of the Lion, Douglas Bond Faith & Freedom Trilogy (P&R, 2008), pb., 260 pp. Ages 6+ Readers of this blog will know that the Van Nestes are big fans of Doug Bond. When he visited last month than and began reading to us this latest book on the M’Kethe family, it was a treat. […]

Mr. Pipes and Psalms and Hymns of the Reformation

Mr. Pipes and Psalms and Hymns of the Reformation, Douglas Bond (Christian Liberty Press, 2000), pb., 240 pp. This second volume of the Mr. Pipes books lived up to the standard set by the first volume. It was a great read which was eagerly anticipated by my boys each day and taught them great lessons. […]