We’re about to hit the English summer school holidays and up and down the country, churches will be rediscovering the Psalms – or at least the people who are around and in church will be. There’s a tendency to expect attendance to drop as people head off on holiday, ministers themselves take a break and… Continue reading Don’t hide the Psalms in the summer holidays
One thing you’ve probably heard me say frequently is that we need to let God’s Word disagree with us. In a recent discussion I explained that this is one of the key reasons why I hold to Biblical inerrancy. The comeback to this was that I was imposing an authoritarian understanding of Scripture that neglected… Continue reading Do the Psalms and Prophets disagree with God?
At our church weekend away, Jonny Mellor took us to Psalm 8 during the morning prayer meeting. Chatting with Jonny, we were both struck by the way that Psalm 8 seems to resonate through into Ephesians 1. In Psalm 8:4-6 we are told: what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that… Continue reading You Raise me up
As we continue to pray for Ukraine, how should we specifically pray concerning Putin? Do the imprecatory psalms like Psalm 69 help? How does this help us think about more personal examples of opposition, suffering and persecution?
I’ve written a couple of times about Psalm singing and whether or not we are required to sing THE Psalms. The very first time I wrote on this back in November 2020 I said that I’d like to encourage a debate. I’m not sure I’ve been very successful at that. It seems that the response… Continue reading The could and should of Psalm singing
I’ve been engaging on the question of Psalm singing in church recently. It is probably worth reminding readers of this. I love the book of Psalms, it plays a crucial role in Scripture. I also love singing Psalms (both songs that very closely follow the wording and structure of Biblical Psalms and those which are… Continue reading Good and bad reasons for Psalm singing
I love the Psalms. I love reading from them, meditating on them, preaching them and I love singing a few of them. I also enjoy spotting when other hymns and songs draw on the language and themes of the Psalms. But I don’t think that we must sing the Psalms and definitely not all of… Continue reading Should we lament our lack of Psalm singing?
One factor affecting mental health is rest and sleep. There are two aspects to this. First of all, when we are struggling with anxiety and/or depression this can affect sleep patterns but also disrupted sleep is likely to affect our overall sense of mental well-being. So, it is possible to get into a vicious cycle. … Continue reading Sleep and mental health
I love these words from Psalm 27 “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after:that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire[c] in his temple.” They stick in my head but it is important to not miss the context. David is… Continue reading One thing I ask (Psalm 27)