“The Rolling English Road,” by G. K. Chesterton

The Rolling English Road by Gilbert Keith Chesterton Before the Roman came to Rye or out to Severn strode, The rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road. A reeling road, a rolling road, that rambles round the shire, And after him the parson ran, the sexton and the squire; A merry road, a mazy […]

To Zion the Streaming Nations Come

To Zion the streaming nations come, To sing the praise of what he’s done, Ransomed souls from every tribe, Clothed in white, the bloodbought bride. Come join the throng Come sing the song Come see the Lord Come hear his Word Wine, milk, richest fare, Fine white linen you will wear, Living water, come and […]

What Higher Priv’lege Could I Have?

What higher priv’lege could I have, Than loving you as Christ the church? A nobler charge I could not ask, So far beyond my just deserts. Is there a greater task than this: To nourish you as one with me? No tale in life more epic is, No song more challenging to sing. How could […]

She Wields Her Weapons Too

I got to see the battle-front, She stayed to fight at home. The enemy I saw at work, She didn’t get to roam. I smelt the smoke and saw the flames, She took care of our kids. The fray I joined with the s-word of God, Some more homeschool she did. I got to see […]

Alexander Pushkin’s “The Prophet”

Alexander Pushkin – The Prophet With fainting soul athirst for Grace, I wandered in a desert place, And at the crossing of the ways I saw a sixfold Seraph blaze; He touched mine eyes with fingers light As sleep that cometh in the night: And like a frightened eagle’s eyes, They opened wide with prophecies. […]

Jeremiah 3:6–4:4, Repent and Be Restored

In 1988, Jimmy Swaggart was caught with a prostitute. He was famous. On television. Known worldwide as an evangelist and preacher. He was initially suspended for three months, then the Assemblies of God suspended him for two years. When he resumed preaching after three months, the Assemblies of God defrocked him. In 1991 he was […]

Through Flame and Flood

Through flame and flood, with plague and blood The gospel is proclaimed The Spirit flows, the church it grows The beast he is enraged Measuring rod and line outstretched The Father knows his own As martyrs die the saints will sigh And they cry out, How long? And then at last, the trumpet blast And […]

Accused, Blasphemed, Denied: Mark 14:53–72

If I said to you that God can relate to you when you feel abandoned, falsely accused, misunderstood, attacked, and denied, would you tell me that God is God and it is impossible for him to relate to these feelings precisely because he has all power, all knowledge, and all authority? Is there any way […]

The Grand Canyon with Canyon Ministries and Answers in Genesis

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to visit the Grand Canyon. In the mercy and kindness of God, I got to go on a trip for Christian Leaders with my good friends Andy Naselli and Jason Derouchie, and I have definitive proof that my new friendship with Mike Wittmer has changed his […]

Shepherd the Flock of God: The Ordination of Ross Shannon

On Sunday, May 22, 2011, it was our pleasure and privilege to ordain Ross Shannon to gospel ministry. Ross has been serving as the Assistant Pastor for Discipleship and Evangelism at Kenwood, and he just graduated from SBTS and was called to serve at First Baptist Church, Lapeer, MI. I had the honor of preaching […]

Dante Says Love Built Hell

Consider the warning on hell’s gate in Inferno: “Through me you pass into the city of woe: Through me you pass into eternal pain: Through me among the people lost for aye. Justice the founder of my fabric moved: To rear me was the task of Power divine, Supremest Wisdom, and primeval Love. Before me […]

God Is Known Among His People (Psalm 76)

My brother in law sent me the lyrics to this hymn last night. He said it sings God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment. I have to agree. Hear the tune here, and a version with a chorus added is here. God is known among His people, Every mouth His praises fill; From of old He […]

Beale the Balsam Tree

I had the privilege of introducing G. K. Beale at his first Gheens lecture here at SBTS today. It was an opportunity for me to heed 1 Thessalonians 5:12–13, and I want to take the opportunity to give thanks to God for Dr. Beale’s ministry by posting my words of introduction here as well: G. […]

Ten Thousand, by John Mark McMillan

Josh Philpot introduced me to this song by John Mark McMillan, “Ten Thousand,” from his album, The Medicine. Matt Damico sang this at the close of the sermon linked in the previous post. He knocked it out of the park. This is what Josh wrote to Matt when he introduced him to the song: “It’s […]