Writing

John Newton: Spirituality as Composition

John Newton: Spirituality as Composition

From a letter to Mr. B—-, 6 November 1777: MY DEAR SIR–You say you are more disposed to cry miserere than hallelujah. Why not both together? When the treble is praise, and heart humiliation for the bass, the melody is pleasant and the harmony good. However, if not both together, we must have them alternately; […]

Practical Tips for Worship Leading

Practical Tips for Worship Leading

Originally published August 2006. These ideas are in a rough and unpolished form. I wrote them down one evening while they were in my mind for some reason, and since then several people have told me this was very helpful in their own work in worship music. This is still very much how I do […]

R. A. Torrey Debunks the Da Vinci Code

R. A. Torrey Debunks the Da Vinci Code

Originally posted May 2006. I put this together back when The Da Vinci Code and its remarks on the authority of the Bible were the hottest topic of conversation. With the publication of Dan Brown’s new book, and with few signs of popular misconceptions about the Bible dying down, I thought it was worth reviving. […]

The Tale of Mr. Fiddle

The Tale of Mr. Fiddle

want to be famous!” said young Mister Fiddle. “I’m tired of feeling so humble and little. I want to have glory, and honor, and fame, And have everyone notice when they hear my name.” So he went off to college and got a degree, Thinking this would impress them as sure as could be. But […]

Jesus and the Parable of the Man who Needed Health Care

Jesus and the Parable of the Man who Needed Health Care

Yes, there is such a parable in the original. The first several times I didn’t realize what it was about; Jesus insists on framing the question in a way that invalidates most of our categories of discussing the issue. I’ve taken the liberty of writing my own paraphrase, with a few hopefully not-entirely-unwarranted interpolations and […]