The Psalms are not just worship poetry. They also contain strong ethical teachings, giving us portraits of righteous living. Of the 10 Commandments, the 9th Commandment - not bearing false witness - receives the most treatment in the Psalms. We look at some of these passages and uncover a wide array of dishonest practices which any of us can fall prey to.
We sing to God. But we also sing to one another. We explore the effect of spiritual music on the memory, the conscience, and the heart.
In the first of a 4-part series on how Christians should handle Memory, we raise some questions about why God asked Israel to remember both moments of triumph and moments of hardship and pain. How can memories, whether from our own experience or through studying history, teach us about our present and future? If they are painful, why are they worth consulting?
Psalm 22 is one of the most vivid and detailed descriptions of the cross experience - what it meant for Jesus and what it means for us.
How Psalm 88 articulates the experience of depression and teaches us how to be honest with God about the struggle, opening up our mind to healing from above
If the practice of singing without instrumental aid in worship sounds strange or unorthodox to you, consider the history of musical instruments used in worship and you may be surprised. Some of the giants among believers of the past including Clement, Justin Martyr, Augustine, Eusebius, Chrysostom, Aquinas, Erasmus, Calvin, John Wesley, Adam Clarke, Charles Spurgeon...all took the position that "a cappella" was the most biblical and purest form of worship. But what does the Bible say? We examine some of the references to singing in the Scriptures and find that the Christian does use an instrument - the human heart.