Let Us Sing Unto the Lord: A Commentary on the Venite

Posted on March 14, 2024

Augustinian monk-turned-Magisterial Reformer Martin Luther once called the Psalms a miniature Bible. It was remarked that a Christian could find his entire life experience on display in them. This has been found true throughout the ages, and it is one of the many reasons Archbishop Cranmer thought it fit that Christians should journey through the…

Psalms and Prayers for Times of War

Posted on October 11, 2023

How can we pray in times of war? Sadly, this question is always relevant because, on this side of eternity, war is always with us. Jesus himself reminds us that, before his second coming, there will be “wars and rumors of wars” and that “nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom” (Matt. 25:6-7),…

My Songs Extol Thy Name: Thomas Sternhold and English Psalmody

Posted on August 23, 2023

Thomas Sternhold is the founder of English psalmody and the inventor of the metrical form at the base of English hymnody. Little known except in histories of church music, Sternhold’s contribution is now better understood, thanks to the pioneering work of scholar Beth Quitslund. Sternhold is commemorated on August 23, or at least he would…

Jesus and Psalm 22: Sorrow and Satisfaction

Posted on January 18, 2021

When Jesus was crucified on His Cross, the last words He spoke before he died are extraordinary examples of what was in His heart. Jesus cried out “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” This is one of the most passionate and intense moments in the entire Scripture—the Son of God crying out…

Did God Forsake Jesus? Take A Closer Look at Psalm 22

Posted on January 7, 2021

“My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” These were the dying words of Jesus as he hung on the cross on Mount Calvary. But what did He mean by them? These words are read as part of the “Seven Last Words of Jesus from The Cross”. And they raise some very important questions….

COVID–19 and the Death of Death

Posted on April 10, 2020

Death is on people’s minds these days, whether they want it to be or not. According to a recent report by White House science advisors, there is a chance that between 100,000 and 240,000 people will die because of the Coronavirus. In the face of such a staggering number of fatalities, what each of us…

How to Read the Psalms for All They’re Worth

Posted on February 27, 2020

“The Psalms are the single best guide to the spiritual life currently in print.” – Ellen Davis, Getting Involved with God “The Psalms are inexhaustible, and deserve to be read, said, sung, chanted, whispered, learned by heart, and even shouted from the rooftops. They express all the emotions we are ever likely to feel (including…

Here Are All the Morning and Evening Prayer Scripture Readings for this Church Year (ACNA Daily Office Lectionary Year B, 2017-2018)

Posted on December 18, 2017

UPDATE: The ACNA has released a new (January 2018) Daily Office Lectionary. CLICK HERE to access the new version. In the interests of making the ACNA Daily Office Liturgies and Lectionary more accessible, I’ve been creating Rookie Anglican Daily Office Booklets for just over a year. As I prepare to release the next Daily Office…

Facebook was Killing my Prayer Life

Posted on December 2, 2015

I had to do something about it. Facebook was killing my prayer life. Thankfully, I stumbled on what to do; I pulled the trigger on the remedy a few weeks ago and it has helped. But Facebook was killing my prayer life. I am embarrassed to admit it publicly, but perhaps there are other slackers out…