Category Archives: Hymn Devotionals

Ruminations on Flowers, Time, and Moms: Thoughts on If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again


Today’s post is about Valentine’s Days and Flowers. But just a heads-up that I won’t be writing what you might be expecting me to write. I still remember like it was yesterday. February 14, 1992. It was a Friday. And it was the worst day of my life. Mom had been sick with cancer. She’d […]

The Luckiest Man in the Bible: Thoughts on There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood


Who was the luckiest man in the Bible? It wasn’t Paul, or Jonah, or Samson. No, the luckiest man on the face of the earth was a man who was nailed to a cross. Not the man you normally thing about, but the one next to him. “Lord, remember me when you get into your […]

Review of This is Your Captain Speaking, by Gavin McLeod


I basically grew up watching the great Gavin McLeod, albeit mostly in re-runs. After school, we’d come home and turn on the TV to channel 17 where McHale’s Navy would be playing. We’d switch to channel 4 where the Mary Tyler Moore show would be playing. And occasionally, we’d watch brand new episodes of The […]

Review of the NIV Integrated Study Bible


As part of the Booksneeze program, I’ve been reviewing a lot of Bibles lately. I promise I’ll go back and review a couple regular books soon, but there was one Bible I saw that I had to take a look at: NIV Integrated Study Bible. The concept and execution of this Bible are excellent. Every […]

Review of the NIV Worship Together Bible


When I signed up for the Booksneeze program, I figured I’d be reading and reviewing all kinds of books, but it turns out that the kind of book I tend to get again and again are Bibles. This works out well for me; as I mentioned in an earlier post, my mom used to give […]

Review of NIV Leadership Bible: Leading By the Book


When my mom was still on this earth, she had a tradition of giving me a few Bible every year. Now back when I was growing up, there wasn’t the alphabet soup of Bible translations that there are today. But there were enough special versions of KJV, NIV, RSV, NRSV, and Interlinear Bibles out there […]

Thoughts on the Pastor at Rehoboth Beach and The Star Spangled Banner


A few days ago, I had the pleasure of visiting a special exhibition at The New York Public Library. They had on display the original handwritten draft of the Declaration of Independence, written in Thomas Jefferson’s own handwriting. They also had one of the original copies of the Bill of Rights. The Library did a […]

Review of 7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas


I recently joined a program called “BookSneeze”, a program run by  Th0mas Nelson (a Christian book publisher) that provides bloggers with advance copies of books and asks them to review them. (If you’d like more information on the program yourself, you can check it out here). There was a time when I was a voracious […]

The Greatest Gift a Parent Can Give a Child: Thoughts on Precious Memories


Growing up, our family used to take a vacation every summer. We’d pack up the car and drive out for a week. There were certain rituals that developed in our vacations. I don’t know why, but I always loved to stay in the high floors of hotels. I guess I like to look out on […]

Don’t Praise God Because You Have To, Praise God Because He’s God: Thoughts on How Great Thou Art


My niece Katie just turned 13, which means that I turned an age that I’d rather not think about. When my Katie was just about 24 months old, I used to love to pick her up and she loved being picked up. She had just learned to talk around that time; she’d only say individual […]