Onesiphorus from 11th century Byzantine illuminated manuscript known as Menologion of Basil II (Vaticanus graecus 1613) picturing 70 disciples in Luke 10. (Wikimedia Commons) Betrayed and abandoned by those who should have been friends.  Imprisoned in a foreign country on false charges and expecting execution.  If there was ever a time for despair, this was… Continue reading Onesiphorus


The Isaiah 40 Response

I remember hearing one minister who preached twice and taught a class every Sunday morning talk about how tired he was Sunday afternoons.  He said he usually didn’t even feel like eating Sunday dinner, and joked that his wife would spoon food the baby, then a bite for Dad, then the baby, then Dad.  What… Continue reading The Isaiah 40 Response

Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise.

Words aren’t always adequate for expressing deep religious emotion. Sometimes a melody is required. Our favorite songs are often those that give voice to feelings we could not otherwise express. Singing along allows us to speak what is deep within. Listening to music can also invite us to feel a certain way. Movies use music… Continue reading Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise.