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Beautiful Poetry Anthologies for Children

Beautiful Poetry Anthologies for Children

In honor of national poetry month, here is a list of my favorite poetry anthologies to use with children. A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (My favorite illustrated versions are by Tasha Tudor and Jessie Willcox Smith.) A Child’s Book of Poems by Gyo Fujikawa A Child’s Treasury of Poems by Mark… Continue Reading

Good Friday

Good Friday

AM I a stone and not a sheep   That I can stand, O Christ, beneath Thy Cross,   To number drop by drop Thy Blood’s slow loss, And yet not weep? Not so those women loved   Who with exceeding grief lamented Thee;   Not so fallen Peter weeping bitterly; Not so the thief… Continue Reading

Poetic analysis of hymns

Poetic analysis of hymns

Tim Miller has an interesting post over at the Detroit Seminary blog analyzing the text of Wesley’s “And Can it Be.” There is some good food for thought there, and I certainly appreciate the emphasis on making sure our hymns are theologically accurate, but I do think that we often miss the fact that hymns… Continue Reading

“Credo” by David Oestreich (1970-2017)

“Credo” by David Oestreich (1970-2017)

Yes, I believe in Him who is Almighty, Father, God, Who made all things in heaven, earth, Who made them very good. Yes, I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, Begotten by the Spirit and Of Virgin Mary born; Who under Pontius Pilate’s hand Was scorned and suffered grief; Who then was… Continue Reading

Knowing God

Knowing God

You hide Yourself from prying eyes, From faithless seekers veil Your face, Conceal Your form, confound the wise, Your brightness dim, though not Your grace.      Shekinah garbed in smoke and cloud,      Invisible to them that peer,      Your brilliance hidden from the proud,      Disclosed to those who love and fear. Invisible, yet present still, You show… Continue Reading

Samwise Gamgee understands the power of poetry and music

Samwise Gamgee understands the power of poetry and music

I have spoken many times about the power of poetry and music to express what words alone cannot. Yesterday evening, as I was reading The Two Towers with my son, I came across this passage where Sam is asked about the beauty of Galadriel: “The Lady of Lorien! Galadriel!” cried Sam. “You should see her, indeed… Continue Reading

Crown Him With Many Crowns

Crown Him With Many Crowns

The principal figure of the book of Revelation is the Lamb. He is introduced in Revelation 5, where the seven-sealed scroll represents the outpouring of God’s retribution upon human sin in preparation for the kingdom. The Lamb is the one who has earned the right to break the seals and to impose God’s wrath upon… Continue Reading

The Works of Anne Bradstreet

The Works of Anne Bradstreet

This entry is part 17 of 18 in the series Books Every Conservative (and Liberal) Christian Should Read You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 17 of 18 in the series”Books Every Conservative (and Liberal) Christian Should Read”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.“That fearful sound of fire and fire, Let no man know is my Desire.” After our foray into economics, I had intended… Continue Reading

The Lamb

The Lamb

Little Lamb who made thee          Dost thou know who made thee Gave thee life & bid thee feed. By the stream & o’er the mead; Gave thee clothing of delight, Softest clothing wooly bright; Gave thee such a tender voice, Making all the vales rejoice!          Little Lamb who made thee          Dost thou know who made… Continue Reading

Hold the Superlatives, Please

Hold the Superlatives, Please

Don’t use adjectives which merely tell us how you want us to feel about the thing you are describing. I mean, instead of telling us a thing was “terrible”, describe it so that we’ll be terrified. Don’t say it was “delightful”: make us say “delightful” when we’ve read the description. You see, all those words… Continue Reading

Triolets from 1 John

Triolets from 1 John

Since I’ve been working to improve my writing abilities using fixed forms, I decided my annual Valentine’s Day poem to my wife would be a triolet (pronounced “tree-o-lay”), a form I had discovered in high school but never satisfactorily employed. However, the result of this most recent effort was workable enough, and I was encouraged… Continue Reading

Teaching children hymns: recommendations

Teaching children hymns: recommendations

Last week I argued that, if we are committed to conservative worship, it only follows that we should be committed to perpetuating conservative worship in the next generation. We want to continue developing this theme as we post at the Religious Affections blog. What hymns might we teach children? Before I name some specific recommendations, there… Continue Reading

Review: Elegy for Trains by Benjamin Myers

Review: Elegy for Trains by Benjamin Myers

Benjamin Myers Elegy for Trains Village Books Press ISBN Number: 978-0-9818680-6-6 Over the last quarter century, poetry has done some rather public soul .  Poets and critics alike have spilled gallons of ink (both actual and virtual) on whether poetry does—or can—still matter and why.  Naysayers point out the impact of pop-culture and the plight… Continue Reading

Musical Form in Christian Hymnody

This entry is part 5 of 14 in the series The Hymnody of the Christian Church You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 5 of 14 in the series”The Hymnody of the Christian Church”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Musical form shapes content in very similar ways to poetic form, yet it is a bit more abstract and thus considerably more difficult to… Continue Reading

Poetic Meter in Christian Hymnody

Poetic Meter in Christian Hymnody

This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series The Hymnody of the Christian Church You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series”The Hymnody of the Christian Church”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.The next level of form is poetic meter and rhyme scheme. A poetic meter is basically how many syllables are in each line of… Continue Reading

Word and Phrase Choice in Christian Hymnody

Word and Phrase Choice in Christian Hymnody

This entry is part 3 of 14 in the series The Hymnody of the Christian Church You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 3 of 14 in the series”The Hymnody of the Christian Church”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Word/Phrase Choice There are several different ways that content can be shaped within a hymn. The first is simply with what words are chosen… Continue Reading

A Good Friday devotion

A Good Friday devotion

My good friend Michael Riley has compiled a book of hymns and poetry that can be used this Friday to commemorate the suffering of our Lord for our atonement. Michael writes, I have put these together in a small booklet that some of you might find useful, either for use individually, with your families, or perhaps… Continue Reading

Two Modern Novel Recommendations

Two Modern Novel Recommendations

Fiction is good for the soul. Good fictional literature grips the imagination and shapes the affections, both important for the life of faith. For that reason, I regularly make it a practice to read fiction amidst all of the other theological, musicological, cultural, philosophical, and historical reading I do. I also make it a practice… Continue Reading

"To interpret beautiful poetry by translating it into scurrilous soft-porn is to corrupt the most fundamental intent of the text."

"To interpret beautiful poetry by translating it into scurrilous soft-porn is to corrupt the most fundamental intent of the text."

MacArthur’s third installment on the Song of Solomon. When a speaker deliberately arouses lusts that cannot possibly be righteously fulfilled in unmarried college students, or when his personal illustrations fail to guard the privacy and honor of his own wife, that is far worse than merely inappropriate. When done repeatedly and with the demeanor of… Continue Reading