Monthly Archives: November 2012

Psalms: Hymns For Places, Purposes and Peace

On Nov. 24 we organized our song service around Psalms that I used as examples of four types of what Dr. Bellinger classifies as hymns. We opened with two “entrance liturgy” psalms. Following our open conversation time we sang two … Continue reading

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The Audacious “Saviour State”

I was alerted to an excellent article in a blog by Briercrest Theology Professor, David Guretzki. He reviews an article by David Farrow, Professor of Christian Thought, in the magazine Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. The article, entitled “The … Continue reading

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Psalms of Wisdom

The previous post about the Psalms noticed a similarity between Psalm 2 and Psalm 1. They both offer a choice between obedience and disobedience to Yahweh or His anointed king. Obedience brings blessing and prosperity, while disobedience brings curses and … Continue reading

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Royal Psalms

Dr. W.H. Bellinger discusses, in pp. 45-48 of The Testimony of Poets and Sages, two further categories of Psalms: Royal Psalms and Wisdom Psalms. Both types could be considered types of praise hymns, but they have unique features that deserve … Continue reading

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The Psalms: Enthronement Hymns

According to Dr. Bellinger there is a subgroup of praise hymns that celebrates God’s rule over creation. Most of these are found in the collection of Psalms between Psalm 93 and Psalm 99, and the only one outside of that … Continue reading

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The Psalms: Thanksgiving and Praise

In the session about psalms of lamentation, we explored the pole of plea (or disorientation) in the Psalms. These were the heartfelt, agonized cries to God to help or deliver the believer from trouble. This time we will look at … Continue reading

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In Three Days I Will Raise it up

Fellow blogger and Wascana Fellowshipper Mervyn Steadman has introduced me to a website that provides preaching/teaching resources. Refreshingly, the author explains, “The biblical teachings on this site are not protected by copyright. Anyone can use them as he or she … Continue reading

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