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Come Home

September 8th, 2016 · Comments Off on Come Home · Faith and the City

Our God, our Help in ages past, Our Hope for years to come, Be Thou our Guard while troubles last And our eternal Home! — Isaac Watts Dear Friends in Christ, Where is home? Is “home” where you were born? Or is “home” is where you pick up your mail? Is it where your parents live? […]

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So Amazing, So Divine (Reprise)

March 27th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Faith and the City

Maundy Thursday, 2013 My favorite hymn writer is Isaac Watts.  Watts, a teacher, poet and pastor of meager estate, wrote over 750 hymns while serving a small London parish in the early 1700’s.  His hymnody is historically significant because rather than writing musical tunes for the psalms—which he also did, and which was primary function […]

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The Stormy Blast

November 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Stormy Blast · Faith and the City

As some of you know, my favorite hymn writer is Isaac Watts.  A gifted English poet and musician, Watts penned such Christian standards as “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” and “Joy to the World.” Watts’ hymns have shaped my faith.  While his many compositions differ in pitch and tone, they always—in provocative and beautiful […]

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Shelter From The Stormy Blast

September 6th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Faith and the City

It’s good to be home.  My summer travels have taken me to North Carolina for a preaching gig, to Minnesota for study and family time, and to Atlanta for the funeral of a dear friend. After all the miles, it feels downright comforting to be buffeted by the rhythms of Manhattan. It’s good to be […]

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