Sing, Muse

Dear reader, Please read the following poem. Then, please click the link and listen to me read it; I have of late found great value in reading poetry aloud. Once you do those two things (it should take but two minutes of your time), you are welcome to read my explanation of the poem or…

Divided Services, Divided Body?

I love traditional worship and, as a church musician, am in favor of the whole package: choir robes, pipe organ, hymnals, etc. I once even jokingly said I'd drown myself if I ever heard "Oceans" played in another chapel. That said, though, I am not necessarily in favor of having separate traditional and contemporary worship services.…

Beginning in the End 

I visited the catacombs today just outside of the Roman metropolis. I expected it to be creepy and a morbid part of me was excited to see some skeletons and shrouds.  However, what I ended up finding: rows upon rows of empty tombs (the bodies in the areas open to tourists have been relocated) and…

Joy of Morning

   God's love is like a morning, Arising in my soul.  A perfect, constant dawning, So warm and wonderful.    . Though the earthly night surrounds, It cannot pierce within. Dark of death no more is found, Nor cold of pain and sin.    . Day seems a bright beginning, Yet noontide is past. In…

Whipped Cream, Etymology, and Passion

With college application essays and people constantly asking me what I plan to do with my life once I graduate, I have found myself using the word "passion" more and more frequently. I have a passion for music, literature is my passion, I want to get my degree in something I am passionate about. Heavens, just last…