“Vagabonds” by Stuart Townend

I’ve really been enjoying this song by Stuart Townend from his new cd The Journey. If you click on the link, you can listen to samples of the songs and read a description of the cd.

I love the whirling,  jubilant music and the welcoming, gracious message.

Here’s a video of Stuart Townend explaining the story behind the song.

Click on this link and you can hear the song: Vagabonds

COME ALL YOU VAGABONDS,
Come all you ‘don’t belongs’
Winners and losers,
Come, people like me.
Come all you travellers
Tired from the journey,
Come wait a while, stay a while,
Welcomed you’ll be.

Come all you questioners,
Looking for answers
And searching for reasons
And sense in it all;
Come all you fallen,
And come all you broken,
Find strength for your body
And food for your soul.

Come to the feast,
There is room at the table.
Come let us meet in this place
With the King of all kindness
Who welcomes us in
With the wonder of love,
And the power of grace,
The wonder of the love,
And the power of grace.

Come those who worry
‘Bout houses and money,
And all those who don’t have
A care in the world;
From every station
And orientation,
The helpless, the hopeless,
The young and the old.

Come all believers
And dreamers and schemers,
And come all you restless
Just searching for home;
Movers and shakers
And givers and takers,
The happy, the sad
And the lost and alone.

Come self-sufficient
With wearied ambition,
And come those who feel
At the end of the road.
Fiery debaters
And religion haters,
Accusers, abusers,
The hurt and ignored.

Stuart Townend, Mark Edwards & Phil Baggaley
Copyright © 2011 Thankyou Music

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“It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Coming!”

Powerful, hope-filled audio from S.M. Lockridge’s famous sermon. I love this portion of Lockridge’s sermon–a stirring reminder of the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.
The video images are from The Passion of the Christ. (The portrayal of Satan seems a little odd to me, but I have not seen the movie, so I can’t say much about it. The rest of the video seems biblically and historically accurate.)

“I Love You More Today Than Yesterday”

For the month of February and especially since Valentine’s Day is next Monday, I’m going to try to post something about love each Monday. Don’t worry. I won’t be sappy or anything.

I’m not a fan of turning love songs around to talking about God. I don’t think that’s a good practice at all, actually, but this song made me think about God because of the contrast.

When describing human relationships, I think this is a good song, but this song does not at all reflect God’s love for us. (I’m not implying that the composer intended to make this about God; I understand that it’s not.)

God cannot love me more today than yesterday, and He won’t love me more tomorrow. He loves me the same everyday, whether I’ve done my best to please Him and live worthy of His name or whether I’ve sinned and disgraced Him. He loves me infinitely, eternally, unchangeably.

My love for God should be more today than yesterday, but if it’s not, God doesn’t love me any less. My love for others should grow, and this song accurately reflects many relationships in our lives, but it should not reflect our thinking about God’s love for us–unless to serve as a useful contrast.

Favorite Poems: Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more

I’ve been wanting to write about some of my favorite poems, so here is the first in a short series.

From Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh nor more;

Men were deceivers ever;

One foot in sea and one on shore,

To one thing constant never;

Then sigh not so,

But let them go,

And be you blithe and bonny;

Converting all your sounds of woe

Into hey nonny, nonny.

Sing no more ditties, sing no mo,

Or dumps so dull and heavy;

The fraud of men was ever so,

Since summer first was leavy.

Then sigh not so,

But let them go,

And be you blithe and bonny,

Converting all your sounds of woe

Into hey, nonny, nonny.

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That’s My King!

I showed this video today to introduce James Weldon Johnson’s poem “Creation.” I love being able to share the gospel so openly in my classes and that I can tie in the gospel with the literature I teach. My kids love this sermon and got caught up in the emotion, shouting “Amen!” and clapping along with the congregation.

The powerful truths of this sermon are so encouraging and uplifting. Every time I watch this video, I cry; I really needed the reminder of Who I serve.