Some Timely Help from Martin Rinkart

I’ve had a hard time waking up and getting started this Saturday morning. It was an exhausting week, and I’ve felt vexed juggling church work, writing deadlines, family responsibilities, and care-giving. But last night and again this morning, I picked up a book I’d purchased in a London shop earlier this year. It told the […]

Near to the Heart of God

A couple of years ago, Andrea Doering, the outgoing (and outstanding) senior acquisitions editor at Revell Books, asked if I had any ideas for a devotional book based on hymns. I suggested a date-based approach to mining the riches of the hymnbook. I had in mind a cross between the concepts behind two of my […]

London: Handel’s House

  In my book, Then Sings My Soul, I told the remarkable story of how George Frideric Handel composed his famous oratorio, Messiah, in his London home in a time span of just about three weeks. Many people had thought Handel “past his prime,” but his friend, Charles Jennens, believed his best work was still […]

In Times Like These

Today I’ve had to force my mind back onto my writing; and while it’s hard not to be preoccupied with all things flood-related, my project for Turning Point Magazine involved an old song that has encouraged me. In the year 1943, Ruth Caye Jones, a pastor’s wife in Pennsylvania and the mother of five, was […]