Since I preached on this text last Sunday (John 8:57), I decided to dig into my files to find the first poem I ever published for money. Five dollars. It was in the September, 1969 issue of Christian Life (p.…Continue Reading
Blog Posts on Poems
Desiring God's staff meets together every Friday morning for an hour of biblical teaching and prayer. Pastor John led this morning's gathering by unfolding the role of poetry in the Christian life.
Poetry is not the answer, but…
In 1979 Bob Dylan recorded the song "Gotta Serve Somebody." For those who listen with biblically informed ears the refrain echoes Paul and Jesus:
Paul: "You are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads…
Phillis Wheatley was the first black person to publish a book of poetry in English. There is a story behind it.
Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, had to be published in London because the Boston publishers, where…Continue Reading
Jesus in Haiti
After the Earthquake
Do you consider safety, or your health,
A sign from me?
I am not awed by might, nor struck by wealth,
O, I am struck! And crushed. Buried, I wince,
William Blake was born yesterday, 1757. One of his most famous poems is one of my favorites. It’s a good launch into Advent.
Little Lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee?
Gave thee life, and bid…
You bear them yet, this progeny,
These little ones you bore.
And, oh, how changed your mothering
Since you were twenty-four.
You once were carried on the wings
Of hope and expectations,
And now you carry in your soul