These verses are from Psalm 57, and also appear as the first two in Psalm 108 with only one use of steadfast. Steadfast is also translated as Fixed. One commentator suggests the psalmist was wavering and declares that his heart is now settled, and fixed. The idea comes through that the psalmist’s heart is fully … More Faceless

Some New Thing

Recently, in a devotional, Pastor Cornelius Fon in Cameroon wrote: “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every … More Some New Thing

Remodeling Flaws

Among the projects this week is remodeling a pantry. It’s not too large, and had metal closet shelving installed along two walls. First, I tore out the shelving, then removed the hardware. Next, I filled all the large holes that were left when the hardware was removed. There were a lot of holes, too. I … More Remodeling Flaws

Yom Kippur

If you were to enter a synagogue today, Chabad.org has a guide to what to expect. It includes: “You may also notice that many people are wearing white clothing, and some are even wearing a white robe called a kittel. This is because on Yom Kippur we are likened to angels. The angels do not … More Yom Kippur


Perhaps he sat in a fire pit, which during the night provided heat and now was cool as the sun began to bake the desert around him. He says to G-d, I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” I am reminded of a phrase from the Anglican burial service, referring to total finality … More Self-Loathing