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"Why, O My Soul, Are You sorrowing?" The Story Behind Psalm 43 in Timeless

Posted by Dr. Mark Shipp on December 28, 2017 at 10:38 AM

This is the second in the series of stories behind some of the songs from Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today Psalter/Commentary. It was written by Gary Pendergrass of Greenville, Texas, and is a gripping story of how a lament psalm ministered to him during his son’s near fatal cardiac arrest in the hospital.


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Topics: Timeless, Psalms, Personal, Worship

“My God and King” and the Beginning of the Timeless Psalter/Commentary Project

Posted by Dr. Mark Shipp on December 14, 2017 at 11:26 AM

My next several blog posts will be stories behind some of the songs from Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today Psalter/Commentary series. Timeless is a commentary set of all new translations and commentaries on the psalms by established Old Testament scholars for the layperson. Timeless also includes 2–3 new musical settings following each psalm to enhance worship and reflection, study and devotion. Timeless books may be purchased through,, or Professionally recorded CDs and booklets of the music may be purchased through and

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Topics: Personal, Timeless, Psalms

Grace and Peace: Remembering the Kingdom Work of David Worley

Posted by Dawn Bond on December 5, 2017 at 1:13 PM

Grace and Peace: Essays in Memory of David Worley is a compilation of biographical essays honoring the life of a remarkable man. A man, that I must admit, I did not know before reading this commemorative work. Edited by Thomas H. Olbricht and Stan Reid, this compilation was penned by 18 very different authors – all of whom knew David well. An honest and intimate look at one man’s life, this book is a collection of memories to be preserved and passed on for the benefit of those who grieve him now, as well as those who never knew him.

As the back cover indicates, “David Worley was an extraordinary man of many talents and interests.” In reading this work, I understand that David, like so many of us, wore many hats: husband, father, teacher, administrator, mentor, missionary, and visionary. Each of these essays gives testimony to these different facets of David’s life by those who experienced it.

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Topics: Personal, Teaching Moment, On-Topic Today, About Austin Grad

The Struggle is the Glory: Trials, Travails, and the Astros

Posted by Dr. Todd Hall on November 17, 2017 at 10:14 AM

 On November 1, 2017, it was all worth it. The struggling, the long-suffering, the disappointment of the many years all made this moment sweeter. I was suddenly aware that I was glad for the struggle. Glad for the broken TV remotes, for the moments of absolute heartbreak. I savored the hurt now in light of the glory.

I suppose I should explain what I’m talking about: I grew up in Houston. That’s probably enough for you to understand what I’m getting at, but I’ll explain for those of you who grew up in, say, Dallas, or Pittsburgh. This means the sports teams I’d loved my whole life specialized in tearing my heart out. Oh, the Rockets had responded to the “choke city” label (placed on them by the Houston Chronicle after they’d gone down 0-2 to the Suns in the Semi-Finals) by brilliantly defeating the Knicks in 7 in the finals, and followed that up with a sweep of Shaquille O’Neal’s Magic the next year. Glorious days, those.
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Topics: Personal, Teaching Moment

Edelweiss, Rosmarie von Trapp, and tel Tamar

Posted by Dr. Mark Shipp on November 10, 2017 at 8:28 AM

I was six years old when Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “The Sound of Music” was first performed on Broadway in 1959, starring Mary Martin. I was a few years older when the movie, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, came out in 1965. “The Sound of Music” is the musical adaptation of the story of the von Trapp family singers, who escaped from Austria after the Nazi invasion in 1938. “The Sound of Music” has gone on to become one of the most beloved musicals in American theatrical history.

Fast forward to 2004, at the Israeli community of En Hazeva in the Negev Desert, at the juncture of hwy. 90, the Eilat highway, and 227, that takes you to Dimona and Beer-Sheba, at the archaeological site of Tel Tamar. While there I met Maria and Georg von Trapp’s daughter, Rosmarie.
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Topics: Personal, Teaching Moment

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