Author: Gareth Brandt

Anabaptist Experiment

500 years ago, Charles V was crowned as emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. But it was crumbling as educated elites such as Martin Luther, middle class merchants, and even peasants were beginning to feel restless. In 1519 there were also major floods on the Dutch coast. The time was ripe for some tumultuous changes […]

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White Christmas

We did not have a white Christmas on the wet coast but I did note the references to snow, frost, and hail in 147:16-18. “Who can survive this winter?” (v.17b The Message) may have been on the minds of some on the prairies.  We actually saw the sun a few times on Christmas Day. We […]

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Cars are my enemies

I feel like I do not have the kind of enemies that are described in Psalm 140 and 141 [and many other psalms]. I am not aware that there is anybody out there who is out to get me, to harm, destroy, or even kill me. Thus, I don’t know how to read a psalm […]

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Thank-you

Both Canadian and American Thanksgiving days have come and gone but Psalm 138 reminded me again about the importance of gratitude. I noted at least 7 “thank-you’s” in this psalm. It made me realize I have a lot to be thankful for! Most immediately, I made it through another semester, albeit there is still some […]

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Dreams of Harvest

Psalm 126 uses metaphors of drought and unexpected harvest. This was not uncommon in an arid climate and dusty landscape but it is completely foreign to modern urban readers, especially those of us living on the wet coast! But reading Psalm 126 triggered a memory of when I used to work for my uncle and […]

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