Tend Me [New Poem]
Posted on September 1, 2022 1 Comment
Tend me, O Shepherd Lead me to safe pasture To be fed and abide with You I long to walk in an open place A quiet, still expanse Peaceful and self-forgetful Lay me down in rest Reposing, seeking Transport from the noise Expand my soul To this new space Embraced by holy imagination And tend me
I don’t remember when I first started writing this poem (I wrote it in stages), but I know that it was influenced by the images in the 23rd Psalm:
1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.Psalm 23:1-4
I also recall being in a particularly needy place — at least in a moment when I felt it more acutely than others — when reflecting and writing this one. It’s certainly a prayer with God as the Good Shepherd in view, particularly as bodied forth in Jesus. And, as we may be aware, shepherds guide and protect as well as discipline with their “rod” and “staff.” This aspect of shepherding is recalled in another Psalm:
17 I shall not die, but I shall live,
and recount the deeds of the LORD.
18 The LORD has disciplined me severely,
but he has not given me over to death.Psalm 118:17-18
It also touches on what the Apostle Paul wrote concerning his own experience following Jesus:
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.2 Corinthians 4:7-10
All in all, I hope this poem briefly but directly captures the deep, innate human longing for a quiet, peaceful place of rest that only the Good Shepherd can provide in times of need — through His presence and His word of grace. And He does provide it and bring us into the peace of Christ, where the Spirit more and more enables to imagine what could be (and will be) in the light of His glory and grace. He tends us and will tend us forevermore.
Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.1 John 3:2
Life Update and Transition
Posted on August 31, 2022 Leave a Comment
As many of you may know, my family recently made a big life transition! After seven years of living and serving in St. Louis, I accepted a new pastoral call at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and we moved to town the first week of August. The last time we moved we only had one child. This time we moved with four children, which we can both attest to being quite overwhelming! We were also leaving many whom we love and a community in which we had invested deeply. So this move was both physically and emotionally taxing.
However, while we grieve these losses and changes in the transition, we are overjoyed to follow God’s call to serve at Trinity and in Tuscaloosa, which also provides us the opportunity to live much closer to our extended families. In His kindness, God made this call clear to us over several months of exploration, prayer, and deliberation. We give thanks for the Spirit’s clarity and confirmation through the aligning of many things providentially for us on both the family and professional sides of things. And now, coming up on a month living in Tuscaloosa, we are increasingly moving toward a more settled place as a family. We have been welcomed and cared for in innumerable ways. We are thankful!
But, because of all of these changes going on in our lives, I haven’t had much time or energy to write. You may notice that I haven’t posted on my site since April! But now having settled some, I am hoping to write more and post more frequently. After all this time navigating change I know there are some things worth writing and sharing about!
That being said, there are a few things I hope to write and share here in the coming months including poems and posts related to life transitions, Biblical reflections, and more. Additionally, I’ll be writing an article for Rooted Ministry as a preview of my workshop that I’ll present at their national conference in October entitled: “Teaching Justification to Students.” And, who knows, there may be more opportunities to write for them and others as the rest of the year unfolds. No matter what that looks like, I look forward to sharing it with you here.
Grace and peace to you!
Holy Week Posts
Posted on April 9, 2022 Leave a Comment
In 2020 and 2021 I wrote a series of Holy Week posts for each day of the week. As we enter into Holy Week 2022, I thought I might share them again. The intent is for them to be used as devotional readings for each day of the week.
You can click the links below for each daily post. I hope you enjoy and are blessed!
“Is Justification Relevant to Youth Ministry?” An Interview with Modern Reformation
Posted on April 8, 2022 1 Comment
Recently, I was interviewed by the folks at Modern Reformation about my new book on Justification and the doctrine’s significance for youth ministry and reaching the next generation with the gospel of Jesus.
Here’s a key quote from the interview: “We can only offer our youth the gospel rest of being justified in Christ if we ourselves are experiencing and demonstrating it.”
Click the link below to read the interview. I hope you enjoy the conversation!
Podcast Interview with CPYU
Posted on March 16, 2022 Leave a Comment
Recently, I sat down with Kyle, Linda, and Matt with the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding (CPYU) to talk about my new book on Justification on their podcast The Word in Youth Ministry.
Here’s the episode summary: “Youth pastor and author Greg Meyer joins Kyle, Linda, and Matt to talk about his book A Student’s Guide to Justification. Greg helps us understand his heart for writing the book, and why it’s an important topic that we must teach our students. He offers suggestions on how to approach teaching justification and uses a great personal illustration.”
Click the link below to listen to the episode and to check out the show notes. I hope you enjoy the conversation!
Our Teenagers Are Longing for Jesus
Posted on March 9, 2022 Leave a Comment
I wrote this article for Rooted as part of their series of posts through the book of 1 Peter leading up to their national conference in October. This year’s theme is: “Living Hope: A Walk Through 1 Peter.”
Here’s the lead-in: “Whether they realize it or not, the teenagers we love are aching for Jesus and his consoling presence.”
Sermon: “Known by Jesus”
Posted on March 1, 2022 Leave a Comment
This past weekend I had the opportunity to serve as the speaker and preacher for Disciple Now (DNOW) weekend at First Presbyterian Church — Rome, GA (EPC). DNOW’s are evangelistically-oriented youth conferences, where students are encouraged to invite their unbelieving and unchurched friends. It was encouraging to see how not only the youth group at FPC Rome got into this, but also to see the entire church body and community invested and supportive across the generations.
The theme of the weekend was “Known” and the doctrine of election (the teaching that God plans and accomplishes our salvation) through several sessions, which culminated in the Sunday morning sermon on John 10:22-30. It was an honor and privilege to share God’s Word with this vibrant church and community!
Click the link below to watch and listen to the sermon!
Podcast Interview with Rooted Ministry
Posted on February 8, 2022 Leave a Comment
A couple weeks ago I sat down with Davis Lacey (a fellow Mercer Bear!) and the Rooted Ministry crew to talk about my new book on Justification on their Rooted Youth Ministry podcast. As they say in the show notes, we also had the chance to “discuss the Track series of resources (published through a collaboration between Christian Focus and Reformed Youth Ministries), the implications that the doctrine of justification holds for the teenage experience, and the ways in which A Student’s Guide to Justification equips youth workers to explain that doctrine to teenagers.”
Click the link below to listen to the episode. I hope you enjoy the conversation!
Podcast Interview with RYM
Posted on February 2, 2022 Leave a Comment
Recently I had the opportunity to talk about my new book on Justification on Reformed Youth Ministries (RYM)’s podcast “The Local Youth Worker.” The portion with my interview starts at the 19:43 minute mark of the episode, but the whole thing is worth listening to!
You can stream or download the episode below!
Top Ten Books on Justification
Posted on January 26, 2022 Leave a Comment
As part of promoting my new book on Justification, Reformed Youth Ministries (RYM) asked me for my top ten list of books on the doctrine of Justification. My book is intended to be an introduction to the topic, so these are couple other places to go if you want to dig deeper. That’s the beauty of the gospel, there’s so much more depth and breadth to explore and enjoy as we continue in the Christian life!
You can read and download the Top Ten List below!