Seasons: A Time for All Things



I’ve not been able to blog for several days now, and don’t know if or when I will be able to do so again. The only way I can explain it is that I am simply heartbroken. Heartbroken for so many innocent lives that will be lost if we continue down this path…

A Productive Silence

Please excuse the silence over the past week. The time normally spent on “blogging” has been directed toward preparation of classes to be taught at ACU Summit next week. On Monday I will participate in the lecture series hosted by CSART (Center for the Study of Ancient Religious Texts; Biblical Studies Building 129).…

For the tears of Children (Houston)

God, I’ve watched the news,    one report after another; and to be honest—    I can’t look anymore. The pain overwhelms me:    the faces of children—    so many children,    lost in the water. I can’t take it. Can you?    Are you watching? Can you hear the desperation—   …

Overwhelming Harvey

I am at a loss of words in the face of hurricane Harvey. I know what it is like to lose everything. On September 19, 2000 (my daughter’s birthday) I came home a little early to prepare for the party. It was another hot and windy day in the midst of a summer…

A prayer for the Gulf Coast – Psalm 69 (edited)

I offer this prayer from Psalm 69 (CEB), edited specifically for our use today.   Save me, O God,   for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire,   where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters,    and the flood sweeps over me. I am weary…

Psalms for Prayer (for Houston)

A few psalms to use this morning, this evening, and/or alone in your prayers for Houston and the surrounding area: Specific mention of water or floods in Psalms of petition: Ps. 69:1-5 Ps. 77:16-20 Ps. 130 Other appropriate petitions: Ps. 6 Ps. 28 Ps. 29 Ps. 31 Ps. 38 Ps. 42-43 Ps. 67…


Glenn Pemberton is a minister turned professor turned writer. After serving churches in Texas and Colorado, Glenn completed a Ph.D. (Old Testament). He then taught at Oklahoma Christian University before coming to Abilene Christian University in 2005, retiring as professor emeritus in 2017 due to a severe chronic pain. Glenn now spends his time writing for the church. Along with short essays he has published four books, including The God who Saves: An Introduction to the Message of the Old Testament (2015), and Hurting with God: Learning to Lament with the Psalms (2012). Glenn and his wife Dana continue to live in Abilene, Texas.


Glenn Pemberton
3341 East Lake Rd.
Abilene, TX, 79601
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