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Ringside Preachers

Feb 11, 2021

I stand amid the roar

Of a surf-tormented shore,

And I hold within my hand

Grains of the golden sand —

How few! yet how they creep

Through my fingers to the deep,

While I weep — while I weep!

O God! Can I not grasp 

Them with a tighter clasp?

O God! can I not save

One from the pitiless wave?

Is all that we see or seem

But a dream within a dream?


Poe is wrong. Though we have lulled ourselves asleep, the reality is far brighter and beautiful than we imagine. Christ is risen and so shall we. The dreamer who dreams is He.



  1. Bible study and hermeneutics for congregations
  2. Kingdom of God is here right now: “in principle, not without remainder”
  3. An exegetical examination of sending of the Spirit in the Gospel of Mark
  4. God does what He does, it doesn’t look like what you expect
  5. In tough times, seeing is believing? Not according to St. Mark
  6. Ambiguity of the evidence



Dr. James Voelz

Thank you: proud member of the 1517 Podcast Network

and Craft of Preaching



Willing Virginia - Arms of the King, on Spotify, iTunes, SoundCloud

Dead Horse One - I love my man


Other stuff:

Dream Within a Dream, Edgar Allan Poe

What Does This Mean?, Dr. James Voelz

1 Corinthians 10:11

The Presence of the Future, George Eldon Ladd 

Matthew 11:2-6 (“Shall we look for another?”)

Mark 16:7 (tombstone quote)

Agnus Dei, Kelly Schumacher