Month: January 2022

  • Some thoughts on America

    One of the things which I admire about President Ronald Reagan was his ability to work with Democrats in Congress, and have true bipartisan cooperation. Democrats and Republicans still had strong disagreements, yet for the common good they found ways to come together to benefit the citizens of our great country. Today we rarely see […]

  • Bach's St. John Passion

      J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion (Johannes-Passion) Passion in 2 Parts – BWV 245 Bach composed this work in Leipzig during 1727 for the Good Friday (the Friday before Easter) vesper services. It was written in 1723 during Bach’s first year as director of church music in Leipzig and was first performed on April 7, […]

  • Worship Music

    How we worship God matters. And part of worship is our music. David sung praises unto the Lord with his psalms. Yes the psalms are meant to be sung!  Have you noticed that so much of what passes for praise music these days is utterly banal,  if not outright blasphemous (viz, Jesus as their boyfriend).  […]

  • Handel's Messiah

    Georg Friedrich Händel MESSIAH (1742) A Sacred Oratorio Here is a fantastic performance of Handel’s “Messiah”. This is a very Baroque performance. The soloists are fantastic, and the choir is superb and very fresh! Recorded live in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, on Friday 3 December 2021. Rowan Pierce, soprano Esther Brazil, mezzo-soprano Ted Black, tenor […]

  • American Gospel

    I just saw the documentary “American Gospel: Christ Alone” (2018). It clearly presents the Gospel and shows how for many Americans, they are merely nominal, cultural “Christians” who were raised in churches, read the Bible, even attend Christian schools, yet they never repented and believed the Gospel. They never trusted in Christ Alone. It also […]

  • Christian America

    America was founded as a Christian republic! The vast majority of our Founding Fathers were men of sincere and deep faith in Christ. Sadly in recent decades fewer people in America now identify as Christian, and the number of people who are unaffiliated with  no religion has increased to 33%! According to recent polling by […]

  • Recollections from Childhood

    A cool breeze blowsOn a fresh Spring day The cicada buzzI feel calm The sun shines brightWarming my skin Robins fly aboveCircling me The heavenly smell of tulipsWafts through the air A lone bumble beeBuzzes near my head I feel the cool grassBeneath my feet I taste honeysuckleMild and sweet Cars rumble pastTheir engines humming […]

  • Bach's Coffee Cantata

    This is a performance of Bach’s secular cantata Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht / Keep quiet, don’t chatter. Which is known popularly as the “Kaffeekantate” (Coffee Cantata).  BWV 211 This performance was brought to my attention by my dear, longtime friend Professor Christina Alexandris in Athens, Greece. This work is more similar to an Italian comic […]

  • Bach's St. Matthew Passion

      J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (Matthäus-Passion) Passion in 2 Parts – BWV 244 Bach composed this work in Leipzig during 1727 for the Good Friday vesper services. The Choir of King’s College Chapel Cambridge The Choir of Jesus College Cambridge  (Soprano in ripieno) Soloists: Evangelist: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor) Jesus: Michael George (Bass) Emma Kirkby […]

  • The Immaculate Conception of Mary Debunked

    Bernadette Soubirous, a young teenager in France in the 19th century, reportedly experienced 18 visions of the Blessed Mother Mary. She appeared to Bernadette in a grotto near Lourdes. In one of these visions she exclaimed, “I AM THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION!” From Wikipedia: The Marian Apparitions at Lourdes were reported in 1858 by Bernadette Soubirous, […]