New Creation #2: Bless Thou Jehovah (R. A. Torrey)

New Creation #2: Bless Thou Jehovah (R. A. Torrey)

Second in a series featuring songs from my CD New Creation. For more information, read this link. The Song   Behind the Song R. A. Torrey was a 19th-century evangelist known for his commitment to the Word of God and the message of the Gospel. As a pastor, evangelist, teacher, author, and scholar, he has an enduring […]

New Creation #1: "Come, Christians One and All, Rejoice" (Martin Luther)

New Creation #1: “Come, Christians One and All, Rejoice” (Martin Luther)

First in a series featuring songs from my CD New Creation. For more information, read this link. The Song   Behind the Song The story of Martin Luther (1483–1546) is familiar to anyone who knows even the slightest bit of church history. A German peasant turned Franciscan monk, Luther searched desperately for an authentic grace-based […]

"Angels We Have Heard On High" now in print!

“Angels We Have Heard On High” now in print!

Is it too early to think about Christmas? Of course it isn’t. Because I just got a present that I think some of you might want to use for Christmas too: My choral arrangement of “Angels We Have Heard On High” is now in print and available from GIA Publications! Just got the package of […]

Reader Question: Should Christians Celebrate Birthdays?

Reader Question: Should Christians Celebrate Birthdays?

(or, Beagles, the Bible, and Birthdays) Ali writes: Have you written on “birthdays?” My parents taught us the bible teaches that birthday celebrations are wrong and selfish. I remember King Herod being an example. I also was the example for my younger sisters as on my 6th birthday I acted selfish and ungrateful and I […]

Answers to All Your Questions!

Answers to All Your Questions!

As my long-time readers and commenters know, I always enjoy getting thoughtful questions that I can answer for you. Going through my year-end Google Analytics report for 2010, I saw that a lot of people discovered this website by searching online with questions of their own. Naturally, lots of them led to information I've written about […]

"Gloria" and Why to Sing It: Two Links of Note

“Gloria” and Why to Sing It: Two Links of Note

I didn’t write either of these things. A small, mostly selfish part of me wishes I had. The rest of me is too happy to care, because you get to see them on any terms. The first is called “Going Back.” Jon Acuff writes the hilarious and devastatingly honest blog “Stuff Christians Like,” which intersperses […]

The Savior's Carol (George MacDonald)

The Savior’s Carol (George MacDonald)

“The Savior’s Carol” (SATB + Piano + Cello) Music: Eric M. Pazdziora. Text: George MacDonald. Piano: Ben Lynerd Cello: Clare Rothschild Director: Joan Allison Premiered December 16, 2010, at “Christmas On The Town” – Holy Trinity Church, Chicago IL. Available for: SATB + Piano + Cello SATB + Piano SATB + Harp SATB + Piano […]

The True Meaning of Christmas Trees: The Spiritual Abuse Connection

The True Meaning of Christmas Trees: The Spiritual Abuse Connection

First published Christmas 2009; newly updated for Quivering Daughters. I think I finally figured out what Christmas trees are really about. A while ago I found a blog article on the subject of our friend Mr. Tannenbaum. Apparently (the author observed) some folks believe that Christmas trees are pagan symbols that the church has adopted […]

Best. Paper. Ever.

Best. Paper. Ever.

Our sources assure us that this study was published in a peer-reviewed journal. Certainly the research appears to have been exhaustive. Or exhausting.   Tip-o'-the-hat to Grasping Reality with Both Hands.