Religion

Hymns and Lamentations

Hymns and Lamentations

Hymns and Lamentations by Eric Pazdziora Hymns and Lamentations, a new album featuring my compositions, piano, and vocals, is now available for listening and purchasing at mp3.ericpazdziora.com. You can listen to the album for free online, or name your own price to download digital tracks. Album notes: There are days of loss and sadness, fear and depression, […]

Leaning, Leaning....

Leaning, Leaning….

Here’s Ken Medema, a blind pianist / composer / singer / storyteller with a truly amazing talent, performing a routine about an unforgettable experience as a church musician. Let’s just say, he also does a pretty mean trombone impression….  

Oswald Chambers: Job and the Meaning of Suffering

Oswald Chambers: Job and the Meaning of Suffering

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) was a pastor, author, and WWI military chaplain, best known today for his classic devotional book My Utmost For His Highest. His less familiar books include a study of the book of Job entitled Baffled to Fight Better. Chambers addresses the problem of why God allows tragedy by contrasting Job’s friends’ assured religious platitudes with Job’s […]

Unsystematic Theology: How Much Should Christians Tip?

Unsystematic Theology: How Much Should Christians Tip?

How much should a Christian tip? That might seem like kind of a wacky question, though I’ve been asked it before. If you read much theology, you’ll cover topics like Incarnation and Ineffability and Predestination and Hypostasis. Lessons in Tipping don’t come up often except, well, in the real world. The question is on everyone’s […]

The Galatian Road out of Legalism

The Galatian Road out of Legalism

(Originally published in 2010 as a guest post on “The Cult Next Door.“) Legalism. It’s one of those nasty words that everybody points to as an example of religion gone wrong. Everybody knows that you shouldn’t be a legalist. Everybody knows that legalism is unbiblical. Everybody would be affronted if you called them a legalist. […]

Is Christmas Biblical? A Few More Comments

Is Christmas Biblical? A Few More Comments

It’s now officially the time of year — i.e., Christmas —  when people find my website by searching for such unlikely things as “Is Christmas Pagan?” and “The True Meaning of Christmas Trees” and “Tacky Nativity Scenes” and, of course, “Angels We Have Heard on High” (SATB acapella). Ah, the joys of being an unsystematic theology […]

Gloria Patri

Gloria Patri

Gloria Patri SATB + Organ Music: Eric M. Pazdziora Text: Traditional, adapted EMP Organ: Brent Stutzman Conductor: Michelle Lynch —————– “Gloria Patri” is a choral setting (SATB + Organ) of a familiar Christian liturgical text, which has the distinction of being in continuous documented use since at least the second century. My setting places the […]

The Truth about "Effeminate Worship"

The Truth about “Effeminate Worship”

Several popular (though controversial) preachers have taken up a refrain of social commentary I’ve heard a few too many times. They denounce what they see as a trend of “Effeminate Worship.” (Here’s a typical message. Here’s another and another.) Apparently, modern churches have become “feminized,” unlike the old days when men were men. This means […]

Interview: Anita Singleton-Prather on the Power of Storytelling

Interview: Anita Singleton-Prather on the Power of Storytelling

From the files of things I’ve been doing lately, here’s one I’m especially happy with. For my day job — which, for those who don’t know, involves  web content and music for an African American Christian publisher — I  got to interview an extremely talented storyteller named Anita Singleton-Prather who’s created a fun series of […]