God’s Dwelling Place is With Man

God’s dwelling place is with man. This is a theme in scripture that we often attribute to the New Testament when Christ comes to earth as our Immanuel in the incarnation (and rightly so!). But, God’s dwelling place has been with man since God’s creation, and indeed, we can know that God’s plan to dwell…

What is My Only Comfort in Life and in Death?

I had written previously about catechism resources, and it wasn’t until my mom died and we read the first question and answer from the Heidelberg Catechism corporately at the graveside service that I realized this is what catechisms are for. The theology we have studied for years and years as children and teenagers prepare us…

Lamentations

In recent weeks of grieving both the loss of my mother and the loss of our friend’s daughter to suicide, I have sought refuge in the psalms and in songs of lament. Please listen and be encouraged by these songs of lament, if you are experiencing grief of any kind. God is indeed near to…

Christians Sing: The Necessity of Thoughtful Corporate Worship

In our modern evangelical church culture, we have both an inflated view of congregational singing and a truncated view. Our liturgies are often bombarded with a liturgy of greeting, announcements, song, song, song, song, sermon, song, benediction. This repetitiveness of singing inflates the occurrence of corporate singing but often diminishes the theological depth that music…

Oh Death, Where is your Victory?

My mom died exactly 2 weeks ago. It’s still sinking in. I feel the sting of death. We have prayed to our God for 10 over years for our God to give my mom more years, and in His good (and incredibly painful) Will, He took away. We miss her, more than I can even…

The Invocation

O Revelator Sustaining every soul who longs to know the Father’s will O Revelator Sustaining every soul who longs to know the Father’s will Veni Sancte Spiritus Veni Sancte Spiritus Come reveal what’s in Your heart Show us who we really are Come reveal what’s in Your heart Show us who we really are More…

Jupiter from Holst’s “The Planets”

This suite movement is one of my favorite orchestral pieces. It is both out of this world sounding (hence the name “Jupiter”), but also takes on a wild-west mood that sounds almost like the soundtrack to a covered wagon excursion in the 1800’s (to my ears and imagination!). It has such familiar themes and includes the…

Andrew Bird: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Andrew Bird takes violin playing to another level. With his classical background, he plays with such creativity and brilliance. His whistling, singing, strumming, and playing are all so unique and enjoyable. For me, I have learned how big and deliciously creative the world of violin can be with artists like Andrew Bird. Enjoy!

Desiring the Kingdom

“And the rigors and pleasures of musical creation attest to our vocation as subcreators. In short, music and song seem to stand as packed microcosms of what it means to be human. How appropriate, then, for song to be such a primary means for reordering our desires in the context of Christian worship.” James K.A….

Leia Zhu: Young Violinist with an Amazing Imagination

I came across this violinist (as I’m sure, MANY people have) yesterday and have been amazed by the talent of such a young girl. The violinist’s name is Leia Zhu and she’s 10 years old. She’s playing the Paganini Violin Concerto and giving the context, practice advice, and interpretation in these two separate videos. I’m…