Arguably one of the best songwriters of all time, and one whose lyrics could stand alongside the best of poets, Cockburn has never found the widespread audience he deserves.
Pope John Paul II said at the beatification of Fra Angelico: “His belief became art, which in turn became faith. The art became a prayer.
Chris Willman, music writer for Entertainment Weekly, wrote that “he really could’ve been a star if he were singing about something other than Jesus.”3 But with Larry Norman, that is unimaginable.
I hear the train a comin’
“God breathes through us so completely . . . so gently we hardly feel it . . . yet, it is our everything.”
One of these mornings One of these mornings I’m gonna lay down my cross Get me a crown One of these evenings, oh Lord Late one evening, my Lord Late one evening I’m going home to live on high Starts as soon as my feet strike Zion Lay down my heavy burdens Put on my […]
By now you have seen the apocalyptic images of Houston Texas with its entire infrastructure completely submerged in the floods of Hurricane Harvey. As one of her lifelong residents, I assure you that no photograph captures its impact. Tens and possibly hundreds of thousands of people saw their homes swept away by the water. Even […]
LIFE REFLECTIONS Felix Mendelssohn I know perfectly well that no musician can make his thoughts or talents different to what Heaven has made them; but I also know that if Heaven has given him good ones, he must also be able to develop them properly. Some people make it look easy. While many masterpieces are […]
Grace will lead me home.
And he shall reign forever and ever. Hallelujah.
In reality, Bach was nothing less than a theologian who worked with a keyboard.
John Calvin and his followers had limited congregational singing to the actual words of Scripture—and largely that meant the psalms. Watts saw no reason why Christian songs of praise should be limited in this way.
The ultimate purpose of all Martin Luther’s music was in its message: to shine a fresh and unforgettable light upon the texts and teachings of Scripture, and to give a voice to the joy that the gospel brought to the human heart.
“At the Day of Judgement we shall not be asked what we have read but what we have done.”
― Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal.”
In Saint Petersburg in the 1860s a group of friends, the Могучая кучка (Moguchaya kuchka) which is roughly translated as “the Five” or “The Mighty Handful” met together for drink and discussion about Music and Philosophy not unlike The Inklings did with literature and poetry a generation later. These Russian composers all lived in St […]
Johann Sebastian Bach lived from 1685 to 1750. He mastered order and that mastery has captivated generations of music lovers. When listening or performing Bach, order and beauty are easily perceived and felt, but what is not always apparent in our day is the rigor and obedience to the liturgical calendar, a calendar which orders […]
“A human being is a vessel that God has built for himself and filled with His inspiration so that his works are perfected in it” Hildegard von Bingen, O.S.B., the twelfth century mystic, theologian, poet, and composer/playwright lived so long ago that it warrants a timeline of sorts to see just how ahead of her […]
The most tangible expression of its availability is, of course, the Incarnation. But what on this earth connects us to that reality? After all, as Dallas Willard said, God is Spirit, or “unbodily personal power.” One of my favorite CS Lewis essays is a letter Lewis wrote to Owen Barfield in which he brilliantly unpacks […]