November 22, 2017

Archives for December 2016

Advent Pic & Post III

ADVENT III Two Bach cantatas are associated with the third Sunday in Advent. Both are “lost” cantatas. The first is BWV 186a, “Ärgre dich, o Seele, nicht” (Fret not, O soul), a later version of which is played on the 7th Sunday After Trinity. The second is BWV 141, “Das ist je gewißlich wahr” (This is now the gospel truth), […]

Saturday Ramblings: December 10, 2016

RAMBLER OF THE WEEK This week’s Rambler of the Week is a no-brainer, as far as I’m concerned. This week we witnessed the passing of one of the greatest heroes of my generation: John Glenn. It is hard to express what it was like to see rockets and astronauts and to watch on our black […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: December 9, 2016

Note from CM: At the end of this week when I have been involved in a training for bereavement caregivers, I thought this eloquent statement of faith by Michael Spencer, “In the End, God Knows Us,” appropriate for our meditation. • • • But now that you have come to know God, or rather to […]

Mike the Geologist: On the Grand Canyon and the Flood (6)

Previous posts in the series: On the Grand Canyon and the Flood (1) On the Grand Canyon and the Flood (2) On the Grand Canyon and the Flood (3) On the Grand Canyon and the Flood (4) On the Grand Canyon and the Flood (5) • • • The Grand Canyon, Monument to an Ancient […]

People need friends, not fixers

My job is not to fix you. Nor you me. Nor is it our collective calling to fix one another. To be “our brother’s keeper” does not mean that we are responsible to do for our brother what he can only do for himself by God’s grace. This is one of those areas where American […]

Dispatches from the Wilderness of Grief

Dispatches from the Wilderness of Grief Scottsdale, Arizona. Dec. 5, 2016 This week I am in Scottsdale, AZ attending a training given through The Center for Loss and Life Transition and presented by Dr. Alan Wolfelt. Dr. Wolfelt is a grief counselor and one of North America’s premier authors and educators in the area of grief and loss. […]

Sermon: Advent II – Sinai’s Last Thunder

Sermon: Advent I Sinai’s Last Thunder In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make […]

Advent Pic and Cantata of the Week II

ADVENT II Bach Cantata 70, “Watch! Pray!” BWV 70 is an expansion of a cantata Bach wrote seven years earlier in Weimar. The music for this earlier work has been almost entirely lost. It was one of a group of three cantatas (BWV 70a.186a,147a) that Bach produced in December 1716 based on texts by the Weimar court poet Salomo Franck. […]

Saturday Ramblings: December 3, 2016

RAMBLER OF THE WEEK As far as we know, there is only one person left in this world who was born in the 19th century. On Tuesday, Emma Morano celebrated her 117th birthday. I think that’s worthy of our Rambler of the Week honor, don’t you? Ms. Morano, the oldest of eight siblings, was born on […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: December 2, 2016

Today, Michael Spencer’s classic post, “Lo, How a Rose:” Experiencing The Power of Beauty. • • • It was Christmas of 1968. I was a seventh grader at Estes Junior High School. School was a huge part of my world. My father was beginning down the road to depression. I was an only child, and […]