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A Lenten remembrance

Beginning Wednesday, the larger Christian community will begin to prepare for the celebration of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This season of preparation, Lent, has several themes, including self-examination and repentance from sin, prayer, fasting, self-denial, and meditation on God’s Word. The time of preparation lasts forty days, from Ash Wednesday (February 13, 2013) until the beginning of

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Epiphany

Across Christendom the celebration of the birth of Christ is coming to a close. Christians across the globe remember the visit of the Magi following the twelve days of Christmas. The Gospel writer Matthew brings to light the sign by which the Magi new of Christ’s birth, a star. He chronicles their journey to find the One who was born

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The humility of Advent

Advent is a season of reflection and anticipation. As we look back to the distant past, we can clearly see the beauty of God’s faithfulness. He remained steadfast to His promises to bring forth a Savior; valleys were exalted, hills made low, and the glory of God was displayed in a humble stable. The prophets of old foretold of the

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Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns: How Pop Culture Rewrote the Hymnal, by T. David Gordon

Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns: How Pop Culture Rewrote the Hymnal, by T. David Gordon. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing Company, 2010. 186pp. $12.99. T. David Gordon is Professor of Religion at Grove City College in Grove City, PA, where he has served in this capacity since 1999. He earned the Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Roanoke College and the

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Assist Me to Proclaim: The Life and Hymns of Charles Wesley, by John R. Tyson

Assist Me to Proclaim: The Life and Hymns of Charles Wesley, by John R. Tyson. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007. 356 pp. $17.50. John R. Tyson is currently Visiting Professor of Church History and director of United Methodist Studies at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. He graduated from Grove City College with the Bachelor of Arts and from Asbury Theological Seminary

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Pentecost Sunday

Note: This is the second installation of a series of posts concerning the major feast days of the Christian year. The first part can be found here. The high feast of Pentecost Sunday is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter. The focus of the remembrance is the giving of the Holy Spirit to the early disciples as recorded in

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Ascension Day

Throughout the coming year I will be offering a series on the major feasts of the Christian Calendar. The series will include scriptural, hymnological, and choral resources regarding the liturgical celebrations. My hope is that we of the free church would become more conversant with many of the great liturgical traditions, making good use of those which would biblically and

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Florida School Launches New Sacred Music Degree

Reformation Bible College, recently founded by theologian, R. C. Sproul, will commence with its newest degree program, the Bachelor of Arts in Sacred Music. The courses will emphasize theological training, ministerial understanding, and a number of performance areas. Opportunities for study in the area of music for the church are continuing to grow. Check out what is going on with

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Jon Duncan returns from trip to North Korea

AT Editor Jon Duncan, conductor of the Sons of Jubal, recently returned from a tour to North Korea. View his interview with CNN about the trip here.

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