by Stephen J. Tracey
I understand that Mary was confused and perplexed. I doubt she was often greeted, in glowing terms, by an angel. “And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you’ ” (Luke 1:28). It’s not an everyday greeting.
No wonder “she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be” (v. 29). Read more
by Judith M. Dinsmore
When the rain started in Houston on August 26, it didn’t stop until the whole city was at least three feet deep in water. “Some areas in the thirty-inch range, some in the fifty-inch,” explained Steve Larson, Disaster Relief Coordinator for the OPC in Houston and member of Cornerstone OPC.
“It overwhelmed the bayous, it overwhelmed the rivers, it overwhelmed the reservoirs … all of [them] failed miserably, at the same time,” Larson said. As a result, Houston was ravaged by catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Read more
by Judith M. Dinsmore
Pastor Eric Hausler bought a generator this year, after living in South Naples for four hurricane seasons. “I figured I had dodged the bullet enough times,” Hausler laughed. He and his wife, Donna, moved to Florida in 2013 in order to plant a church.
The first worship service at mission work Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Naples, Florida, was held in November of that year. Read more
by Alan D. Strange
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) wrote extraordinary sacred music: passions based on each of the four evangelists, the B Minor Mass, the Christmas Oratorio, the Magnificat, those incomparable organ works for church, and cantatas galore.
He also wrote many pieces not for church—to name a few, the Goldberg Variations and other keyboard masterpieces, the Brandenburg Concerti, tons of partitas, preludes, suites, fugues, inventions, and, one of the most purely joyful little pieces of music I can think of, the Badinerie of his Orchestral Suite No. 2, BWV 1067. Bach dedicated all, whether for the church or not, Soli Deo Gloria, “glory to God alone,” and is widely recognized not only as one of the greatest sacred composers but also as one of the greatest composers ever (not a few, in fact, have placed him at number one). Read more