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  • Prayer and Introspection:  Assessing One's Values
    Lent: A Call to Convictions and Commitment to One's Values
    The Bible, Gospel of Mark 8.31-38 (NRSV)8.31Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32He said...
  • Simeon's bucket list
    Simeon's bucket list
    In Luke 2:22-40 we learn that Jesus was circumcised on the eighth day. Thirty three days later his mother observed the purification rites (Leviticus 12:2-8). The family’s offering was doves or pigeons without a lamb because Jesus’...
  • Spire Chamber Ensemble presents 'Messiah' with period instruments
    Spire Chamber Ensemble presents 'Messiah' at Kauffman, with successful tweaks
    Dec 23, the eve of Christmas Eve, the 18-voice Spire Ensemble, under the direction of Founder and Artistic Director, Ben A. Spalding, presented Handel's Messiah,at a Baroque pitch with period strings, oboes bassoon and natural trumpets. Guest...
  • A program of contrasts from the San Francisco Symphony this week
    A program of contrasts from the San Francisco Symphony this week
    The San Francisco Symphony’s traditional Colors of Christmas program is already underway, the first performance having taken place last evening. There are two more performances to go, however, so there’s still time to hear Grammy®...
  • Handel as he once was
    Ellen T. Harris offers a look at musical genius that's fit to Handel
    Sometimes it’s too much to Handel.That’s a compliment.The first time one listens to the genius of George Frideric Handel has been thrilled by the unexpected exclamations of “wonderful, counselor!” in the middle of the...
  • In Defense of Judas
    In Defense of Judas
    Throughout history, since the beginning of the Common Era, two names have stood in contrast in the human psyche: Jesus, and Judas. No name would be more synonymous with betrayal and treachery than the latter, and it would forever be tied to his...
  • Jesus versus Christ
    Jesus versus Christ
    Sometime circa 4 b.c.e., a baby was born in Galilee, a hamlet so small and remote that it’s never been mentioned in the Jewish Bible. Nazareth probably consisted of a hundred or so residents, all of them poor and illiterate land workers....
  • Pope Francis
    Pope Francis calls faithful to reflect on spiritual blindness in daily homily
    In the daily homily on the fourth Sunday in Lent in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis reflected on the need for repentance and the awareness of our spiritual blindness. According to Zenit News, Pope Francis said,"Let us ask ourselves about...
  • Thirst for living water
    Is there cognitive dissonance in our worship? A story from Sychar.
    Read John 4:1-42The 4th chapter of John’s gospel has so many perspectives.The 4th verse reads in most translations that he had to pass through Samaria. He “had to.”Really, Jesus was bounded by his choice of routes? He had to go...
  • iran messiah
    Iranian Muslim leader: The returning messiah 'will behead the Western leaders'
    One of the most powerful Iranians in the nation, theocratic or otherwise, has unequivocally stated that upon the return of the Islamic messiah, he will personally take it upon himself to execute Western leaders, as reported by the right-of-center...
  • Judge Lu Ann Ballew
    Christian judge fired after changing boy’s name from Messiah to Martin
    A Tennessee judge that ordered a boy's name be changed from Messiah to Martin, despite the wishes of the child’s parents, has been removed from the bench. Judge Lu Ann Ballew has been terminated as Child Support Magistrate for Cocke...
  • We are not the Messiah
    We are not the Messiah
    Every preacher worth his salt knows that a pastor is not the Messiah. Every politician worthy of office knows that human leaders are not the Messiah. Every teacher worthy of the title knows that teachers are not the Messiah. Every member of every...
  •                         Zechariah, the Prophet of hope
    Zechariah, the Prophet of hope
    Visions in the night“During the night I had a vision—and there before me was a man riding a red horse! He was standing among the myrtle trees in a ravine. Behind him were red, brown, and white horses. I asked, ‘What are these, my...
  • My heart will sing
    My heart will sing
    And prompted by the [Holy] Spirit, he came into the temple [enclosure]; and when the parents brought in the little child Jesus to do for Him what was customary according to the Law, [Simeon] took Him up in his arms and praised and thanked God and...
  • Liar pants on fire
    Liar pants on fire: The tall-tales of President Obama
    The man elected to the White House is supposed to be one of integrity, honesty and character. However, it doesn't seem to be the case with the current president who has been caught telling some whoppers while in office.He's become known as...