St. Matthew’s Passion

The furtherance and further enrichment of the medieval Christian heritage of music and art remains of the greatest legacies of the Lutheran wing of the Protestant Reformation. As Luther stated in the preface to the 1524 Wittenberg Hymnal, he was “not of the opinion that the gospel should destroy and blight all the arts, as [Read More...]

An Epic Night in Philadelphia

It has been a long week and creativity is lacking, so please forgive me for the cross-post today.  The following post was published on September 4, 2012 at The Way of Improvement Leads Home.  –JF We almost didn’t see Bruce Springsteen in Philadelphia on Sunday night. I have spent the last couple of weeks battling [Read More...]

Explo ’72

We are rapidly approaching the fortieth anniversary of a paradigmatic event in the history of American evangelicalism. Beginning on June 12, 1972, around 85,000 young Americans (mostly high schoolers and collegians) assembled in Dallas, Texas, for what became known as Explo ’72 (short for “spiritual explosion”). Historians in recent years have paid a surprising amount [Read More...]


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