Independence Day Staple, the “1812 Overture” is a Story of God’s Sovereignty Over Human History

1812_overture

Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture is a staple of Fourth of July celebrations around the United States, yet many of us might not be aware of the narrative that unfolds in the music. You might think that it recounts a pivotal battle between the United States and Great Britain during the War of 1812 but you would be wrong. You might be really intelligent and know that the piece is actually about Russia driving Napoleon out of Moscow in early fall of 1812, as heard with the competing musical quotations of … [Read more...]

The Separation of Church and Patriotism

There are several songs in the back of our Baptist Hymnal that are listed under the heading of "Patriotic", including "The Star-Spangled Banner", "America the Beautiful", "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", and my personal favorite, "O Canada". Why is that one my favorite? Because I think it proves the point of why we shouldn't sing any of these songs during a worship service. If it is inappropriate to sing "O Canada" in Alabama while worshipping the Lord of All the Nations, then why is it okay to sing … [Read more...]


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