Happy Easter!?!?

2 Corinthians 5:14-17 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one [Read More…]

Examining the Words of Handel’s Messiah – Parts 1 and 2

Part 2 of series: Handel’s Messiah: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece Today, I want to begin to examine the libretto (the words of the composition) of Handel’s Messiah to show its strong Easter themes. The Messiah comes in three parts. I’ll provide a short summary of each part, beginning today with Parts 1 and 2. Part [Read More…]

Handel’s Messiah: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece – Introduction

I ended my last post by promising to discuss one further piece of Easter music. Today, I begin to keep my promise. Several years ago, the choir of Irvine Presbyterian Church, along with a couple of guest choirs, did something you might consider odd. They sang a wonderful, well-known piece of music. This isn’t odd, [Read More…]

Celebrating Fifty Days of Easter: Some Practical Suggestions

Part 3 of series: Introduction to Eastertide: The Season of Easter In my last post, I began to answer the question of what we might do if we were to celebrate Easter for fifty days. I explained that it’s not as if we ought to repeat the traditions of Easter Sunday fifty times in a [Read More…]