Giving Witness (with the Messiah)

I (like many of you, I’m sure) love Handel’s Messiah, ever since I spent years as a teenager participating in a choir that performed the oratorio every Christmas and Easter. But I thought this piece on the recent performance at Trinity Wall Street (which, incidentally, is two blocks from my office) was interesting: But before the [Read More...]

How is the Kingdom of God Coming? Part 3

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Any consideration of how the kingdom of God is coming must grapple with one of the most striking and surprising passages in the New Testament. The first chapters of the Gospel of Mark chronicle Jesus’ healings, exorcisms, parables, and controversies. Through his words and works, his true identity is seen, but not seen; it is [Read More...]

Handel’s Messiah: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece, Part III

Part 3 of series: Handel’s Messiah: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece In my last post I began examining the libretto (words) of Handel’s Messiah, showing the Easter focus of this piece. Last time I summarized the first two parts of the composition. Here’s a quick review: Part I: Prophetic expectation of the Messiah; the birth of [Read More...]

Handel’s Messiah: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece, Parts I & II

A portion of the Messiah in Handel's own hand. It is the chorus in Part 1 that begins: "And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed."

Part 2 of series: Handel’s Messiah: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece In Friday’s post I explained why Handel’s Messiah, a piece we ordinary associate with Christmas, is really an oratorio for Easter. Today, I want to begin to examine the libretto (the words of the composition) to show the strong Easter themes. The Messiah comes in [Read More...]


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