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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

When Angels Dance, and other links

The posting of links does not constitute an endorsement of the sites linked, and not necessarily even agreement with the specific posts linked.

* Another rude Obamacare surprise awaits -- "People who didn’t have health insurance during 2014 may soon have to pay a penalty fee that starts at $95 and goes up based on how much you earn."

* Debate over Christian club at Wantagh High School on Long Island -- "According to the Equal Access Act of 1984 it's unconstitutional not to allow faith-based clubs."
* Here’s What Happens to Your Data After You Die -- "...before you die and leave your family a mess of locked-down digital assets...There are three key things you need to do..."
* NAACP sues the Radiance Foundation for exercising right to Free Speech -- "The ACLU of Virginia and the Electronic Frontier Foundation file an amicus brief on behalf of The Radiance Foundation’s First Amendment rights to criticize an organization through parody."
* So You Think Theology Is Impractical? -- "When Angels Dance: The Practical Value of “Impractical” Questions...what sounds like a purely speculative question about the nature of angels is really a question about the fundamental nature of the universe itself. If the universe contains both spiritual and physical realities, how do they relate to each other?"
* Student punished for preaching sues Everett school district -- “Leal is described in the lawsuit as a 'young man who is a practitioner of the Christian faith' who believes he should convey his beliefs to others.”
Study Suggests Genetic Link for Male Homosexuality -- "Experts not involved in the study were more skeptical."
What Philippians 4:6-7 Bible Passage Can Teach Us About Managing Anxiety Today -- "Brandon Dale, a Brown University student, said he often turns to Biblical study to deal with school pressures and anxiety -- and he finds this one to be particularly powerful because of its complexity."
* Will Satanist material, Bibles both be banned from some Florida schools? -- "...the school board has discussed the possibility of revoking the policy allowing distribution of religious literature..."

A Voice We Loved is Stilled

Mr. Raymond Cooper Hamrick died Monday, November 24, 2014 in the 99th year of his life. He was born on June 14, 1915 in Macon, Georgia. He was a master jeweler and watchmaker. He was "a voice we loved" in the Sacred Harp community. He was a singer and composer, served the Sacred Harp Publishing Company on the board of directors, as president for four terms, and on the 1991 Revision Committee. Though this voice we love "is stilled" his music that fills every heart and tongue, overflows our lips, and unveils the beauties of God's face, lives on in The 1991 Edition of The Sacred Harp and The Georgian Harmony.

Mr. Hamrick's services and burial will be Wednesday, December 3 at Evergreen Cemetery, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia. Singers will, Lord willing, sing his tunes Lloyd and Christian's Farewell.

Brethren, farewell, I do you tell,
I’m sorry to leave, I love you so well.
Now I must go, where I don’t know,
Wherever Christ leads me the trumpet to blow.

Here I have worked, labored awhile,
But labor is sweet if Jesus doth smile.
When I am done, I will go home
Where Jesus is smiling and bids me to come.
From Benjamin Lloyd's Primitive Hymns, No. 621

Monday, November 24, 2014

Music news and views

The posting of links does not constitute an endorsement of the sites linked, and not necessarily even agreement with the specific posts linked.

* A Sketch of the Life of James Martin Hamrick -- "My first recollection was when I was three years old. I went with Mother to the burial of a Mrs. Cruse, who was placed away with her infant in her arms..."

* American Tunes in West Gallery Sources -- "...America had a great impact on religious music in Britain between 1770 and 1860 as well."
* Choral Public Domain Library 4-Shape Shapenote Editions -- "Mostly early American songs not readily available in modern books in shape note format"
* Come Sound His Praise Abroad: A Report on the First Germany Sacred Harp Convention -- "Aside from Germans, there were singers in attendance from England, Ireland, Poland, Sweden, and the United States."
 * Gay singers test country music's appeal -- "Being a gay male country artist is not the best thing," Gilman said.
* Sacred Harp Singing and the Christian Eschatological Imagination -- "In many ways, these components of Sacred Harp singing are a mirror image of Christian eschatology."
* The Great Lost Doors Movie Reveals 'How Jim Really Was' -- "John Densmore and Robby Krieger talk about finally getting the band's abandoned 1968 film 'Feats of Friends' released: "It's a document of a time."
* The Old World Seeks the Old Paths: Observing Our Transnationally Expanding Singing Community -- "...the tradition’s widening beyond US borders has exceeded the most imaginative predictions of the 1970s and 1980s."
* Tye Tribbett Nominated For BET AWARD In Best Gospel Artist Category -- "This is Tribbett’s first nomination and is being recognized for his hit album GREATER THAN."

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Go, worship at Immanuel's feet

1. Go, worship at Immanuel's feet,
See in his face what wonders meet!
Earth is too narrow to express
His worth, his glory, or his grace.

2. The whole creation can afford
But some faint shadows of my Lord;
Nature, to make his beauties known,
Must mingle colors not her own.

3. Is he compared to wine or bread?
Dear Lord, our souls would thus be fed
That flesh, that dying blood of thine,
Is bread of life, is heav'nly wine.

4. Is he a tree? The world receives
Salvation from his healing leaves;
That righteous branch, that fruitful bough,
Is David's root and offspring too.

5. Is he a rose? Not Sharon yields
Such fragrancy in all her fields:
Or if the lily he assume,
The valleys bless the rich perfume.

6. Is he a vine? His heav'nly root
Supplies the boughs with life and fruit
O let a lasting union join
My soul the branch to Christ the vine!

7. Is he the head? Each member lives,
And owns the vital powers he gives;
The saints below and saints above
Joined by his Spirit and his love.

8. Is he a fountain? There I bathe,
And heal the plague of sin and death
These waters all my soul renew,
And cleanse my spotted garments too.

9. Is he a fire? He'll purge my dross;
But the true gold sustains no loss:
Like a refiner shall he sit,
And tread the refuse with his feet.

10. Is he a rock? How firm he proves!
The Rock of ages never moves;
Yet the sweet streams that from him flow
Attend us all the desert through.

11. Is he a way? He leads to God,
The path is drawn in lines of blood;
There would I walk with hope and zeal,
Till I arrive at Zion's hill.

12. Is he a door? I'll enter in
Behold the pastures large and green,
A paradise divinely fair;
None but the sheep have freedom there.

13. Is he designed the corner-stone,
For men to build their heav'n upon?
I'll make him my foundation too,
Nor fear the plots of hell below.

14. Is he a temple? I adore
Th' indwelling majesty and power
And still to this most holy place,
Whene'er I pray, I turn my face.

15. Is he a star? He breaks the night
Piercing the shades with dawning light;
I know his glories from afar,
I know the bright, the morning star.

16. Is he a sun? His beams are grace,
His course is joy and righteousness;
Nations rejoice when he appears
To chase their clouds and dry their tears.

17. O let me climb those higher skies,
Where storms and darkness never rise!
There he displays his power abroad,
And shines and reigns th' incarnate God.

18. Nor earth, nor seas, nor sun, nor stars,
Nor heav'n, his full resemblance bears;
His beauties we can never trace,
Till we behold him face to face.

* Go Worship at Immanuel's Feet -- By Isaac Watts

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Koran is Misunderstood?

In Quran Is Not for Muslims, Mike Ghouse traces much of the "misunderstanding" of Islam to the mistranslation of the Koran/Quran, some of which he says was done purposely. He writes, "It may be worth your while to see the list of the mistranslated verses and how the fear mongers in the market have capitalized on those. The best way to understand Quran is to remember, 'If it is not about justice, mercy and creating harmony', then the translation is wrong. Go back and read it several times, three verse before the 'wrongfully maligned' verse and three afterwards, and read at least three to four translations."

But he goes on to say that the "Quran in Arabic is precisely same and well preserved, but its translation and interpretations are not." So this IS NOT just a misunderstanding of mistranslations. Just like other religions, there are different viewpoints as to the meaning of their sacred scriptures. And it seems to me that a lot of Arabic readers have the most violent interpretations of it.

Friday, November 21, 2014

History quotes

"Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all: the conscientious historian will correct these defects." -- Herodotus

"If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday." -- Pearl S. Buck

Some write a narrative of wars and feats,
Of heroes little known, and call the rant
A history.
--William Cowper

"All that the historians give us are little oases in the desert of time, and we linger fondly in these, forgetting the vast tracks between one and another that were trodden by the weary generations of men." -- John Alfred Spender

Woe unto the defeated,
whom history treads
into the dust.
--Arthur Koestler

"The past actually happened, but history is only what someone wrote down." -- A. Whitney Brown

"It might be a good idea if the various countries of the world would occasionally swap history books, just to see what other people are doing with the same set of facts." -- Bill Vaughan

"History teaches us the mistakes we are going to make." -- Unknown

"It is not worthwhile to try to keep history from repeating itself, for man's character will always make the preventing of the repetitions impossible." -- Mark Twain

"History is the witness of time, the lamp of truth, the embodied soul of memory, the instructress of life, and the messenger of antiquity." -- Cicero

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Another example of LGBT bullying

* Thousands Sign Petition To Cancel TLC's '19 Kids And Counting' Over Stars' Anti-LGBT Sentiments

Huff Post reports on a petition to cancel '19 Kids And Counting'. According to the creator of the petition: "The Duggars have been using their fame to promote discrimination, hate, and fear-mongering against gays and transgendered people," Wissick wrote in a letter to TLC which was posted on the Change.org petition page. "You need to take a stand on the side of justice and cancel their show."

This illustrates the viewpoint intolerance of some of the LGBT lobby and its supporters. I wouldn't know anything about '19 Kids And Counting' if I didn't hear others talk about it. I have never watched it and have not desire to do so. I don't petition to cancel LGBT, socialist, porno or other shows whose viewpoints with which I don't agree. Such is bullying them off the networks, not winning by the triumph of truth. Why not speak what you believe -- and if you don't want to watch something, just don't watch it!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gettysburg, its battles and addresses

From July 1 to July 3, 1863, the "Battle of Gettysburg" was fought between Union and Confederate soldiers in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania -- with horrendous outcome, the loss of about 23,000 Union soldiers (wounded, captured or missing) and 23,000 to 28,000 Confederate casualties (wounded, captured or missing).

About four months later the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was held November 19, 1863. The Cemetery was created for re-interments from the Gettysburg Battlefield of those soldiers who had been hastily buried there.

The main speaker at the memorial was Edward Everett (1794–1865), who reportedly delivered a two-hour speech. Everett was from Massachusetts, a renowned speaker, former pastor and politician (which included U. S. Representative, U. S. Senator and Governor of Massachusetts)  President Lincoln's "Dedicatory Remarks" followed Everett's oration and a song, and preceded another song and the benediction by Henry L. Baugher, a Lutheran clergyman and president of Gettysburg College.

Everett's two-hour speech was not unusual for the time and was apparently well received. Over the years his oration has receded from view while Lincoln's "Dedicatory Remarks" have taken center stage.

Gettysburg links
* 151 years ago, Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address connected a nation to 1776 -- "...Gettysburg...is both the sword that secured our national direction at a cost of 50,000 men in three days, and the address spoken by Abraham Lincoln on Nov. 19, 1863..."
* Did Abraham Lincoln omit God from the Gettysburg Address? -- "...there are at least nine versions of the Gettysburg Address from the time period, with some in Lincoln’s handwriting. All are slightly different..."
* Gettysburg 150 – A Southern Perspective -- "On July 3 [2013] a reading of the Roll of the Dead began at the National Cemetery and for the first time in history, the name of both Union and Confederate were read.  Prior to this, only Union names were read at such occasions.
* Gettysburg Oration by Edward Everett -- "But they, I am sure, will join us in saying, as we bid farewell to the dust of these martyr-heroes, that wheresoever throughout the civilized world the accounts of this great warfare are read, and down to the latest period of recorded time, in the glorious annals of our common country, there will be no brighter page than that which relates The Battles of Gettysburg."
* History & Culture Gettysburg National Military Park -- " The fate of the nation literally hung in the balance that summer of 1863 when General Robert E. Lee, commanding the "Army of Northern Virginia", led his army north into Maryland and Pennsylvania, bringing the war directly into northern territory.
* Myths and mysteries about the Gettysburg Address -- “Edward Everett was the featured speaker of the day...he told Lincoln, 'I should be glad, if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes.'”
* Read six different versions of the Gettysburg Address -- "There were five versions of the Gettysburg Address that were acknowledged by Abraham Lincoln in his lifetime."
* The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 -- "Tillie Pierce was born in 1848 and when the battle began, had lived all her life in the village of Gettysburg...She was attending school on June 26 when the cry 'the Rebels are coming!' reverberated through the town's sleepy streets."
* The Battle of Gettysburg - Pickett's Charge - A Confederate Official Report -- "He stopped but for a moment to look on his dying son, gave him his canteen of water, and pressed on..."
* The Battle of Gettysburg Summary & Facts -- "As many as 51,000 soldiers from both armies were killed, wounded, captured or missing in the three-day battle."
* The Other Gettysburg Address -- “Mr. Everett was listened to with breathless silence by all that immense crowd, and he had his audience in tears many times during his masterly effort.”
* Today in Media History: Reporters describe Lincoln's 1863 Gettysburg Address -- "Depending on their political leanings, newspapers added their own comment to coverage of the speech...Newspapers critical of the President had snide things to say about the speech’s brevity and inappropriateness to the occasion. Lincoln supporters, on the other hand, published glowing reviews and noted the classical elegance and heartfelt emotion of the address."

The muffled drum's sad roll has beat
The soldier's last tattoo;
No more on life's parade shall meet
The brave and daring few.
On Fame's eternal camping-ground
Their silent tents are spread,
And Glory guards with solemn round
The bivouac of the dead.
[From Theodore O’Hara, The Bivouac of the Dead, 1847]

Half of Britons, and other links

The posting of links does not constitute an endorsement of the sites linked, and not necessarily even agreement with the specific posts linked.

* Are Bible believing Christians obligated to obey the government all the time? -- "Our framers set religious freedom as a high priority and included the practice of religion without interference from the government or anyone else in the wording of the First Amendment."
* Half of Britons think religion does more harm than good -- "Even a fifth of those who see themselves as devout say religion is harmful to society, study finds."
* I'm a Liberal Democrat. I'm Voting for Rand Paul in 2016. -- "Rand Paul is my candidate in 2016, even though the Tea Party would consider me Joseph Stalin's love child...Eric Holder actually answered that theoretically, yes, drone strikes to kill Americans on U.S. soil could be viewed as legal, depending on the circumstance. If this doesn't frighten you, then vote for Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush, since neither one cares about this matter."
* School tells kids: Stop praying to Jesus, singing Amazing Grace -- "Christian students at a Colorado public high school were told they could no longer meet to pray, sing religious songs or discuss religious topics during free time..."
* Scofield and His Bible -- "The impact of the Scofield Bible...reshaped the culture of evangelicalism."
* Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About the Green Bay Packers -- "Early on in their history, the Green Bay Packers were the Acme Packers, taking their name from the Acme Packing Company."
* 5 Things Never to Ask in a Job Interview -- "The wrong questions, however, can tank even the best interview."
* 6 Ways Religion Does More Bad Than Good -- "What if harming society is part of religion’s survival strategy?"

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The devil’s forgotten the refrain

The lines below come from the song Embracing Accusation by Shane and Shane. In this song they talk about Satan's accusations. I'm not a big fan of the song itself (musically), but I really like the way the song ends with Satan singing an old song of which he forgot the chorus!

Oh the devil’s singing over me
An age old song
That I am cursed and gone astray
Singing the first verse so conveniently
He’s forgotten the refrain--
Jesus saves!

From "Embracing Accusation" by Shane and Shane. Words by Shane Barnard.