Friday, July 31, 2015

Appealing to the government, and changing sides

"We must not fight false belief by appealing to the government or other forms of coercive force; rather, we must fight it by testifying to the truth."

"Would you have me on the other side? Then the task before you is clear: Show me from the scriptures where I am wrong and you are right."

These two quotes above come from Bart Barber, in his blog post The Biblical Case for Religious Liberty.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Just because I can't, and other music quotes

"Just because I can't sing, doesn't mean I won't sing." -- Snoopy (Charlie Brown's dog)

"A song does not exist until it is sung, or re-created, by a human voice. Every incarnation is different, and so one sound is the only right one. This is a paradox. A page of music seems to present a finished product, yet it contains no sound. (Hold it up to your ear: Can you hear it?) The song doesn’t live until it comes off the page and resumes its natural state as sound. The page can no more substitute for living sound than a recipe can for edible food." -- Alice Parker

"Sing so they can hear you!" -- Unknown

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Praise for Reigning Grace

No. 406 in Gadsby's Selection (meter 8.8.6.) by John Kent
Praise for Reigning Grace. Rom. 5. 20, 21; Rev. 5. 9

    1    Hark! how the blood-bought hosts above
        Conspire to praise redeeming love,
            In sweet harmonious strains;
        And while they strike the golden lyres,
        This glorious theme each bosom fires,
            That grace triumphant reigns.

    2    Join thou, my soul, for thou canst tell
        How grace divine broke up thy cell,
            And loosed thy native chains;
        And still, from that auspicious day,
        How oft art thou constrained to say,
            That grace triumphant reigns.

    3    Grace, till the tribes redeemed by blood,
        Are brought to know themselves and God,
            Her empire shall maintain;
        To call when he appoints the day,
        And from the mighty take the prey,
            Shall grace triumphant reign.

    4    When called to meet the King of dread,
        Should love compose my dying bed,
            And grace my soul sustain,
        Then, ere I quit this mortal clay,
        I’ll raise my fainting voice, and say,
            Let grace triumphant reign.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

I will not leave you comfortless

Gospel Magazine, 1777
I will not leave you comfortless. John 14:18

1 O God of grace, of love immense,
  How free thy favours to dispense!
  I to thy mercy-seat repair,
  Since thou hast said, I'll meet thee there.

2 Thou seest my soul by sin oppressed;
  O come, and give the weary rest;
  My base backslidings kindly heal,
  Apply the balm, thy love reveal.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Funny things, and other links

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Song of Solomon and other book reviews

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Crosses removed, and other links

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Thursday, July 09, 2015

160th anniversary

East Texas Sacred Harp Convention - 160th anniversary 

IN one month, on Saturday August 8 and Sunday August 9 we will celebrate the 160th anniversary of the East Texas Sacred Harp Convention. This Convention was organized in 1855 as the East Texas Musical Convention. It is the second oldest continuous Sacred Harp singing convention in the United States, and the oldest singing convention in Texas.

Festivities include: Singing, singing and more singing! Eating Bar-B-Q! 

We will meet in the Henderson Civic Center, located at 1500 Lake Forest Parkway - this is off of State Hwy 64 west of the traffic star in Henderson, Texas. There will be "continental breakfast"/refreshments provided, and the convention will provide lunch both days. Singing will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning. We use the The Sacred Harp, 2012 Cooper Revision. On Saturday night we will have a Mexican dish "social". The social will be an informal get together -- eat, visit, and sing if you want to. If you want to sing we encourage you to bring copies of songs in the shape note tradition. You might need as many as 50 copies.

Below is Hotel/Motel information for the East Texas Sacred Harp Convention; The hotels are offering the following rates. 

Baymont Inn 
Hwy 259/79, Henderson, TX 
(903) 657-7900 
Single or Double $94.00 

Best Western of Henderson 
Hwy 259 South Henderson, TX 
(903) 657-9561 
Single $65.00 
Double $70.00

Days Inn 
US Hwy 79 S, Henderson, TX 
(903) 657-8789 
Double $65.00 

Holiday Inn Express 
Hwy 259 N, Henderson, TX 
(903) 657-5250 
Double $96.95 

Woodland Hills 
1204 Hwy 79 N, Henderson, TX 
(903) 657-2511 
Contact person: Steve Patel Call for rates 

All these establishments have continental breakfast. Motel room rates are for the room, plus 13% tax. Be sure and make your reservations soon. Please say you are with the East Texas Sacred Harp Convention and ask for the convention rate. Cancellation policies vary; please check with the particular establishment where you reserve your room. If you have any problems, please let us know.

In addition to hotels/motels, there are three nearby RV Parks. 

Please call them for their rates for that weekend. 

Cross and Sons RV Park 
300 Pinecrest Drive Henderson, TX 
(903) 854-2997 Call for rates 

H and H RV Park 
3805 Hwy 79 S Henderson, TX 
(903) 836-2006 Call for rates 

The RV Park 
2068 TX Hwy 323 Henderson, TX 
(903) 658-2878 (903) 658-2790 
(This is a new park that is 1.4 miles from the Civic Center) Call for rates

Make plans to sing with us. Your presence will make it better and us gladder. 

Texas Fasola