Monthly Archives: April 2017

The 30th Easter

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When Holy Communion Lutheran Church first hired me as their first-ever minister of music back in 1988,  I had absolutely no experience whatsoever as a church choir director ...  and I was following the renowned Dr. John Windh, who had done such distinguished both there and at Carthage College  ... so it was understandable that

The 30th Friday

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This is the transcript of the sermon I gave at Holy Communion's most recent Tre Ore service, in which the Seven Last Words of Christ are explored over the course of three hours.  Each word is read - and then a preacher offers a reflection on that word.  Special music follows the sermons- sung by

“Hush”

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A beautiful song by a very talented Luther graduate named Ben Larson. Ben lost his life in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti - but not before creating all kinds of moving songs like this one. I was asked by Ben's parents to create a choral arrangement of "Hush."  I hope I have managed to retain

Here I Stand

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In these turbulent times in which we live,  I think a lot of us are gaining clarity on what it is that matters most to us - and especially on what principles are non-negotiable for us ... the lines we simply will not cross, no matter what the circumstances.   I think about this not

Full

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Friday, March 31, 2017:  Chronicle of a Full Day.  Every so often,  I experience a day that is extraordinarily FULL.  Not "busy" or "frantic" or "crazy."  I have plenty of days where those terms best apply.  But I call Friday a Full Day because it was the kind of day that left me satisfied and