Sunday, October 11, 2020

The Hound of Heaven – Music Story

The brilliant poet Francis Thompson was a drug addict.

How wide is the love of Christ!

In ill health and penniless, he lived on the streets of London, sleeping by the River Thames, selling matches to survive.

How deep is the love of Christ!

He sent a poem written on a scrap of paper to a magazine. The editors recognized his genius and took him into their home for a while. 

How high is the love of Christ!

In his most famous poem, The Hound of Heaven, he described God’s relentless pursuing love.

How long is the love of Christ!

I set 39 of the 182 lines of the poem to music. From the album “This and That” this video is scrolling playback of the song.

Kathy


Click here for a copy of the whole poem.

Print (PDF) and/or digital (MusicXML) sheet music for cello choir is available for The Hound of Heaven.

Click here for PDF.

Click here for MusicXML.
(MusicXML™ is the standard open format for sharing digital sheet music. Check the help files in your music notation app for directions on importing MusicXML files.)





Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The Trinity

Historic Christianity teaches that the Creator God of the Bible is Triune. The Creator is three Who’s and one What. The three Who’s are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The one What is God. There is only one God. A recent survey revealed that many evangelical Christians are out of step with historic Christianity. 30% say Jesus is not God!

When I was in high school my neighborhood was homogeneous. A friend told me that I worshipped three Gods, not one. Her church taught that the Trinity is nonsense. I did not know how to respond. 

Times have changed. Today my neighborhood is diverse. Recently a group of us were discussing Jesus. The Muslim in our group said that Christians worship three Gods, not one. He worshipped one God, Allah. We were snacking on potato chips. He picked up three empty chip bags and said these three bags are not one. Three cannot be one. The Trinity is not logical. 

How would you respond? You might say that the Trinity is a mystery; it cannot be explained, yet it is true. But that would not address his misinformed potato chip bag analogy. It would not expose his straw man argument. It would not satisfy his thirst to know his Creator. 

Here is the presentation I gave last month on the Trinity. At the end I share how I responded.

Kathy

Click here for the results of the State of American Theology Study.

Print (PDF) and/or digital (MusicXML) sheet music is available for No God But One, a song featured in the presentation.

Click here for PDF.

Click here for MusicXML.

(MusicXML™ is the standard open format for sharing digital sheet music. Check the help files in your music notation app for directions on importing MusicXML files.) 



Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Is There a God and Is He Good? – The Puzzle of Pain

I asked her what she thought about Christianity. She said that Christianity is a means of control. That God is a moral monster.

At one time, he told me, he had a strong faith in God. But that faith faltered when someone close to him was suffering and God did not answer his prayers.

I am a retired nurse. Nurses take care of people who are suffering and in pain. Where is God when they hurt?

Pain and suffering often cause people to question God’s goodness or his existence. If God exists, is he good? What is God’s relationship with pain, suffering, and death? Where is God when I hurt?

I explore those questions (and more) in this video (Part 3 of Is there a God and is he Good? – The Puzzle of Pain). Click here for Part 1 – Evidence from the Universe and here for Part 2 – Evidence from History. Each presentation is about 35 minutes long. Grab some food and watch them with a couple of friends. Then research the evidence I present.

Kathy

Click here to read why many young people are leaving the church. Want to change that? Click here to download a 30 second promo. You can use it to invite some struggling friends to watch the presentations with you.

Here is a study guide with links to the sources I cite.

Click here for Study Guide.


Is There a God and Is He Good? – Evidence from History

It was a freezing Monday morning, the day after Easter. We were huddled together on the street corner, stomping our feet, blowing into our gloves, anticipating the warmth of the school bus. I asked if the weather put a crimp on her Easter celebration. She said her family does not celebrate Easter. Jesus did not rise from the dead.

He was convinced the New Testament is a fabrication. He told me that the Gospels were written long after the events they described. A nice story perhaps, but nothing to do with reality.

Their views are not uncommon. Just last year I was told that Jesus is a myth. Is that true?

Do you know that atheist New Testament scholars and historians are certain that within three years of Jesus’ death the primitive church was reciting a Creed about Jesus? A Creed that claimed Jesus rose from the dead! I present this evidence (and more) in this video (Part 2 of Is there a God and is he Good? – Evidence from History). Click here for Part 1 – Evidence from the Universe and here for Part 3 – The Puzzle of Pain.

Each presentation is about 35 minutes long. Grab some food and watch them with a couple of friends. Then research the evidence I present.

Kathy

Click here to read why many young people are leaving the church. Want to change that? Click here to download a 30 second promo. You can use it to invite some struggling friends to watch the presentations with you.

Here is a study guide with links to the sources I cite.

Click here for Study Guide


Is There a God and Is He Good? – Evidence from the Universe

Christianity did not make sense to her. She became an atheist when she was five and stopped attending church when she was thirteen. She told me, “If there was evidence for God, it would make worldwide news and win a Nobel Prize.”

He grew up in the church. He had a crisis of faith in college. He told our group why, “What my church teaches about Genesis does not match the facts of nature.”

Their stories are not unique. Children and young adults evaluate Christian claims. Are they logical? Factual? Does the Old Testament accurately describe creation? What does that imply about the New Testament?

Do you know? Evidence for God made worldwide news and won a Nobel Prize in physics! Genesis accurately describes creation! I present this evidence (and more) in this video (Part 1 of Is there a God and is he Good? – Evidence from the Universe). Click here for Part 2 – Evidence from History and here for Part 3 – The Puzzle of Pain.

Each presentation is about 35 minutes long. Grab some food and watch them with a couple of friends. Then research the evidence I present.

Kathy

Click here to read why many young people are leaving the church. Want to change that? Click here to download a 30 second promo. You can use it to invite some struggling friends to watch the presentations with you.

Here is a study guide with links to the sources I cite.

Click here for Study Guide.



Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Falling of the Rain – Music Story

Remember the story of Job from the Old Testament? He lost it all, his children, his wealth, his health, reputation, his happiness. He was caught in a storm of pain. Perhaps you are caught in a storm of pain. 

Job believed there is a God, but he questioned God’s goodness. You may question more than God’s goodness. You may question God’s existence. You may be skeptical of religious faith, thinking it is blind or unreasonable.

Is there a God and is he Good? is a three-part presentation available on YouTube, making a case for the existence of God and showing that God is present in the storm. Each presentation is approximately 35 minutes long. The parts build on each other, the evidence for God accumulating from one part to the next.

Click here for a three-page PDF study guide for Is there a God and is he Good? Grab some food and watch the presentations with a couple of friends. Then work through the study guide, checking the facts. What is the best explanation for the facts? 

Click here for Part 1 – Evidence from the Universe

The Old Testament makes three astonishing claims about creation. Do those claims hold up against images / photographs of the universe and earth? What does that imply about the New Testament?

Click here for Part 2 – Evidence from History

The New Testament claims that Jesus died on a cross and rose from the dead. Do historians and critical New Testament scholars agree with those claims?

Click here for Part 3 –The Puzzle of Pain

How can the Creator be good when there is so much pain, suffering, and death in the world? How can I cope with pain?

God answered Job from the storm! From the album “This & That – A Little Bit of Everything” this video is scrolling playback of a song based on Job38:1[i].

Kathy

 

Click here and here to read why many young Christians are leaving Christianity.

Want to change that? Invite some struggling friends to watch the presentations with you. Serve food and work through the study guide together, checking the facts. Here’s a 30 second promo you can download from Google Drive to start the conversation.

You can get print (PDF) and/or digital (MusicXML™) sheet music for The Falling of the Rain.

Click here for print sheet music.

Click here for digital sheet music.
(MusicXML™ is the standard open format for sharing digital sheet music. Check the help files in your music notation app for directions on importing MusicXML™ files.) 
 


[i] Job 38:1 NIV: “Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm.”


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Ten Years (Daddy Daughter Dance) – Music Story

According to the BB King classic, “Let the Good Times Roll,” good times happen when you get together, spend some cash, and have some fun. The coronavirus smeared King’s picture of a good time.

Sara turned ten on March 17, 2020. Just four days after her birthday her family began sheltering in place. She could no longer get together with friends, spend some cash, and have some fun. She missed important milestones. School functions, including her spring concert, were cancelled. School moved online with E-Learning assignments. Her daddy was worried how this would impact her life. 

She assumed responsibility for doing her own laundry. She learned how to make pancakes from scratch. How to identify animal bones she found near her home. She used the Internet and Legos to entertain her out-of-state nephew. She helped build a monarch butterfly nursery. She curled up with her parents after dinner to watch Star Trek Discovery. How will she remember 2020?

I had written a song for each of Sara’s birthdays, but not her tenth. I was not sure what to write. Then her daddy made a casual statement during dinner one evening. He said these are the best years of his life! I incorporated that phrase in her tenth birthday song. From the album “Silly or Celebratory – Songs for Sara Lily” this video is scrolling playback of the song.

Kathy

Click here for BB King’s “Let the Good Times Roll.”

Print lead sheet music is available for Ten Years (Daddy Daughter Dance).

Click here for PDF.

Do you teach or play the cello, keyboard, guitar, or bass? Ten Years (Daddy Daughter Dance) is on SmartMusic, the comprehensive music practice app!

Click here to practice the music. Click here for SmartMusic help.

You can change key and instrumentation with MusicXML – digital sheet music.

Click here for MusicXML.
(MusicXML is the standard open format for sharing digital sheet music. Check the help files in your music notation app for directions on importing MusicXML files.)