If I understand correctly, Bryce Dessner will be performing in Birmingham April 17. Here is a taste of his music, with a performance of his piece “Memorial” in New York. This was actually the world premiere of “Memorial” (commissioned by the New York Guitar Festival), and it features Bryce on guitar, Padma Newsome on viola, and David Cossin on percussion. Quite a lovely piece.
Another free book in Kindle format: Warren Wiersbe’s “Be Hopeful (1 Peter): How to Make the Best of Times Out of Your Worst of Times”
Today I came across another free commentary by Warren Wiersbe in his “Be” series, this one being on 1 Peter: Be Hopeful (1 Peter): How to Make the Best of Times Out of Your Worst of Times. The Amazon notes say:
In Scripture, hope means the promise of salvation for those who have accepted God and His Son’s death and resurrection.
Christians who possess this hope and live as though then possess it will learn godly submission, holy living, and harmony with other believers. These qualities will prepare them for what Peter pains in his epistle as inevitable—suffering and persecution. Though Peter is writing to warn a people who would soon be under the tyranny of a heathen Roman emperor, some level of suffering will always be part of the believers’ journey. A time is soon coming when living the “comfortable” Christian life will be far more costly than the life willing to give up all.
This would be a very worthwhile book to use in studying First Peter – and again, it is free.
Here is the next in a series on the Book of Acts by Dean Phillip Jensen of St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney – this one being on Acts 6, and titled “Spiritual Leadership”.
Here is another in a series of videos from the American Anglican Council on the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion. In this one, Canon Phillip Ashey talks about Article 4, “Of the Resurrection of Christ”, and he mentions the Biblical texts on which this Article is founded. (I think there may be two others in this series on Article 4 alone.)
I wanted to mention that Fr. Bill Klock of Living Word REC in British Columbia had a series of excellent Holy Week sermons. I’ll post links to the sermons and to audio players for the sermons:
Maundy Thursday: Love One Another (1 Cor 11:23-26 & John 13:1-15, 31-35)
Good Friday: All Things Made New (John 19:1-37)
Easter Vigil: United with Christ (Romans 6:1-11)
Easter Day: Dead to Sin, Alive to God (Rom 6:3-11 & Matt 28:1-10)
If you have been pondering the state of the cultural wars in the West and feeling somewhat discouraged, Vox Day has some encouraging thoughts in his post titled The Gates of Hell shall not prevail. He is, of course, right that Christians should not cower before the world and those who would seek to squelch religious liberty and conscience. This is quite a rousing epistle…see what you think.
I am not familiar with this tune, I don’t think – but it is a traditional Dutch carol, according to oboeinsight. It is indeed joyful, and fitting for Eastertide.
Courtesy of The Gospel Coalition, here is Part 3 of a series on Genesis by Dr. D.A. Carson, titled “The God Who Writes His Own Agreements”. In this video he expounds on Genesis 12, 15, 17 and 22.