BEETHOVEN: Ode to JoyFrom the ninth movement of his 9th (Choral) symphony.
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Joy, bright spark of divinity,
I put my Bible on my desk and asked it to speak to me, but it was quiet. I asked it if it was my authority for all matters of faith and morals, once again silence. 179 more words
I am an outsider, that is the first point I want to acknowledge as I venture in this conversation. I am not a person who lived through the experience of the takeover that started in the 70s, I am not one who saw the emotional and physical expulsion of so many out of Southern Baptist seminaries and organizations, and I am also not part of the group that, after being wounded by the conservative resurgence of the SBC, tenaciously sought to find a new hope in the Baptist world. 834 more words
“Indeed during the Middle Ages there existed a sort of cinema in colors of which no trace has survived; just as in the sudden dawning of a larger hope amongst men who had not forgotten the dark age whence they had emerged but yesterday – a dawning symbolized by the great cathedrals soaring heavenwards – there was a splendid confidence in the future, not unlike that of America.” 750 more words