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The Centrality of the Cross

In the light of Christ’s teaching regarding His own death by crucifixion, it is no surprise that the apostles Peter, John, and Paul make the cross of Jesus Christ the very center of their theology of the atonement (1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 4:10; 1 Corinthians 2:2). John Stott frames it this way: "Anybody who investigates Christianity for the first time will be struck by the extraordinary stress His followers put on His death. In the case of all other great spiritual leaders their death is lamented as terminating their career. It is of no importance in itself; what matters is their life, their teaching and the inspiration of their example. With Jesus, however, it is the other way around. His teac

Abraham: an Oratorio for Worship

Why would a young composer want to write an oratorio? Specifically, why would he wish to compose an oratorio about Abraham? The answer to the second question includes the answer to the first. These questions arise because Abraham: an Oratorio for Worship was premiered by Deo Cantamus in the fall of 2014. The production was well received, and it is now being released as a recording. A second live performance is scheduled at Fourth Baptist Church in Plymouth on October 17. So to return to the questions: Why an oratorio? And why Abraham? Father Abraham—the phrase carries different meanings for different peoples. Jews see Abraham as their father through his son, Isaac, and grandson, Israel. Arab

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