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How Beautiful Are the Feet

As Christmas approaches yet again, my mind has been pondering afresh the beauty and mystery of the incarnation. I am mindful that the Gospel is a divine enterprise rooted in the love of God for His glory alone. I am humbled that God engaged in the missional work of sending Christ to pay for the debt of my sin. I am amazed that the Son of God “became a servant” in the incarnation “so that the Gentiles may glorify God for his mercy” (Romans 15:8-9). Christmas is a beautiful demonstration of God bringing the good news that the “root of Jesse” has appeared to make us “full…with all joy and peace” (Romans 15:12-13). Paul borrows from the prophet Isaiah to aptly describe the incarnation and subseq

An Unforgettable Musical Experience

Picture yourself seated in the audience at Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany, on April 11, 1727. The Passion According to St. Matthew, by Johann Sebastian Bach, unfolds upon the stage for its first public performance, prestaging hundreds of similar productions in the years to come. The emotional impact of Tyndale: a Reformation Oratorio by Dr. Joshua Bauder mirrored for me the experience the crowd at Thomaskirche must have felt on that day. The Deo Cantamus Festival Choir, Orchestra, and children's choir transported us back to the sixteenth century. Under the direction of composer Josh Bauder, the life and work of William Tyndale came to life musically. We thrilled at the account of his t

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