Category Archives: religion

‘This Is My Father’s World’ (Joslin Grove Choral Society)

I love this hymn, This Is My Father’s World, and I love this no-frills performance of it by the Joslin Grove Choral Society. Words to hold on to: “Yet though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.” Not since World War II has the wrong been as strong as it is now. But it will never be as strong as God.


‘Still Sweeter Every Day’

This is a family get-together for the folks in Denton County, Texas, at http://www.music-folk-play-hymns.com . Still Sweeter Every Day is a 19th-century hymn. And you know what I like about this video, in addition to its content? There’s a little baby in the back row, and it sure looks to me like even the baby is trying to sing along.


‘Light of the World’ (We Need You, Jesus!)

Swirling darkness and confusion, corruption as deep and as wide as the ocean, folly heaped on folly, delusion hailed as truth and wisdom, wickedness enthroned–

But the light of Jesus Christ is the light they can’t put out. And this is the only true light, the only light for us to see by.

Light of the World–written by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.


Encore: ‘Gloria in Excelsis Deo’

Yes, I know I posted this hymn yesterday: but today’s encore is special to my fellowsoldier Evelyn, who loves this rendition of it by Libera. Evelyn and I go back a long way. She does the Lord’s work in the midst of his enemies. And I’ve never told her this before, but I say it now: Evelyn, you are an inspiration to me.

And we must all be inspirations to each other–because the Lord is with us.


Today’s Hymn, ‘Gloria in Excelsis Deo’

This is the “Voci San Bellino” Choir from Padua, Italy, performing Gloria in Excelsis Deo–“Glory to God in the Highest”–by Camille St. Saens.

Remember, the hymn shop is open to all, 24/7. If there’s a hymn you’d like to see posted here, just let me know.


Go, go, go! ‘A Mighty Fortress’

Go ahead and try not to be moved by this! A Mighty Fortress is Our God, performed by the students at Fountainview Academy–and in the background an image of the Coliseum, scene of human sacrifice to the false god of the Roman state: overcome and brought to nothing by Jesus Christ the Son of God.

For our fortress is built without hands, that no hands can destroy…


An Ignoramus’ Gripe Against ‘Religion’

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Wind ’em up and see ’em flap their jaws. No thought necessary.

We were reading an interview with a Scotch actor whose name is not important: call him Legion. They asked him, “What makes you angry?” and he answered, “Religion!” And went on to say, like they all say, that “religion” causes all the world’s wars and every other problem you can think of, and what a paradise this world would be without it, imagine no possessions, be sure to wear a flower in your hair, etc. etc.

Completely disregarding, or else completely unaware of, the fact that communist governments, officially and aggressively atheist, murdered more people in the 20th century alone than all the world’s religions put together managed to bump off in a thousand years. Or two thousand.

Heart of stone, and head of thickest fat–does he really, truly believe in some kind of atheist utopia? What does he think it would be like–a theme park for sex, drugs, and not having to pay for things?

It’s not surprising to hear an actor from the UK say such things. It’s sort of required of them. But I would like to know where they get it in the first place. From their parents? Their schools? What they see and hear on television, growing up? Is there someone who sits down and teaches them how to be morons?

It takes a special kind of stupidity not to see the camps, the barbed wire, the piles of dead bodies strewn in communism’s wake.

It is true that Christians throughout Western history have not been good Christians. It was not Our Lord Jesus Christ who told us to launch the Thirty Years’ War. We have not obeyed the word of God. That doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with God’s laws. No one proposes to discard man’s laws because criminals break the law. Although I can easily imagine a leftid coming up with that.

Christianity–and even, to a certain extent, other religions–seeks to restrain the ferocious evil that dwells in the human heart.

Atheism’s habit is to turn it loose.

Mao and Stalin, Pol Pot and Castro–you could look it up.


‘Leaning on the Everlasting Arms’ (Fountainview Academy)

How I love this hymn! Leaning on the Everlasting Arms. I’d never heard it, until I heard Lillian Gish and Robert Mitchum sing it in Night of the Hunter. I’d sing it myself, only it chokes me up. So here let it be sung outdoors in British Columbia by the students at Fountainview Academy.


‘Christian Mommy’ Goes Evil

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Where do you even begin with a story like this?

We start with a “Christian mommy blogger” who becomes the idol and oracle of millions, writes a New York Times best-seller, makes boxcar-loads of money–and then “marries” another woman ( http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/sarah-stites/2017/05/16/christian-mommy-blogger-marries-female-soccer-star-media-avoid … sorry, it’s one of those stupid links that’s impossible to copy because it’s too long: if you want to read the original story, go to Newsbusters).

This woman dumped her husband. She has three children. So what? They might as well be three goldfish, for all the serious thought they get. I hope I would take care of a goldfish better than this Christian mommy is taking care of her children.

And in the spirit of stomping all over the Third Commandment (“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain”), this Christian mommy takes refuge in tired old flatline Protestant cliches.

Jesus never gave a sermon denouncing homosexuality; therefor homosexuality is perfectly okay. (He never denounced abortion, either. Guess that’s okay, too.)

Oh! And we can’t possibly proceed without the slogan, “LOVE WINS!” Yeah. Any ol’ kinda “love.” Doesn’t matter what kind.

O Lord Our God, when you judge our nation, remember, we pray, that these things are done without our consent, against our will, and over our objections. In Jesus’ name, amen.


‘Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart’

This hymn was featured yesterday in one of the Christian blogs I fellow, “Ezekiel Countdown” (highly recommended! check it out, https://ezekielcountdown.wordpress.com/  ). Here it is, sung by the congregation at Fairhaven Baptist Church: Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart.


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