‘A Mighty Fortress’

That’s the Coliseum in the background, of course–a symbol of the pagan Roman Empire, ruling the world by violence and superstition… and undone and converted by Jesus Christ and His servants.

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, by Martin Luther, sung by the kids from Fountainview Academy on their trip to Rome.

By Request, ‘Our Father Who From Heaven Above’

Requested by Thewhiterabbit (and did I have a time, trying to find it!)–Our Father Who From Heaven Above, via the Trinity and Faith Lutheran Church.

Martin Luther wrote this hymn by expanding each of the points of The Lord’s Prayer into a verse.

By Request, ‘All Praise To Thee, Eternal Lord’

Requested by Susan–Text by Martin Luther, music by Elaine Hegenberg: All Praise to Thee, Eternal Lord.

Our annual Christmas Carol Contest has begun! Anyone can enter, and enter as often as you like. Leave a Christmas hymn request anywhere as a comment or a reply, and we’ll do the rest.

R.J. Rushdoony, ‘Religious Liberty’

Amazon.com: R. J. Rushdoony: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

(This important essay on the roots of religious liberty, by R.J. Rushdoony, first appeared in 1991 in Roots of Reconstruction.)

This piece is a little long, but well worth reading and considering. It traces the origin of American religious liberty to Martin Luther and the Reformation: when Elector Frederick the Wise of Saxony, a staunch Catholic, extended his projection to Martin Luther, Protestant religious reformer–and Luther extended his protection to Frederick. Between them they declared the Biblical basis for religious liberty.

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/religious-liberty

Liberty is so much more than “freedom to sin”! For Rushdoony it was a theological fact. And so it ought to be for us.

As our country’s founders so well knew, government naturally seeks at all times to extend its power–which God’s law limits. Rushdoony wrote at a time when many different government agencies were forcefully encroaching on religious liberty.

And that has not changed.

A firm Biblical understanding of and belief in religious liberty is the best protection of religious liberty. As Luther himself said, “He that believes most will protect most.”

And our freedom needs protection.

By Request, ‘A Mighty Fortress’

What hymn would better serve us as an anthem? Requested by “thewhiterabbit,” A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, by Martin Luther. YouTube doesn’t tell us who’s singing this; but I thought I recognized the walls and towers in the picture: “Those are the walls of Avila,” I mused, dredging up a memory from high school Spanish. And when I checked… that’s what they are, all right.

But the fortress that we sing of will never grow old.

‘A Mighty Fortress’ (Fountainview Academy)

Note the backdrop: the Coliseum, symbol of the power and might of Rome, where Christians were put to death for their faith–now a ruin.

Someday this hymn will be sung beside the ruins of todays globalist, humanist, pseudocivilization.

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, by Martin Luther; sung by the students from Fountainview Academy.

‘A Mighty Fortress’ (with Lyrics)

I could hardly believe my ears, the first time I heard this, Martin Luther’s hymn, being played on the bells of St. Francis’ Church, across the street from me: A Mighty Fortress is Our God. Pope Benedict XVI had some good ideas, and allowing this hymn to be played was one of them.

Your Favorite Hymns continues–please feel free to add to the list.

By Request, ‘From Heaven Above to Earth I Come’

Requested by Erlene, this is an old one, written by Martin Luther in 1534. The melody came in 1539: Luther is believed to have composed that, too.

Sung by the Lutheran Quartet, From Heaven Above to Earth I Come. Unexpectedly beautiful.

By Request, ‘A Mighty Fortress’

Whew! Back from an exhausting trip to Wegman’s: great store, but so noisy, so crowded!

Erlene thought we might enjoy this classic hymn by Martin Luther, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God. We need that fortress. And we look forward to that day when the angelic host comes marching out of it.

‘A Mighty Fortress’

Sung with gusto by the Maranatha Promise Band–A Mighty Fortress is Our God, by Martin Luther. God knows we have need of a fortress! “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46).