“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Thursday, February 9, 2017
I am hopeful that President Trump will do just that. He is courageous and resolute. He does not flinch even in the face of the most withering assault from anti-life liberals. Give him your strong and firm support to defund the giant baby killing machine of Planned Parenthood of America, and their affiliates across the nation. Now here is the video I mentioned. -- Mark Davis Pickup
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Sunday, February 5, 2017
|Adoration of the Trinity (1511)|
by Albrecht Durer
I want to clarify to all readers of the HLM blog that whoever sponsored such an advertisement was proclaiming a lie which I completely and utterly reject. Just prior to His ascension, Jesus confirmed the Trinity.
"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations. baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit."*
* Matthew 28.19 (cf. John 14.26, 15.26; 2Corinthians 13.14; 1Peter 1.2) The Trinity has been a doctrine from the beginning of Christianity.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Granted there were other composers who suffered various disabilities such as Robert Schumann, Frederic Chopin, Gustave Holst and Maurice Ravel, but it was Beethoven's struggle with increasing deafness to the point of being near-total, that speaks to me. (In fact, if you look at the blog photo above you will see a bust of Beethoven on my fireplace mantle.) It illustrates for me the successful human struggle to overcome adversity.
Beethoven's muscular mind was so creative and inspired that not even deafness could shut out the voices of angels. His immense contributions to the vast human musical treasury are celebrated and still loved, even 190 years after his death. Who can not be moved by Beethoven's 5th symphony or his timeless 9th symphony --written in silence -- or his much loved Moonlight Sonata? German jurist and writer, Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder (1773-1798) wrote this about Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata:
"Many passages were so vivid and engaging that the notes seemed to speak to him. At other times the notes would evoke a mysterious blend of joy and sorry in his heart, so that he could have either laughed or cried. This is a feeling that we experience so often on our path through life and that no art can express more skillfully than music."*
Yes, Herr Wackenroder, music can express the human heart where words fail. Music has been an important companion throughout my own 33 year disability contracted at age thirty.
Here then, is the 1st movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, performed by Wilhem Kempff.
* Jan Swafford, Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014), p. 290.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
|"The Last Supper" (1495)|
Leonardo da Vinci