“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

Thursday, March 31, 2016


Look above, way above, above to the picture of me in front of my living room fireplace. Look on the left side of the mantle. See the bust of Beethoven? I keep it there to remind me of the human capacity to overcome adversity. 

Now look below this post, way below to the link of a flash mob performing selected portions of Beethoven's Ode to Joy. He was profoundly deaf when he wrote it. 

Some insightful person had the inspiration to take it to the streets of Nuremberg. It begins with the simple genius of  a small child daring to play her a recorder before a man with a double-bass viola. It builds to the final crescendo of the great musical genius of Beethoven's 9th symphony. Please, enjoy. It lasts 6 minutes, 23 seconds.