Treasured 'Green Book' falls open to all right pages in Christmas choir loft

While attempting to keep a simple, preparatory Advent, the truth is that all church choirs and their choirmasters are up to their eyeballs in Christmas music at this time of year. Weeks and weeks of rehearsals lead up to the grand celebration of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. And then it’s all over. Well, technically the season of Christmas lasts 12 complete days, as the song tells us, and we happily sing Christmas music for the one or two Sundays that fall annually within the 12-day... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, December 19, 2016

Joseph, patron saint of the strong, silent type

While John the Baptist is one of those biblical figures who can take up all the air in the Advent room, our attention shifts in the readings for this Sunday (Dec. 18) to Mary and the virgin birth. Indeed, this week’s Gospel is probably the keystone to the entire Christian faith, that is Mary “found to be with child” when engaged to Joseph. And just when Joseph, “being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace,” planned to quietly dismiss her... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Isaiah's poetry loaded with promise (and action verbs!)

As laid out in the Holy Bible, the Old Testament reading from Isaiah for this Sunday (Dec. 11) looks like poetry. Poetry in scripture. Along with Isaiah, numerous other books in the Bible include poetic passages, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon, to name a few. The Apocrypha also contains books with poetical passages such as Baruch, Sirach and Wisdom of Solomon. As I was thinking about this, my mind then went to “poetry in motion.” Surely, I&rsqu... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, December 5, 2016