Monday, November 17, 2008

Great Gerhard Forde Quote

"My thesis," Forde wrote, "is that Lutherans to be true to their identity...should become even more radical proponents of the tradition that gave them birth and has brought them thus far...Let us be radicals...radical preachers and practitioners of the gospel by justification by faith without the deeds of the law.  We should pursue it to the radical depths already plumbed by St. Paul, especially in Romans and Galatians, when he saw that justification by faith without the deeds of the law really involves and announces the death of the old being and the calling forth of the new in hope.  We stand at a crossroads.  Either we must become more radical about the gospel, or we would be better off to forget it altogether."  --Lutheran Quarterly Spring of 1987

Bach Collegium

Yesterday, the Bach Collegium of Fort Wayne performed at Trinity Episcopal Church downtown.  Their performance was marvelous.  It was a program of music through the years as they gave tribute to famous Fort Wayne musicians.  I just can't stop talking about the Brahms piece they did...what a wonderful piece.  It was a funeral hymn and I want it at my committal.  Wow!  I was happy to see many of my friends from the seminary who are in the choir this year... And I still  remember many singers from my time with the Collegium two years ago. 

Kudos to Daniel Reuning and the whole Bach Collegium for a fine job!!