“O Holy Night” and the End of Oppression

“O Holy Night” and the End of Oppression

I participated in a social media debate (yes, I know better) ranking classic Advent and Christmas hymns in the weeks leading up to Christmas Day. The lead candidate was “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” This is understandable. The melodic, somber chords beautifully convey...
What Does True Repentance Require?

What Does True Repentance Require?

Almost everywhere I turn, I bump into something smart that Leon Wieseltier said. That’s not to say that I always agree with him, but I admire his clarity of thought. He belongs in a cohort of public thinkers like Ellen Goodman, Michael Gerson, Michelle Singletary,...

When the Broken-Hearted People Agree

I love to tease my classically trained minister of music that if he does my memorial service, I want the Beatles song “Let It Be” to be used as the central anthem. I also regularly aggravate him by suggesting that the same song should be in our hymnal....