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Sunday Morning Devotions May 15, 2011

Posted by BrewFan in News.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).

Enjoy this hymn written by Martin Luther as performed by Diane Bish of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. Today’s artist was selected especially for you, Michael.


1. Retired Geezer - May 15, 2011

Hey that was pretty cool.
That Organ has more controls than the Space Shuttle.

I’m always amazed to watch the foot action on the bass pedals.

I bet that lady could rock the house on Black Magic Woman.

2. BrewFan - May 15, 2011

I bet that lady could rock the house on Black Magic Woman.

I was thinking she was here:


3. kevlarchick - May 15, 2011

I love watching her perform. Love her big blingy rings and clothes, and those fabulous pedal pusher shoes. Nothing less will do when playing that magnificent pipe organ.

4. daveintexas - May 15, 2011

the words “pipe organ” make me giggle like a little girl.

5. daveintexas - May 15, 2011

That said, she’s pretty good.

Also, those knobs are called “stops”. Yeah, I knew that.

heh. I said “knobs”

6. Cathy - May 15, 2011

…and those fabulous pedal pusher shoes. Nothing less will do when playing that magnificent pipe organ.

*waves at KevlarChick*

Know a ton of professionally educated musicians and organists. Most of the women I know wear good old fashioned tap-shoes. Yea, the type you tap-dance in. I think that’s what she’s wearing also. This gal rocks. I love her.

*body tingles with delight… hair on arms is standing up… the Spirit has entered the temple*

Thanks for teh AWESOME post!

*hugs Brew*

7. Cathy - May 15, 2011

Martin Luther loved the imagery of God as our Fortress. There is strong evidence that his special affection for Psalm 46 originates from the time he was ‘captured’ en route and hidden away in the Wartburg Castle owned by Frederick the Wise, a politically astute CATHOLIC. THANK YOU Fred-the-Wise!!! This stay in the castle kept Luther safe from those in power who were trying to kill him and gave him time to study and write. Luther is still considered the most prolific writer of all times.

8. Michael - May 15, 2011

Thanks Brew!

9. Retired Geezer - May 15, 2011

Thanks for the link, Cathy.

I was surprised to read of Luther’s antisemitism.

What ever became of that?

10. Cathy - May 15, 2011

Geezer, a great book “Here I Stand,” was written by Roland Bainton, a contemporary and friend of one of my theology professors. Bainton was maybe the most knowledgeable authorities on Martin Luther of all time, and explained the accusations of antisemitism this way:

Martin Luther had some life long friends who were Jews. Luther tried many times to share with them the Gospel of Christ and the good news of their way to salvation. In his later years, and being extremely overworked, he became bitter about his failure to convert his Jewish friends… and he said some things that he probably regrets. Most theologians don’t think Luther was antisemitic, but just got caught in his own bitterness and exhaustion.

The exhaustion part was real. The shifting of paradigms put his wisdom, counsel, and position in high demand. He died due to a lingering infection (probably a cold or flu) traveling in cold, damp weather back and forth while he was trying desperately to reconcile a dispute among colleagues and friends, which was on top of his poor health during his entire adult life anyway.

Some things he says concerning women and his own wife could be interpreted as sexist too, but those who really knew Luther well knew him to value women and especially respected and valued his own wife. Katie knew him to be a very intense person who would get into his own head in his study or discussions with others. An extremely bright and educated person herself, if she needed to get his attention she would speak to him in Latin to jolt him out of this thoughts. I think he playfully referred to her as his ‘bishop’ or some similar title of authority over him. He was very playful with her. She was also a land-owner because of her inheritance and maybe the primary bread-winner in the marriage so he could focus on his calling, which was not well-paid. He loved her and respected her intellect, mind, and even wrote about how much he enjoyed having sex with her too.

But the bottom line… he was not always careful in his words that have been recorded for all posterity to dissect.

11. Retired Geezer - May 15, 2011

But the bottom line… he was not always careful in his words that have been recorded for all posterity to dissect.

There but for the grace of God, go I.

12. Retired Geezer - May 15, 2011

Fun Factoid: (that Dave knows already)

Gregg Rolie is the keyboardist and singer who sang Black Magic Woman, Oye Como Va and Evil Ways on Santana’s albums.

His Hammond B-3 playing is legendary.

He also formed, was the lead singer and produced the first seven albums for a group you may have also heard of… Journey

Here’s his webpage:

13. Dave in Texas - May 15, 2011

*screw with God’s chosen people and see where it gets you*

HAMMOND B3.. !! those Leslie speakers. Legendary.

14. kevlarchick - May 15, 2011

I have brainwashed my son to use only the Latin Percussion line in his collection of noisemakers. Thanks to Carlos Santana, my child is refined.

15. daveintexas - May 15, 2011

Only LP.


16. Mitchell - May 15, 2011

I wanna hear her do In the Garden of Eden.

17. daveintexas - May 15, 2011

I know this anecdote.

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