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  • 2018 August 19: Down and Out in First Century Palestine

    August 19, 2018 10:30

    Although Jesus speaks for the ages, it never ceases to amaze me how much light understanding His cultural context sheds on what He had to say. What 'poor' meant in first century Palestine is yet another example.... (more )

  • 2018 August 12: Vaughan Williams

    August 12, 2018 10:30

    Vaughan Williams was taught to read by his grandmother from the same book she had used to instruct her younger brother, Charles Darwin. There was a great tumult among the family — like everywhere else — when The Origin of Species was published, and Ralph, when he was about seven, asked his mother about it. His mother was extremely sensible. She said, "The Bible tells us that God made the world in six days. Great-uncle Charles thinks it took rather longer. But we needn't worry — it is equally wonderful either way." (more )

  • August 5, 2018: Music Soothes the Manic King

    August 05, 2018 22:30

    When Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) arrived in Madrid at the end of 1733, he might have hoped for the sort of situation appropriate to a leading musician of his age. But it didn’t work out that way. (more )

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