Life Together: Reflection and renewal in the style of Bonhoeffer's Finkenwalde Seminary Part of the “Finkenwalde Experiment” at Freeborn Lutheran Church in partnership with The Bonhoeffer Botanical Gardens and The International Bonhoeffer Society Freeborn…
On September 15, Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., hosted its first and only Finkenwalde Day. Finkenwalde Day came a month into Beeson Divinity’s fall semester theme, “Finkenwalde: In the School of Bonhoeffer,” a focus on…
The year was 1943, and another Advent had dawned for Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer loved Advent and had often preached sermons on this holy season of waiting and hope as a metaphor for the entire Christian life. Just one year earlier, during…
A tribute to the legendary composer, singer, and pianist Edwin Hawkins.
The first time I heard Edwin Hawkins and the Edwin Hawkins Singers’ “Oh Happy Day” was in June 1969 in base housing at Itazuke Air Base outside Fukuoka, Japan. Every day, I’d race home from school and turn on Armed Forces Radio to tune into the 30-minute block of rock-and-roll.
At first listen, I was mesmerized by Hawkins’s sound. Oh, wow. I loved it. I was hooked.
Growing up in the Air Force (my father a career officer), I was surrounded by gospel music. Unlike the other services, the Air Force was integrated upon its founding after World War II. Our friends and neighbors were African Americans, playing Mahalia Jackson (of course), the Mighty Clouds of Joy, the Dixie Hummingbirds, the Pilgrim Travelers, and the rest. Their music became the soundtrack of my life.
But the Sensational Nightingales never sounded like this. “Oh Happy Day” had that throbbing, stuttering, 4/4 beat, the syncopated “He taught me how” section, the low, throaty voice of Dorothy Combs Morrison (which set me up for Mavis Staples, who I wouldn’t hear for another year or two once we’d returned stateside). It didn’t sound like the Top 40 radio I’d been used to.
Oh, I’d been hearing soul music on Top 40 for some time—Aretha, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave … all of whom had deep gospel roots. But this was gospel gospel. On the radio. I fell hopelessly in love with it and trotted down to the Base Exchange (BX) every day until the 45 finally arrived. I still have it, too.
Hawkins never had another Top 40 hit, but he had a long and successful career in gospel music, helping revitalize the gospel choir sound, making choirs cool for kids again.
A Message from President Mark Labberton and Associate Dean Clifton Clarke on Recent Events in Charlottesville
Dr. Clarke and I joined many in our extended networks in immediately denouncing on social media the violent racism on display last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. I am aware that, for many in Fuller’s extended network, Facebook is not a primary form of communication, and I wanted to extend to you as well a distillation […]
Reformed Theologian Robert Lewis Dabney Was a White Supremacist…
Providence Is No Excuse Exposing a Reformed White Supremacist Article by Daniel Kleven Guest Contributor It is essential to your own future that you shall learn the history of the past truly. –Robert Lewis Dabney History teaches us that proper thought does not necessarily lead to proper action — even when those thoughts align with God’s. […]
9 Things You Should Know About the ‘Mississippi Burning’ Murders
January 13, 2018 | Joe Carter On Thursday, Edgar Ray Killen died in prison at the age of 92. Killen, a former pastor and Ku Klux Klan leader, was the only person to face state murder charges in the killings of three civil-rights workers in 1964. Here are nine things you should know about the […]
Bishop Predicts “Downfall” Of California After Marijuana Is Legalized Jan 03, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall In the first days of 2018, the state of California rang in the new year with a controversial public policy change: legalizing recreational marijuana for people 21 and older. While marijuana policy reform advocates nationwide applaud the move, opponents like […]
Do We Give Thanks for the Little Things at Church?
“In the Christian community thankfulness is just what it is anywhere else in the Christian life. only he who gives thanks for the little things receives the big things. We prevent God from giving us the great spiritual gifts. He has in store for us, because we do not give thanks for daily gifts.” Dietrich […]
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will continue her call to address the complexity and implications of racism in “Confronting Racism: A Holy Yearning” – a live webcast Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. CST, available at www.ELCA.org/webcast. This is Eaton’s second live webcast on racism. Among […]
ELCA members support ecumenical partners in confronting racism
Affirming this church’s commitment to walk alongside its ecumenical partners, members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) join with members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and other partners in support of “Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America,” airing Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. EST. The concert […]
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