If Paul informs us that the creation itself testifies to God’s power and deity, it follows that the works of His creatures do likewise. Can anyone listen to Handel’s Messiah and continue to believe in a world of chance and chaos? Yes, believe, for from an evidential point of view, one can assign the composing of Messiah to the scrapheap of chance happenings only by embracing a rigidly close-minded secular fideism. Sam Powell shares with us a brief introduction to Handel, the man and his music, and we rejoice at this empirical evidence of a reasonable faith.
We then visit with the well-known Spurgeon, and the obscure Mr. Winebrenner, two men whose lives illustrate currents within evangelicalism that remain robust to this day. Ah, and then the story of two among the great cloud of witnesses who testify to the stark truth that being counted as sheep for the slaughter is not mere metaphor.
In America, it is time for the every-four-year ritual of a presidential election. Billions are spent on research to determine how best to disguise one’s beliefs in order to appeal to those with whom one fundamentally disagrees. Since the modern church is usually quick to ape secular trends, one can only shudder at what lessons the church growth movement will take away from the current campaign.
Thankfully, we know the end of the story, and can be assured with the saints of old that, despite what may appear at any given moment in time, “the king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water, he turneth it whithersoever he will.”
On the Cover
Handel by Thomas Hudson, 1744
The October-December 2012 issue includes these articles:
- George Frideric Handel
- The Prince of Preachers
- John Winebrenner and the Church of God
- Phillipine de Luns
- The Life and Death of Christopher Love