Flotsam & Jetsam (1/24)

Music Giveaway – Tami (who blogs at Overflow Unedited) is hosting a giveaway of Leigh Nash’s album Hymns and Sacred Songs. The giveaway ends tomorrow, so enter yourself now!

Refuge In the Justice of God (Pt. 4) – From Michael Wright: “David realized, just as Luther did, that God is a bulwark never failing, and there was no better protection than in the blessed Rock, our strength and shield.”

Thing vs. Edward Scissorhands – A bit of humor from a good friend and fellow blogger.

Amazon Giftcard Giveaway – Katherine Sophia (the blogger at Seek Him First) is giving away an Amazon giftcard. Leave a comment to be entered! Entries will be received until the 4th of February.

Christ and Him Crucified… on Facebook – I would “like” the new page if I had a Facebook account. Since I don’t, I’ll just be content with “liking” it from afar. If you are on Facebook, why don’t you stop by and check it out?

“Let those be thy choicest companions who have made Christ
their chief companion.” ~ Thomas Brooks

Soundtrack Review: The Fountain

The Fountain
(Music from the Motion Picture)
Composer: Clint Mansell
Running Time: 46 min.
Released: 2006

 

 

 

Clint Mansell first came to my attention last year, when I bought his score for Moon. Fascinated by his inventive and thoughtful approach, I decided to sample some of his earlier work as well – which is how I acquired The Fountain. This sublime bit of musical craftsmanship is now, without a doubt, one my favorite film scores; and what it lacks in length, it more than makes up for in substance and emotive depth. In the style of Philip Glass, the motifs used are simple and few, but Mansell compensates with remarkably complex scoring. The result? What might have been uselessly repetitive is instead fresh, gorgeous, and downright breathtaking.

The score quietly opens the The Last Man, a tender piano/string melody. It assumes a darker tone toward the end, in foreboding anticipation of Holy Dread!, the aptly-titled second cue. Xibalba and First Snow are both marked by a sense of serenity and reflection; Finish It is intense and hauntingly dissonant, getting off to a slow start and picking up speed as it goes. Most people cite Death Is The Road To Awe as the high-point of the album. I agree. This remarkable piece encompasses all of the score’s central motifs and mixes in a few surprises to boot, steadily building to a magnificent crescendo of choir and orchestra. The next (and last) track, Together We Will Live Forever, allows the listener to catch his breath while bringing everything to a thoughtful, relaxing conclusion.

Buy the MP3 album on iTunes or Amazon.com.

If I Know Anything About the Character of God…

“From my perspective the number one ethical issue that this nation has ever faced is the issue of abortion. Abortion is not a matter of private choice—not for the Christian who understands anything about the sanctity of life. The first century church made it very clear in their day, explicitly stating that abortion is murder.

I’ve written over 70 books. The book that had the shortest shelf life of all of my books was my book on the case against abortion. I talked to pastor after pastor and sought to understand why they weren’t using this material (for which we also made a video series). They told me, ‘Well, we agree with it but we can’t do it in our church.’ And I said, ‘Why?’ They responded: ‘It will split the congregation.’ And I said, ‘So be it!’ A million and a half unborn babies are slaughtered wantonly in the United States of America every year in the name of women’s rights. If I know anything about the character of God after forty years of study, I know that God hates abortion.”

~ R.C. Sproul

He Was Crushed for Our Iniquities!

“But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed!” (Isaiah 53:5)

Let us live as if every allowed sin, was…
one more thorn in Christ’s head,
one more nail in His feet,
one more spear in His side!

~ J.C. Ryle

(HT Grace Gems)