O Great God

A month or two ago we say the song “O Great God” at church. I did a little googling and found the music was written by Bob Kauflin of Sovereign Grace Music, with words coming from the “Valley of Vision” puritan prayers volume. I didn’t particularly like the Sovereign Grace recorded version, so I did a bit more googling and found this amazing version arranged by Dan Forrest.

I also found out that Dan Forrest is giving a free (I think) concert at Masters College this Friday


Thursday, September 20

Class Visitations & Lessons

4:00-5:30 pm | Composition Master Class (TMC Recital Hall)

All students and area alumni and musicians are invited to attend.

Friday, September 21

9:10 am | Music Department Chapel

Class Visitations & Lessons

2:00-5:00 pm | Concert Rehearsal (TMC Recital Hall – for all involved in evening performance)

7:30 pm | Works of Dan Forrest Concert

Featuring Forrest’s “Te Deum”, “How Great Thou Art”, “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” and many more. Mass choir will consist of TMC students as well as area music alumni. Instrumental groups and soloists will also be featured.

If you are interested in participating in this concert event, please email music@masters.edu for more information.

Saturday, September 22

9:00-12:00 pm | Choral Reading Session

Come read through many of Dan’s choral works along with works from local composers. Area choirs and their directors are invited to participate!


The two kingdoms doctrine: what’s all the fuss?

A good, irenic post at Ref21:

One of the ways in which modern advocates could strengthen the two kingdoms doctrine is by further emphasizing and clarifying its fundamentally eschatological character, particularly in light of the fact that the two kingdoms are often confused with two spheres into which life is to be divided. It may be that part of the problem is a conflation of the two kingdoms doctrine with Abraham Kuyper’s concept of sphere sovereignty. But Kuyper’s spheres denote different areas into which human life under Christ’s lordship are to be divided; they do not designate the eschatological distinction between this age and the age to come. As such, the concept of sphere sovereignty is a sociological concept that is consistent with but different from the two kingdoms doctrine. We confuse the two when we think of the two kingdoms as two spheres (because they denote two governments) but forget that they also denote two overlapping ages. As 1 Corinthians 7 and Ephesians 5-6 make clear, because Christians live between two ages, they cannot turn everything they do into the kingdom of God, but they are to do everything that they do in obedience to Christ’s lordship.