Saturday, February 28, 2015

Oscar Peterson Trio - Hymn to Freedom

Written in 1962 in support of the Civil Rights movement, a wonderful combination of gospel and jazz performed by the man who Duke Ellington called 'The Maharaja of the Keyboard' with Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums

Eric Clapton, Doyle Bramhall II & Derek Trucks - Little Wing - LIVE

Thursday, February 26, 2015

What Is Your Only Comfort In Life And Death?

The Heidelberg Catechism written in 1563 begins with a profound first question and answer worth meditating on and absorbing.

Q. What is your only comfort in life and death?

A. That I am not my own, but belong--body and soul, in life and in death--to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation. Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him. 

This is the most important question you will ever face. What enables you to endure life and face death unafraid? This question shapes our whole existence. The first thing we are to know as a Christian is that we belong to Jesus and not ourselves.

John Scofield Plays Ray Charles, "You Don't Know Me", at Berklee College of Music

I Don't Need No Doctor John Scofield & John Mayer

Great song I love this cover

John Scofield Trio - Chicken Dog [2010]

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Great Academy Awards Humor - Pearls Before Swine

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Pride and Joy 09/21/85

Oscar Peterson - You Look Good To Me

'The Three Kinds of Good Life for the Instruction of Consciences"

In 1521 the Martin Luther preached a sermon called 'The Three Kinds of Good Life for the Instruction of Consciences,' found in vol. 44 of LW. This goes along with what I posted by C.S.Lewis:

Luther says there are 'three kinds of conscience and three kinds of sin, as well as three kinds of the good life with three kinds of good works' (235). The first kind 'is concerned only with outward works' (235). 'As a result of this kind of teaching, people become hardened and blind' (236). '[T]heir holiness is circumscribed by their five senses and their bodily existence. And yet, this very holiness shines brighter in the eyes of the world than does real holiness' (238). This is the Pharisee, the person who does the right things but with a rotten heart.

The second kind of person has a well-developed conscience. It understands 'humility, meekness, gentleness, peace, fidelity, love, propriety, purity, and the like'(239). Such people, however, 'set about them in the wrong way' (240). They 'maintain a pious posture not out of their own desire, but because they fear disgrace, punishment, or hell. . . . And this false ground is so deep that no saint has ever fathomed its bottom.' Such people have a sensitive conscience, unlike the first kind, but they follow it not from godliness but self-love. Luther then prepares to transition into the third kind of person. 'God does not just want such works by themselves. He wants them to be performed gladly and willingly. And when there is no joy in doing them and the right will and motive are absent, then they are dead in God's eyes' (240). Luther explains that none of us can rise above this second kind of person of our own ability.

The third kind of person is different not in externals but is qualitatively different in the heart--this person wants to obey. They are characterized by two realities, says Luther: self-denial and the Holy Spirit. He then concludes: 'When the Spirit comes . . . look, he makes a pure, free, cheerful, glad, and loving heart, a heart which is simply gratuitously righteous, seeking no reward, fearing no punishment. Such a heart is holy for the sake of holiness . . . and does everything with joy' (241-42).

Diana Krall - Desperado

Diana Krall - California Dreamin'