Falun Gong Bait and Switch

Someone mentioned to me that they had been given tickets to what was billed as a performance of traditional Chinese dance. They knew a little bit about the subject, and noted as the evening went on that there was nothing traditional about the dances. Then came a melodramatic piece featuring Chinese communists oppressing poor Falun…

King Cake Time

Epiphany also heralds the beginning of the pre-Mardi Gras season here on the Gulf Coast, and means that “King Cake” will be available in every grocery store. Tucked inside each cake is a tiny plastic baby–the person who gets the baby is said to be responsible for buying the next cake. Why kings and a…

Epiphany

The Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, commemorates the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles, represented by the magi. Here are a couple of my favorite Lutheran hymns from the Epiphany season (which, in the Lutheran calendar, includes the weeks after Epiphany, culminating in the Transfiguration, which is celebrated on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday).…

Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern

Bach’s cantata setting of “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern,” appointed as the Lutheran Hymn of the Day for Epiphany. Hat tip, Paul McCain, who has some other thoughts on the day and the hymn.