Physical Beauty and the Christian

Physical beauty, whether in a lilac or in a lady, is a gift from God. We must enjoy it, develop it, protect it, value it, and ultimately give Him the glory. 

My recent travels led me to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a conversation with Felicity, a Boyce College undergraduate studying the Bible before she moves on to a degree in cosmetology. A beautiful and engaging young woman, Felicity believes that her call in ministry is to help others be beautiful and engaging. Helping other coeds with hair, makeup, and the like is a joy to her, and a source of some badly needed cash.

Yet there is a proverbial fly in the ointment. Felicity has a wonderful Christian role model who works in the industry, and she has reported to Felicity that cosmetology is hard for people dedicated to Christ. Many people involved, both workers and clients, act as if physical appearance is all that matters. Youth and vanity, already lauded in much of American culture, become idolized in the walls of the salon. Should a committed Christ-follower even be in such an environment? If so, how can she keep her heart pure? Felicity asked me what I thought on this issue, and I have written some thoughts below.

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Music, Lyrics and Chords

Songs and chords to sing, play, and enjoy. 

Many people love to sing. Though individual and group singing seem to have declined in Western culture since professionally produced music is constantly available, making music, not just listening to it, is one of the healthiest and most fun things that people can do. Singing improves breath control and respiratory health, it improves our mental status, and it brings people together (even if you can’t sing very well).

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Basic Guitar Lessons

Since I lead music for children with voice and guitar at our church, I am sometimes asked to teach children how to play the guitar. The topics that we cover during each lesson are below. We use a variation of the Progressive Beginner Guitar book.

Lesson 1

  1. Parts of the guitar
  2. Types of guitar
  3. Styles of guitar
  4. How to hold the guitar
  5. How to strum (up and down)
  6. Strings – E-A-D-G-B-E
  7. Right hand techniques (playing one string, two strings together, three strings together and in sequence)
  8. How to tune the guitar

Lesson 2

  1. Review
  2. What is a chord? (Major, minor, seventh)
  3. The G major chord
  4. The D major chord
  5. Open strings and fretted notes
  6. The quarter note

Lesson 3

  1. Review
  2. The second string
  3. The half note
  4. The C major chord
  5. Song – Silent Night
  6. The quarter and half rests

Lesson 4

  1. Review
  2. The first string
  3. E, F and G notes
  4. The whole note and whole rest
  5. The eighth note

Lesson 5

  1. Review
  2. Eighth note rhythm pattern

Lesson 6

  1. Review
  2. The fourth string
  3. D, E and F notes
  4. Minor chords (Dm, Em, Am)

The Year in Music, Art, Literature and Drama History

16 Jan – The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes was published in Madrid, Spain (1605).

17 Jan – Popeye the Sailor, a comic character created by Elzie Segar, first appeared in the Thimble Theater comic strip (1929).

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