25. juin 2019

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” / “Und führe uns nicht in Versuchung, sondern erlöse uns von dem Bösen.”

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For our last shared musical setting of the Lord’s Prayer we have music from Markus Stockhausen, shared with us by my husband, composer and saxophonist Uwe Steinmetz. Uwe writes: “Try to speak along the words of the prayer with Markus Stockhausen´s composition “Our Father” – he brings out so many aspects of the Lords prayer…
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01. mars 2019

“Give us this day our daily bread” II / “Unser tägliches Brot gib uns heute” II

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ENGLISH In our last TuneIn* we looked at the petition, “Give us this day our daily bread,” but from the account found in the Gospel of Matthew, which focuses more on the blessings of the coming Kingdom of God. In this reflection we will turn toward Luke’s account of the…
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22. février 2019

“Give us this day our daily bread” / “Unser tägliches Brot gib uns heute”

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ENGLISH The first part of the prayer Jesus gave us* is all about God. We are not to let our own needs and issues dominate prayer; we are rather to prioritize praising and honoring him. Adoration and thanksgiving – God-centeredness – comes first, because it heals the…
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14. février 2019

“Your Kingdom Come…” (II) / „Dein Reich komme…“ (II)

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ENGLISH When we pray for the Kingdom of God to come, what are we praying for?   Hallowed be your nameFirst, we can look back at the phrase immediately preceding this petition: hallowed be your name. How can we make God’s name holy, when…
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07. février 2019

“Your Kingdom Come…” / „Dein Reich komme…“

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ENGLISH When we pray for the Kingdom of God to come, what are we praying for?   Hallowed be your nameFirst, we can look back at the phrase immediately preceding this petition: hallowed be your name. How can we make God’s name holy, when…
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31. janvier 2019

“Our Father, who art in heaven…” / „Unser Vater im Himmel…“

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ENGLISH The Lord’s Prayer, the Our Father. It’s familiar.  Too familiar, sometimes. Many of us can recite it without even thinking about it, and unfortunately, we often do. It is frequently on our lips— especially for those of us who worship in more traditional liturgical settings— and that is good and right. But with this familiarity comes the risk…
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31. janvier 2019

The great Shakespeare tradition – where is it going now? / Die grosse Shakespeare-Tradition – wie geht’s weiter?

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ENGLISH Shakespeare’s long Christmas   Last week, we heard some thoughts on Epiphany. Immediately before Epiphany comes “Twelfth Night”, the end of the 12 days of Christmas.  In 1601/2, Shakespeare wrote a play with this title. As usual, he did not invent the story, but largely used older material. His success was not due…
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14. janvier 2019

Our word to our readers / Ein Wort an unsere Leser

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Since we began with the TUNE INs in January, 2016, they have appeared every week. We receive a lot of encouraging feedback, which is a great motivation for us to continue.  We have noticed, however, that these weekly appearances are too frequent for many readers. And we, in view of the growing tasks in our Crescendo work, are reaching certain limits on our capacity.  <!--...
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10. janvier 2019

The three kings an us / Die drei Könige und wir

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ENGLISH In the Western Church, 6 January is the day on which the Three Kings are remembered. We read about them in Matthew 2, 1-12. What can this story say to us today?   1.Jesus reveals himself to the outsiders “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to…
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01. janvier 2019

A word for melancholy artists: How are we going into the New Year? / Ein Wort an melancholische Künstler: Wie gehen wir in das neue Jahr?

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Andrzej Turkanik ENGLISH On the threshold of 2019, we are asking ourselves what the New Year may bring. The question may be mixed with a certain sadness that the old year, and thus a further part of our life, has passed by so quickly. This makes us all…
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29. décembre 2018

A wonderful Christmas song / Ein wunderschönes Weihnachtslied

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With a wonderfully beautiful Christmas composition by the Latvian composer Richards Dubra (*1964), available on our CD “Ich schau Dich staunend an”, and an accompanying interview with the composer (below), we heartily wish our TUNE IN readership of around 2500 in the whole world a blessed Christmas time.  Mit einem wunderschönen Weihnachtslied des lettischen Komponisten Richards Dubra (*1964) von…
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18. décembre 2018

What do angels play when they are off duty? / Was spielen Engel, wenn sie unter sich sind?

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ENGLISH On 10th December, 1968, exactly 50 years ago, Karl Barth, one of the greatest theologians of the 20th century, died. In one of his early writings, “The Letter to the Romans”, he directed sharp words against any mixing of human ideology with the word of God. Together with the “Confessing Church”, Barth raised his voice against National Socialism. With…
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10. décembre 2018

When complete strangers tell an artist the most personal things / Wenn wildfremde Menschen einem Künstler persönlichste Dinge erzählen

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ENGLISH In the Crescendo network there are many outstanding organists who bless others with their work in churches, concerts and teaching positions. In recent weeks we have had memorable meetings with organists who recounted events from their lives and service – and also showed us their instruments (including the organ in Cologne Cathedral).  One of the organists was Chelsea Chen,…
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29. novembre 2018

Gabriele Münter’s “Still Life Pentecost” / Gabriele Münters “Stillleben Pfingsten”

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ENGLISH The Ludwig Collection in Cologne is currently giving an insight into the work of Gabriele Münter (1877–1962) in a large exhibition under the title “Painting to the Point”. Münter was a cen­tral fig­ure of German Expressionism and the Blue Rid­er artist group, which was found­ed at her house in Mur­nau. Besides wonderful landscapes and portraits, one is struck by some still life paintings,…
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21. novembre 2018

TUNE IN 282 Does a synthesis of Christ and culture exist? / Gibt es eine Synthese von Christus und Kultur?

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ENGLISH What thoughts do we Christians have about culture? And how do the creators of culture perceive the church? The answers to these questions are connected to theological reflections on the topic of “art and culture” and to the church’s conceptual and concrete responses. Reinhold Niebuhr’s categories in “Christ and Culture” help us to find an orientation here and to reconsider…
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14. novembre 2018

The Christ of Culture / Der Kultur-Christus

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ENGLISH Convert to Mendelssohn !? What was the designer thinking about as he worked on advertising for the Bach Choir in Basel and chose the motto “Let yourself be converted – to Mendelssohn”? What were those in charge of the Bach Choir hoping to achieve? Perhaps not much. Or something like this: “Today one can no longer take the message of…
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07. novembre 2018

Small goals kill us / Kleine Ziele bringen uns um

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ENGLISH There are people who have a special gift of faith, as Paul writes in 1st Corinthians, 12,9. Such people can encourage us to invest faith in places where everything seems hopeless. If this gift of faith is exercised with love, an open heart, and without any claim of authority, it does not produce an unhealthy pressure to believe. A…
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01. novembre 2018

Good news for bad Christians! / Gute Botschaft für schlechte Christen!

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ENGLISH Repeatedly I hear this phrase: “I’m just not such a good Christian!” Many artists in particular think this way. They compare themselves, for example, with the good Christians in their church congregation who are pursuing a “proper” career and do not sing Lady Macbeth on the opera stage on Monday, beat a member of the theatre company to death, or pose…
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15. octobre 2018

Building bridges / Brücken bauen

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ENGLISH How can I speak about faith? “How can I speak about faith?” A question I hear repeatedly from artists. It is a good question! But then I ask for more details: “Do you mean using art to speak about faith? If yes, is this something you really want to do? Or are you asking because you think that art has…
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04. octobre 2018

Cross your fingers, knock on wood, or bless? / Toi toi toi, Holzklopfen oder Segen?

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ENGLISH The subject of the last TUNE IN was encouragement. In the Bible we also read of blessing. But what is blessing really?  What exactly do we receive when the pastor stretches out his hands at the end of the church service and blesses the congregation? Or when someone writes to us or says, “I wish you a shower of blessings”? Is…
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26. septembre 2018

Encouragment / Ermutigung

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ENGLISH One of the most important and most beautiful fruits of fellowship among artists is mutual encouragement. Not a one-way street Encouragement should not be a one-way street. It is easy to expect encouragement from others (from an audience, for example), but very much more difficult to overcome one’s self-centredness and to praise others. “Love until it hurts” was Mother Teresa’s maxim. This…
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21. septembre 2018

Paintbrush and film-camera, violin and dancing shoes, awake! / Pinsel und Filmkamera, Violine und Tanzschuhe, wacht auf! (Psalm 57)

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ENGLISH “Psaltery and harp, awake!”, the church sings in the original German version of “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” by Joachim Neander (1680) or in the eponymous Bach choral cantata BWV 137 (1725).   What does this metaphor mean? Why and how should the instruments awake? By the way, is the same statement applicable…
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06. septembre 2018

Destructive genius?! / Zerstörerische Genialität?!

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ENGLISH In TUNE IN 272, we spoke of a culture-rejecting attitude as encountered among certain theologians and entire denominational traditions. It is easy to criticise this attitude. But do not let us be too glib in our criticism! The power of the Christian faith – including its power to attract – develops not when it is constantly “being conformed to the…
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30. août 2018

Where separation is important / Wo Abgrenzung wichtig ist

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ENGLISH Do not love the world As we mentioned in TUNE IN 271, the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (“Christ and Culture”, 1951) identifies five different categories of relationship between Christianity and culture. Initially, he points out that Christians have at times separated themselves radically from the surrounding culture. The biblical starting point for this is John 2,15: “Do…
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22. août 2018

Christ against culture? “Enter through the narrow gate…” / Christus gegen die Kultur? “Gehet ein durch die enge Pforte…”

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ENGLISH In the pre-conference for the recently held “Crescendo Summer Institute” (LINK),  35 participants discussed different aspects of “Christianity and culture”. When one looks at the history of theology and the church more closely, it becomes evident that the relationship between “Christianity and culture” can be defined in differing ways and accordingly takes…
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15. août 2018

Artworks as our companions – No. 3 / Kunstwerke, die uns begleiten – Nr. 3

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Which good work of art – which picture, which piece of music, which poem, which story, which choreography accompanies you in your life and faith? Please send us a short text with a few personal words on your chosen artwork (to info@crescendo.org). Include a link to the corresponding artwork…
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07. août 2018

Which light shines brighter? – Which artist is greater? / Welches Licht schient heller? Welcher Künstler ist grösser?

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ENGLISH  “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in…
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02. août 2018

Artworks as our companions – No. 2 / Kunstwerke, die uns begleiten – Nr. 2

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Which good work of art – which picture, which piece of music, which poem, which story, which choreography accompanies you in your life and faith? Please send us a short text with a few personal words on your chosen artwork (to info@crescendo.org). Include a link to the corresponding artwork…
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20. juillet 2018

Artworks as our companions – No. 1 / Kunstwerke, die uns begleiten – Nr. 1

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  ENGLISH Which good work of art – which picture, which piece of music, which poem, which story, which choreography accompanies you in your life and faith? Let us put this question to our readers during the summer weeks – and beyond. Our assumption here is that there are artworks which leave an impression on our faith and which accompany us intensively…
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04. juillet 2018

Able to play / Spielen können

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ENGLISH The World Cup, or the joy of playing Currently, the World Cup in football is captivating millions of spectators. Despite all the shady sides and aberrations in this commercialised sport, this game with the small, round piece of leather is a source of joy not only for our male contemporaries. Art – a game, or…
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18. juin 2018

“…Far from the mark we stray” The message of the famous Evening Poem by Matthias Claudius / „…Und kommen weiter von dem Ziel“ Die Botschaft des berühmten Abendlieds von Matthias Claudius

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ENGLISH It is one of the most beautiful poems and, with the melody by Johann Schulz (1747-1800), is one of the most deeply felt songs in the German language: the Evening Poem by Matthias Claudius (1740-1832). It was published in 1779 and even today has lost none of its power. 1 The silent moon is risen,  The golden star-fires…
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