Today is the second anniversary of my brother Andrew’s death. It is also the 49th anniversary of my reading the whole Bible for the first time on 22/8/1971. I have read the Bible daily ever since and now I spend several hours a day on my Bible commentary, making its teaching accessible to ordinary people, dealing with difficult passages and giving relevant illustrations and application from Scripture. There are even sermon outlines for preachers.
So, in memory of Andrew, whose memory prompted this blogpost emerging from coronavirus blogpost silence, today is as good a day as any to publicize my YouTube channel, which I have developed during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, and to intimate that I have today created a Zoom channel for online interaction and the public worship of God.
Just as this blog began slowly on 10th July 2009 and gathered pace, so my YouTube channel began slowly on 1st Jan 2011 and is now gathering pace. This blog Donald’s Thoughts began by celebrating the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth in 1509, and my YouTube channel began by celebrating the 400th anniversary of the publication of the Authorised King James Version of the English Bible in 1611.
Donald’s YouTube channel
Donald’s YouTube channel can be found by clicking here.
I have two series or playlists running in parallel.
The first series promotes a capella singing of the Scottish metrical psalms. I go through the tunes in the 1970 edition of The Scottish Psalmody, each 5-10 minute video being a different tune, sung to a few verses from the Scottish metrical version of the book of Psalms.
I make a few comments on the tune or the psalm or both. I hope to encourage singing of the Word of God, which has many benefits. As a tenor singer, I slip in and out of the tenor part so that those singing the soprano part can hear the harmony and grow accustomed to it. Occasionally I make comments to help precentors leading the congregation in a capella singing, that is, vocal music without instrumental music.
To watch my first video in my psalmody series explaining the rationale, click here.
Biblical exegesis and theology
The first video in my biblical exegesis series can be viewed here.
If you click on the “Subscribe” button under any video in each series, it will notify you automatically whenever I put up a new video for each series. You do not need to enter passwords – simply click the subscribe button and the bell beside it and the deed is done.
I plan to have other series, which YouTube calls ‘playlists’, on medical and other tips as they come to mind.
Public worship has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic lockdown and the latest advice is that loud singing can spread the virus further than quiet or soft singing. Wearing a mask should ameliorate this but singing together online, each one in their own space, should allow you to sing as loud as you wish to the praise of God. So I plan to begin such an ‘online service’ via Zoom.
God says: ‘Whoever offers praise glorifies Me.’Psalm 50:23.