Author Archives: Rev. Johann Caauwe

Ten Years

Sir…can anything be greater than to be a pastor in God’s church? —Bo Giertz, The Hammer of God

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Let the morning bring me word…

I used to plug in my phone overnight on the nightstand beside my bed. This was a bad idea. First of all, when my phone, which serves as my alarm clock, would sound early in the morning, it was too … Continue reading

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These are what I’m currently writing with: Pilot G2 Limited (Ink: G2 .5 Black) Pilot Metropolitan, fine nib (Ink: Noodler’s Black)

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The Lenten Fast

For this reason I approve of the Lenten fast, although in the early church it was observed in Christian freedom, so that by fasting people might prepare themselves for more ardent and attentive prayer and for giving thanks in the … Continue reading

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Lessons & Carols

Andrew sang the opening stanza of “Once in Royal David’s City” for our Lessons & Carols on Christmas Eve. Here is a clip of him practicing.

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Mother of All Melismata

This is the opening of Bach’s cantata for the Fourth Sunday in Advent (BWV 132). The video shows Bach’s own score. I love that it takes up to ten measures to sing the word Bahn—that’s like 85 notes. The road … Continue reading

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Digital Polygraph and Analog Letters

Thomas Jefferson used a contraption called a polygraph duplicator to make copies of the many letters he wrote—as he wrote them. He could then file and store these copies as record of his correspondence. He called the device “the finest invention … Continue reading

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Wenn kömmst du? Ich komme.

This is the week that I listen to Bach’s Cantata 140 “Wachet auf” in preparation for the last Sunday in the church year. There are so many things that I love about this cantata and the hymn on which it … Continue reading

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Organ Symposium

About a month ago, Hannah and Andrew each played a piece of music in an Organ Symposium here in El Paso, when several organists from around the area get together and play a piece or two for each other. Here … Continue reading

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Grandpa’s Razor

This morning I shaved with a new razor. But not really new. It is a safety razor which belonged to my grandfather, Andrew Linkert. It was made in 1970 by Gillette. I have been wetshaving using a double-edge safety razor for around eight … Continue reading

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