Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Moody Chorale and "Resisting Gossip"

Photo by Kelly Beck
Yesterday, our church had the privilege of hosting the Moody Bible Institute Chorale for an evening of beautiful music and testimony.

What a wonderful experience!  [See the pictures at our church's Facebook album taken by Kelly Beck.]

The choir did an excellent job of lifting up the Lord Jesus Christ by using their musical gifts.  And our church families enjoyed having them stay in our homes.

This morning, Dr. Xiangtang Hong, their (very expressive!) director, asked me to address their Chorale on the subject of my upcoming book.  Dr. Hong had heard that I was an expert in gossip (a strange claim to fame!), and wanted me to share from what I've been learning.

It was privilege to talk with these fine students not only about recognizing and resisting sinful gossip, but also about the beauty and glory of biblical unity.  I shared some thoughts from Psalm 133 on the blessing of Aaron's oily beard.

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!

It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron's beard, down upon the collar of his robes.

It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.

- Psalm 133

May the Lord continue to bless the MBI Chorale as they share their gifts and testimony on this tour!