I will begin by sharing potentially good news on the health front. The sharp pain in my shoulders afflicting me since May seems to have softened to a chronic dull ache. I still experience discomfort, but I am not as dependent on pain relieving medications as I was before last month. I am also sleeping somewhat more soundly. Thank you for your prayers for healing. I suspect there is still a long way to go to full health, but there has been some progress, for which I am grateful.
In these final two months of the year, I again issue a special appeal for your financial and prayer support for my work with Global Scholar's Canada. Here is where your funding goes:
- I draw a small monthly salary from these funds to supplement my private and public pension income, and together they cover a portion of the time and energy put into the various responsibilities I have taken on.
- The funds cover equipment, supplies, books, and other incidental expenses incurred in my work. The computer on which I work and the connected printer are two of the major pieces of equipment provided by your generous contributions.
- Assuming that the pandemic eases and my health improves, I hope that opportunities to travel will return. Your contributions will help to make this possible, especially where resources in the host country are scarce.
GSC's page for giving can be found here. Once you are in the page, scroll down to the heading marked DONATION DETAILS, and then choose one of the options under FUND. Americans may donate through our sister organization in the US. If you cannot afford to give, please do continue to pray for my work. God does work through our prayers for each other. Thanks once again to those of you who have been faithful in supporting my work both financially and in your prayers.
Last month I wrote that Jason Scott Montoya had interviewed me a second time. The interview has now been posted online: Ukraine & Russia: To Whom Does The Land Belong? The war between the two countries, which has raged now for nine months, has recently turned in Ukraine's favour, but the issues of national sovereignty behind it remain and show no signs of going away.
With protests spreading across Iran in the wake of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini's death in police custody, many of us wonder whether another revolution might be imminent. Here are my thoughts on the current turmoil: Iran and the arc of history. For the first time in possibly 11 centuries, a minority of Iranians identify as Muslims. What this could mean for their country remains to be seen.
This month I received word from The Priscilla and Stanford Reid Trust that I have been awarded a second grant to continue my Genevan Psalter project. This will enable me to hire Michael Owens to format my texts for the Psalms to the musical arrangements of Jacques Pierre Bekkers and Jacob Kort and eventually to publish them. The Reid Trust award is for CDN$2,200, which is not enough to cover the entire project. To complete the collection, we will need an additional CDN$3,500 over and above any donation amounts already planned. If any of you would like to contribute an extra amount to this project, we would be most grateful. Please let me know if you do so, and I will acknowledge you in the published volume, unless you prefer otherwise.
While we are on the subject of liturgy, I recently wrote a post on my Genevan Psalter blog about the influence on North American evangelicals of the late Robert Webber (1933-2007), a prolific author with whom I was personally acquainted: The Canterbury Trail: worship and reformation. This was republished at Kuyperian Commentary.
Last month the Christian Scholar's Review blog published my article, Can Christian Higher Education Stay the Course? On the last day of the month, CSR's newsletter, issue # 20 informed its readers that this article was among the top 5 blog posts for October.
And here is my initial take on our new monarch published in Christian Courier: A new Carolingian era.
On friday, 25 November, I will be interviewing Jonathan Chaplin on his recent book, Beyond Establishment: Resetting Church-State Relations in England, in which the author, a lifelong Anglican, responds to the objections of the antidisestablishmentarians (yes, it's a real word!) in his homeland. To attend this event remotely, sign up here: Iron Sharpens Iron – November 2022.
Please continue to pray for my work and for the physical stamina to keep it up. And please consider making an extra financial contribution to my academic ministry at year's end. Thanks once more for your support.
Yours in Christ,
David Koyzis, Global Scholar