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David T. Koyzis

David T. Koyzis
Short Name: David T. Koyzis
Full Name: Koyzis, David Theodore, 1955-
Birth Year: 1955

David Koyzis was born shortly after the middle of the twentieth century near Chicago, where he grew up. He comes from a large family. He pursued higher education at Bethel College (now University), the Institute for Christian Studies and the University of Notre Dame. He now lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where he has taught at Redeemer University College since 1987. He is the author of the award-winning Political Visions and Illusions (InterVarsity Press, 2003), which was Christianity Today's Editor's Bookshelf selection in July 2003. He has recently completed a second book, provisionally titled, We Answer to Another: authority, office and the image of God, and is currently in search of a publisher.

Politically he sometimes describes himself as a "fanatical moderate." While a university undergraduate, he came into contact with the thought of Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) and Herman Dooyeweerd (1894-1977), and this had a life-changing impact on him. His subsequent studies and academic pursuits have been devoted to understanding and working out the implications of the kingdom of God for politics and other areas of life. David blogs at three sites: Notes from a Byzantine-rite Calvinist, Genevan Psalter (see below) and First Things' group blog, Evangel.

He is married to Dr. Nancy Calvert Koyzis, who has taught New Testament studies at Wheaton College, Tyndale Seminary, King's University College (London), Redeemer and McMaster University. She is the author of Paul, Monotheism and the People of God (T & T Clark International) and co-editor with Heather Weir of Strangely Familiar: Protofeminist Interpretations of Patriarchal Biblical Texts (Society of Biblical Literature). They have one daughter, Theresa, who is, to coin a phrase, the apple of her daddy's eye.

David's interests range widely throughout the humanities and arts, mostly because he was never any good at sports in his youth. He practically grew up at the Art Institute of Chicago. (In fact, he seems to recall having left behind a box of crayons there.) He is somewhat interested in the cinema. His ultimate horror flick, if it were ever to be made, would be titled Attack of the Killer Giftshops. He has gastronomic leanings towards vegetarianism, though mostly by taste and not by conviction.

He has loved music ever since he can remember and has published original hymn texts and tunes in several hymnals. He has a special love for the tunes of the Genevan Psalter, for which he has written seventy-eight English versifications and composed nearly as many musical arrangements. Check out his website on the topic, which includes an introductory essay and other information, such as a bibliography, annotated discography, links to other sites, videos and a blog.

David's ecclesiastical background is rather chequered, to say the least, and he sometimes describes himself as a Byzantine-rite Calvinist. He grew up in an Orthodox Presbyterian church and later worshipped in Baptist, United Methodist, Anglican and Episcopal churches. He has a longstanding connection to the Christian Reformed Church, although he and his family are now members of a local Presbyterian congregation. (Putting it less charitably, he seems to have trouble making up his mind.) His forebears were Greek Orthodox. He still has a considerable interest in Orthodox Christianity, with further interests in icons and all things Russian and Greek, including his ancestral island of Cyprus.

--excerpts from www.alpha.redeemer.ca/~dkoyzis/

Texts by David T. Koyzis (69)sort descendingAsInstances
[All Those Who In the Most High Dwell]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Angels, Give the Lord Your Praise]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[As the Deer Seeks Flowing Rivers]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Be Merciful To Me, O God (Koyzis)]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Beside the Babylonian Rivers Flowing]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Beside the Streams of Babylon (Koyzis)]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Christ is the image of the unseen God]David T Koyzis (Author)2
Christ, who is in the form of GodDavid T. Koyzis (Versifier)4
[Clap Your Hands, All You Peoples of the Earth]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Come, Praise the Lord and Be Joyful]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Come, Sing Our Praises To the Lord]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[God, Give Your Righteousness to the King]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[God Is Our Refuge and Our Salvation]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[God Placed His City On His Holy Mountain]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Had Not the Lord Been On His People's Side]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Happy Are Those Who Tend the Poor and Weak]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Help Us, O Lord, For None Remain That Love You]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Here Is My Servant Whom I Yet Uphold]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[How Blest Are They Who Keep From Evil Ways]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place] (Koyzis)David T Koyzis (Author)2
[I Cried Out For God to Help Me]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[I Lift My Eyes Up to the Hills] (Koyzis)David T Koyzis (Author)2
[I Love the Lord, For He Has Heart My Plea]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[I Thank You, Lord, With All My Heart]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[In My Distress I Sought the Lord]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[It Is So Good to Give Thanks and Praises to the Lord]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Judging Among Divine Pretenders]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Let All the Heavens Praise the Lord]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Listen, Lord, To the Prayer I Offer]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Lord, From All Ages You Were Our Salvation]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Lord, I Call To You; Haste To Help Me!]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Lord, Let My Words Receive a Hearing]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Lord, let your servant go]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[May God Be Merciful and Gracious]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[My soul declares aloud]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[My Soul Finds Rest In the Lord God]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[O Gracious God, Be Merciful To Me]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[O Lord, Do Not Chastise Me]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[O Lord, No Pride Is In My Heart]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[O Lord, Our Lord, Your Name Excels Creation]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Our Lord Reigns, May the Nations Quake in Fear]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Out of the Depths I Call You]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Out of the Depths of Hopelessness]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Praise, O My Soul, the Lord and Praise Him Solely]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Praise the Lord With Joyous Mirth]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Praise to the Lord, to Israel's God]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Save Me, O God, By Your Great Name]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Shout Joyfully To Praise the Lord]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Sing Praise, You Servants of the Lord]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Sing Praises to the Lord With One Voice]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Sing to the Lord a New Song of Praise]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Sing to the Lord, O Sing a New Song]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Thank the Lord, For He is Good] (Koyzis)David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Thanks Be To God For All His Goodness]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[The Earth Belongs to the Lord God]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[The Lord God Is My Light and My Salvation] (Koyzis)David T Koyzis (Author)2
[The Lord Is King, Arrayed In Majesty]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[The Lord Said to My Lord] (Koyzis)David T Koyzis (Author)2
[The Lord's My Shepherd, Close to Me Abiding]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[The Mighty Lord Calls Out To All the World]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Those Who Have Trusted in the Lord God]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Thus Spoke the Lord: I Am Your God]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[To God the Lord Your Praises Sing]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[To You, O Lord, I Lift My Soul] (Koyzis)David T Koyzis (Author)2
[When Israel Escaped Out of Egypt]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[When Zion's Captives Were Brought Home]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Wholehearted Thanks I Give You, Lord]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[You Faithful Servants of the Lord]David T Koyzis (Author)2
[Your People's Songs of Praise Await You]David T Koyzis (Author)2
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