Stop Listening to Worship Music

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Before you think this is going to be a diatribe against Contemporary Christian Music and radio, sorry to disappoint, you’re reading the wrong blog.

Attend a biblically-solid Christian conference and many things will encourage you. Powerful preaching, rich fellowship and robust congregational singing. At different events such as T4G, Shepherds’ Conference, Sing!, Ekklesia, or my own church’s Steadfast Conference, what often strikes people is not the caliber of musicianship, but the glorious sound of voices exuberantly working together to drown out the musicians. Some events have full orchestras and bands, while others simply have a piano.Continue reading

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Godly Music Genre?

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Ahhhh, music and Christians. I remember the 90s and the “worship wars” that happened. Some churches believed (and taught) that God’s music only came from the hymnal and only played on the organ & piano. Guitars, drums, and basically any other instrument is out of the question. Furthermore, any genre outside hymnody was out. All styles of music for the Christian are really just one style: hymns – the older, the better.

Now, as you may know (or not know, so I will expose you to it), these beliefs have not disappeared. In fact, last night I had one of my youth (a 14 year old young man) approach me about this very issue.… Continue reading

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Reprise: Worship as a Believer? or Belieber?*

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*This was originally published in September 2013

urlWorship… those seven simple letters can conjure up so much meaning, emotion and passion. We worship anything and anyone these days. Last week, close to 27 million viewers tuned into the opening game of the 2013-14 NFL season between the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens, while a Harlequin Romance novel entitled The Hero, by Robyn Carr rose to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. In June of this year, Justin Bieber passed a monumental 40 million twitter followers (as of Jan. 29 2015, that number has now skyrocketed to 59.8M), but was upstaged by Kim Kardashian as the most searched person on the internet so far in 2013.… Continue reading

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Preaching to the Choir

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add_toon_info-1.phpI grew up singing in choirs. To be honest, there’s only been a handful of the years of my life where I have not either led a choir or been in one. It began when I was a cute little kid who sang in the children’s choir at church. I could barely match pitch and definitely couldn’t stand still for very long. I’m thankful for the long-suffering ladies who led our band of little ragamuffins. Through elementary, Jr. High, High School and College, my years were all filled with school choirs, community choirs and church choirs. Choirs have helped me tour much of the world, and worship with many congregations.… Continue reading

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Lattes and Hymnals

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101310I read a lot of publications that speak to musical expressions of worship. Some, from sources I respect and learn a great deal from; while others make me cringe, as they extol everything from a viewpoint exactly contrary to what I believe is a Biblical understanding of worship. I learn from them, but sometimes their biggest benefit is that they drive me to my knees in prayer. However, one thing I hear from both sides is that hymnbooks are on the way out of the pew (if pews still even exist). Some rejoice over this, saying that the church is progressing, while others lament what has happened in the last 20-30 years to music in the church.… Continue reading

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