A Christmas Song that Doesn’t Belong … But Does

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There is a well-known song from my childhood from the TV show “Sesame Street,” in which 4-objects would be shown on the screen—3 being the same and 1 being different, like 3 shoes and a hat. The narrator would then sing …

“One of these things is not like the other. One of these doesn’t belong. Can you tell which thing is not like the other, By the time I finish this song.”

As a 3-6 year old, this was very exciting, and I always guessed perfectly before the end of the song (my mom always said I was a smart child, haha 🙂 ).… Continue reading

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Guarding the Deposit of Hymnody

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This weekend is the 498th anniversary of Martin Luther’s infamous act of nailing the 95 theses to the Wittenberg Door. Rather than celebrating Halloween, many Christians will recognize Reformation Day this Oct. 31. On Sunday, Protestants around the globe will commemorate the rather simple but bold act of a solitary man, taking a stand against the corruption of the Roman Catholic Church. Many congregations will sing the “Battle Hymn of the Reformation”, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott; or as English speakers know it, A mighty fortress is our God.

bored-churchRecently, I had a visitor to our church comment, “You guys sing a lot of hymns, you need to get with the program because young people don’t like that stuff.” I could have been offended by the comment (which I think this gentleman was trying to do), but I thought to myself, “actually, as a congregation that sings hymns we stand in line with the historic program of the Church, and I’m good with that” (and as an aside, we have a lot of young people in our church I think would take offense at his comment).… 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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How to Sing!

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20090520_SingingInCarIt’s no secret that I love to sing (which is good, since I’m a church music director). And I know I’m not the only one who loves to sing. Just look to your right and left when stopped at a traffic light.  You’ll see everyone from mild-mannered business men, to teenage girls, singing along to the radio (one of my favorite games, is trying to figure out which station they’re listening too). People will sing anywhere! And what is it about the shower that makes everyone think that they are the next Luciano Pavarotti? So I know I’m not alone in my love of singing, because people love to sing.… Continue reading

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October and Reformation Playlist

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AutumnLeavesOnPianoKeysFront2_VGm-LOctober is one of my favorite months, because it contains some of the most meaningful holidays for me. First, In October, my wonderful, godly parents celebrate their wedding anniversary. Their tremendous example of faith, and love have been a testimony to me, and many others; and their love of music clearly had an impact upon my life. Through joys and struggles, their love has grown, not just for each other, but more importantly, for their Saviour. I’m honoured that the Lord chose to place me under their care as I grew up, and I’m honoured that they’ve taught me to serve Him as I’m older with the gifts He’s given.Continue reading

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