Monthly Archives: January 2011

A Statement of a Conservative Church Music Philosophy

I did not write our church’s music philosophy statement, but I think that it says a good number of things well.  I’ve included here the section of the statement under the heading “Music at Bible Baptist Church”: At Bible Baptist … Continue reading

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Aniol: “A Distinctly Christian Culture”

An outstanding article: “A Distinctly Christian Culture” by Scott Aniol.  If I could summarize: The common evangelical view of culture and music as neutral is incorrect.  All cultures are informed by both common grace and human depravity, so the expressions … Continue reading

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Bayly on Congregational Singing and Songleading

Some interesting comments on congregational singing and songleading over at BaylyBlog (actually, they are from a post in my feed reader; the post purports to be from BaylyBlog, but when I travel to the blog, it doesn’t seem to be up.).  … Continue reading

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Deck Thyself, My Soul, With Gladness

“Deck Thyself, My Soul, With Gladness,” by Johann Franck, 1645; translated by the incomparable Catherine Winkworth, 1863. Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness, leave the gloomy haunts of sadness, come into the daylight’s splendor, there with joy thy praises render … Continue reading

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History of Youth/Pop Culture

I discovered my friend Jason Parker posted an excellent history of youth/pop culture a couple of years ago.   Longer treatments which are helpful in this regard include two which Jason notes in the footnotes: Christopher Schlect’s “Critique of Modern … Continue reading

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November-December Posts at RAM

Several posts over at Religious Affections Ministries since I last posted here: “Notes on ‘It Is Well’” “Hymn Highlights: ‘Jesus Lives, and So Shall I’” “Incarnation Hymnody: ‘Of the Father’s Love Begotten’ and ‘Silent Night’” “Incarnation Hymnody: ‘Let All Mortal … Continue reading

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