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Kwasniewski, Is There a Proper Role for “Contemporary” Music at Church?

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Doug Wilson, What Music Cannot Say

Doug Wilson has a little book entitled Church Music and the Other Kinds: A Musical Manifesto of Sorts. Classic Wilson in style, it makes a number of good points on church music. I thought the following was helpful in thinking about … Continue reading

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Edwards: Sing or sin

From a sermon by Jonathan Edwards on “Self-Examination”: Examine yourselves, whether you do not live in some way of sin with respect to the institutions of God’s house. Here I shall mention several instances. . . . (2) Do you … Continue reading

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Methodist Hymn Histories and Studies

And a lot of them! See here. Here’s an example of one of their “hymn studies”: “Jesus Paid It All” Hymn Study by Dean McIntyre TITLE: “Jesus Paid It All” AUTHOR: Elvina M. Hall TUNE: ALL TO CHRIST COMPOSER: John … Continue reading

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“Amen” at the end of hymns

Now that’s interesting. I’ve seen many, many hymns that end with an “Amen” — and I’ve seen the same hymns end with an “Amen” in some instances, but not when printed elsewhere. I’ve never thought about where that practice originated. Tonight, … Continue reading

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“In Thy arms I rest me; Foes who would…”

Johann Franck published “Jesu, meine Freude” in 1653; Catherine Winkworth served the English-speaking world by translating it as “Jesu, priceless treasure” in her 1863 The Chorale Book for England. In this translation, she rendered the second verse as: In Thine arm I … Continue reading

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McCracken, “Why the medium of cool isn’t a neutral vehicle for the gospel”

I recently picked up Brett McCracken’s Hipster Christianity (2010) to see what he had to say about the notion of “cool” in conjunction with following Christ. I’ve never been able to join those two together, myself (as I understand “cool”). I’m still … Continue reading

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