Category Archives: Music philosophy

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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Familiarity

In Joyful Noise, William Smith speaks of the “practical limits of the repertory” of a congregation. There are, he suggests (rightly!), only so many songs that a congregation can be expected to know reasonably well. In this connection, he notes, … Continue reading

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Old and New

Here’s a good word from John Cargill: There are several other problems among Christian Congregations, which adversely affect collective praise to the Godhead and two of these are very subtle. First, there are those who discard good old hymns, because … Continue reading

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Calvin Stapert, A New Song for an Old World

Brian Collins has posted a good summary of Calvin Stapert’s A New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church.  This is an excellent work, well worth reading, but if you can’t take the time to read the … Continue reading

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Julian Johnson, Who Needs Classical Music?

Julian Johnson, Who Needs Classical Music? Cultural Choice and Musical Value (Oxford 2002). This is an important book.  Johnson is a lecturer in music at Oxford University and a composer.  This book is an apologetic for classical music and its … Continue reading

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Notes from here and there

D. J. Hart, “Reforming Worship: Reverence, the Reformed Tradition, and the Crisis of Protestant Worship”  A thought-provoking look at basic principles of Reformed worship in light of the shifting practices of many present-day Reformed churches.  Quotable: Calvin’s theology and understanding … Continue reading

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Ryan Martin, Discernment for the Glory of God

I commend my friend Ryan Martin’s recent series of posts on discernment: Part1: Discernment for the Glory of God Part 2: Discernment and Worship Part 3: Discernment as Spiritual Wisdom and Understanding Part 4: Discernment and Good and Evil Part … Continue reading

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