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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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Hymns: knowing and loving

“Hymns are especially potent in expressive power; by merging text and music they create an opportunity for cooperation between doctrine and affection—between knowing and loving. A good hymn maximizes this cooperation.” Well said, Josh.

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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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Tempo

I’ve always wrestled with “keeping the tempo up” in my congregational songleading.  I tend toward a broader tempo than average, and my pastor will with all sensitivity ask on occasion, “Was it just me, or did the songs seem to … Continue reading

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Holy, Mighty, Worthy

Sometimes, as I put together the selection of songs for a particular service, things don’t gel as well as I would like. This morning’s selection seemed to work well, though, and I wanted to share it (as well as record … Continue reading

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