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Articles tagged with: Theological

With Hearts and Minds and Voices

on Thursday, 25 April 2013. Posted in Special Music, Theology of, Sentimentalism in, Purpose of, Old Testament on, Creativity in, New Testament on, History of, Introducing New Music, Definition of, Musical Style, Heart & Attitude, Great Hymns of the Faith, corporate vs. private

by John MacArthur

Christian Research Journal 23/2

This article had a huge impact on me in my early stages of forming my philosophy of worship, and it can be credited for part of the motivation to title this

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Should We Stop Singing Vicky Beeching Songs?

on Monday, 25 August 2014. Posted in Theology of, Purpose of

I just found out about this Christian songwriter today.  Vicky Beeching just came out recently announcing she is lesbian.  Coincidentally, this last Sunday we sang a song she wrote, "Glory to God, Forever". 

This blog article by Russel Moore is a great perspective on how we should resolve this title question going forward.

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Fool's Gold?

Written by Corb H. Felgenhour on Wednesday, 17 April 2013. Posted in Theological, Purpose of, New Testament on, History of, Definition of, Introducing New Music, Musical Style, Great Hymns of the Faith

Fool's Gold?

Chapter 7: Solid Rock? What the Bible Says about Contemporary Worship

by John MacArthur


Great comments about keeping a variety of musical forms in corporate worship (according to Colossians 3:16) and a call not to forget about great hymns of the faith that typically have that strong didactic approach that is lost in other forms.  Here are some great quotes from this book/chapter:


p115-"...Neither the antiquity nor the popularity of a gospel song is a good measure of its worthiness.  And the fact that a gospel song is 'old-fasioned' is quite clearly no guarantee that it is suited for edifying the church.  When it comes to church music, older is not necessarily better."


p118-"There is certainly nothing wrong with the simple, straightforward personal praise that characterizes the best of today's praise choruses.  Neither is there anything wrong with the evangelistic and testimonial thrust of yesterday's gospel songs.  But it is a profound tragedy that in some circles, only contemporary choruses are sung...."


p119-"Paul was calling for a variety of musical forms and a breadth of spiritual expression that cannot be embodied in any one musical form.  the strict psalms-only view (which is gaining popularity in some reformed circles today) allows for none of that variety.  The views of fundamentalist-traditionalists who seem to limit church music to the Gospel-song forms of the early twentieth century would also squelch the variety Paul calls for.  More significantly, the prevailing mood in modern evangelical churches-where people seem to want to binge on a steady diet of nothing but simplistic praise choruses-also destroys the principle of variety Paul sets forth here [Colossians 3:16]...the error lay in utterly casting aside the rich heritage of hymns-along with the didactic, doctrinal richness of Christian music that had edified and sustained so many generations."


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Revoicing the Hymns:

on Wednesday, 17 April 2013. Posted in Theological, Introducing New Music, Musical Style

A Conversation with Don Hustad and Chuck Fromm

A conversation with Don Hustad: by Chuck Fromm

article from Worship Leader Magazine

 The art of “hymnody” is a long established Christian tradition dating back to the very substance of the scripture itself. The challenge of the modern Church is to continue to “hymnodize”: a unique activity, presided over by the Holy Spirit, in which the words of a composer, adapted to and sung by a congregation make one voice of praise that pleases God. This creative process is at the heart of God’s renewal in His Church......


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themes: Music Style, Introducing New Music

Worship Matters; part 1

Written by Corb H. Felgenhour on Wednesday, 17 April 2013. Posted in Devotional, Theological, Attributes of God

Worship Matters; part 1

Transcendence and Immanence of God

We had our first official devotional tonight at 7:45 before creative worship team rehearsal. It was brief but I really appreciated talking together on the difference between the transcendence and immanence of God. He is untouchable because of His holiness and is so superior to us we can't possibly compare ourselves to him yet, at the same time he is so near to us and longs for us to enjoy Him...He actually dwells in us. A very humbling and sobering polarity. Both are true aspects of who God is and how he relates to us which , in turn, should motivate us in how we worship Him.

Tonight's study came from a book by Bob Kauflin called "Worship Matters". Check it out if you wish.


theme: God's Attributes, devotional

Worship Matters; part 5

Written by Corb H. Felgenhour on Wednesday, 17 April 2013. Posted in Devotional, Practical, Theological, Heart & Attitude, corporate vs. private

Worship Matters; part 5

corporate worship and private worship

Tonight's study came from a book by Bob Kauflin called "Worship Matters".

the worship team discussed the aspect of corporate worship and private worship...the big event vs. the every day discipline of worshiping the Lord. What are the implications of each?...We asked the question, "Does our worship ever stop?" Or maybe better, "SHOULD our worship of God ever stop?" :) Both have their place and perpetuate one another forming, what should be, a never ending cycle of practice in our lives.

Romans 12:1 "...offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship." NIV NKJ says "...which is your reasonable service".

Many of you may remember this video that was shown in creative before I was around but I just came across it and thought it was a great reminder of what our lifestyle of worship should be.  <>

Blessings and see you Sunday for the corporate part,


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