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Reflection #19 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“It works during Advent.  Why not try it, at least occasionally, during other times of the year?” Continue reading

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Help for Harmonically Challenged Contemporary Worship Music Songwriters

In this space two weeks ago, I lamented the ubiquity of the I-IV-vi-V chord progression (and its same-difference variations) in contemporary worship music (cwm).  Over the weekend I listened to the new release from a worship leader whom I truly … Continue reading

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When Contemporary Worship Music Is Boring: A Worship Educator Wrestles with the End Justifying the Means

I am neither a music snob nor a music purist.  As I wrote in my last blog, I am the son of a music educator who revolutionized the world of music appreciation (for all who encountered his philosophies, anyway) by suggesting that Van Halen … Continue reading

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When It’s OK Not to Sing in Corporate Worship

Several months ago, a well-known Christian author created a stir in cyberspace by detailing his lack of connectedness with much of what transpires in corporate worship in American churches these days.  He confessed that he doesn’t attend church all that often, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Scriptural Mandate to Sing New Songs, Part 2

Last week, I shared thoughts re: what the Old Testament, particularly the Psalms, has to say about the mandate to sing new songs.  This week, I will look briefly at the New Testament’s focus on singing “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs,” … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Scriptural Mandate to Sing New Songs, Part 1

My doctoral thesis looked at the biblical, historical, and theological ramifications of Scripture’s exhortations to sing new songs.  Having worked pretty hard during that time to pull together thoughts that would not only pass muster in the upper echelons of academia … Continue reading

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