“Do You Hear the People Sing?”

A couple of weeks ago, I sat in our living room with a couple of church members after dinner.  As we talked, I asked them, “Why don’t people sing during our church service?”  It was an honest question.  What ensued was a long discussion about the role of music in the church and a rehashingContinue reading ““Do You Hear the People Sing?””

Since When Did Musicians Become “Recording Artists”?

Music has changed drastically in the last hundred years from a communal experience to an intensely private one.  How did this happen?  Why did this happen?  What does it have to do with our music in the church? It all began in 1877 with Edison’s invention of the phonograph.  This machine was the push thatContinue reading “Since When Did Musicians Become “Recording Artists”?”

The Lower Lights: A Hymn Revival, Vol. 2

Perhaps I am guilty of nostalgia, but there’s something about the old tent meetings under the open starry sky, the flickering of lanterns, and the ebbs and flows of a fire and brimstone preacher’s call for sinners to repent that really gets me going.  The 42 member group The Lower Lights have put out aContinue reading “The Lower Lights: A Hymn Revival, Vol. 2”

Is the Church the Place to Party Hard?–Part 3

My sister-in-law dug up a video from my days in college that brought back great memories of a week spent with nine other Christian young men.  Unfortunately for me, the video is mildly incriminating since it contains actual footage of us guys doing the equivalent of a “flash mob” style dance party in different areasContinue reading “Is the Church the Place to Party Hard?–Part 3”

Sensual Injections of Religious Rock (CCM) — Part 2

Perhaps you are wondering what a lion-headed god serpent has to do with Contemporary Christian Music (CCM).  Well, stay tuned.  I have been mulling over the article I read and posted a few days ago, and the layers of that onion just kept coming off–to the point that a Part 3 to this topic mayContinue reading “Sensual Injections of Religious Rock (CCM) — Part 2”

The Sensual Injections of Religious Rock (CCM) — Part One

Sorry, Louis.  You have no place on the IPod of the truly religious Christian. Part of taking a new pastorate means you inherit all of the junk mail of the previous guy.  There is an independent Baptist newspaper that shows up in my mailbox–sort of like a letter from Paul–that contains all kinds of…”articles”.  TheContinue reading “The Sensual Injections of Religious Rock (CCM) — Part One”