Friday, January 02, 2015

Away from Contemporary Worship, and other links

The posting of links does not constitute an endorsement of the sites linked, and not necessarily even agreement with the specific posts linked.

* A Rural Southern Easter -- "The music is performed a cappella and has a thunderous and distinctive–almost hypnotic–rhythm with singers divided into sections based vocal range."

* Book Reviews: The Battle for Christian Music by Tim Fisher -- "Fisher does an excellent job of tracing the purpose of music as presented and found in Scripture."
* Is Your Church Worship More Pagan than Christian? -- "There is simply no evidence whatsoever in Scripture that music mediates direct encounters or experiences with God. This is a common pagan notion."
* Is Your Worship Christian or Pagan? (7 Tests) -- "While not an exhaustive list, the following 7 points help us think more biblically about worship."
* My Journey Away from Contemporary Worship Music -- "Over the years when I would occasionally hear a hymn, the language was always strikingly foreign, with Ebenezers and bulwarks, diadems and fetters."
* Sacred Harp: 'Singing for singing's sake' -- "One of the oldest American musical traditions lives and breathes twice a month in midtown Tucson."
* The Imminent Decline of Contemporary Worship Music: Eight Reasons -- "Note, in fact, the opening lines alone of each stanza of Perronet’s hymn [All Hail the Power], and observe how, as the stanzas move, our worship is connected to both earthly and heavenly worship, past and future worship."
* The Sacred Harp - Deletions for the 1991 Edition -- "... tunes that were printed in the 1936 and 1960 revisions that were deleted in the 1966 revision, and additional  tunes printed in the 1966 revision that were deleted upon publication of The Sacred Harp 1991."

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