Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Church Singing

9Marks Journal for May–June 2014 (Volume 11, Issue 2) deals with the topic of "The Church Singing." Here are links to some of the articles. I have decidedly distinct opinions on music, and I don't endorse all of what is written in the Journal. But the articles contain thoughtful reflection on the subject of music in the churches, which often isn't the case. It seems like a lot of church music is on auto-pilot and no one is giving it any thought!

* Five Qualities of a Congregational Song -- Matt Boswell
* Music and Meaning: Some Forms Are Better than Others -- Ken Myers
* My Congregation Barely Sings; How Can I Help? -- Jonathan Leeman and David Leeman
* Rediscovering Jesus’ Hymnbook -- Joe Holland
* Who Should Pick the Music? -- Michael Lawrence
* Why We Sing -- Jonathan Leeman

"A diet of unremittingly jolly choruses and hymns inevitably creates an unrealistic horizon of expectation which sees the normative Christian life as one long triumphalist street party..." -- Carl Trueman

Also saw this and thought it might have some interesting posts:
* Word and Music -- All things Biblical and musical – and quite often both

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