Sunday, March 11, 2018

The basic principle of it, and other music quotes

"Why do I come [to Sacred Harp singings]? The first, the basic principle of it is because it is based on the gospel of Christ Jesus, the Bible." -- R. E. "Uncle Bob" Denson

"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

"No created powers can mar our Lord Jesus’ music, nor spill our song of joy. Let us then be glad and rejoice in the salvation of our Lord." -- Samuel Rutherford

"Music has both intrinsic and associative values. Not to respect this truth is to open ourselves up for perpetual worship wars and never ending American-Idol-For-Jesus applicants." -- Glenn Harrell

"When there’s music in your soul, there’s soul in your music." -- Criss Jami

"Many churches these days have become little more than poor theaters, where fifth-rate “producers” peddle their shoddy wares with the approval of evangelical leaders who can even quote a holy text in defense of their delinquency. And hardly a man dares raise his voice against it!" -- A. W. Tozer

"Carefully choose and enjoy the cultural music of your youth. You will be listening to it as a preference, almost exclusively in 30-40 + years. Then, resist the temptation to convert it to music for worship and insist that everyone “like it”." -- Glenn Harrell

"Gospel music allows us to become closer to God and closer to each other." -- Marvin Sapp

"So powerful is the [Sacred Harp] music that it often literally shakes the walls of the venue and can be heard a half mile away." -- Stephen Graves

"It is not sufficient to offer the empty vessel of our joy unto God, or our singing voice in musical tune only; but also it is required that we fill our joyful voice with holy matter and good purpose, whereby God only may be reasonably praised." -- David Dickson

"My God is awesome! Today I am forgiven. His grace is why I’m living. Praise His Holy Name!" -- Charles Jenkins

"The best, most beautiful, and most perfect way that we have of expressing a sweet concord of mind to each other is by music." -- Jonathan Edwards

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