Church people can wear you slick on some things. Take musical style for instance. As more contemporary music came on the scene in the 90's there was a firestorm of push-back from those who preferred more traditional songs. FIRST, a true story: when I was in my early 20's serving as a Music Pastor at … Continue reading The Worship Wars
The 20th century pastor and author, A.W. Tozer, once said, "While it looks like things are out of control, behind the scenes there is a god who hasn't surrendered his authority." Presently, the world is a little scary. Allow the Spirit of Christ to calm your soul with this song by Andrew Peterson. Do you … Continue reading Is He Worthy?
The Hebrew word, "selah," found repeatedly in the Psalms is thought by scholars to be an ancient musical term used in the Hebrew psalter meaning, in essence, "pause and think about that." The following is worth pausing and thinking about. In the first century, the church had no spot-lights, smoke machines, electric instruments or sound … Continue reading Pause – And Think About That…
The following was sent to me by a Youth Pastor friend of mine in the DFW area: Hi Nick, I came across the statement below in a parenthetical paragraph about doctrine being passed down through hymns (a practice you know stems from the NT). The book is written for High School grads & college freshmen. … Continue reading The Old Hymns – Why They Still Matter
One question I like to occasionally ask myself (and our lead team) as we lead the musical portion of our worship services comes from theologian, John Frame, who asks, "Does what we sing help our people think more - or less - theologically?" After all, I have no interest in our folks leaving thinking, "Wow! … Continue reading A Very Brief Theology of Christian Worship Music
Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. (Romans 3:24-25) It's … Continue reading Finding Jesus In an Asylum