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Multi-versed for a Reason – Some Choruses, a Pep-talk, and an Offering, part 13 of 20

January 27, 2011

Is this fair? Most Sunday morning music sung today is catchy, entertaining, and likeable—a reflection of pop-culture. But generally speaking, it lacks content, depth, and musical complexity; it really is a Christianized version of pop-music. “So what?” someone may say. Well, does the Scripture tell us what to sing? It is hard (impossible?) to argue that we shouldn’t be singing psalms. Psalm-singing is commanded as part of New Testament worship (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). The actual language is to sing “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs”. There is debate whether this is referencing three different kinds or types of songs. Some…

Learning from the Psalms – Some Choruses, a Pep-talk, and an Offering, part 12 of 20

January 20, 2011

The premise is that Sunday morning worship music should fit what we have gathered to do; to worship the King of kings and Lord of lords. So what kind of music does God like? Does He have a preference? Those two questions should be the kinds of questions we should be asking, don’t you think? And He is a musical God, by the way, after all He sings (Zephaniah 3:17) and very early in biblical history He was gifting men to create music (Genesis 4:21). Not suggesting that we know whether God likes country over pop or that He winces…

What Music Best Fits? – Some Choruses, a Pep-talk, and an Offering, part 11 of 20

January 13, 2011

I know it’s potentially divisive, but we need to keep talking about worship music. Similar to food and art, music has a certain subjective quality to it; especially when it comes to style. Somebody likes jazz, someone else likes rap—and so on. And it’s in the car where we most often reveal our musical taste. What music plays when we push your radio pre-sets? But we are not in the car for Sunday morning worship. We are gathering with the people of God—a very diverse group; young and old, black and white, some with an MD after their name and…

God's Taste or Mine? – Some Choruses, a Pep-talk, and an Offering, part 10 of 20

January 6, 2011

A few years back, a full-page ad was taken out in our local newspaper; a new church was starting across town. Here is what they promised would-be worshipers: “Clips from your favorite movies; Casual attire; Coffee to drink during the presentation; Contemporary music: rock or pop, by Ian McMurren and the Next Band; Most of all, you’ll experience practical teaching that really helps”. Not too difficult to figure out who that worship service was designed for. One area of contemporary worship that wreaks personal taste and choice is music. The assumption is that anything we like can be hauled into…

Dr. David Martyn Lloyd-Jones

December 17, 2010

Pastor Rich will continue his series on “Some Choruses, a Pep-talk, and an Offering” after Christmas. David Martyn Lloyd-Jones (December 20, 1899 – March 1, 1981) was a Welsh pastor who was for almost 30 years the minister of Westminster Chapel in London and was well known for his expository preaching (sermons can be found here). Take ten minutes and watch the video below…it is worth it. The definitive biography of D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was written by Iain Murray in two volumes and is highly recommended. They are  David Martyn Lloyd-Jones the First Forty Years 1899-1939 (v. 1) and David…

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