Where's Communion? – Some Choruses, a Pep-talk, and an Offering, part 16 of 20

February 17, 2011

They called it the “marks of the church.” As a result of the 16th century Reformation, the Roman Catholic Church no longer was the only church in town. Questions arose: “What’s a true church?” “How do you recognize one?” “What’s the difference between a true church and a false one?” These were very good questions and they demanded answering. And the reformers responded succinctly and well. The true church, they said, (1) preaches God’s Word, (2) properly administrates the sacraments (baptism and the Lord’s Supper), and (3) practices church discipline. How many churches today fail their test? In this series,…

Careful with that Chorus – Some Choruses, a Pep-talk, and an Offering, part 15 of 20

February 10, 2011

We’ve been tiptoeing through the mine-field of Sunday morning worship and music. Have I stepped on any mines yet? I’m sure I have. But this is a discussion the church needs to have. “Cultural creep” is incessant and subtle; and when it comes to the most holy of all earthly exercises—the worship of the One Who is the “blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, Who alone is immortal and Who lives in unapproachable light” (1 Timothy 6:15-16)—we have to be vigilant. Regarding music, a case has been made for Psalm singing and for hymns…

Singing Hymns, Too – Some Choruses, a Pep-talk, and an Offering, part 14 of 20

February 3, 2011

We need to sing psalms in worship (see previous blog, “Multi-versed for a Reason,” part 13). Some have even concluded that is all the people of God should sing on Sunday morning; our hymnal restricted to the 150 Psalms. A very strong case can be made, however, that the Bible does not limit us to the Psalter. It may be as easy as citing Ephesians 5:19 or Colossians 3:16; where we are instructed to sing “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs”. Some scholars believe those words to be synonyms that reference three kinds of psalms; but psalms none the less. So…

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…

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