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  • At Sing! Global, a faithful pushback to the spread of megachurch praise music

    09/13/2023 2:57:18 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 18 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | September 12, 2023 | Grace Beckner
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — The crowds seen buzzing last week outside the Bridgestone Arena, a regular host to the NCAA basketball tournament and a hometown venue for country music acts, were coming not to take in a game or a concert, but to sing, write and bond over Christian hymns. The annual Sing! Global conference, held Sept. 4-6, drew some 8,500 Christian worship music leaders and other church musicians, pastors, vendors and hymn composers from as many as 35 countries. (An estimated 80,000 others in 120 countries participate online.) They attend breakout sessions on congregational singing, songwriting and children’s and...
  • Send Us Thine Asteroid, O Lord ...

    08/01/2023 9:43:55 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 21 replies
    Youtube ^ | March 4, 2022 | Joseph Murray Short and sweet!
  • Study: Big Churches Sound Alike, Little Churches Are ‘Wild West’

    07/09/2023 4:54:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 38 replies
    The Roys Report ^ | July 9, 2023 | Bob Smietana
    Step into a big Baptist church on Sunday morning and chances are you’ll hear the same popular worship songs played at other big churches around the country. But show up in a small church, and you never know what you’ll find — anything from “How Great Thou Art” to “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” “Smaller churches are like the Wild West,” said Will Bishop, associate professor of church music and worship at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. “Anything goes.” Bishop has been working on a recent survey project to better understand the worship music used in local churches,...
  • Thanksgiving song: "Thanks, My God, for All That Has Been"

    11/25/2021 8:06:23 AM PST · by Fiji Hill
    Youtube ^ | 1953 | Einar Ekberg
    This Swedish-language song expresses thanks to God for everything from blue skies, sunlight, darkness, and roses to the cross and Christ's suffering, God's help in times of need, answered prayers and heavenly joy. Tack Min Gud för Vad Som Varit (thanks, my God, for all that has been)--Einar Ekberg (1953)
  • Do We Love Each Other? (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional and Friday Hymn Sing)

    11/13/2020 5:09:25 AM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Email from "The Navigators" | 11/13/2020 | Jerry Bridges
    Today’s Scripture: 1 John 4:7 “Whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” The apostle John gave us yet another indicator of the Spirit’s work within us in 1 John 3:14: "We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers." Do you love other believers? Do you enjoy gathering with them to worship God? I once became baffled while seeking to help another believer struggling with assurance. Nothing I suggested seemed to work. Then one day he told me his struggle was over. He’d come across 1 John 3:14. As he...
  • The Slavetrader who wrote "Amazing Grace"

    06/19/2021 4:13:53 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 12 replies
    John Newton was an Anglican clergyman and former slave ship master. It took him a long time to speak out against the Slave Trade but he had an influence on many young evangelical Christians, particularly William Wilberforce. At just 11 years old, Newton went to sea with his father. In 1743 he was on his way to a position as a slave master on a plantation in Jamaica, when he was pressed into naval service. He became a midshipman but after demotion for trying to desert, he requested an exchange to a slave ship bound for West Africa. Eventually he...
  • How Christians Have Honored Good Friday For Centuries

    04/02/2021 8:18:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 2, 2021 | Christine Weerts
    Good Friday—a holiday in just 10 states—is celebrated by most Christian denominations, with fasting and somber worship services that often end in silence.Before Christians joyously celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday, they first must make a gruesome stop at a hill called Calvary. Two days before the trumpets sound, and churches—many opening for the first time in a year—fill their sanctuaries with lilies, dogwood, and alleluias, we first must witness the hideous trial of the sinless Lord, the bloody brutal scourging by Roman soldiers and his anguishing suffering and suffocating death on the cross, a day called...
  • Does ‘A Guy With a Guitar’ Really Improve Church Worship?

    02/05/2021 8:44:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 131 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 5, 2021 | Nathanial Blake
    We should strive to play, sing and compose our best, but worship is not about us and what we like. It's a way of encountering and glorifying God.The old fogeys may have had a point about guitars in church. It’s not that there is anything profane about guitars; they are great instruments that can be used wonderfully in worship. And scripture testifies to the worth of using many instruments to praise God and includes calls for loud rejoicing in worship. But there have been downsides to the revolution in church worship over the last couple of generations. Fights over church...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Church Deacon Arrested For Outdoor Worship Service Discusses Victory Against Idaho

    01/20/2021 11:24:13 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Daily Wire ^ | Jan 18, 2021 | Jon Brown
    When Gabriel Rench recounts being arrested in front of city hall in Moscow, Idado, while singing hymns with his church last September, one detail especially continues to irk him. “They literally took my hymn book away from me and proceeded to handcuff me,” Rench, 41, said of the officers, who then led him away to the county jail, where he remained for several hours. Moscow, a town of about 25,000 people approximately 80 miles south of Spokane, Washington, made national news last fall when local police arrested three people and cited five others for attending a “peaceful protest” against the...
  • History of Hymns: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

    11/28/2020 4:18:56 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 14 replies
    History of Hymns ^ | May 2013 | C. Michael Hawn
    O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.This hymn, originally in Latin, takes us back over 1,200 years to monastic life in the 8th- or 9th-century. Seven days before Christmas Eve monasteries would sing the “O antiphons” in anticipation of Christmas Eve when the eighth antiphon, “O Virgo virginum” (“O Virgin of virgins”) would be sung before and after Mary’s canticle, the Magnificat (Luke 1:46b-55). The Latin metrical form of the hymn was composed as early as the...
  • Unquestionable Love (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional anf Friday Hymn Sing)

    12/18/2020 5:31:16 AM PST · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Email from "The Navigators" | 12/18/2020 | Jerry Bridges
    Today’s Scripture: Psalm 145:17 “The Lord is . . . kind in all his works.” The apostle John said, "God is love" (1 John 4:8). This succinct statement, along with its parallel one, "God is light" (1 John 1:5; that is, God is holy), sums up the essential character of God, as revealed to us in the Scriptures. Just as it is impossible in the very nature of God for him to be anything but perfectly holy, so it is impossible for him to be anything but perfectly good. Because God is love, an essential part of his nature is...
  • How involved should the lead pastor be in selecting worship songs? Are the songs being sang in your church doctrinally sound

    09/27/2020 2:39:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/27/2020 | Sam Rainer
    A church with one service a week will likely sing over 200 songs in a year. Our church has five services in two languages at two sites on Sunday. We also have Wednesday night programming. Throw in the student service and children’s ministry, and we probably sing close to 2,000 songs in a year (obviously some are sung more than once).Songs elicit emotion. That’s how the art form works. Worship is no exception. Most have a favorite worship song. Most will have a few worship songs they don’t like. One song can mean something different to two people standing next...
  • Gavin Newsom Sneaks Into Grace Community Church At Night To Steal All The Hymnals

    08/16/2020 2:14:59 PM PDT · by DFG · 36 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | 08/16/2020
    ‘Twas the night before Sunday, when through GCC, No Spirit was stirring, for those gifts had ceased. The hymnals were nestled all snug in their pews, For J-Mac was coming to preach the good news. Then in crept Ol' Gavin, with loathing and spite To snatch up those hymnals, in the dead of the night. He went one by one, threw each one in his sack From the very first pew, to the one in the back. Then Newsom he laughed, such a terrible laugh, And said, “This will cut their dumb service in half!” “No worship, no singing, they’ll...
  • Lyrics to the "Black National Anthem"

    07/03/2020 4:59:48 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 70 replies
    PBS ^ | James Weldon Johnson
    Lift every voice and sing Till earth and heaven ring, Ring with the harmonies of Liberty; Let our rejoicing rise High as the listening skies, Let it resound loud as the rolling sea. Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us, Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us, Facing the rising sun of our new day begun Let us march on till victory is won. Stony the road we trod, Bitter the chastening rod, Felt in the days when hope unborn had died; Yet with a steady beat,...
  • Should We Sing of God’s ‘Reckless Love’? Is the Theology behind this popular worship song sound?

    01/03/2020 7:55:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Desiring God ^ | Rev. John Piper
    Audio Transcript “Reckless Love” — megahit worship song. Its lyrics have reached millions and inspired over a dozen emails our way in the last month, like this one from Tim, a regular listener to the podcast. “Pastor John, hello! Over the past couple of months, I’ve been hearing the song ‘Reckless Love’ playing in churches and on the radio. One of the main lines in the chorus celebrates ‘the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.’ My question — is this a biblically and theologically correct way to describe God’s love? Is the term ‘reckless’ too reckless? I don’t want to...
  • Join us for this special song of peace and love on Christmas Eve

    12/25/2019 2:24:37 PM PST · by Governor Dinwiddie · 26 replies
    Youtube ^ | December 24, 2019 | Tulsi Gabbard
    On the road ... Christmas Eve in South Carolina! Join us for this special song of peace and love as we celebrate the birth of the Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas!‬ #TulsiGabbard #Christmas #Jesus
  • Abiding Radio - FREE Beautiful Christian Music App for All!

    Dear friends at FR! I just want to throw this out there in Freepland to be an encouragement to all in the Lord; via beautiful Christian music! A good friend and brother of mine has this wonderful website and app for your smartphone, home computer or a laptop that you are able to stream FREE beautiful Christian music all day long! There are hundreds of fine Christian music songs, Seasonal music, instrumental bluegrass and children songs for God's people to enjoy! I can't recommend this app and link to you enough! For it is indeed a true blessing in the...
  • Holy Holy Holy

    11/17/2019 5:18:44 PM PST · by old-ager · 25 replies
    Columbia Records ^ | 1861, 1962? | Reginal Heber as rendered by Mahalia Jackson and Percy Faith
    Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee; Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and Mighty! God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity! Holy, Holy, Holy! All the saints adore Thee, Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee, Which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be. Holy, Holy, Holy! though the darkness hide Thee, Though the eye of sinful man, Thy glory may not see: Only Thou art holy, there is none beside Thee, Perfect in power in love, and purity. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God...
  • Keith Getty: Modern worship movement is 'utterly dangerous,' causing 'de-Christianizing

    11/10/2019 6:59:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/10/2019 | By Leah MarieAnn Klett,
    Keith and Kristyn Getty are the preeminent married musicians and songwriters from North Ireland. | The Gettys “In Christ Alone” writer and composer, Keith Getty is warning church leaders about the modern worship movement, which he describes as one of “cultural relevance” that is “utterly dangerous” and is contributing to the “de-Christianizing of God’s people.”In an interview with The Christian Post, Getty said many modern worship songs focus on emotionalism rather than sound doctrine and Scriptural truths. This, he said, leads to a generation ill-equipped to understand or defend the Christian faith. “An authentic generation doesn’t begin with catharsis; it...
  • Amazing Grace (flute cover)

    08/25/2019 11:58:07 AM PDT · by OddLane · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | August 22, 2019 | Paul Harvey
    Amazing Grace original cover with Irish low whistle and viola in abandoned church!