Uncritically…

Uncritically…

I was at a chamber concert recently, where the cellist whipped some music off his music stand onto the floor and kept playing. It was the most dramatic page-turn I’ve seen. Somehow we’ve come to assume that sheet-music must remain on the music stand, even after we’ve played it. They players actually had two music stands each; this was some seriously difficult contemporary music, and […]

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Impossible Church

A number of the comments on Rachel Held Evan’s latest posts about leaving and returning to the Church were a little disheartening, and have certainly got me thinking about all sorts of things. I both empathise and react to a good number of them. I suppose that’s a good thing. The church is often a messy community. It’s the imperfect bride being made pure by […]

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Hymn retune: O 4 1k tongues

I know there’s already a few retunes of this hymn out there, never-the-less, here’s mine: Oh for a thousands tongues to sing by therealfindo Lead sheet still to come.

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Pilgrim’s Progress #2 – Reading the classics together

Pilgrim’s Progress #2 – Reading the classics together

This is the second entry in the current Reading the Classics Together series, exploring John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. The Second Stage This part of Pilgrim’s Progress seems a little controversial. As Tim Challies points out, Spurgeon thinks Bunyan got it wrong here, and as the comments there show, there’s many who understand the Wicket Gate to be the cross of Christ. Frankly, I found this […]

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Jesus on Unity & the World

It was interesting to look at John 17 in our small group last night, having been vaguely following some of the discussion surrounding ++ Rowan Williams and his successor-to-be. My interest in that debate is not vested, though I have many friends within Anglicanism (we’ve been a part of two Anglican churches in the past). There is a big question of unity within the communion, […]

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God is faithful

Why am I so amazed when God goes before us? One of the things we were worried about in our move here, was that there is was no English  church in town, at least, that we could find on google. But God is faithful. We found, and have been attending for the past few months, a church with simultaneous English translation, and a wonderful English-speaking small […]

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New Song (draft): You are the holy one [mic test]

I wrote the lyrics to this one months ago, and recently rewrote the music. Seemed like a good candidate for testing out my new mic. For recording I used my Zoom H4 as the I/O ASIO device and Sonar LE. I recorded the guitar tracks on my Art & Lutherie cedar-top, using one channel through the MXL 2006 mic and the other through the Pezo […]

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Faith Fighting

Having been challenged by the numerous calls to avoid quarrels and pointless controversy in 1 Timothy, it was interesting to read this interview with Philip Jensen, particularly where he says: as a young man I enjoyed a fight too much. I grew up in a family of brothers. We fought a lot, and I grew up through debating and arguing, and I liked a good argument. A very kind […]

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Text & Music: an important songwriting question

Text & Music: an important songwriting question

I often find writing second verses difficult, particularly if I’ve written the first without having first planned out any kind of structure. It sometimes feels that words are being forced or shoehorned in, and can easily sound unnatural or dryly didactic. The inspiration of the first verse can be difficult to replicate. When we set words to music, the aim is to create something that […]

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New Toy

I love a good bargain. I picked up this MXL 2006 condenser microphone for 25€ on ebay (+pp). As ever, the accessories (stand, pop filter, cable) end up costing more. The mic arrived a couple of days ago, but the stand only came today. I look forward to trying it out properly soon!

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I must decrease

I must decrease

  He must increase, but I must decrease. These are the words of John the Baptist, recorded in John 3:30. It seems somewhat incredible that John’s disciples would be concerned about people following Jesus. John puts their concerns at rest by pointing out that Jesus, the messiah, is the whole reason they were doing their thing in the first place. What they were doing was […]

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Are you a Hipster Christian?

A reliable method for finding the best coffee in an unfamiliar town is to follow some hipsters. Anyhow here’s a quiz to see if you are a Christian Hipster -I got 72/120. Looks like an interesting book too.

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