The Echoing Word: Leeman on why & how Christians sing

The Echoing Word: Leeman on why & how Christians sing

Following on from my recent post on worship as a Word ministry, I thought I’d share this snippet from Jonathan Leeman’s excellent book Reverberation: ¬†The Echoing Word Christians in our churches sing because their new hearts can’t help but echo the Word that has given them life. Whether those songs were written in the sixteenth century or today, they should echo Scripture. If there is […]

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Sung worship as word ministry

Sung worship as word ministry

In the previous post I looked at how sung worship is but part of a holistic life of worship. In this post I’ll look at the second premise¬†of why our sung worship ought to be Christocentric: Sung congregational worship is a part of a broader Word ministry. Rob Smith recently put it like this: As well as being a form of praise and a form […]

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All the world – a rough demo

All the world – a rough demo

I’ve put together a rough demo of my Acts song All the World. It’s pretty epic, as the bridge is half a dozen different languages (which I sing very badly in here!) but that can be adapted to the languages of the group one sings it with; we just happen to have a very multikulti home group! Anyway, as I’ve note, the usual disclaimer: it’s […]

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Sung worship as part of a holistic life of worship

Sung worship as part of a holistic life of worship

This follows on from my previous post, in which I argue that our sung congregational worship ought to be Christocentric. In that post I laid out two main premises which I will be elaborating on, the first of which is: Sung congregational worship is a part of a holistic life of worship. Worship isn’t just something we do on Sundays, or when we sing Chris […]

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Should our sung worship be Christocentric?

Should our sung worship be Christocentric?

I was chatting with a friend on the way home from church today, talking about things such as the primacy of the Word, and the nature of worship music, when I made the point that I thought sung congregational worship* should be primarily gospel-centric. While I was quick to assure my friend that this doesn’t mean the exclusion of other themes, I argued that our […]

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Music, self & the physical cosmos

Music, self & the physical cosmos

I’m still slowly plugging my way through Jeremy Begbie’s excellent book Resounding Truth, in which he explores a Christian theology of music. The groundwork for thinking about music is to firstly establish a proper understanding of creation, and he is keen to stress the inherent physicality of creation and music. This got me thinking about the kind of materialist arguments that my old Atheist sparring […]

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Postcards from the Alps

Postcards from the Alps

I’ve been a bit slack at blogging, so here is a photo slideshow of some of the shots I took while hiking in the Verwall group of mountains in the Tyroler Alps with some guys from church last weekend:   You can see even more here. I might also post a couple of shots of me, taken by other members of the group, especially the […]

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