Songs to Fight for Sanity (COVID-19 Playlist)

Singing songs of worship is a great means of encouragement and transformation.  “Worship is one of the most transforming activities for us to engage in as Christians… When we become duly impressed with God our lives change because the things that matter to us change.”[1] So, I encourage you to sing along with these songs […]

“Lower Still” by My Epic

Look, he’s covered in dirt The blood of his mother has mixed with the Earth and she’s just a child who’s throbbing in pain from the terror of birth by the light of a cave now they’ve laid that small baby where creatures come eat like a meal for the swine who have no clue […]

The Psalms and Our Songs

The Psalms are important for a number of reasons. For one, they take up a fairly large portion of Scripture and they have been a comfort for many. Spurgeon, known as the “prince of preachers,” struggled with depression and he found comfort and solace in the Psalms. He spent some twenty years writing his three-volume […]

Why do we worship?

If “worship” means singing songs of praise, as “worship” is very often used, then here are some goals of worship: We strive to build each other up (1 Cor. 14:26), be filled with God’s Word (Col. 3:16), be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18ff), be a testimony to an unbelieving world (1 Cor. 14:24-15), and gives […]

The War of Art

I appreciate this from Steven Pressfield in The War of Art:  “The following is a list, in no particular order, of those activities that most commonly elicit Resistance: 1) The pursuit of any calling in writing, painting, music, film, dance, or any creative art, however marginal or unconventional. 2) The launching of any entrepreneurial venture or […]

Why Do We Sing In Church? [Part 3]

Singing Cultivates a Heart of Thanksgiving “And be thankful… singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. [17] And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col. 3:15-17). “Addressing one another in […]

Why Do We Sing In Church? [Part 2]

Singing Transforms Us “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,… Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,… singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (Col. 3:15-16).  “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns […]

Why Do We Sing In Church? [Part 1]

  Introduction A lot of times we find it hard to engage in singing at church. There are a lot of things to distract us: funny unfamiliar phrases, me singing off-key in front of you, and a thousand other things. Why sing? Why purposely engage in worship? Singing at Sunday gatherings is basically one-third of […]

A (Very) Brief History of Art and the Church [Part I]

The Christian Church has a long and varied heritage when it comes to art.[1] That being the case, it is instructive for us to briefly understand some of the issues involved. This will help us better grasp the Church’s present situation when it comes art. Christians, at first, as a small unpopular and often persecuted […]

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