In addition to theological issues, the PCUSA’s decision to not include “In Christ Alone” in their new hymnal relates to another issue, that of how churches should handle copyrighted worship materials. Or so claims Steve Thorngate, who performed an informal survey of church and worship leaders and found that a significant number will use songs for which they don’t have the proper licenses, or will regularly change the words to suit their purposes. Though a seemingly trivial issue, Thorngate’s article raises some interesting questions regarding church relationships and responsibilities to both commercial and artistic interests.
ELSEWHERE: Should Churches Alter Their Worship Texts?
Jason Morehead lives in the lovely state of Nebraska with his wife, three children, zero pets, and a large collection of CDs, DVDs, books, and video games. He's a fan of Arcade Fire and Arvo Pärt, Jackie Chan and Andrei Tarkovsky, "Doctor Who" and "Community," and C.S. Lewis and Haruki Murakami. He's also a web development geek, which pays the bills — and buys new music and movies. Twitter: @jasonopus. Web: http://opus.fm.