Music at Mars Hill: Is Worship Just about Style Preferences?

Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music. This past week, I read an interesting article in one of Christianity Today's leadership journals called "Bieber Fever and the Worship Wars." The article talks about how the "worship wars" that churches have been engaged in have ultimately been fighting the wrong battles. Quoting research done about what "familiar, favorite music" does to our … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: A Response to an Open Letter to Praise Bands

Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music. I had planned a different topic for my column this week, but when I stumbled upon an Elsewhere post here on CaPC from Professor James Smith of Calvin College, I felt it was necessary to respond in some fashion. The post is titled "An Open Letter To Praise Bands" and was featured on Gospel Coalition. It lays out three criticisms about modern … [Read more...]