Soul Freedom Music

The concept of “soul freedom” (sometimes referred to by other terms, such as “soul competency” and “freedom of conscience”) is an important one in the Baptist tradition (although we see it neglected or even rejected at times in the Southern Baptist Convention and independent fundamentalist Baptist churches). It is the idea that the individual has the [Read More...]

Who Wrote the Pentateuch?

Rachel Portnoy Bradley shared the following in a comment on Facebook, in response to my post about JEPD as four-part harmony: In my intro to OT class, we were required to do an “art project” — something creative about what we’d learned that quarter. A group of us got together and sang, “Who wrote the [Read More...]

Half Life

The YouTube video above is of a very rough recording (one take, live, just me and a guitar) of a rough draft of a song that I started writing a while ago, when a niece of mine died. It was at that point just some rough ideas, snippets of lyrics, articulated as an outlet for [Read More...]

Society for the Study of Music and the Bible

I had a conversation yesterday with fellow New Testament scholar Holly Hearon, and the conversation found its way to a topic of mutual interest, the intersection between music and our primary fields of research and teaching. I soon found myself persuaded that we need a society that brings together (online at least to begin with, [Read More...]

Islamo-Christian Music: Ave and Adhan

Via the blog Chibzuieli, I learned of the above combination of the Ave Maria and the Adhan, the Muslim call to prayer. It doesn’t work fantastically well musically speaking, but the very act of combining the two is interesting from the perspective of interreligious dialogue, especially coming (as this arrangement and performance does) from Lebanon. [Read More...]

Brentwood Jazz Quartet

The Brentwood Jazz Quartet offers nice jazz arrangements of some classic Christian melodies. Click on the above for a sample, and if you like it, click through for a longer playlist on YouTube. [Read more...]

Baba Yetu (Civ IV Lord’s Prayer)

Jeff Carter drew my attention to the music in the above video, which is the Civilization IV theme song. The text is the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili. It is interesting to consider that, juxtaposed with the events and possibilities of human history depicted in the game, and the opening question in the video: What will [Read More...]

Evening Prayer

Here’s another YouTube video with a beautiful work by composer Ola Gjeilo, “Evening Prayer.” [Read more...]

Critical Thinking

My colleague Elizabeth Mix gave me the idea for this song, suggesting that a song on one of our core curriculum student learning outcomes, “Critical Thinking,” would work to the tune of “Eleanor Rigby.” Let me know what you think. The lyrics are in the video above (click on the image if it does not [Read More...]

You Raise Me Up

Although I’ve been involved in singing in church for a while now, I had never before today sung a song as a solo. Today, with some help from my son on the violin, I sang “You Raise Me Up.” Even though I found it challenging (while as nervous as I was) to play and sing [Read More...]

Viva La Library at 10,000 Views

Yesterday the information literacy video I made almost a year ago reached 10,000 views on YouTube. Thank you to everyone who has watched and/or shared it. It seems as though I ought to do something more to mark the occasion. Is it time for another educational musical parody? What about a song about footnotes and [Read More...]


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