Poetenes Evangelium

I recently learned that there is an album in Norwegian featuring songs the lyrics of which are poems about the life of Christ. The vocalist is Morten Harket- perhaps known to some of you as the lead singer of A-ha. The video above is one of the tracks, a “Hymn to Joseph.”   [Read more...]

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Rock Prayers

I’ve floated the idea of doing a service of rock and roll prayers at my church. Here are the songs that I think would work for it. Can you suggest others? U2, “40″ Peter Gabriel, “In Your Eyes” Mr. Mister, “Kyrie” Styx, “Show Me The Way” Foreigner, “I Want to Know What Love Is” Mike [Read More...]

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Michael Card on the Gospel of John

I am grateful to IVP for sending me review copies of Michael Card’s most recent book, John: The Gospel of Wisdom, as well as his latest CD, John: A Misunderstood Messiah. Were it not for Michael Card and his music, my life would quite likely have been very different. I ended up studying theology because [Read More...]

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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...]

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So What Do You Do For A Living?

From Dan Nuckols’ cartoon series C2it. UPDATE: Just after I posted this, I saw that Bo Sanders had blogged almost simultaneously about contemporary worship music, focusing on “How He Loves” as an example. While that is an easy song to pick on, I’m not sure whether I agree with his insistence that lyrics always need [Read More...]

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Immortality (Korngold)

From the song cycle Unvergänglichkeit op.27 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, one of my favorite composers. Here is another YouTube video of the same song. [Read more...]

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Crappy Song Reprise

The song that my colleague Chad Bauman made in response to my own song Viva la Library had its number of views reset due to some sort of glitch. Friendly competition aside, I feel back that his once astounding number of views has vanished into the ether. And so I thought I would share it [Read More...]

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Critical Christmas Carols from Horrible Histories

While I intended for the series “Critical Christmas Carols” to offer my own creations, there’s no need to ignore those that others have produced. IO9 shared these videos from Horrible Histories: For those who are interested, it seems that the entire Christmas episode can be watched online: [Read more...]

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Critical Christmas Carols: O Little Town Of Nazareth

Having written a song that appreciates the traditional Christmas story as story, I feel like I need to counterbalance it with some other songs which take into account historical criticism and other scholarly methods and their conclusions. I have a few ideas already for new lyrics to traditional Christmas songs – and so let me [Read More...]

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Im Treibhaus

“Im Treibhaus” is the third of Richard Wagner’s beautiful set of songs, the Wesendonck-Lieder. [Read more...]

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Queen Jesus

One key question: How did I not know about this song by Queen until now – or did I know about it and somehow forget? Another key question: Can we do this song in church sometime? (The issue, as far as that is concerned, is less “Will this meet with approval?” and more “Do we [Read More...]

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