About Jonathan Aigner

Why I Don’t Listen to Contemporary Christian Music for Entertainment

  It’s Not Just Because I’m an Old Curmudgeon After my post on why most people don’t sing in church anymore went viral, a fellow by the name of Ted Perlman shared it. I don’t think I’d ever heard of him, but apparently Mr. Perlman’s name is familiar in the music industry. Here is his [Read More…]

Hymns to Sing During Easter Besides “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!”

He is risen, indeed. Alleluia! It’s still Easter, friends. Of course, if you come from the same evangelical tradition as me, you might not believe me. But just like Christmas isn’t really over at 12:00am on December 26, Easter Sunday begins a season of celebrating Christ’s resurrection that will last for six more Sundays. So [Read More…]

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Why “Nailed It” Is a Poor Theme for an Easter Celebration

I dislike the silly little titles pastors give these series, the way it stamps their own brand on the gospel of Christ and peddles it out to a semi-captive audience. [Read more…]

20 Hymns for Holy Week

On the night our Savior was betrayed, he gathered with his disciples for his last Passover. This was certainly unlike any other they had experienced before. Loaves were broken and wine was poured, but they meant something quite different this time. The ominous spirit of Jesus’ words let them know they were on the precipice. [Read More…]

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Worship Quote of the Week: Robert Johnston on Pointless Modern Worship

“To change lives, our worship must connect with its congregants. God’s story must enter into dialogue with our stories, and vice versa. Unfortunately, this is less and less the case. Too much of our worship is sadly out of step with the lives of many, if not most, of our congregants. Unwilling to address life [Read More…]

Lectionary Hymn of the Week: Longing for Light, We Wait in Darkness

Fourth Sunday in Lent Longing for Light, We Wait in Darkness Text: Bernadette Farrell, 1993 Tune: CHRIST, BE OUR LIGHT Prayer of Confession Gracious God, we are people who still love darkness rather than light. We keep shameful deeds secret, but flaunt our occasional acts of virtue. We see ourselves as blameless, but pass judgment [Read More…]

Frederick Swann on the Value of the Pipe Organ to the Worshiping Church

On a whim, I recently contacted famed American organist Frederick Swann, asking for his response on the value of the pipe organ in the life of the church. This was his reply. “As a church organist for 75 years (starting at age 10…and making it my life’s work) I have been privileged to be the [Read More…]

Worship Quote of the Week: Robert Webber on Returning to God

Unfortunately some Christians live as though the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ never happened. Our lives become absorbed in the day-to-day experiences of life. We focus on name-brand clothing, the color of our houses, the size of our bank account, the year and make of our automobile, the prestige in which others hold us, [Read More…]

Lectionary Hymn of the Week: Jesu, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts

Third Sunday in Lent Jesu, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts Text: Bernard of Clairvaux, ~1160; trans. Ray Palmer, 1858 Tune: QUEBEC Collect Almighty God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all [Read More…]

Worship Quote of the Week: Joan Chittister on the Meaning of Lent

Lent is a call to renew a commitment grown dull, perhaps, by a life more marked by routine than by reflection. After a lifetime of mundane regularity or unconsidered adherence to the trappings of faith, Lent requires me, as a Christian, to stop for a while, to reflect again on what is going on in [Read More…]