About Jonathan Aigner

Everyone Can Sing: How to Stop the Non-Singer Epidemic in Our Churches

Oh sure, not everyone is a potential Callas or Pavarotti. But the truth is that everyone can sing, because singing is a skill, not a talent. [Read more…]

Hillsong’s “Oceans” (Where This Song Fails)

“Oceans” is the greatest worship song ever. – Every Contemporary Worship Leader Ever, apparently If you’ve been in contemporary worship circles, you already get what I’m talking about. In case you’ve somehow been fortunate enough to avoid it, or you’ve been living under a rock for the past four years, I’ll provide a little background. [Read More…]

Please Rise for Our First Hymn, “Big House” by Audio Adrenaline

Or, why mainline churches really shouldn’t try to do contemporary commercial worship. I’m always puzzled at the church’s attempts to capture the prevailing trends of the day, create jesusy knock-offs, and hand them out on Sunday mornings. It usually turns into something a bit embarrassing, like this Jesus Culture tune: That ultra-modern “worship” song sounds [Read More…]

11 Questions for Christians and Churches Celebrating Memorial Day Today

What do patriotic celebrations teach non-Americans about our view of the gospel? [Read more…]

A Love Letter to Christians Who Can’t Take the Sunday Production Anymore

Dear Christian, forsake the Sunday production. You have my blessing, even if you have no one else’s. [Read more…]

5 Reasons We Must Stop Doing Traditional Worship

For those of you who are familiar with my work, that title might be a surprise. “Stop doing traditional worship?! Jonathan, for the love, what are you saying?” Please let me explain. I am for historic worship; that is, following the liturgical tradition rooted in the New Testament church that has continued throughout the ages. [Read More…]

Why Do Churches Need Good Pipe Organs and Organists?

John Blackburn was a classmate of mine at Baylor University. The first time I heard John play a service was the first time I can remember being struck by the incredible versatility of the pipe organ, and the way the instrument can draw the song out of a congregation. I asked John what makes the [Read More…]

Some Hymns are Terrible, Too

I really wanted the title to be “Sometimes Hymns Suck, Too,” but you have to draw the line somewhere… Whenever I or anyone else dares to speak out against the abysmal output of the worship industry, (and it largely is abysmal), I can expect two common themes in the replies. It is either… “But it’s [Read More…]

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

I gave it up because, honestly, CCM wasn’t really contemporary, and it wasn’t really Christian. And it eventually seemed more like a bait and switch technique to trap young people into an easy-listening, easy-believing gospel. [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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