Wrong Hail Mary

CNN reported that a Catholic Church in Sri Lanka printed the wrong lyrics to “Hail Mary” in the bulletin for their Christmas service. The lyrics to the Tupac song “Hail Mary” were not what the church intended for people to sing… I have seen a lot of church bulletins where even cursory proofreading could have prevented embarrassment. [Read More…]

Strong Ability in Biblical Languages

As I sought feedback on the Swahili lyrics of Baba Yetu recently, one of the most crucial kinds of feedback I received was of the sort that said “X rather than Y sounds more natural to a native speaker.” As Bill Mounce pointed out in a recent blog post, this is the kind of instinctive [Read More…]

Caffeine

I’m long overdue to record another song parody. And so here’s “Caffeine” to the tune of Eric Clapton’s “Cocaine” If you want to get up, you’ve gotta grab your mug, caffeine If you want to get down, pour water on coffee grounds, caffeine Feel alive, feel alive, feel alive, Caffeine If you got that work, and [Read More…]

End of the World (Asia)

Click the above to listen to the song by the progressive rock band Asia. Here are the lyrics: “End Of The World” Buildings burning, blazing in the night Searchlight sweeping, lazer beams of light Desolation, smoke has filled the sky Siren wailing, who can hear my cry? So the darkness leaves me never And the [Read More…]

Holding Out for a Rapture

After I shared a link to some parody songs that appeared on the blog “Stuff Fundies Like,” Chris Eyre shared a post that he wrote a while back with some modified song lyrics, to be sung to the tune of a famous Bonnie Tyler song. Here’s the chorus of “Holding Out For a Rapture”: I [Read More…]

Closer to Fine

I confess that I don’t really know the music of the Indigo Girls, even though I have long been aware that “become one of the Indigo Girls” was an answer to the question “what can you do with a degree in religion?” Yesterday I heard their song “Closer to Fine” on the radio, and its [Read More…]

Let Me Not Be Proud

Here’s another hymn from Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Year of the Flood: Oh let me not be proud, dear Lord, Nor rank myself above The other Primates, through whose genes We grew into your Love. A million million years, Your Days, Your methods pass discerning, Yet through your blend of DNAs Came passion, mind, and learning. [Read More…]

I Stand

I recently heard this song for the first time when it was performed by the Indianapolis Show Choir at a picnic at my church. The lyrics struck me, and looking into it, I discovered that the song was originally performed by Idina Menzel, and was written to draw awareness to the issue of depression.   [Read more…]

Surf to Song Number…

From Cartoon Church   [Read more…]

In Christ Alone

David French blogged about the Presbyterian Church USA removing the hymn “In Christ Alone” from its hymnal, because its authors refused a proposed change to the lyrics that did away with the notion of Christ’s death as satisfying God’s justice. It isn’t often that I agree with French, but I do when he writes: The [Read More…]