Spontaneous Singing in the Bible

As I prepare to teach my course on the Bible and music next semester, I’ve been thinking more about the music behind and in the Bible, as well as music that takes up the already-existing Bible and works with it. As I think about the depictions of spontaneous singing by individuals (or what is often so construed [Read More…]

Psalm Songs

As I prepare to teach a course on the Bible and music in the Spring for the first time, I am on the lookout for new and/or interesting music at the intersection of the two. And so I am grateful to Abram Kielsmeier-Jones for sharing these bluegrass settings of the Psalms by The Corner Room: [Read More…]

Idolatry and the Image of God

Here is the video from the service that I led at Crooked Creek Baptist Church yesterday, focused on the theme of idolatry and the image of God, and exploring that theme in scripture, song, and reflections. The service started off with the video that I shared yesterday (not included in the recording above), followed by [Read More…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]