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January 09, 2019
How Bach Expressed His Faith Via Instrumental Music
Bach wrote liturgical music and choir cantatas built around hymns and Biblical texts. But he...
January 04, 2019
“And the Son now is one with our blood forever”
The song we've been learning over the Christmas season by singing it every service is...
December 25, 2018
“Love Caused Your Incarnation”
We hear Christmas songs during Advent, so here is an Advent Song for Christmas: O Lord,...
October 25, 2018
The Non-Angry Bob Dylan
Last week I was in Houston. While my wife was on an accreditation visit for...
July 11, 2018
The Problem with Offering Multiple Worship Styles
Does your church offer multiple worship services, each with a different style? One traditional, one...
April 04, 2018
Bach and His Bible
Is Bach Lutheran? The question is like, "Is the Pope Catholic?" OK, there may now...
March 08, 2018
Luther’s Musical Innovations
Christianity Today's online Christian History feature has a special section on Martin Luther this month. It...
February 01, 2018
Hypocrisy at the Grammys
The Grammy Awards last Sunday, the music industry's award show, featured the by-now familiar litany...
December 22, 2017
“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” “Do They Know What Christmas Is?”
Back in 1984, British musician Bob Geldof put together "Band Aid," a "super-group" of pop...
December 21, 2017
Luther on Music, Art, & Aesthetic Pleasure
In my previous posts on Mark Mattes’s new book Martin Luther’s Theology of Beauty, we first...
December 18, 2017
Comfort, Comfort My People
One of the greatest texts for Advent is Isaiah 40. It reminds us that Advent is...
December 11, 2017
“Your Thirst for My Salvation”
We often think of God as an abstract idea, as an impersonal force, or as...
November 22, 2017
Luther’s Theology of Beauty
During this Reformation quincentenary anniversary, Martin Luther has been credited and blamed for all...
November 10, 2017
God Has Already Repaid You
Thanks to Pastor Ned Moerbe, who cited this quotation from Paul Gerhardt by way...
August 31, 2017
The Oldest Known Melody–from Assyria, 1400 B.C.
Scholars translating clay cuneiform tablets from ancient Assyria have discovered musical notations. Musician Michael Levy...
August 10, 2017
Glen Campbell–guitarist, singer, & Christian convert–died
You don't have to have grown up with the music of the 1960's, as I...
July 21, 2017
From love songs to sex songs
Popular music used to favor love songs. In popular music today, the theme of romantic...
July 10, 2017
“Make America Great Again”: The Hymn
For the background of this song, see this: Church Choir Debuts 'Make America Great Again'...
June 09, 2017
Is Contemporary Christian Music Dead?
Contemporary Christian music used to sell some 50 million albums per year. Lately, it's been...
June 06, 2017
Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize lecture
Bob Dylan finally delivered his lecture for the Nobel Prize for Literature, submitting a 26-minute...
April 04, 2017
Bob Dylan archive opens for researchers
In more Dylan news, the Bob Dylan Archive here in Oklahoma is now open for researchers. It...
March 31, 2017
Dylan will pick up his Nobel Prize this weekend
Bob Dylan, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, shocked the Swedish Academy by...
March 24, 2017
A new Bob Dylan interview
Bob Dylan has a new album coming out at the end of the month: Triplicate....
March 20, 2017
Hail! Hail! Chuck Berry
The pioneering rock 'n' roll guitarist and songwriter Chuck Berry died. He was 90 years...
March 09, 2017
A religious revival in music?
Major rappers like Grammy-winner Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar are now rhyming about Jesus. So...
March 03, 2017
Trumpism as the new punk rock
A young former-buttoned-down conservative at CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Conference) said that he has...
January 05, 2017
Grappling with Bach’s theology
Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker has written a fascinating piece on Bach's theology....
December 21, 2016
Theological music for Christmas
Ken Myers has written a wonderful post on Christmas music, emphasizing particularly how it is sung...
November 14, 2016
Leon Russell dies
Another icon of my youth, Leon Russell, passed away at age 74. A piano player...
October 29, 2016
Bob Dylan was just “speechless”
What was Bob Dylan's reaction to the news that he had won the Nobel Prize...
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