June 6, 2020

Here is a series of comments I received on my Facebook page this morning, along with my responses. It’s a perfect example of what it’s like to try and counter mistaken pop-worship beliefs about the role and function of liturgy in the Christian life. Ama: Instead of trying to belittle those who don’t worship like you, why don’t you express the simple message of salvation? Jesus did to that THIEF on the CROSS next to him. HE TOLD that dirty… Read more

June 5, 2020

I’ve observed a number of discussions taking place on social media this week regarding favorite choral pieces by African-American composers. I thought that would be a great idea for a post, where I could share more than just one or two titles. These are all pieces I have sung or conducted that have made an impression on me. Psalm 1 Nathan Carter I first learned about Nathan Carter and his work at when I stumbled onto a few YouTube videos…. Read more

June 4, 2020

One of my favorite preachers, the Rev’d Dr. Jeffrey Hanson from Boston’s Church of the Advent, shared a helpful and amusing illustration on the peace of Christ in a 2019 sermon. The Gospel lesson for that day was John 14:23-29, which reads in part: “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I… Read more

May 24, 2020

Everyone get your cigarette lighter handy and sing along, observing proper social distance, of course! I am the church! You are the church! We are the church together! All who follow Jesus, all around the world! Yes, we’re the church together! The church is not a building, the church is not a steeple, the church is not a resting place, the church is a people. The writers of this stupid little ditty (Yes, someone intended this to be a serious… Read more

May 23, 2020

Since yesterday, when the President of the United States proclaimed churches to be essential, I have seen two major themes emanating from my Christian Facebook friends and pages I follow. Mind you, these are from professing Christians, not some outside news pundits or any other kind of outsider. Churches are, in fact, essential, and should be allowed to reopen, because the government can’t tell the Church what to do. Since Christians can worship anywhere, and since God’s work can continue… Read more

May 21, 2020

During this time of fear and uncertainty in the COVID-19 wilderness, I’ve decided to do something a little different. I’m going to be daily using my blog to share texts and videos of hymns that pass along hope and comfort until the restrictions are lifted, and we can worship in our buildings once again. I hope you find them to be encouraging and edifying during this time. Take care, everyone. Wash your hands. And keep the faith. Here’s St. Bartholemew’s… Read more

May 17, 2020

During this time of fear and uncertainty in the COVID-19 wilderness, I’ve decided to do something a little different. I’m going to be daily using my blog to share texts and videos of hymns that pass along hope and comfort until the restrictions are lifted, and we can worship in our buildings once again. I hope you find them to be encouraging and edifying during this time. Take care, everyone. Wash your hands. And keep the faith. Today’s hymn is,… Read more

May 16, 2020

During this time of fear and uncertainty in the COVID-19 wilderness, I’ve decided to do something a little different. I’m going to be daily using my blog to share texts and videos of hymns that pass along hope and comfort until the restrictions are lifted, and we can worship in our buildings once again. I hope you find them to be encouraging and edifying during this time. Take care, everyone. Wash your hands. And keep the faith. This one is… Read more

May 15, 2020

During this time of fear and uncertainty in the COVID-19 wilderness, I’ve decided to do something a little different. I’m going to be daily using my blog to share texts and videos of hymns that pass along hope and comfort until the restrictions are lifted, and we can worship in our buildings once again. I hope you find them to be encouraging and edifying during this time. Take care, everyone. Wash your hands. And keep the faith. Like “All Hail… Read more

May 14, 2020

Patheos Evangelical blogger and Professor of Literature emeritus Gene Veith proclaimed this week that “Singing is unlikely to spread COVID-19.” He apparently came to this conclusion after reading a couple of German studies, and now he’s ready to jump back into congregational singing, taking other congregations with him. Not so fast. I’ll admit that I have been overwhelmed by the online discussion of this topic since the now-infamous webinar last week hosted by the American Choral Director’s Association, in which… Read more

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