July 22, 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

July 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. Sorry, not sorry… Read more

July 20, 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 are the… Read more

July 19, 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. I need some… Read more

July 7, 2020

I get some pretty weird targeted ads on Facebook. Today, I was introduced, over and over and over again, to a church architectural firm and their series of ads for modern church plans. I should’ve just ignored it the first time. I should’ve known better than to click on it and teach Facebook to show me more of this kind of stuff. I didn’t. I took the bait and clicked. Their ads were very elaborate and, honestly, quick well done…. Read more

June 30, 2020

We often mistake emotional stimulation for divine interaction. This is why commercial pop worship is popular. You might have heard the story told by the late Rich Mullins. A man in attendance at one of his concerts told Mullins afterward that he had really felt the Spirit on one particular song, especially right before the last chorus. “That wasn’t the Spirit,” said Mullins. “That was where the kick drum came in.” If you’ve been to a pop worship “experience” recently,… Read more

June 29, 2020

As multiple news outlets have reported, First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas held their annual “Freedom Sunday” event yesterday on their campus. The observance featured Mike Pence and Ben Carson as guest speakers, but the biggest headline from the event was the unmasked choir of approximately 150 singers which performed numerous musical numbers throughout. The choir was accompanied by a full orchestra on the platform, including wind instruments. I connected on social media with a woman who sang in the… Read more

June 28, 2020

Well, this just seems unwise. I’ve talked about FBC Dallas and their patriotic explosions several times before, and had no intention of doing so again. And then today happened. First Baptist Dallas held their usual “Freedom Sunday,” a yearly abomination in which they drop any pretense of historic Christianity and worship the United States of America. Mike Pence even came to speak. This really isn’t surprising, even in a pandemic. But according to multiple news reports, their choir sang. In… Read more

June 20, 2020

Seriously, folks, if your church is doing “Good, Good Father” tomorrow, you need a new church. You really do. You really do. You really do. Never mind that Father’s Day shouldn’t intrude on the church. Jesus made that clear enough by saying “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” comment. But this song is a crappy, crappy song. That’s what it is. And if it weren’t for evangelical Christianity’s obsession with warm fuzzy pseudo worship, it would’ve gone… Read more

June 19, 2020

Note: I am not suggesting a return to congregational singing until scientific consensus states that it is safe. This is not about singing. Rather, many churches are removing hymnals, but projecting hymn texts as they are sung or played by musicians. Seriously, don’t get rid of your hymnals. You don’t need to get rid of your hymnals to protect from the COVID-19 virus. At least not entirely. But first, let’s talk about why hymnals are important to keep around, even… Read more




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