Category Archives: Music

Eschatology, Poythress, and the Hallelujah Chorus

I hope to write in the next 18 months a short booklet on eschatology. I have written some papers in the past, but have not been able to provide a general outline, specifically of the postmillennial hope, and its contrast … Continue reading

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Why I am proud to be an American

In the best sense of the term, this has been a very patriotic weekend for me. It began on Thursday evening at the Banquet for Life hosted by Safe Harbor. Safe Harbor is a ministry the saints of Providence have … Continue reading

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O Sons and Daughters Let Us Sing!

O fil­ii et fil­i­ae (O Sons and Daughters) by Jean Tiss­er­and is a 16th century hymn later translated from Latin into English. It is a fitting hymn for this Second Sunday of Easter when liturgically the Church addresses Thomas’ encounter with the … Continue reading

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Music for this Blessed Good Friday

Christ is not a third party inserted between an angry God and sinful humanity; he is the God who was wronged embracing humanity on the cross. —Miroslav Volf

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Wine Tasting and Psalm-Roar (with Christ Church, Providence Church, and Trinity Presbyterian)

Selection for our Wine and Psalm Roar Season of Lent, March 8th, 2013 Note: The pagination listed follows the Cantus Christi Psalter /Hymnal. The links are to various samples of each psalm. Christ Church, Providence Church, & Trinity Presbyterian 1)   Psalm 1, … Continue reading

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A Mighty Fortress is Our God!

My feeble attempt to show my love for the Reformation.

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Let’s talk about music…again

Rob Hadding drew my attention to this piece by Bill Blankschaen. The article attests to Bill’s frustration with modern contemporary music. He offers three general critiques: 1. They’re really, really simplistic. There, I tried to keep the words small. You certainly … Continue reading

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Does knowing music help understand the Bible?

James Jordan affirms and explains: Does it help to be a musician to understand the Bible? Yes, because the Bible indicates that this is so. First, music is the God-appointed way of worshipping Him with His own words. The psalms … Continue reading

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The Strife is Oe’r, the Battle Done, Alleluiah!

The strife is o’er, the battle done; The victory of life is won; The song of triumph has begun: Alleluia! Refrain Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! The powers of death have done their worst; But Christ their legions hath dispersed; Let shouts … Continue reading

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Ride On, Ride On, In Majesty, Palm Sunday Hymn

Here is my recording of this beautiful hymn: “Ride On, Ride On, in Majesty” by Henry H. Milman, 1791-1868 1. Ride on, ride on, in majesty! Hark! all the tribes hosanna cry. 0 Savior meek, pursue Thy road, With palms … Continue reading

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Exhortation: God as Chief Listener

Dale Topp in his book Music in the Christian Community argues that God is the chief listener in worship music. Our music is to God. God delights and responds to our music. In I Samuel 16, when Saul was terrorized … Continue reading

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The Extinction of Protestant Music

Ian Hodge provides an insightful survey of the Protestant musical landscape, and he finds a culprit:  The Pietists significantly influenced theology which, in turn, led to a change in music, both inside and outside the church. Jaroslav Pelikan, in his … Continue reading

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Final Day of the Conference

Though most folks had already left, I recorded a verse of Rise Again, Ye Lionhearted. The singing is still spectacular.

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Existence and Musicality

Steve Wright interacting with Robert Jenson concludes in The Heythrop Journal: To exist is to be mentioned by God; or, may I hazard, to be sung by God. The act of creation sets us in relation to God while concurrently distinguishing … Continue reading

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Grisha Goryachev plays Panaderos

Here is a brilliant performance by Grisha. I had great intentions early on to pursue Spanish guitar, but God directed my paths elsewhere. Still, I cherish every little bit of it: And here’s the inimitable Paco deLucia that I grew … Continue reading

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Praise as a Perpetual Psalm

I found this gem in Spurgeon: This submission to law is praise. Obedience is homage; order is harmony. In this respect the praise rendered to Jehovah from the “bodies celestial” is absolutely perfect. His almighty power upholds all things in … Continue reading

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The Music of Psalm 148

Psalm 148 provides the musical chords to the creation account. From the first halleluiah to the last halleluiah there are no minor chords; only major chords. The choir never slows the pace.

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Yann Tiersen’s La Chute

This beautiful piece serves as a kind of background to Genesis three. La Chute means “the fall.” I am not sure if there is any connection here with Albert Camus’ philosophical novel La Chute. Nevertheless, it is a masterpiece.

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How much music is in your home?

The Spirit is the music of the Trinity. It is the breath that gives melody to the Word of the Father. To ask the question “how spiritual are you?” implies “how often do you sing?” is your home filled with … Continue reading

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A Lenten Hymn

We will be singing this beautiful Lenten hymn this Sunday at Providence. Here is my brief recording of it. Stricken, Smitten, Afflicted Stricken, smitten, and afflicted, See Him dying on the tree! ‘Tis the Christ by man rejected; Yes, my … Continue reading

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O Lord, Look Down From Heaven, Behold by Martin Luther

From Martin Luther: Hymns, Ballads, Chants, Truth page 26-27: “A paraphrase of Psalm 12, this hymn was written in 1523, the same time as many of Luther’s other psalm-hymns. It was published in the first Lutheran hymnal, Achtliederbuch, of 1524. … Continue reading

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Jesus, the Great Exegete

Stanley Hauerwas writes: Jesus is able to resist the devil, a devil able to quote scripture, by being a superior exegete to the one who would tempt him. Jesus, the faithful interpreter of Israel’s scripture, teaches us how to read so that … Continue reading

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For the Evening: Johann Pachelbel Canon in D Major fantastic version

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Love is inebriating…

Love leads to a sober intoxication. The lover in the Songs is inebriated with erotic language. Eroticism is the language of Bride and Groom. Eroticism is the deepest description of how Yahweh intimately engages His Bride. The Bride is filled … Continue reading

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Evening Chopin

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Make a Joyful Noise

Massey Shepherd writes in The Worship of the Church: “It is a mistake, however, to think that there is any specific style of music that is properly liturgical. The splendid liturgy of the Jewish temple was accompanied, as we know from … Continue reading

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Come, Holy Ghost

Come, Holy Ghost, who ever one Art with the Father and the Son; Come, Holy Ghost, our souls possess With thy full flood of holiness. In will and deed, in heart and tongue With all the powers, thy praise be … Continue reading

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The Next Mozart

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Calvin and Musical Instruments

One of my strongest disagreements with Calvin concerns  his rejection of musical instrumentation (though Calvin was not gifted musically, yet his music leaders/liturgist put all the psalms into music; it is known as the Genevan Psalter). For instance, in his observations … Continue reading

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