Worship

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Who said this?: “Musical instruments in celebrating the praises of God would be no more suitable than the burning of incense, the lighting of lamps, and the restoration of the other shadows of the law.”

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Online Psalter Hymnal

Are you tired of singing mindless repetitive ditties? Do you want to fill your minds and hearts with the beauty of the Psalms and other Scriptures? Learn how to sing the Psalter by singing along with the lyrics and tunes.

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Reverence & Joy, Word & Sacraments in Worship

New Horizons magazine has a special issue on Worship in its June 2009 edition. Here’s an excerpt: “That the sacraments are sacred signs and seals of the covenant of grace and are the visible word of God tells us that they play a vital role as an element of worship. The central element of Reformed worship… is the reading, but especially the preaching, of the Word of God.”

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“New Song” and American Idol(atry)

I’ve watched a few episodes of American Idol the last few weeks, especially the Final 36 competition. The three songs that I remember most were “oldies”: one from the 80s and two from the 60s. Two of the songs, “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” (1966) and “Bette Davis Eyes” (1981), were deemed “too old-fashioned.” Read more and watch the videos too.

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Rock Bands as Holy Spirit

Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, recently weighed in again, this time with a profound thought that “Beatles songs are as likely to explain Christianity as the Bible.” Essentially equating rock bands with the Holy Spirit, he says, “They [rock music] are able to open our imagination to a way of thinking about God that we’ve become deaf to in church language.”

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CCM and Beatles Mantra

As I was driving home the other day from teaching, the radio played George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord.” In my mind, I found an eerie resemblance between this Hindu mantra and many worship songs sung in churches such as…

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Psalm 98 vs “Shout to the Lord”

Contemporary evangelical music was the highlight of last Wednesday’s “American Idol” show when contestants sang the first line of “Shout to the Lord” as “My shepherd, my savior,” instead of “My Jesus, my Savior.”

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