Author Archives: Christopher Ames

Candid Interview with Terry Johnson

Candid Interview with Terry Johnson

Before I give you this resource, I have two introductions to make. Terry Johnson is not exactly a household name amongst Baptists like myself, but if I want a true perspective on Reformed worship, I’ve found him to be an excellent resource. Often we see people who have taken on the name “Reformed” as a… Continue Reading

“We Just Use Their Music”

“We Just Use Their Music”

I just read an interesting article from Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, a ministry of Bethel Redding, of whom you’ve probably heard. In fact, you’ve probably sung some Bethel songs if your church is beholden to CCLI. Now, I haven’t delved deeply into the world of the prosperity gospel since I left that movement in… Continue Reading

The Ephemeral Price of Ephemera

The Ephemeral Price of Ephemera

There is an interesting article in the Guardian about the falling price of Elvis Presley memorabilia. So it is with all things pop: once the market has moved on, even the archetypes end up in the bargain bin. Can’t help falling in price: why Elvis memorabilia is plummeting in value | The Guardian Continue Reading

Hurt Feelings for the Gospel

Hurt Feelings for the Gospel

You’ve read plenty of comment threads where the only argument people can make is to insult other people. My favorite species of this is when people call other people judgmental or elitist while oblivious to the irony of such a charge. Perhaps you’ve read certain reviews and counter-reviews of recent books where there was far less… Continue Reading

Good Good Good Good Good Good Feelings (and that’s about it)

Good Good Good Good Good Good Feelings (and that’s about it)

Jonathan Aigner just blogged about the fact that Chris Tomlin won some sort of Gospel Music Oscar for his song “Good Good Father.” You should read it. Aigner’s piercing critique highlights the gasping shallowness of what passes for contemporary worship: this song, according to them, is the best they have to offer.   Ponder Anew |… Continue Reading

Vocabulary Word of the Day

Vocabulary Word of the Day

Happy Groundhog Day, for those of you who regard it above other days (Romans 14:5) ! Here is the answer to a question that was in the back of all of our minds: A PATHOPOEIA is a passage of writing or music written to arouse the reader’s or the listener’s emotions. — Haggard Hawks Words (@HaggardHawks)… Continue Reading

Chris Tomlin Wore Out Another Keyboard…

Chris Tomlin Wore Out Another Keyboard…

Via the Babylon Bee, news that Chris Tomlin wore out the Ctrl, C, and V keys on his laptop again. I can think of other songwriters who go through copies of Roget’s Thesaurus at a similar clip.   I’m waiting for the responses that go something like this: “Ha ha ha. THAT’S NOT FUNNY. YOU MUST HATE… Continue Reading

Things Normal People Grasp Intuitively

Things Normal People Grasp Intuitively

Nota Bene: Nothing about this implies any kind of endorsement for anything. I didn’t even find this on my own. I am innocent, I tell you. Now Then: It is truly striking that people (intentionally?) don’t get it when we insist on the form/propriety connection for Christian worship, but they can still laugh along with this: Continue Reading

Roger Scruton on Avant-Garde Music

Roger Scruton on Avant-Garde Music

From Future Symphony Institute: Roger Scruton argues for tonality and purpose in music–in front of an audience of the most dedicated connoisseurs of avant-garde music! His even-handed and charitable argument helped me (not much of a music guy at all) to understand better what is at stake in the discussion, and why even art music… Continue Reading

Paintings Worth Visiting

Paintings Worth Visiting

There was a time when a poet could write “The world is charged with the grandeur of God.” There was a time when composers wrote music that, whatever the subject, was intended to reflect the orderliness and beauty of God. And there was a time when painters tried to capture and express the majestic handiwork of… Continue Reading

Using Modern Art as Torture

Using Modern Art as Torture

I generally skip the modern art when I go to the gallery. On the occasions when I do intentionally dwell upon modern art, I tend to leave in a foul mood, having exhausted my stores of aesthetic charity on works that invite, and indeed expect, none. But maybe that’s just me. Maybe the nihilistic media and the nihilistic… Continue Reading

Faustian Giggles

Faustian Giggles

This probably shouldn’t shock us, but perhaps our culture has reached a new nadir: Dan Brooks | Letter of Complaint: Cards Against Humanity Our culture of transgression celebrates transgression. Again, not shocking. Dr. Faustus would probably have advised holding out for a better deal than making a mock at sin, but since he’s not around,… Continue Reading

What Hath Manliness to Do with Christianity?

What Hath Manliness to Do with Christianity?

There have been a few posts on the Art of Manliness blog that address “the historical and cultural factors that have made women statistically more likely to be committed to the religion than men.” Of particular interest is the last article, where the authors start digging for the roots of the problem. I have tended to attribute… Continue Reading

Chesterton on Background Music

Chesterton on Background Music

We live in a world where music is pumped at us wherever we go. I tried to pump gas at a gas station the other day and an LCD screen starts blaring a music video at me. Why? Was I in danger of succumbing to an overwhelming wave of ennui if I were left alone… Continue Reading

Music and the Fabric of the Universe

Music and the Fabric of the Universe

Here is an entirely different way of thinking about music from that which we are used to. What happens when we begin to understand musical relationships as metaphorical windows into transcendent realities? The patterns that make music possible reflect the patterns inherent in the world that God designed for His glory. In this interview excerpt,… Continue Reading

“Yes, But It’s Our Garbage”

“Yes, But It’s Our Garbage”

Lutheran Satirist and pastor Hans Fiene recently wrote an article for The Federalist noting that our culture is not very good at creating things. Like the brown-headed cowbird, he argues, we would rather borrow cultural artifacts and assign conflicted meanings to them than do the hard work of building cultural artifacts from our own values… Continue Reading

The Bee Stings

The Bee Stings

If you’re not familiar with the Babylon Bee, you should acquaint yourself. The authors give a gentle inside critique of evangelicalism that often evidences some keen insight. Today’s version was one that hits home for us: a gentlemen who likes to think of himself as ‘conservative’ struggles to name that which he is beholden to… Continue Reading