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Larry Norman’s Goal and Reflections

Larry Norman’s Goal and Reflections

Larry Norman is often credited as having been influential in sparking the Contemporary Christian Music Movement, with his famous question, “Why does the devil have all the good music?” Ed Stezer just posted an email exchange that he had with Norman in 2004 that’s pretty enlightening for a couple reasons. First, the email clearly identifies… Continue Reading

John Makujina’s Preface to the Third Edition of Measuring the Music

John Makujina’s Preface to the Third Edition of Measuring the Music

The closing of Old Paths Publications combined with continued demand has occasioned another printing of Measuring the Music, under a new publisher. Therefore, the author in conjunction with Religious Affections Ministries is pleased to present the third edition of Measuring the Music. This version is essentially a reprint of the second, with minor corrections and… Continue Reading

Calvin Johansson’s Foreword to Measuring the Music

Calvin Johansson’s Foreword to Measuring the Music

As I write this foreword we are halfway through the last year of the last century of the second millennium A.D. Far from being a warmed-over cyclical version of previous epochs, this century of centuries birthed much that was genuinely new: unparalleled advances in science, technology, computer systems, and powerful media cartels for both the… Continue Reading

My favorite parts of Measuring the Music

My favorite parts of Measuring the Music

I announced yesterday the publication of the Third Edition of John Makujina’s classic analysis of the Contemporary Christian Music movement, Measuring the Music. If I remember correctly, I first encountered Measuring the Music the year after it was first published in 1999. Since then, I have read the book several times through, consulted it often, and assigned… Continue Reading

tobyMac and the state of Evangelical piety

tobyMac and the state of Evangelical piety

Paul’s Words to the Ephesians The beginning of Ephesians 5 is striking. Paul writes to former idolaters and fornicators, reminding them of their new life in Christ. He opens with a call to holiness. Believers must “be imitators of God,” walking “in love.” To walk in love means that believers must live making personal sacrifices to build… Continue Reading

"CCM's theology of music should be ranked among the theological aberrations of modern evangelicalism…"

"CCM's theology of music should be ranked among the theological aberrations of modern evangelicalism…"

I just listened to three lectures given by John Makujina at the William R. Rice Lecture Series at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary in 2005. They are outstanding. A must-listen, especially if you question whether. You can download them here. Here’s a critical highlight: Traditionally, this controversy has been contested under the rubrics of orthopraxy rather than… Continue Reading