Tag Archives: congregational singing

The People’s Work: A Reformation Recovery

The People’s Work: A Reformation Recovery

This year we celebrate the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, a theological movement that restored many biblical doctrines and emphases that had been lost or confused during the Middle Ages. Men like John Huss, Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, Martin Bucer, John Calvin, Thomas Cranmer, and others recovered doctrines like justification by faith alone… Continue Reading

How to help your congregation to sing

How to help your congregation to sing

Over at the 9Marks blog, Jonathan Leeman provides some tips for how to help your congregation sing. I would qualify some of his comments, but most of his tips are very good. Here are the tips, but head over there to see his full explanations. I’ve added a few comments in brackets. Teach the congregation… Continue Reading

Keith Getty on Five Ways to Improve Congregational Singing

Keith Getty on Five Ways to Improve Congregational Singing

Keith Getty recently listed five ways to improve congregational singing: Begin with the pastor. Sing great songs. Cultivate a congregation-centered priority in those who lead. Serve the congregation through musical excellence. Manage the congregation’s repertoire intentionally. Go read his explanations, and then come back and let me know what you think. Continue Reading

Reforming Influences in 19th Century American Church Music

Reforming Influences in 19th Century American Church Music

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series 19th Century American Church Music You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

There were many composers, writers, and organizations during the nineteenth century that objected to the current condition of American church music and encouraged reform. Yet none had as lasting influence as the Boston Handel and Haydn Society, Thomas Hastings, and Lowell Mason. Boston Handel and Haydn Society The Handel and Haydn Society was formed in 1815 in Boston… Continue Reading

Incarnation Hymnody: "Of the Father's Love Begotten" and "Silent Night"

This entry is part of 6 in the series Incarnation Hymnody You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

God’s people, and especially those who would stand before the Christian assembly and lead in singing praise, ought always to be thoughtful about what they are singing.  This is often a challenge with familiar songs, and perhaps especially in the weeks leading up to Christmas.  During the last month of the year, those who are… Continue Reading

Medieval Hymns

Medieval Hymns

This entry is part 10 of 14 in the series The Hymnody of the Christian Church You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

When Emperor Constantine legalized Christianity in 313 with the Edict of Milan, and Christianity soon became the religion of the entire empire, the cultural conditions within which the Church thrived changed into a situation that had not been enjoyed since before the Hebrew exile. Soon the Church gained prominence over all aspects of politics and… Continue Reading

The Biblical Mandate to Sing

The Biblical Mandate to Sing

This entry is part 1 of 14 in the series The Hymnody of the Christian Church You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

When Christians discuss worship, they often focus on one primary element of worship above others—music. The church’s songs are without question the most controversial aspect of Christian worship. I am convinced, however, that some careful thinking about what Scripture has to say about our hymns, adequate understand of the purpose of power of Christian hymnody,… Continue Reading

Book Review: The Glory Due His Name by Gary Reimers

The Glory Due His Name: What God Says About Worship by Gary Reimers. Greenville, SC: BJU Press, 2009. 100 pp. $9.95. The Glory Due His Name by Gary Reimers is a welcome addition to the Bob Jones University Seminary “Biblical Discernment for Difficult Issues” series. Gary Reimers is the senior pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church… Continue Reading

A critique of contemporary worship by Ligon Duncan

A critique of contemporary worship by Ligon Duncan

From Matthew Pinson, J., Perspectives on Christian Worship: Five Views (B&H Academic, 2009) pp. 111-112. Consequently, when evangelicals consider circumstances (such as having a “contemporary style” of music) as key to the effectiveness of public worship, or as the distinctive of a particular congregation’s approach to corporate worship, they manifest, and perhaps even foster in their… Continue Reading

A Tale of Two Song Leaders

A Tale of Two Song Leaders

About a year ago I posted a piece on leading congregational singing; I compared two conferences, one in which I was privileged to plan and lead the services, and another I had recently attended. I made some somewhat controversial statements about what I observed in the leadership of that conference. My primary contention was that… Continue Reading