Tag Archives: preference

Matters of Conscience and Freedom

Matters of Conscience and Freedom

This entry is part 7 of 27 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Scripture devotes two sections of the New Testament to explain how certain choices in the Christian life are not explicitly or implicitly forbidden or prescribed: explicitly by commands or prohibitions, or implicitly by a very clear application of general Scriptural principles. These two sections are Romans 14, and 1 Corinthians 8 to 10. Here we… Continue Reading

Is there any room for preference?

Is there any room for preference?

I have often argued (such as in Sound Worship) that it is the responsibility of Christians to change their tastes for beauty to match what is truly worthy of admiration. Since God is transcendent beauty, there do exist absolute standards of beauty that should govern our judgments of beauty. This does not meant that such standards are immediately apparent or that I… Continue Reading

Authenticity

Authenticity

There is a cry today for authenticity in worship. This comes in several different forms, but most commonly it relates to worship and music style compared to the prevailing culture and an individual Christian’s tastes, and it is usually used as the foundation for arguments that every generation needs their own songs and that people… Continue Reading

The Ironic Inconsistency of Cultural Neutrality

The Ironic Inconsistency of Cultural Neutrality

I read this today, and the blatant inconsistency jumped off the page. See if it does the same for you: “Thus the difference between a [belief] system driven by paganism and one driven by Christianity does not consist primarily in rightness or wrongness of many of the things that pass away [i.e. musical forms or other “cultural”… Continue Reading

Is the Bible Enough?

I continue to receive e-mails concerning seemingly more and more common explanations of Sola Scriptura that in effect strip it down to nothing more than what Kevin Bauder calls Nuda Scriptura. You can read a good explanation of the doctrine by Jason Parker here, along with links to more pertinent articles. Along the same lines,… Continue Reading

Isn't there any room for preference?

We recently received an excellent question submitted through the “Article Suggestions” module in the right column of this site: “What areas of aesthetics are preferences that are relative to individuals (if any)?” I recently argued in a post on this site (from a chapter in Sound Worship) that it is the responsibility of Christians to… Continue Reading

Can Rap be Christian? Culture

Can Rap be Christian? Culture

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Can Rap Be Christian You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

We are discussing Christian rap this week in response to Mark Dever’s recent interview with Shai Linne and Curtis Allen. Monday I argued three important points: Man is completely depraved and thus cannot trust his own preferences implicitly. Music is a medium of human communication and thus must be carefully evaluated to determine whether its… Continue Reading

Can Rap be Christian? Neutral Things

Can Rap be Christian? Neutral Things

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Can Rap Be Christian You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

As we discuss the issue of Christian rap, I am moving toward an evaluation of the form itself. But before we get there I must lay the necessary groundwork to prove that such an evaluation is necessary or even possible. Monday I argued three important points: Man is completely depraved and thus cannot trust his… Continue Reading

Can Rap be Christian? The Presuppositions

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Can Rap Be Christian You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Are “Christian” and “rap” mutually exclusive? Mark Dever’s answer after a 9Marks interview with Shai Linne and Curtis Allen (Voice): “Hardly.” This from one of the most conservative evangelicals alive today. It is primarily for that reason that I’d like to make a few comments about the interview. If this is what one of the most… Continue Reading

New book coming in January: Sound Worship

I’m excited to announce the coming publication of my new book, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World! This book is targeted for the average Christian layman. My first book, Worship In Song, is a biblical approach to tackling issues related to music and worship, but it’s quite technical and sometimes… 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

Taste is Black and White

Taste is Black and White

One particularly common misconception in the realm of aesthetics is that “we all have different tastes, and that’s OK,” and Christians are certainly not immune to this errant perspective. The error here lies once again in a careless use of terminology. If by “tastes” in such a perspective one means “preferences,” then I have no… Continue Reading