January 6, 2018

Why I’m Not a Worship Leader

I lead the music ministry at my church. My role as a musician has several facets. I plan—and arrange, if needed—the music we use. I lead weekly rehearsals for the singers and instrumentalists. Under the guidance of the elders, I set the ideological and philosophical […]
October 19, 2017

The enduring success of the Sternhold and Hopkins Psalter

Author note: the post below is a little outside the norm for the Grace Music blog. It’s a short research paper from several years ago, but I remember it as an enjoyable study and thought I’d share it with you, my readers. Enjoy!     […]
July 9, 2017

A time to adorn and a time to refrain from adorning

Last night we read Psalm 115 as a family. Afterwards we sang Chris Anderson’s excellent setting of Psalm 115 to the tune “St. George’s Windsor.” We often sing after family devotions, and the simplicity of the practice always impacts me. With young children, unison-ish is […]
May 18, 2017

Music education in the church: lecture posted

This past Tuesday, I gave a talk on the future of music education in the church. It’s now available to watch on Grace Music by clicking on the TV icon below, or by accessing “Watch” from the main menu.    
May 11, 2017

A vision of music education in the church

The following is a distillation of several years of thinking about the role of music education in the church. There are a number of assertions throughout this article which should be interpreted as policies in nascent form rather than universal mandates for other ministries. It’s […]
October 17, 2016

Scripture Songs for Children: A Call to Lyricists

The following is an appeal to my believing friends who are poets, composers, lyricists, and various iterations of wordsmiths. Watts’ Burden My opening volley (and I’ll need only one) is an excerpt from the preface of Isaac Watts’ Divine and Moral Songs for Children, 1720. This is […]