Scripture Songs for Children: A Call to Lyricists

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...
Guidelines for choosing wedding music

Guidelines for choosing wedding music

Several folks have asked for a copy of our church’s guidelines for choosing wedding music. If you find the following helpful, feel free to use and adapt it to suit your ministry. _______________ The wedding ceremony is a display of the goodness of God and the...
What to say: principles for speaking between songs

What to say: principles for speaking between songs

I often get asked by fellow church musicians how to think through what to say before, between, and after songs in corporate worship. It’s not a minor question. As leaders, we have the responsibility to intentionally point people to truth and to stir them to...
Hillsong and the issue of association

Hillsong and the issue of association

Sifting, sorting, choosing If you’re a church music minister, there’s a lot out there to choose from. It’s overwhelming, in fact. Strike out the songs with weak theology or inaccessible music, and it’s still overwhelming. Since the Reformation,...
A new hymnal project

A new hymnal project

Technology and tradition We love hymns. You can read more about that here. When we meet together as a church family, we sing hymns – lots of them. Some are old, some are new, but all are filled with truths about the glory of God in the gospel of Jesus Christ....
To My Fellow Church Musicians: Make It Free

To My Fellow Church Musicians: Make It Free

  [blockquote author=”Matthew 10:8″ link=”” target=”_blank”]Freely you have received; freely give.[/blockquote] As Jesus is sending out the twelve apostles in Matthew 10, he gives them a lengthy series of commands and...