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5 Short Takeoffs from “Ow, C’mon, All Ye Faithful”

December 30, 2016

As a follow-up to my previous post, "Ow, C'mon, All Ye Faithful, regarding bad theology in Christmas hymns, here are five takeoffs on the subject.

“Angels near the earth with golden harps” and other old but strange songs

December 17, 2010
“Angels near the earth with golden harps” and other old but strange songs

New and improved versus old, obsolete and traditional. Our culture idolizes whatever is new. A couple of years after buying a car, a computer, or an iPhone, we regret having bought them then and not today. Sometimes we don’t even know that what we bought was already obsolete before it even left the checkout counter. […]

Let’s Burn Lambs While We Sing to the Beat of Drums

November 1, 2010
Let’s Burn Lambs While We Sing to the Beat of Drums

These two sacrifices—Christ's and ours—fulfill the old covenant burnt offerings which have become obsolete. So, our early church and Protestant heritage should prevent us from using musical instruments in the public worship of God.

Resources for Liturgical Worship (2): Call to Worship

August 30, 2010
Resources for Liturgical Worship (2): Call to Worship

It is God who calls us to assembly; we do not assemble together of our own desire. God does not need our worship because he does not need anything in himself. On the contrary, he commands us his covenant people to worship him.

Are Our Songs Fit for the Church?

July 30, 2010
Are Our Songs Fit for the Church?

Since there is so much discussion about worship and worship music, I thought that the following principles and guidelines for selecting music for the church would be very helpful. It was written by our federation of churches back in our Synod 2004. Those who use CCM please specially note Guidelines 7, 10 and 11. To […]

Bored with the Word

February 25, 2010
Bored with the Word

It seems that evangelicals with normal attention spans only come down with ADHD as soon as they hear the Word of God read or preached.

A Psalm of Lament for Christmas

December 7, 2009
A Psalm of Lament for Christmas

This is why we celebrate Christmas. This is why we have joy at Christmas. This is why we could say with David, “My heart shall rejoice in your salvation!” This is why the angels in heaven rejoiced at the birth of Christ, because his birth was “good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”

WWJ. . .

November 18, 2009
WWJ. . .

Who said this?: "Musical instruments in celebrating the praises of God would be no more suitable than the burning of incense, the lighting of lamps, and the restoration of the other shadows of the law."

Calvin: “The Counselor to the Afflicted”

October 27, 2009

Calvin carried on a very extensive correspondence throughout his ministry, writing to people and churches he knew and even to those he did not know. He answered theological questions, offered advice to troubled churches, encouraged pastors and friends, and wrote letters of consolation to those in distress.

Esther: adored despite being “godless”

August 21, 2009
Esther: adored despite being “godless”

The book says about the women's turns in the king's chamber, "In the evening she would go in, and in the morning she would return to the second harem" (Est 2:14). Now we know that a night with a king widely known for being a womanizer was not spent on exchanging pleasantries.

“Could Instruments Be Idols?”

May 7, 2008
“Could Instruments Be Idols?”

Dr. R. Scott Clark, Professor of Historical Theology at Westminster Seminary California, has quite a challenging post about musical instruments in worship: "Could Instruments Be Idols?" He points out two major problems with the use of musical instruments in worship.

Psalm 98 vs “Shout to the Lord”

April 18, 2008
Psalm 98 vs “Shout to the Lord”

Contemporary evangelical music was the highlight of last Wednesday's "American Idol" show when contestants sang the first line of "Shout to the Lord" as "My shepherd, my savior," instead of "My Jesus, my Savior."

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