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Some are instructing churches to turn down the music volume during their Sunday morning gathering. We cannot dismiss these arguments as complaints from old curmudgeons within the church, such as the argument that a lower volume of music emphasizes corporate singing. However, I’m not sold that the best way to encourage corporate singing is turning down instruments’ volume.
The goal of leading corporate song is to facilitate the joyful singing of God's people. Anything you do should tend toward their participation and full engagement. This means that your leading of the singing should be simple and predictable enough so that the congregation can jump on board, and also compelling enough that they want to jump on board.
In A Home and a Hunger: Songs of Kingdom Hope, singer/songwriter Caroline Cobb invites listeners to sing the story of God’s kingdom. Cobb has emerged as a unique and needed voice as she attempts to make biblical theology accessible for old and young, new believers and longtime Christians, for those who know their need and for those who think they’re doing OK.
The joy of the good news of Jesus outshines all other joys, making it seem like we must be dreaming, filling our mouths with laughter and our tongues with shouts of joy. So our worship services should feel joyful, right? On the whole, yes, of course, they should. But that is far from the whole story.
Congregational songs must be singable enough that unmusical people can participate and theologically understandable enough for new believers to benefit from their truth. But the biggest struggle I see when songwriters show me new congregational worship songs isn’t musical or theological. The greatest struggle in writing good congregational worship songs is structural.
No hymnwriter since the Reformation has been as prolific in his writing and impact as Isaac Watts, called the Father of English Hymnody. His Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs provided the hymns of the post-Reformation movement of churches....Read More ➔
We're kicking off the Doxology & Theology Conference today! We'll be live-streaming the main sessions at the link below, so tune in and join the conversation on Twitter using #doxandtheo16! Here's a link to the schedule so you can see when we're live. Come learn with us!...Read More ➔
We’re less than two weeks away from #doxandtheo16, and a few spots are still available. (Also, registration closes October 31.) If you’ve been on the fence about joining us next week, here’s three reasons to sign up today....Read More ➔
This year, we asked you to fill out a short survey to help us know more about you and the ways we can serve you best. Thank you for filling out the survey! We had hundreds of responses, and your input helps us understand why you're a part of Doxology & Theology. Check out the infographic below to see more about who comes to D&T and why....Read More ➔
Emotions in worship are a touchy subject. They’re touchy because, first, worship is often intensely emotional, and, second, many of us have had unpleasant experiences with leaders who have abused that reality. In my opinion, there are two extremes, neither of which are healthy or biblical, and both of which should be avoided through pastoral wisdom and grace....Read More ➔
Our church sings original music. Not always, but sometimes we do it. Most of the time it’s awesome, but other times, it’s an exercise of patience for our congregation. Recently someone asked me to explain why our church writes original music, so I’ve been thinking about all the ways songwriting serves our local church....Read More ➔