A Philosophy of Church Music
Blog , Ministry , Worship / November 22, 2017

One of the hurdles, er . . . blessings, of completing a degree in Church Music is the preparation of a detailed personal philosophy of the scriptural basis of the purposes, functions, and methods of using music in corporate worship. I successfully completed this work last Spring (hooray!). However, even though my professor granted a generous grade on the paper I wasn’t completely satisfied with the document. It didn’t contain everything that I wanted to say, nor was it well suited for general consumption. It’s taken a while, but I now have a paper that fully expresses my thoughts on this topic in a way that is accessible for both lay and clergy church members. I present it here for your consideration. You likely won’t agree with all of my positions. They are, though, based on serious contemplation of the issues, extensive readings of related literature, and prayerful evaluation of the pertinent Scriptures. It is my prayer that, whether you agree or disagree with one or more positions, they stimulate fresh and profound thinking and intentional actions in your future thoughts and deeds regarding the corporate worship of our Savior. May this contribute to producing worship that more perfectly approaches…

Multi-Generational Worship
Blog , Ministry , Worship / November 22, 2017

John Bolin, minister of worship and arts at First Baptist Houston, talks about what he calls “multi-generational worship.” This is pretty much the same concept that Paul Clark describes in “Deference over Preference.” John elaborates on the philosophy and scriptural support for this concept. And, as gravy on the biscuit, he describes how they have put this philosophy into practice at First Baptist Houston, showing how it can work in a big way. http://worshiplife.com/2014/11/06/the-core-ten-for-multigen-why-multigenerational-worship-is-essential-for-the-church-by-john-bolin/

The Gospel is a Message, not a Style
Blog , Ministry , Worship / November 22, 2017

I’m glad to claim James Cheesman as my friend as well as fellow traveler through graduate school. Also, I’m glad to congratulate him on his recent completion of his masters degree and hiring as music minister at FBC Farmersville, TX. In the post below, James’ scholarship shows in his eloquent argument that our worship focus should not be on the style of music used but in the subject matter, namely, the gospel. I do believe he is correct! (Original posting 5/28/2015) http://jamescheesman.com/blog/2015/5/27/sing-about-the-gospel

Deference over Preference
Blog , Ministry , Worship / November 22, 2017

Paul Clark’s posting on mutual submission in a Christian worship environment has captured my fancy as a potential model of the biblical solution to the worship wars. (Original posting – 5/24/2015) https://www.renewingworshipnc.org/2014/01/22/deference-over-preference/