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Archive for August, 2007
What a provocative and liberating concept! For those than have become sensitive by the Lord’s work in their hearts, it is often easy to identify sin, but the struggle can seem much more than we can bear. Sin seems to still dominate our lives. Yet, Paul tells us in Romans that the reality is quite the opposite:
We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin.
(Romans 6:6-7 ESV)
One recent trend within evangelical churches today is the trend toward Biblical counseling and away from pop psychology. This has caused some conflict between churches and seminaries since psychology has become so broadly accepted. Regardless of our personal beliefs or background that we bring to the question, it is always beneficial to do our homework. There are misconceptions of each that we should clarify before coming to our conclusions. The links below are provided simply as a starting point.
edit: Here is a third organization, the Society for Christian Psychology that was suggested in comments. It seems to promote a psychology informed by the Bible and Christian tradition, calling it a “more valid psychology”. Thanks Keith for the link!
Currently, YouTube is used predominantly as a medium for interesting but trivial video clips. But, every now and then there are some pearls that are worth the search. And there is a greater opportunity for evangelism there than for clone sites such as GodTube, since very few unbelievers will stumble upon a video there. So, let us be diligent in proclaiming the Word, but loving and kind in our responses and comments.
We’ve heard the jokes before. Some people say that Christian music is poorly written and the artists are poor musicians. This is even true for some. But, it wasn’t always that way. There was a time when the very best musicians composed music for the Lord, and I’m getting a new appreciation for old and modern hymns.
Pulpit Magazine, a weblog of John MacArthur and friends which seeks to post print-quality articles at blog speeds, has a very insightful article on contemporary church music. I’ve heard quite a few arguments mainly about instruments and style; this article doesn’t focuses on lyrics. And until this article I could never succinctly explain the trend over the years, nor explain the danger of the shift away from solid theological foundations to the modern church love songs.
Click here to check it out.
Around the start of the twentieth century, however, church music took a different direction. Musicians and singers without formal pastoral or theological training (such as Ira Sankey and Philip Bliss) became the dominant songwriters in the church. Choruses with lighter, simpler subject matter proliferated. Popular Christian music became more subjective. Songs focused on personal experience and the feelings of the worshiper. The newer compositions were often called “gospel songs” to distinguish them from “hymns.”