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The radical side of Jesus is downplayed in a US church culture that values order and authority and resists challenges to the status quo. For a reminder, look to the music of Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. […] Read More

Some suggest we should not sing worship songs that elicit strong emotions because it can lead people astray, but we deceive ourselves if we think we can divorce musical meaning from musical feeling. Each contributes to the other. […] Read More

Advent and Christmastide can help persons rekindle a sense of worth, but consumerism distracts us from deeper contemplation of God’s great love for humanity. These suggestions can rekindle that sense of worth in you and others. […] Read More

Secular Christmas songs are about the nostalgia for a simpler time. Religious carols tell us God was manifest in a humble home. Christmas music of all kinds connects us to the places that were ‘home’ no matter where we are now. […] Read More

Advent is about waiting for the world to change. Many of us, however, wait for the wrong things. We should be waiting – and working – for an end to poverty, for the oppressed to be set free, for an end to isolation and loneliness. […] Read More

We often overstate the importance of theological content in the lyrics of musical worship. Whether at a concert or in a worship service, music provides a way for people to form communities. We find value in singing with others. […] Read More

A richer Christian ethic offers the opportunity for growth and transformation, routinely questioning the status quo of understanding and providing a chance to gain a deeper comprehension of God. Now that’s something to sing about! […] Read More

Because music is an indispensable and powerful part of our worship, some believe we should regulate and check it for orthodoxy and theological coherence. We need to be sure we’re singing the right things. Well, not so fast. […] Read More

Our walk with Jesus should lead us beyond satisfaction with personal peace and on a quest to bring greater peace to others. I was reminded of that truth by two classic country singers – George Jones and Merle Haggard. […] Read More

After 76 years of beautifully and powerfully singing her gospel to the world, Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul” and daughter of a Baptist minister, joined the celestial choir. […] Read More