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Stephen Carrell on church music ministry today

The Southwestern Seminary School of Church Music was recently blessed to have Stephen T. Carrell, Associate Pastor of Worship and Music at Park Cities Baptist Church, make a presentation to its Doctoral Colloquium on November 28, 2012. The presentation was one that Rev. Carrell had previously made to the Texas Choral Directors Association, where his words were met with much

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Reconstructing Early Christian Worship, by Paul F. Bradshaw

Reconstructing Early Christian Worship, by Paul F. Bradshaw. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2010. 151 pp. $19.95. Those who seek to look into the early Christian period’s worship in detail would do well to consult Paul Bradshaw’s book Reconstructing Early Christian Worship. Bradshaw, Professor of Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame and priest-vicar of Westminster Abbey, writes this book as

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Refrains: Now

Chuck King follows up on his previous post about the adding of new refrains to previously existing hymns; this time, he discusses the modern “hymn revival” trend and his views on the subject. I actually have a greater problem with this practice, in its current form. And that is that without any significant improvement to the original, adding material to standard

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Refrains: Then

Chuck King briefly discusses refrains that were tacked onto existing hymns in the 19th century, covering one example, “At the Cross,” in detail. This happened a lot in the 19th century, especially (or, specifically?) in the context of revivalist meetings. Songwriters sometimes began with the texts of existing hymns, and added a chorus (refrain). As we will see in the

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How to Read a Psalm

In How to Read a Psalm, Bob McCabe describes the psalmic three-fold structure and how it helps us better understand a psalm’s message. When I have preached on a psalm in a church, some people have mentioned to me that they were familiar with a verse from the psalm but they had not thought about the passage’s overall message. I

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The Regulative Principle of Worship: Explained and Applied | Daniel F. N. Ritchie

Daniel F.N. Ritchie. The Regulative Principle of Worship: Explained and Applied. U.S.A.: Xulon Press, 2007. 351 pp. $20.99. Daniel Ritchie’s book The Regulative Principle of Worship: Explained and Applied is an attempt to introduce readers to what the Regulative Principle is, why it is important, and how it is applied to various key aspects of Christian worship. Ritchie is a

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Timothy Hammonds: An Open Letter to Praise Bands

Timothy Hammonds’ comments and thoughts on an open letter to praise bands by James K.A. Smith.

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The Theologian of the Cross

Carl Trueman provides a brief but relevant look at Martin Luther’s “theologian of the cross,” what that means, and its importance today. At this Reformation season, we should not reduce the insights of Luther simply to justification by grace through faith. In fact, this insight is itself inseparable from the notion of that of the theologians of the cross. Sad to

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