October 23, 2017

A Simple, Honest Song

Over the past week or so I’ve been enjoying Iris Dement’s new album, Sing The Delta, which the Boston Globe called, “a work of rare, unvarnished grace and power.” I’ll be doing a review later this month. For tonight, enjoy this classic song by Iris Dement. It almost always brings tears to my eyes as […]

Eric Wyse: A Theology of Music in Worship

Note from CM: In days to come, I will be introducing and interviewing Eric Wyse, the author of this post. Eric is my brother-in-law, an extremely gifted musician, and currently Director of Music at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, TN. More about his journey on the Canterbury Trail later; for today he has contributed […]

Fr. Ernesto on Music in Orthodox Worship

Note from CM: Fr. Ernesto Obregon has been one of IM’s “liturgical gangstas” for a long time. He practices his faith in the Antiochan Orthodox tradition. We turn to him when we want insight into the theology and life of the Orthodox church. He blogs at OrthoCuban. * * * Orthodox worship involves the whole […]

Worship Is Not Sex

UPDATE: I’m sorry that so many of you have missed the point of this piece. I have been driving from Chicago all day and didn’t have opportunity to say this earlier, so please hear this now: this post is not primarily about the content of certain contemporary worship songs. I used the Lark News piece […]

iMonk Musical Musings (1)

Note from CM: On Saturdays in October, we’ll put together some of Michael Spencer’s thoughts about church music that he expressed over the years here at IM and present them to you for your consideration and discussion. * * * No one will be surprised to hear me say this, but we need to find […]

In Music, 50 Years Ago

Fifty years ago yesterday, a door to the future was opened. The Beatles’ song, “Love Me Do,” which became their first #1 single, was released. It ain’t church music, but no western popular music has been the same since the Beatles.  

Harold Best on Sound and Silence

Harold M. Best is emeritus professor of music and dean emeritus of the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in Wheaton, Illinois. He is past president of the National Association of Schools of Music. Best has a reputation as one of evangelical Christianity’s foremost authorities on church music. His 1993 book, Music Through the Eyes of […]

A Great Deal on Luther’s Music

You won’t find a better opportunity to acquaint yourself with the hymns and songs of Martin Luther than this. Concordia Publishing House’s set called, Martin Luther: Hymns, Ballads, Chants, Truth is available in MP3 download format at Amazon for only $5.49. This set features 39 pieces composed by Luther, interspersed with some of his spoken […]

Three Worship Songs Now in the Top 25

Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) is the primary service churches and ministries use to deal with copyright issues related to worship materials. Churches buy a license that allows them, among other things, to print and project songs in their services. They keep records of the songs they use, then send periodic reports in to CCLI […]

Church Music Philosophy and Guidelines (Roman Catholic)

During Church Music Month, we will give you a chance to look at portions of documents on the subject by various church groups and denominations. We begin with a thoughtful and thorough paper by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, published in 2007, called, “Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship.” You can […]