October 23, 2017

Advent Pic and Cantata of the Week

ADVENT I Bach Cantata BWV 36, “Soar in your joy” ♕ Auch mit gedämpften, schwachen Stimmen Wird Gottes Majestät verehrt. Denn schallet nur der Geist darbei, So ist ihm solches ein Geschrei, Das er im Himmel selber hört. Even with subdued, weak voices Gods majesty is honoured. for if only the spirit resounds, there is such […]

Miguel Ruiz: Confessions of a Former “Worship Leader”

Thanks to Jonathan Aigner for letting us re-post this from his site, Ponder Anew. Jonathan writes the best blog about worship on the web, in my opinion, and I hope you’ll check out his articles regularly. Miguel Ruiz is one of our faithful readers and participants at Internet Monk. He really hits one out of […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer (+ a bonus!): December 21, 2015

It was at school that I first discovered the beauty of music — in “Lo! How a Rose, E’er Blooming.” Seventh graders were required to take music class. We were not music enthusiasts, to say the least. There was about us all the sense of artistic compulsion, but in the cause of sheer endurance. Nothing […]

Why People Move Between Different Church Traditions – A Hypothesis

  I was wondering a few weeks back, if perhaps people’s worship style preference could be directly correlated to their personality type.  I found this article that seemed to affirm that belief.  I asked our readers to guess what my Myers-Briggs personality type was based on what they knew of my worship style preferences and the […]

Music Monday: Top Songs for Lent

One of the best resources on the web for pastors, church musicians, and worship leaders is the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. In their Resource Library, I found a page on which four church leaders listed their top ten songs for the Lenten season. You can go to the site and read more about each […]

Ash Wednesday: Psalm 51 in music

For Ash Wednesday Two renditions of Psalm 51 “Have mercy on me, O God,     according to your steadfast love . . .” • • • Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts Psalm 51:14-17 O God of mercy, hear my call, My loads of guilt remove; Break down this separating wall, That bars me from thy […]

Commentary: Worship Decisions We’ll Regret

Paul Wilkinson put it in his weekly link list and called it, “The Worship Article that’s Got Everyone Talking.”  He’s referring to a concise list of “15 Worship Decisions We’ll Regret,” by David Manner. Manner is the Associate Executive Director for the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists with responsibilities in the areas of Worship, Leadership and Administration. […]

Jonathan Aigner: But contemporary worship brings people to Jesus! Right…?

Reposted with permission from Jonathan Aigner, Ponder Anew • • • Consider this comment I received on the “Modernized Hymns” post. I have tried to avoid God my whole life. I wouldn’t know a traditional hymn from a modernized hymn. I’ve never even stepped foot into a church…until this past Sunday. The people on stage […]

Miguel Ruiz: A Response to “Annoying Things in Worship Songs”

Note from CM: Miguel is a regular reader and commenter on Internet Monk. I appreciate his personal and theological insights as one who is working in a congregational context and share his passion for worship and for the music that is such an important ingredient in our worship. Today, Miguel responds to a recent article […]

iMonk Classic: “Lo, How a Rose” – Experiencing The Power of Beauty

Note from CM: I remember reading this post as a fairly new reader to IM and feeling a strong connection to Michael and his experience. Yesterday morning, our choir sang a rendition of “Lo, How a Rose,” and my thoughts went back to the beauty of this season, the beauty of the Rose springing forth […]