October 19, 2017

Worship Music: Today’s Catholic Principles

By Chaplain Mike Since the Second Vatican Council (1965-present), the Roman Catholic Church has experienced a great deal of change and development with regard to liturgical practice. Along with these changes, the Church has thought and written much about her worship, including the role of music in it. The liturgy was one of the first […]

Worship Music: A Further Discussion

By Chaplain Mike For three Saturdays now, we have posted Michael Spencer’s series on “Worship, CCM, and the Worship Music Revolution.” A foundation has been laid for further discussion. The American evangelical church has come a long way since 2002, when Michael’s articles first appeared. It is my opinion that the “revolution” is mostly over. […]

“Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem”

Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem, Blessed Lord Jesus, grant them rest, Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem, sempiternam. Blessed Lord Jesus, grant them eternal rest.

Let Me Restate That…A Rant Clarified

By Chaplain Mike Yesterday, a spirited discussion ensued regarding my “Rant as a Loser of the Worship Wars.” I think many of the comments missed the point of the post. So I thought I’d post a clarification. I hope this makes the most important aspects of what I was trying to say clear. When I […]

A Rant from a Loser in the Worship Wars

By Chaplain Mike UPDATE: I’m not sure if some of you did not read the post carefully or if I communicated poorly, but I want to clarify something. This post is NOT about music styles and what styles are better or worse. This post is ultimately about how today’s evangelical church has changed the definition […]

The Imagination of Faith

By Chaplain Mike What part does imagination play in faith? Can “truth” be communicated through legend, folk tales, poetry, and music? Many Christmas songs have little to do with describing detailed historical facts. Instead, they evoke images from nature, the Biblical narratives, and the cultures from which they arise to help us not only understand […]

Advent III: Gaudete!

By Chaplain Mike As we light the third Advent candle, we thank God for his gift of joy. This is Gaudete (Rejoicing) Sunday. In the midst of Advent’s long journey, our worship on this day calls us to lift up our eyes, focus anew on our destination, and find renewed strength and refreshment from realizing […]

My Christmas Poet

By Chaplain Mike For years now, a favorite book in my library has been an old worn copy of The Poetical Works of Christina Georgina Rossetti, published in 1904. A brief note in fountain pen ink inside the cover says that it was given as a Christmas gift in 1908, and a sticker in the […]

Luther’s First Hymn

By Chaplain Mike Today in worship we sang one of Martin Luther’s hymns, and I was impressed. So faithful to the Gospel, as one would expect. So warm in devotion, it might have come from the pen of Charles Wesley. Samuel Taylor Coleridge once wrote of Luther and his hymns: Luther did as much for […]

A Favorite Hymn: “This Is My Father’s World”

By Chaplain Mike Ever since I was a child, one of my favorite hymns has been, “This Is My Father’s World“, by Rev. Maltbie D. Babcock. I’m sure what first caught my attention was its lovely melody, which is said to have been adapted from an English folk tune by Franklin L. Sheppard. This hymn […]