I met John this month at Central Seminary in Minneapolis. He teaches in the area of Old Testament and Semitic Languages. That background prepares his thinking to enter this controversial area of the CCM musical debate. He answers the most recent defenses of CCM in a detailed way that is greatly appreciated. For example, John gives a fuller and more complete answer to the proposition that Christian music was borrowed from secular writers (especially Luther and Wesley) in the same way it is being done today. Read this before you close your mind!
- Worship and Culture — In the twenty years that I have been writing Aletheia articles, perhaps nothing has been written about more than worship and culture. Worship has become the description of how we “do church,” and culture has become what we are, not what we should strive to become. Ravi Zacharias wrote, “Culture has become like a dress [...]
- Music and Worship — By Don Shrader Regarding music and worship in the church today, there is much controversy surrounding “contemporary” versus “traditional” music in our services. Some want to know what is meant by the use of the word “contemporary.” Does it mean the use of rock music or is it simply the use of praise choruses or [...]
- Jesus in the Midst — We often talk about Jesus being the center of our lives but we are not always so consistent in showing it. John was on the Isle of Patmos for the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ when Jesus appeared to him standing in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks (Rev. 1:12-13). [...]
- Preaching and Singing the Gospel — I just read an online article by a young man (by his own description) who went out of his way to criticize most gospel preaching and singing for the last two or three hundred years. He believes that once preaching and singing left the Puritan and/or Reformation tradition, it was down hill from there. Interestingly, [...]
- Let Us Draw Near: Our Act Of Worship — And having an high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water (Heb 10:21-22). It took Sir Robert Anderson, Scotland Yard chief detective, to shed the following light on [...]