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!
- In Hymns & Songs — The first hymn book and hymn writers in America were from England. The hymn book which landed with the Pilgrims in 1620 was Reverend Henry Ainsworth’s version of the Book of Psalms entitled The Book of Psalms: Englished both in Prose and Metre with Annotations, published in 1612 at Amsterdam. It is considered by many [...]
- 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, [...]