This is the second book I’ve read by Kimberly Smith on music. This is forwarded by Frank Garlock and is very much in the mode in which he writes. I don’t necessarily disagree with these kinds of conclusions. However, I am a layman in the technical side of music and can’t say whether all the conclusions are completely sound or not. My disagreement with modern music is in the area of worldliness, so Smith’s (and many other music books on my shelf) conclusions coincide with mine, but from a different angle. If you have never read anything from this perspective, you ought to. She writes, “Much of Christian music today is replete with conflicting messages between the lyrics and the music itself. Our mouths may be praising the Lord and declaring His holiness, but the message conveyed through immoral music techniques far outweighs the message of the lyrics, and we see it manifested in how people react to the music.” Anyone who has shopped in a store with annoying music knows this is true, at least to some degree.
Natural DisastersAugust 31, 2017
A number of interesting natural and unnatural things have happened in the last few days. We have seen an amazing solar eclipse which happens only a couple times in most people’s life time. Some people go too far on one side making such an eclipse a biblical sign from God, and others go too far […]
Human Nature, America, and the ChurchApril 29, 2017
America and, therefore, the Christian church are experiencing an upheaval unique to the present age but unlike any phenomenon in recent history. Cultural watchers have described it as post-Christian, post-modern, post-morality, slouching toward Gomorrah, God is dead, and also with Biblical terminology such as the great apostasy, the one-world church, the harlot of Revelation, etc. […]
Corrupting Good MannersApril 1, 2016
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 1 Corinthians 15:33 I have written at least three previous times about manners1 as many have done who grew up in the turbulent ‘60s when the civilities of society were turned on their head. It was John Silber, past President of Boston University, who […]