Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 6
Jan15

Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 6

The Maker of Stories: Here, the author transitions from exposition (the discussion about the person and work of Jesus) to exhortation (the commands to endure). He compares the faithfulness of Moses with that of Jesus. In the ancient Jewish culture, Moses epitomized what it means to be a faithful servant of God. Yet Christ was more faithful than Moses, being faithful as a son. Therefore, Jesus is worthy of more glory than Moses. While...

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Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 5
Jan08

Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 5

Ex Paradiso Despite Jesus’ supremacy, he temporarily humbled himself, becoming positionally lower than the angels by taking on human form. In doing so, Jesus became like us “in every respect” (2:17), demonstrating a solidarity and unity with mankind. The text even says that Jesus is not ashamed to call us brothers! Wow! Shameful sinners such as us proudly welcomed into the family of God. The incarnation of Christ (Jesus becoming a...

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Freebie # 86-Dave Yauk: Environment Shapes Expectation
Jan06
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Freebie # 77-Dave Yauk: A Guide to Singing and Living
Nov04
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Freebie # 70-Isaac Wardell: Getting To Know Your People
Sep16
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Freebie #68-Dr. Ken Steorts: Nirvana Cycle
Sep02
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Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 5
Jul24

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 5

TONE IN SINGING Recently, I found myself philosophizing with friends over the state of singing in the church[jm1] . We talked about how the church has grown too “happy;” wherein we pop songs like worship pills and it seems to stink of inauthentic denial.  Jesus, in his perfect, fully God, fully man state, here on earth, experienced the full tones of human emotion. He wept, he laughed and he got angry and tired[jm2], etc. He...

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Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 4
Jul17

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 4

TEXT IN SINGING | Pt. 2 Continuing from Day 3, one more thing emerges for our consideration in our songs. If we think back to the words of Colossians 3:16, our singing is actually supposed to “teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, through singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.” Dave Yauk in The Tempo of Discipleship: The Rudiments and Rhythms to Shaping Followers of Christ helps us devise some quick learning...

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Freebie #61-Aaron Niequest: Moving Beyond 4 Pop Songs
Jul15
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Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 3
Jul10

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 3

TEXT IN SINGING  I hope we can all agree that songs are as important as the sermons from our teachers in telling the total story line of God. Our songs are important in total scope in how they develop a broader mentality, but this also does not negate the fact that songs are also important in textual specifics.  Those who write lyrics, or share them with others, are responsible for the words they put...

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Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 2
Jul03

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 2

TOTAL SINGING  One of my Professors in college once said that most Christians are struggling deeply with their faith because they believe in a “canon within a Canon.” He shared this when talking about the 66-book Canon (or standard) of Scripture. What he meant is that most people cherry-pick verses from the Scriptures in whatever manner they like, and assemble the truths (apart from their context) into beautiful worldview bokeh...

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Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 1
Jun26

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 1

Day 1 | FOR THE MIND, THE BODY & THE SOUL Songs are important to us! They not only have the power to equip us for a good car ride, but the world is making every effort to perpetually define the style, the songs and the artists that are appropriate for the training of the human mind, body and soul. We must realize that God created singing, and thus as its grand architect, he knows completely its purpose and appropriate...

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Freebie #54-Jeremy Mayfield: The Psalms are Different Than the iPhone
May27
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Freebie #53-Jeremy Mayfield & Dave Yauk: The Liturgy Project
May20
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Freebie #52-Jeremy Mayfield & Dave Yauk: “Shine On Us”
May13
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Freebie #40-Aaron Keyes: Truth In Creativity
Feb18
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