The Indie Synth Worship of South of Royal – Christian Article

I love hymns accompanied by booming pipe organs in cavernous cathedrals. I also love hymns accompanied by synthesizers and drum machines in warehouse-style evangelical megachurches. Both can be beautiful ways to worship our great God, and I think more churches should make room for both styles (and everything in between). South of Royal is a church-based worship band that demonstrates the “synthesizers and drum machines” style of hymnody. Called everything from synth pop rock to indie synth worship, the band…

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Lessons & Carols | Skillful Shepherds – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Every year, our church has a special Sunday service in December called “Lessons and Carols.” Ever wondered why we have this in our church calendar or what is the meaning behind the service? In 1880, Edward Benson, at that time Bishop of Truro in Cornwall but later Archbishop of Canterbury, created, formalised and performed the service of carols with Nine Lessons. The service took place at 10pm on Christmas Eve in a large wooden…

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Fear Can Cause Us to Worship Safety – Christian Article

When fear shapes our lives, safety becomes our god.  We worship the risk-free life.  The fear-filled cannot love deeply because love is risky.  They cannot give to the poor because benevolence has no guarantee of return.  The fear-filled cannot dream wildly.  What if their dreams fail? No wonder Jesus wages such a war against fear.  In Matthew 8:26, “Jesus got up and gave a command to the wind and the waves, and it became completely calm.”  The sea becomes as…

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Every Seed must Die – THE PROMISE IS HOPE

“It’s the dark night of the soul / Never slept in a bed so cold / Can you hear me crying out / I’m aching and so alone” The opening lines of Every Seed Must Die are oceans away from what one might expect on a Christian album. The way it is sung is even further away: plainly, almost withdrawn. The kind of tone that rises from the ashes of seasons of pain, suffering, and loss. It’s a sound that is nearly…

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Wednesday Connect | Thinking Out Loud

So here’s a question for you: Why do the authors so intent on helping me solve my financial problems only publish their books in hardcover? Just a reminder that this blog uses cookies to keep the writer awake after 11:00 PM. Here’s your week’s worth of items culled from a variety of sources. ♦ An old format meets today’s technology in a Bible commentary in pictures: “The Visual Commentary on Scripture (VCS) [is] a freely accessible online publication that provides…

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The Church Today Viewed Through the Lens of Tomorrow

The Church Today Viewed Through the Lens of Tomorrow I have strongly come to believe that if Jesus Christ’s second coming does not otherwise interrupt the trajectory of Evangelicalism in North America, Australia/New Zealand and Western Europe, that something like the following will be written about us in the not-so-distant future: They allowed music to be an all-important feature of their gatherings to the point where it became a dominant factor in shaping their view of God and His ways and…

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