Embracing Participation and Excellence in Songs for Congregations
O Soul Why Now So Weary - Lyric Video
I’m still conflicted today. I like good music. And I’m not content to settle on some subjective definition on what that means. Music is an art form and, because I’m a Christian, I want to affirm there are real ways we can discuss the quality and excellence of a song. There is such a thing as God-glorifying beauty and truth, which can be present to a greater or lesser extent.
The Physical Constraints on Congregational Songs
"God's truth speaks into every single human emotion. After all, he invented them all.
So I set out to find specific parts of God's word where he speaks into these emotions."
A Song For Advent: Writing ‘The One True Light’
Congregational singing is a physical activity, this is an inescapable truth which has practical consequences. It impacts the songs you write and choose. It impacts how many songs you sing at a Gathering. It impacts the progression of songs you might sing at a Gathering.
Why I Wrote ‘We Believe’
For this song, the words preceded the music. I spent a whole day in October curled up next to a heater, digging into John 1 and Tim's illuminating prose. As I read, I noted down things that really struck me. When I'd finished the book I had a few pages bursting with jaw-dropping truths about Jesus being born as a human. It was these that became the song “The One True Light”.
Dust to Life - Introduction
Biblical Christianity is not merely a religious experience. It is the belief in historical events and their objective significance for believers. We believe in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
One of the highlights of our sung worship have been when the songs have emerged from our own story as a people formed decisively in the past, living joyfully in the present and longing eagerly for the future.