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The worship band at the 42nd General Council of the United Church of Canada in Corner Brook Newfoundland – August 2015.

To make you smile

When my daughter Sarah was about 10 years old she made a coffee coaster for me as a fathers’ day school art project. The coaster was made from a CD jewel case and had some paper artwork on one side and a poem she had written on the other side. The coaster sat on my desk for a decade as a constant reminder for me. One of my colleagues noticed it one day and said to me “You should write some music for that.” I don’t know why that hadn’t occurred to me before but it hadn’t. So I wrote a melody, recorded it and created a video for it, put the DVD in the jewel case and gave it to her Christmas 2015. Here is that video.

Christian music lyrics

Interesting post on the Real Musician dot com this week. He makes the important distinction between lyrics?that reference violence or sexuality, and lyrics that promote violence or oppressive forms of sexuality. ?You can read his post here. ? But what I found most amusing was a graphic that he included […]

… what’s most difficult and awkward for pastors is the whole process of trying to explain to the band members (and the congregation in general?for that matter) why so many of the popular contemporary praise and worship songs are problematic.

  • The 6 Marks of Progressive Christian Worship Music by Bryan Sirchio

Sabbatical Project

May 21, 1738 was the date of Charles Wesley’s conversion. On that date, he opened his Bible to Psalm 40:3, “He hath put a new song in my mouth; many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord.” ?The next day he started his first hymn. ?According to […]