You can't hum segregation. Music is supposed to transcend boundaries: it is supposed to bleach colors so that we are all resonating together in a single harmonized tune before God.
Many theological truths are easier passed on through public prayers than sermons. Prayers, if prayed with thought, humility and Scriptural acumen, have a better chance of making an impact than other pedagogical means.
When you watch those in a descending roller coaster screaming off the top of their heads, it's easy to snicker and sneer, "O ye of little faith." But it's quite another story if you are one of those on the roller coaster.
Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus," an Uganda medley and a Western Gospel tune, all on one record. In the hands of a lesser singer, such a repertoire of songs sounds fragmentarily bizarre.
Sin's destructive power is like a moth in a closet full of clothes. Like sin, cloth moths do not like light and they are so secretive that you would not even notice them sneaking into your closet.
The titular "Patterns" needs to be read with a wink. Cloverton's debut full length album is anything but patterned after a single stencil. While many worship albums often slip into the post grunge rock or stadium pop autopilot mode, these 13 tracks are far from predictable.
Two evangelists stood at the fork of the road. One was more articulate, one was more subtle, one was drawing a larger crowd and one was seeing more conversions than the other.
Some family names such as Toyota, Mars, Disney and Herschel are used interchangeably with the products and services they have been associated with.
The Exchange, a four men band, has already has had a niche following in the Pacific Northwest since their inception in 2010.
Wasn't it St. Augustine who said that he who sings prays twice? In times when we feel the weight of the world on our shoulders; when the sound of fear hustles with our every passing thought; when worry has become our conversational partner in the wee hours of the morning, nothing cheers the heart more than to sing a worshipful song. Singing to God through a well-articulated Scripturally-informed song lends to us words we cannot express when we are overwhelmed by discouragements. But what are some of the best songs we can turn to when our hearts are broken? So, here are 10 of my favorite songs I personally turn to whenever I am discouraged. With the large plethora of songs being released each week, I have tried to restrict my canon to newer songs released within the last couple of years. So here goes....
There's never a shortage of spark or invention when it comes to the Harper Family's latest "Through It All." For a trio of reasons, this family group has a way of taking us out of our comfort zones challenge our preconceptions and deconstruct our prejudices.
God almost never phones in for an appointment. He rarely RSVP. He never punches in his time card. He is often late when we want Him the most. But He is always on time.
There is no auto-correct on God's iPhone. He doesn't need the "delete" key on His PC. This is because in every task, be it ruling the universe or the next phase in your career, God has a laser-sharp perspicuity on how His would execute His plans.
There is something worse than being physical blind. And that is a person who may have a 20/20 vision but who does not have a vision to serve God.
Laurie Harris’ “Back to the Mountains” has a vintage sound to it. Save for two originals, Harris revisits some of America’s best loved spiritual folk anthems that have had played a definitive role in the shaping our religious, social and cultural heritage.
Remember those 3D stereogram images that used to be very popular in the 90s? On a cursory glance they are a messy array of colors splashed across a cardboard.
Weighty people can't sing. Sometimes we have fed ourselves on a diet so high with the calories of ourselves and our own talents that we no longer have room to stomach God.
There are some things we hold dear to our hearts. They may appear like junk to others but they are priceless to us. A rusted ladle that still has the taste of grandma's chicken soup of which we can still savor in our minds.
Almost a decade ago, Matt Redman in his song "Dancing Generation" prophesied that God is in the process of raising a dancing generation.
Though preludes are a musical construct that came out of the Renaissance, they still brim with meaning for Marthe De La Torre's band new album. First, historically a prelude often serves as an introductory musical piece to a larger and often more complex work.
"We Won't Waver" certainly is tagged with a rewarding prize for those who are willing to invest their time to listen to it. Price sings like Elijah of the New Millennium; his unflinching trust in God is nonpareil.
If album titles are statements about God's claim on the lives of the artist, the monikers of Steven Curtis Chapman's portfolio detail a man who has fearlessly abandon his life to God.
Wickham embarks on an unforgettable pilgrimage with his latest record "The Ascension." Just as his 2007's "Cannons" was a concept album inspired by C. S. Lewis' "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Some artists spend the most time trying to lasso the latest trends. As a result they become indistinguishable from the next burgeoning artist out there.
If you sing about the Cross of Jesus Christ, you will not lack an audience. God has placed inside of each of us a cross-shaped heart we will never be at rest until we know the Crucified Savior.
The ocean is simultaneously both a place of love and hate. By its shores is where lovers have farmed the bidding seeds of their romance. It is by the gentle crashes of its amorous sounding waves, romance first joggle its head.
Of all the hundreds of worship albums released each year, Matt Redman's usually tops the list of many fans and critics alike.
We should never take it for granted when young people jump up and down singing the praises of King Jesus. For nearly a thousand years, save for the canonical singers of the church, no one was permitted to sing in church.
"Live" albums are an advertising misnomer these days. Some live records are so manicured with overdubs that they are merely another over-produced studio album with the clapping of the audience tagged.
Citing Crystal Lewis as one of her inspirations, Maclean has said that she owns and has listened to every Lewis' record. And it shows; Maclean's expressive and supple alto has the same soulful gravitas as that of her heroine.
"Flying" has wings that are going to take Darin and Brooke Aldridge to virgin territories only dreamt of by their peers.
Leading man of Gospel music Earnest Pugh has much to essay about with regards to Christ's leadership on his new record "The W.I.N. (Worship in Nassau) Experience."
One of the most rudimentary lessons we learn when we start driving is the danger of blind spots. Such an innocuous oversight can be the cause of countless traffic hazards resulting in some of the parlous accidents and deaths.
We are made for something greater than ourselves. This is why teenagers often feel the urge to lock themselves up in the garage max out the amps and pretend they are bigger than the Linkin Parks or the Black Eyed Peas out there.
Never designate Sara Groves as a mere coffee house singer who is pleasant enough to listen to but easily forgettable.
Sandi Patty has often been known as "the Voice" for good reason.
The Browns' "Love Loud" is more than a monochromatic record. Rather, with brush strokes of variegated emotions, tempos and themes, this family group has painted a colourful sonic vignette.
When Darrell Evans sings, "You could never be praised enough/For who you are and your great love" he really means it. Evans has been singing the Lord's praises since he was a teenager in Olympia, WA.
"This is Life" is going to be the final album by Chris Sligh. Sligh first rose to attention on a(n) (inter)national level via his appearance on the sixth season of American Idol.
Unlike many other artists, Steve Ladd is not claustrophobic. There are some artists who are so vocally challenged that they hide their wispy and octave-restrained vocals
Newsboys "Restart" functions like a matrysoshka doll or better known as a Russian doll.
If music is likened to food, Keith and Kirstyn’s is filet mignon. Over the years the Gettys have charter outside the cloister of the customary din of today’s Christian music.
Anyone who has lived long enough will either be bereaved or be the cause of bereavement.
Often Gospel music has been painted with the predictable brushstrokes of traditional choral shout outs or a Christianized whisk of the kind of Hip Hop Beyonce, Ciara and Kelly Rowland are wiggling to.
To borrow a phrase from Gordon Mote himself, when it comes to "All Things New" there are major attractions and there is also the main event.