Category Archives: Music

Does What We Sing Matter to the Faith of the Church?

Since the 1970s we have had a raging debate about singing and music in the church. This debate has often come down to “traditional” music, or (old) hymns, versus “modern,” or popular music. The real truth is that the great … Continue reading

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Matt Maher on Christian Unity

Matt Maher is a twice Grammy-nominated Christian musician. He was a finalist for both an album and a single in 2014 and is once again a finalist in 2015. He is one of the most talented original artists that I … Continue reading

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The Seven Last Words of Christ by Franz Joseph Haydn

Readers who did not grow up in a liturgical tradition are not as likely to have experienced the seven last words of Christ in a Holy Week context. I had preached at Good Friday services but my experience Tuesday evening … Continue reading

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The Seven Last Words of Christ – The Franz Joseph Haydn Symphony

Millions of Christians around the world will hear the “Seven Last Words of Christ” over the next twenty-four to thirty-six hours. I heard them this week and understood them in a wholly different way. While I have participated in a … Continue reading

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Stanton Lanier in Concert – April 12

  ACT3 Network is pleased to present the musical artistry of Stanton Lanier in concert on Saturday, April 12. This event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free to the public. (A retiring offering will be taken for the artist.) … Continue reading

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A Solo Pianist with a Great Gift and Deep Christian Faith

I discovered concert pianist Stanton Lanier through my friend Chris Fabry on his afternoon broadcast on the Moody Broadcast Network during the Advent season. I wrote to Stanton Lanier shortly after I began to listen to his music regularly. Recently … Continue reading

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Don't Let the Suburbs Kill My Soul

My friend Jeff Gokee, executive director at partner ministry PhoenixONE, shared this You Tube song with me yesterday. It is written and performed by Christian musician Ben Rector. I had never even heard of the guy until I listened to … Continue reading

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Hymns of Thanksgiving: A Special Podcast from Beeson Divinity School

A special  Beeson Divinity School podcast on the great hymns of Thanksgiving will surely prove encouraging and inspiring to many of you. You can find it here. This podcast is a discussion between Timothy George and Paul Richardson (past president … Continue reading

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Awesome! Pop-Up Hallelujah Chorus at Macy

This incredible video, from a project called "Random Acts of Culture," so moved me that I wept at my desk this afternoon. What an incredible experience. Be prepared to be moved to your core at the power of the text … Continue reading

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The Story of Amazing Grace That You May Never Have Heard

Well-known singer Wintley Phipps, born in Trinidad and Tabago in 1955, moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, at a very early age where he later attended Kingsway College, a Seventh-day Adventist Christian Academy. Before he became a world-renowned singer he also … Continue reading

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