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

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Liturgy, Music, Personal, Prayer, Protestantism, Renewal, Spirituality19 Comments

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 influence on church music has been a combination of the charismatic influence, much of which is good in directing our … Read More

Matt Maher on Christian Unity

John ArmstrongACT 3, Missional-Ecumenism, Music, My Christian Unity Story, Personal, Roman Catholicism, The Church, Unity of the Church18 Comments

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 have had the privilege of knowing as a Christian friend. Matt is a life-long devout Catholic and a deep friend … Read More

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

John ArmstrongChrist/Christology, Death, Music, Personal5 Comments

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 number of contexts in which these words of Christ have been read, sung and even preached, this week I experienced … Read More

Stanton Lanier in Concert – April 12

John ArmstrongACT 3, Music, Personal3 Comments

  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.) This concert will be hosted by Windsor Park Manor in Carol Stream, Illinois. If you are not a resident of … Read More

A Solo Pianist with a Great Gift and Deep Christian Faith

John ArmstrongFriendship, Music, Personal3 Comments

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 we met by telephone and spoke about our faith, personal journey and ministries. I hope and pray that our paths … Read More

Don't Let the Suburbs Kill My Soul

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, Culture, Current Affairs, Missional Church, Music, Personal, Social Networking, The Church, Wealth

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 this song. The plaintive and prayerful plea is to “not let the suburbs kill my soul.” I have done a … Read More

Hymns of Thanksgiving: A Special Podcast from Beeson Divinity School

John ArmstrongChurch History, Music

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 of the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada), and includes choral recordings of the hymns that are included … Read More

Awesome! Pop-Up Hallelujah Chorus at Macy

John ArmstrongCulture, Music

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 of Scripture in the lives of people through a cultural form that can still exercise great influence. When you click … Read More

The Story of Amazing Grace That You May Never Have Heard

John ArmstrongChurch History, Music, Personal

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 attended Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, where he received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Theology. I have a particular … Read More