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Music from African-American Traditions for Use in Any Congregation
One of the remarkable stories about music that has emerged out of African-American communities is its reception in communities of diverse cultural backgrounds all over the world.
Audio | February 15, 2017
Christiane Bräutigam on Why Bach Still Matters
Christiane Bräutigam leads music in a church founded in 1702 by refugees in a city famous for its Bach heritage. She explains why J.S. Bach’s music and example are relevant for churches today.
Conversation | February 02, 2017
Learning New Worship Songs through YouTube
YouTube makes it easier to learn worship music, but it could also lead to cookie-cutter worship and unreasonable expectations for musicians.
Article | January 10, 2017
Kiran Young Wimberly on the Celtic Psalms Project
When she moved to Northern Ireland, Kiran Young Wimberly was surprised to discover how few Presbyterians there knew the Irish and Scottish melodies she’d grown to love in the U.S. Her Celtic Psalms project is helping Protestants and Catholics reconnect with their shared heritage.
Conversation | December 01, 2016
Irish Presbyterians on Singing Celtic Psalms
Kiran Young Wimberly and Karen Campbell are musically gifted Presbyterian pastors who have seen how singing Celtic psalms helps bridge communities in troubled places.
Conversation | November 29, 2016
Lily Constantine Kakish on the Arabic Lord’s Prayer Song
Lily Constantine Kakish created the Arabic Lord’s Prayer song that nearly every Arab Christian knows. Now an English language version is helping more people pray with, and on behalf of, suffering Christians.
Conversation | November 07, 2016
Tony Alonso on Liturgical Music as Communal Confession
Tony Alonso notices gaps between what we sing in worship and how we live, including how we choose bilingual songs.
Conversation | October 31, 2016
When Music Helps Us Hear the Bible
Sometimes the Bible rejoices when joined by song and sound! In this workshop, we experience a variety of simple ways music can help us receive the scripture in worship with our heads and our hearts.
Audio | March 17, 2016
Monique Ingalls on Why Scholars Can Stop Worship Wars
So many worship conversations go awry because people and congregations don’t know how to talk about what they do or value in worship. Both Christian and non-Christian scholars can help.
Conversation | December 15, 2015
Charsie Randolph Sawyer on Healthy Gospel Singing
Having a good voice isn’t enough to sing gospel music well and lead people into worship. This ministry requires health in body, mind and spirit.
Conversation | September 03, 2015
Larry Visser on Wedding Music
Here is guidance on what to consider when choosing wedding music for the prelude, procession, ceremony, recession and postlude.
Conversation | June 16, 2015
African American Worship Treasures
Six church musicians and scholars explain why treasures and challenges in African American worship traditions apply to churches in any cultural context.
Feature Story | April 21, 2015
Becoming Instruments of God: Singing and Worship
How can we, as musicians and lay and ordained ministers, cultivate our bodies as active instruments of God?
Audio | February 23, 2015
Music in Culture, Music in Worship: Different Roles and Goals
Someone on social media recently sent out a photo of two young boys lost in worship. This photo reminded me of John Calvin’s famous words, “My heart I offer to you Lord, promptly and sincerely.”
Article | December 18, 2014
Graham Kendrick on Leading Worship
You’ve probably sung his “Shine, Jesus, Shine” and “Knowing You.” But his worship leading has changed since he wrote those songs.
Conversation | December 02, 2014
The Blessing and Bane of the North American Evangelical Megachurch
The music of the megachurch is both a bane and a blessing. The key task is discerning which of its dimensions fall in each category.
Article | November 20, 2014
Miranda Dodson on Worship Music
Maybe you heard her song “Try Again” on the TV drama Parenthood or NPR’s Morning Edition.
Conversation | November 19, 2014
Music in the Church
We say we are one church but when it comes to deciding what to sing many different and sometimes competing voices are heard. How did we get so many different worship music styles? Is one better than another? Do we need to choose just one? Understanding the roots and impulses of different streams of music helps us navigate them better in the context of worship ministry. During this session we will take a quick tour of the history of music in the church stopping to sing along the way.
Audio | March 04, 2014
Music Style in a Diverse Church
This workshop will explore how we can move beyond the usual church labels by engaging with broader musical traditions to create worship that is both rich in content and diverse in appeal.
Audio | February 17, 2014