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Wendell Kimbrough on Singing Creation Psalms
A regular discipline of writing psalm refrains helped one musician notice psalms in which creation and God’s people call each other to worship the Creator.
Conversation | February 21, 2017
Wendell Kimbrough on the Psalms
Wendell Kimbrough is a songwriter and worship leader in southern Alabama who believes church music should simply be good music that forms us as we sing it together. Drawing on the sounds of American folk and soul music, Wendell writes scripturally-rich songs with singable, memorable melodies. His music has been embraced by a growing number of churches, young and old, large groups and small, contemporary praise bands and traditional choirs.
Conversation | Video | December 08, 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
Songwriting from the Inside - Saturday
Every week congregations sing songs old and new, but rarely think about where they come from.
Video | February 26, 2015
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
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
Why People Still Love Hymnals
If you worship in a church where the music reflects the CCLI Top 25, then you may be surprised to hear that many Christians still love singing and praying from hymnals.
Slideshow | May 30, 2012
Using Re-tuned Hymns in Worship
Mike Cosper and Kevin Twit discuss using old hymn texts set to new music and how to nurture a “hymn movement,” including such issues as finding texts, songwriting, copyright issues, as well as working with artists, and recording and distributing music.
Audio | January 27, 2012
Songwriters Tell Their Stories: Kids in costume introduce a service of songs
Several well-known hymn writers “reappeared” recently for one hour in Bloomington, Minnesota. They were our guests at a hymn festival that was planned to build appreciation for the hymnody of the church among our children—and adults.
Article | November 19, 2010
What the Psalms Have to Teach Us about Song Writing
Psalms allow us to express a whole range of emotions in powerful ways and at the same time, they tell us a lot about God. This workshop will examine how worship song writers can learn from the psalms as they work on their own craft.
Audio | January 01, 2009
Contemporary Worship Music Matures
Theologically serious song writers are acknowledging Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in contemporary songs that unite head and heart. A feature story exploring how contemporary music is maturing theologically.
Feature Story | June 10, 2005
A Potpourri of Tips on Writing and Choosing Songs for Worship
Can the world still use new worship songs? Yes. Does their worth depend on how much they sound like other songs or how many people hear and sing them? No.
Feature Story | June 10, 2005
Fourteen Tips to Consider Before You Try Writing a Hymn Text
In his lectures and seminars on hymn writing, Carl P. Daw, Jr., executive director of The Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada, offers these tips for beginners.
Feature Story | April 30, 2005