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  • Selena Gomez Performs Heartfelt Song to God at Hillsong United Christian Concert

    02/29/2016 5:52:37 PM PST · by drewh · 20 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | February 29, 2016 | 12:44 PM EST | By Katie Yoder |
    n the face of a culture that constantly mocks Christianity, singer Selena Gomez says that a relationship with God is “greater than anything.” On Thursday night, the 23-year-old star performed her new song “Nobody” during a surprise appearance at a Los Angeles concert with Hillsong Church’s Young & Free praise and worship band. "Tonight is more than a concert, it's more than Hillsong, it's more than me coming on stage and singing a song for you," she said onstage. "It's about a relationship that is greater than anything, guaranteed." In other words, a relationship with God. “I wrote this song...
  • Passion's 'Even So Come' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard

    12/13/2015 6:32:41 PM PST · by af_vet_1981 · 3 replies
    Breathecast ^ | Mar 26, 2015 | Justin Sarachik
    Passion's newest release has brought widespread excitement and noteworthy sales as Passion: Even So Come debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Christian Albums Chart and No. 11 on Billboard's Top Albums Chart, along with landing in the top 20 on two additional Billboard Charts.
  • 8 Bands You Didn’t Realize Were Christian

    10/16/2015 7:31:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 110 replies
    BeliefNet ^ | 10/15/2015
    These eight bands may not have the Christian Rock label but biblical themes and their Christian faith are at the root of much of their music. 1. Lenny Kravitz American rock singer-songwriter, Lenny Kravitz is a devout Christian and his spirituality transcends not only in the spiritual themes of his music but also in his personal life – he committed to remain celibate for years and has a cross tattoo on his back as a reminder of his faith. Did you know Kravitz’s song “Are You Gonna Go My Way?” is about Jesus? 2. U2 From the Bono led Irish...
  • Beautiful Christian music link for new traditional God honoring music

    08/30/2015 2:23:51 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 45 replies
    sound cloud ^ | 08/30/15 | UNTO THE CHIEF MUSICIAN
    Friends, this is some of the best modern Christ honoring music you will hear.
  • Jeb Bush tells Telemundo he likes Christian music — and Pitbull

    08/02/2015 8:15:28 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    Valley Central ^ | 8/1/15 | AP
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says he's not worried about running against Donald Trump for the nomination or the fact that the billionaire businessman is in first place in several national polls. -snip- Bush also says he's recently become a fan of bilingual rap star Pitbull, although he also likes Christian music. Bush speaks Spanish fluently and speaks the language at home with his Mexican wife, Columba. The interview airs Sunday at noon Eastern time.
  • One Key Reason Churches Do Not Exceed 350 in Attendance

    04/04/2015 6:10:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/04/2015 | BY THOM S. RAINER
    Nine out of ten.That's a lot.Nine out of ten churches in America have an average worship attendance of less than 350. And that percentage has not changed significantly for many years. Yet the unchurched pool of persons is increasing in most communities. There are people yet to be reached.But most churches will never exceed 350 in attendance. Why? A Few CaveatsAllow me to preface my analysis. First, big is not necessarily better. A church with more people in attendance is not necessarily more faithful than a smaller church. Second, some churches are in very sparsely populated areas. There may not...
  • MUSIC FOR GETTING READY FOR CHURCH

    03/15/2015 5:31:39 AM PDT · by knarf · 7 replies
    The Holy Spirit ^ | Marchn 15, 2015 | knarf
    Background while you get ready for church
  • Newsboys Co-Founder: I'm Now an Atheist, Richard Dawkins' Had an Influence

    01/30/2015 7:20:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/30/2015 | Samuel Smith
    The co-founder and former guitarist of the popular world-famous Christian rock band the Newsboys has officially renounced his Christian faith and is calling members of the current version of the band hypocrites. George Perdikis, who founded the chart-topping Christian band in 1985 with his friend Peter Furler, wrote an op-ed on Wednesday published by the website Patheos explaining how he transformed from a guitarist in one of the most popular Christian rock bands of all-time to a cosmology-enthused atheist. "I always felt uncomfortable with the strict rules imposed by Christianity. All I wanted to do was play rock and roll,"...
  • Good Sunday Morning

    01/25/2015 4:43:38 AM PST · by knarf · 4 replies
    various authors ^ | January 25, 2015 | knarf various
    Background for getting ready for church
  • We Will Stand [online concert on January 21, 2015; support persecuted Christians in Iraq, etc.]

    01/21/2015 11:50:10 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    "Glorifying God with One Voice and One Mind." - Romans 15:6 HCSB CCM United, One Message. Many Voices. Contemporary Christian Music has impacted millions of listeners around the world for the last forty years. In the process, artists like Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Sandi Patty, The Imperials, Newsboys, Petra, 4Him, Point of Grace, Carman and countless others have become household names.Their albums and songs define a new era of music we now call CCM. But that era actually began with another group of artists including Love Song, Larry Norman, Andrae Crouch, Keith Green, and Evie...
  • Remembering Andrae Crouch, Dead at 72

    01/08/2015 6:56:21 PM PST · by xzins · 24 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | January 8, 2015 | Robert Darden
    In 1972, I saw—for the first time—Andrae Crouch and the Disciples performing “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” “Soon and Very Soon,” “My Tribute,” “Through It All,” and “Bless His Holy Name.” I was both mesmerized and a little frightened. That’s his music on the soundtrack to The Color Purple (where he earned an Oscar), the Broadway musical The Lion King, and the pop songs “Man in the Middle” and “Like a Prayer.” Not surprisingly, great swathes of the religious audience voiced their displeasure. How dare he combined Saturday night with Sunday morning? As he told interviewers, the criticism...
  • Some "Getting Ready For Church" Background Music

    12/07/2014 4:59:08 AM PST · by knarf · 8 replies
    youtube ^ | Dec 7, 2014 | knarf, various
    Always looking for Sunday morning music while I get ready to go to church, I came across this very pleasing (to me) playlistI hope you enjoy
  • There's a Voice (Song)

    11/23/2014 1:26:22 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 3 replies
    Here is a song of personal testimony. May it be a blessing to you this Lord's Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLCIlBJSHXyrrhBeYGilqH9S5DgotIqAR8&v=E3ZdHmO0e6c
  • 2nd Chapter Of Acts live in concert 1987

    10/12/2014 9:42:31 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 43 replies
    2nd Chapter Of Acts Nightlight 2nd Chapter Of Acts Rejoice 2nd Chapter Of Acts Consider The Lilys 2nd Chapter of Acts Live -Mansion Builder 2nd Chapter Of Acts Taking The Easy Way 2nd Chapter Of Acts Spin Your Light 2nd Chapter Of Acts Easter Song Matthew Ward Glory To God 2nd Chapter Of Acts Heartstrings
  • Lecrae Becomes First Number-One Christian Hip-Hop Artist in iTunes History...

    08/07/2014 2:53:14 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 8/6/14 | Emma Koonse
    Lecrae made history with his brand-new single "All I Need Is You" this week, becoming the first Christian hip-hop artist of all time to ever reach the number-one spot on iTunes... ""I think it's phenomenal to make music that challenges people to think on morality, spirituality and the betterment of society. Many people do that. Some sing country or jazz - I rap. At the end of the day I'm not here to hold up the banner of a genre. I am here to hold up the banner of Truth. It's way bigger than genres and charts. I'm fighting to...
  • Contemporary Christian Music's Sinking Witness: Lack of depth and reverence to the Almighty

    08/04/2014 8:38:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 343 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/04/2014 | BY CHELSEN VICARI
    Admitting the problem is the first step towards recovery. So let's admit it: if we swop the lyrics of a Taylor Swift ballad with some of today's contemporary Christian worship songs, no one would know the difference. Others have noted the "Jesus-is-your-boyfriend" style worship songs clogging the airwaves of contemporary Christian radio and Sunday morning worship sets lack depth and reverence to the Almighty. They're right. But there's an even bigger problem when contemporary Christian songs downplay, even scold Christian's public witness for the sake of couch-potato Christianity. Last week a fellow pro-life, pro-family activist turned on his local "family-friendly"...
  • Cowardly Christian Entertainers

    06/17/2014 3:06:35 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 44 replies
    BarbWire ^ | June 17, 2014 | Marsha West
    During an interview with The Independent last year, country western star Carrie Underwood, a professing Christian, got the media’s full attention when she decided to come out in support of gay “marriage.” “As a married person myself,” she chirped, “I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry. I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.” Underwood also noted that she attends a gay-friendly church. Four years ago another popular...
  • Dust on the Hymnal: Pondering the Decline of Hymn Singing in American Denominations

    06/02/2014 1:42:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 127 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 6/1/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the more prominent features of Protestant denominations over the decades was hymn singing. Get in your time machine go back 50 years, to any Protestant denomination, and you would find every member of the congregation on their feet, hymnal in hand, singing quite loudly, even harmonizing the old familiar hymns: Onward Christian Soldiers….Amazing Grace….When the Roll is called up Yonder….More About Jesus….Praise God from Whom All Blessing Flow!Catholics congregations were rather different. Low Masses in Latin were common where there was little or no singing. High mass featured complex music that a trained choir largely handled. And the...
  • The Tone Deaf Singer

    05/28/2014 6:41:33 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 26 replies
    challies.com ^ | May 28, 2014 | Tim Challies
    The prosperity gospel has not produced a new generation of great Christian hymns. Neither have Positive Thinking or Progressive Christianity. There is a reason we would not expect them to. The fact is, the deepest songs come from the deepest truth. The most faithful songs come from the most faithful expressions of the Christian faith. The richest songs come from the richest understanding of who God is and what God has done. As Christians we are told to sing from the gospel, for one another, to the Lord—a ten-word summary of Colossians 3:16 which says, “Let the word of Christ...
  • Concerning the use of music in church services: what "styles" are Biblically permitted?

    12/28/2013 10:20:36 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 185 replies
    12/28/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    As to "in church" I mean that not so much broadly as to the Church (body of Christ), but as to which styles are Biblically permitted in individual churches. 1.) At what point (scripturally) does a church worship team (for instance) go too far when plucking the bass guitar or electric guitar, or beat the drums too loudly? At what point is the "riff" (or beat) becoming too "wordly." Define "wordly" music as opposed to non-wordly music if/when discussing this. I ask this of those who lean more towards the Michael W. Smith type worship services or to those who...
  • Nuns top Billboard classical music chart

    09/09/2013 5:57:58 AM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    Sisters record album as outreach to God Video only at linky
  • God's wrath taboo subject for PCUSA hymnal

    08/02/2013 7:49:01 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 13 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jul 31, 2013 | Staff
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- One of Christianity's most popular worship songs has been deemed too controversial to be included in the latest edition of the hymnal for the Presbyterian Church (USA). "In Christ Alone," a modern hymn written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, consistently ranks in the top 20 songs sung in churches of all stripes, according to Christian Copyright Licensing International. Yet it contains one line that the PCUSA's Committee on Congregational Song did not wish to include in the denomination's hymnal. The line in question is from the song's second verse: "Till on that cross as Jesus died/The...
  • PCUSA rejects popular hymn “In Christ Alone”

    07/30/2013 5:30:30 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 69 replies
    I saw this over at Denny Burk’s blog today. Apparently the reason the Presbyterian Church USA doesn’t like “In Christ Alone (one of my favorites), is because of that unpopular, un-politically correct word, “Wrath.” As we’ve pointed out many times here at SUFTT, the more sin is watered down, the less we have of the true Gospel. In other words – no sin = FALSE gospel. The PCUSA has been going down a concerning path for quite some time now, and it appears that this is just another symptom of the problem the devil delights in: a departure from Truth...
  • A Christian Band With Secular Business Practices

    06/08/2013 12:06:29 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 26 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 8, 2013 | JP
    My wife and I went to see Hillsong United last night at the Hollywood Bowl. The Australian band – fronted by the talented Joel Houston, whose dad, Brian, founded Hillsong Church exactly 30 years ago – has produced some of the most well-known praise and worship songs of the past decade and a half. Its playlist includes “Shout to the Lord,” “Mighty to Save,” “Hosanna,” “My Redeemer Lives,” “The Stand,” “Worthy is the Lamb,” “From the Inside Out,” “Lead Me to the Cross” and other standards in Sunday church services not just in the land down under, but also here...
  • The Problem with Praise Teams

    05/30/2013 4:02:14 PM PDT · by rochester · 52 replies
    Second Nature ^ | May 23, 2013 | T, David Gordon
    There has been a good deal of discussion recently about the Praise Team/Praise Band phenomenon, a phenomenon that has become a liturgical commonplace........
  • Erik Davis: Jesus freaks rock

    01/08/2013 6:24:14 AM PST · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 5 replies
    Boing Boing ^ | Erik Davis
    n the late 1960s and 70s, droves of hippies and freaks bounced back from various countercultural bummers by embracing the “One Way” of Jesus Christ. Though they rejected many aspects of the underground scene—fun stuff like drugs, free love, and the occult smorgasbord—the Jesus Freaks kept others very much alive. They had a strong yen for intense spiritual experiences and communal tribes, as well as an apocalyptic sense of imminent global transformation. In stark contrast to previous generations of American Christians, who largely rejected popular culture as the devil’s work, these hirsute believers also embraced countercultural media—street newspapers, bumper-stickers, coffee...
  • World Wide Televised Evangelical Crusade to be Live Streamed on Internet

    08/26/2012 9:15:36 AM PDT · by OneVike · 15 replies
    GATE ^ | 8/26/12 | Chuck Wolk
    Today there will be a world wide Evangelical Crusade live on television, radio, and HD via internet streaming. Starting at 4pm PT, 5pm MT, 6pm CT, and 7 pm ET, the Crusade will have live music by some of the top bands of Christian Rock Music. Mercy Me, Third, Day, Jeremy Camp and others will all lead the worship service. Since this event first took place in 1990, it has grown into a world wide phenomenon that the secular world is at a loss to understand, or report. Well, the world may be confused and the MSM may never...
  • Is Christian Music 'Genreless' and 'Unoriginal'?

    09/14/2011 9:19:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/14/2011 | Jeff Schapiro
    While some have sought to make Christian music more relevant by adding an electric guitar or a hip-hop beat to it, others prefer to listen and worship through more traditional forms of music, such as hymns. But should Christian music be limited to a designated genre, or can faith-based themes be effectively portrayed through any number of styles? Though people may disagree on which style they like best, there's no denying that Christian or Gospel music is widely sought after. A 2009 report from the Gospel Music Association indicates that Christian music sales total about half a billion dollars per...
  • The Forgotten Christmas Carol

    12/25/2010 10:01:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 56 replies · 2+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2010 | David Stokes
    What’s your favorite Christmas song? That’s a very subjective question. Some like to hear about “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” – others love to think about bells “jingling.” Yet, others tear up (with good reason) thinking about a “Holy Night” so long ago. They may even want to fall on their knees. Christmas is more than a day in December – it is a season. Reminders of this are all around us – from the weather, to gatherings, to the music on the radio. It is not unusual for savvy media outlets to saturate their formats with all things...
  • Flash mob sings for Oklahoma shoppers: Hallelujah Chorus

    12/12/2010 12:47:06 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 25 replies
    upi ^ | Dec. 12, 2010
    OKLAHOMA CITY, - Shoppers at an Oklahoma mall enjoyed a holiday treat as a flash-mob of singers performed Handel's Hallelujah Chorus in the food court, observers said. Inspired by similar performances making the Internet rounds on YouTube, more than 1,000 people participated in the spontaneous rendition at the Quail Springs Mall in Oklahoma City Saturday, The Oklahoman reported. Carol Sander, a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Choir, helped spark the Oklahoma City event by sending an e-mail to some friends, and the idea quickly went viral on social media Web sites. Sander she was surprised by the number of people...
  • The Gospel of Katy Perry

    08/21/2010 3:39:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies · 3+ views
    Get Religion ^ | 8/21/2010 | Brad A. Greenburg
    Yes, Christian rockstars are real. But Katy Perry isn’t one. She years ago gave up on Christian music, and her image is anything but.Last week Perry appeared on a cliched cover of Rolling Stone under the headline: “Sex, God & Katy Perry: The Hard Road & Hot Times of a Fallen Angel.” Perry told the magazine that she is still a Christian. Christianity Today’s entertainment blog excerpts one of the more choice quotes while revisiting a review the evangelical magazines sister’s publication wrote eight years about Perry’s Christian music: “God is very much still a part of my life. But...
  • Johnny Cash remembered for his faith-based music

    05/26/2010 8:47:08 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies · 376+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | Rome, Italy, May 26, 2010
    www.catholicnewsagency.com Johnny Cash remembered for his faith-based music Johnny Cash. Rome, Italy, May 26, 2010 / 09:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Johnny Cash was remembered for how his music “sang the faith” in an article published on Sunday in the Italian Bishops’ Conference’s newspaper Avvenire. Without his faith, the article said, "the voice of Cash would not have been the same."The bishops' newspaper remembered the man who, though he "knew" prison and nearly died of a drug overdose, "still ... at a certain point in his life, took from it a possible Meaning, with a capital letter." Cash dedicated the...
  • 'American Idol's' Christian connection (Mega-churches across heartland serve as training ground)

    05/24/2010 10:18:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies · 598+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 05/24/2010 | Scott Collins
    She isn't employed by the show and viewers never see her sparring with Simon Cowell. But Leesa Bellesi exerts her own kind of pull on "American Idol," Fox's top-rated singing contest that has a unique if often-unstated link to Christian churches. Bellesi, who runs a Christian nonprofit in Lake Forest with her ex-pastor husband, visits tapings frequently, has befriended numerous finalists and helps wrangle funds and scout temporary housing for families who trek cross-country to see relatives perform on "Idol." Bellesi said that churches form a base for the young singers as they try to win votes and establish fan...
  • Christian music star Jennifer Knapp says she is a lesbian

    04/25/2010 3:08:02 AM PDT · by floridavoter2 · 191 replies · 4,306+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 13, 2010 | Jill Serjeant (editing)
    A rising star on the Christian music scene is returning to the public eye with a new identity after a mysterious seven-year absence spent mostly on the other side of the world. Jennifer Knapp is not only coming out with a new album, she is also "coming out," a term the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter considers "very bizarre" as she nervously relaunches her career.. The 36-year-old Kansas native, who dated men during her college days, is braced for a backlash from religious fans who faithfully shot down whispered rumors about her sexuality over the years. On the other hand, she said in...
  • Jennifer Knapp Returns to Christian Music Scene, Confirms Her Sexuality (Yes, she says she's gay)

    04/17/2010 11:26:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 97 replies · 2,660+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 04/17/2010 | Josh Kimball
    Award-winning Christian music artist Jennifer Knapp has returned from a seven-year hiatus with a bang. Aside from touring with provocative singer-songwriter Derek Webb and preparing for the release of a new album, Knapp is confirming what some had for years suspected – she’s gay. In interviews with The Advocate, Reuters, and Christianity Today – all published Tuesday – Knapp spoke openly about her sexuality while making it clear that she is not a pro-gay activist or even a self-described lesbian despite being in an eight-year relationship with a woman. “I'm just a normal human being who's dealing with normal everyday...
  • Steven Curtis Chapman "Shows Hope" At The Festival of Life

    04/13/2010 5:35:20 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 6 replies · 312+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 04/13/2010 | Dan Wooding
    he date of May 21st, 2008, was the worst day of Steven Curtis Chapman's life, for it was then that Chapman's five-year-old daughter, Maria Sue Chapman, was killed in an accident. It occurred ten days after Maria's birthday when Maria was accidentally hit by her older brother Will while he was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser pulling into the driveway of their home in Franklin, Tennessee. Maria, the youngest in the family, was one of three daughters whom Steven and his wife Mary Beth had adopted from China, and she was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. Maria died...
  • America's national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, is a religious song

    02/28/2010 4:36:46 PM PST · by RGirard · 17 replies · 472+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | Feb. 28, 2010 | Réne Girard
    You may remember that The Star Spangled Banner, America's national anthem, was written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key, but did you know it is a religious song? Originally written as a poem, Francis Scott Key instructed others to sing the words to the tune "Anacreon in Heaven" written by John Stafford Smith. Although "heavenly" sounding in title, The Anacreotic Song was actually a bar song that got "saved" so-to-speak. Here are the patriotic words to the first stanza, which most U.S. citizens learned as children and still sing before baseball games, and every time one of our athletes win...
  • A Quiet End for Boys Choir of Harlem

    12/29/2009 9:08:07 AM PST · by sitetest · 30 replies · 1,834+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 22, 2009 | SHARON OTTERMAN
    For more than three decades, they sang Mozart in Latin, Bach in German, and Cole Porter and Stevie Wonder in English, from Alice Tully Hall in New York to Royal Albert Hall in London. For the audiences that marveled at the Boys Choir of Harlem, it was an additional wonder that the young performers with world-class voices had emerged from some of the most difficult neighborhoods of New York. December was always a busy month, as the choir toured the country’s premier concert halls and appeared on television Christmas specials. But this year, the boys are nowhere to be found....
  • Chris Tomlin Sings "Emanuel" on Fox and Friends - Video 12/25/09

    12/25/2009 8:46:03 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 280+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 25, 2009 | Brian
    Here is video of Christian Music artist Chris Tomlin on Fox and Friends this Christmas morning, singing "Emanuel(Hallowed Manger Ground)" with the help of the Watoto Children's Choir. . . . (VIDEO)
  • 'God's hand is in it': Lauren Green analyzes why Handel’s Messiah 'is more than just a nice piece'

    12/22/2009 7:59:03 AM PST · by rhema · 27 replies · 1,173+ views
    WORLD ^ | December 19, 2009 | Marvin Olasky
    Lauren Green was third runner up in the 1985 Miss America contest and a winner of the talent competition for playing immaculately a Chopin etude, "Opus #4 in C Sharp." She continued her music while working as a television journalist in Minnesota, Chicago, and New York: She entered the Van Cliburn Competition and has written a fascinating theoretical essay about the connection of music, physics, and faith. Green grew up going to church and Sunday school. Today she goes to Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York and is a FOX News religious correspondent. One continuity throughout the years, since she...
  • Good Hymns, Bad Hymns

    12/05/2009 5:32:26 AM PST · by NYer · 33 replies · 768+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | December 5, 2009 | Todd M. Aglialoro
    Two years ago, the USCCB released a document of revised guidelines for liturgical music titled "Sing to the Mountains" -- er, "Lord." In its 88 mostly tepid pages are found a meditation on the scriptural and theological foundations for the use of music in worship, notes particular to the celebration of special rites within the Mass, and handy tips for ordained and lay liturgical ministers, such as the suggestion that cantors "possess the ability for singing and a facility in correct pronunciation and diction."   And, as with so many products of committee, its prescriptions perform a two-step waltz:...
  • What religious song inspires you?

    10/15/2009 10:39:20 AM PDT · by TaraP · 140 replies · 2,251+ views
    vanity | TaraP
    Just a post, to see what favorite song inspires freepers in praising the LORD? I have many, but I will say the one that connects to my soul like no other is *Through the Fire* by Jason Crabb and the Crabb Family http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP4OvUU-ZHU&feature=related
  • What about Bad [Catholic] Music?

    10/09/2009 6:37:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 75 replies · 2,154+ views
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | October 9, 2009 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    What about Bad Music? by Dr. Jeff Mirus, October 9, 2009 It is a feature of human nature that all normal persons respond emotionally to music. For this reason, music is often described in emotional or quasi-emotional terms. It may be languorous or bombastic, martial or lyrical, peaceful or agitated, soothing or exciting, and so on. But in addition to the connection between music and human moods, music is also perceived as beautiful (or ugly) and the human intellect naturally wishes to understand those properties of music which, if properly manipulated, produce beauty. Finally, the essentially moral character of the...
  • Court OKs barring religious tunes at graduation

    09/08/2009 6:12:58 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 10 replies · 667+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 8, 2009 | Bob Egelko
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a school district's refusal to let a band play a religious piece at a high school graduation, saying the superintendent had reasonably decided to avoid a constitutional controversy by ordering a secular program. The district's veto of an instrumental version of "Ave Maria" by German composer Franz Biebl at the 2006 graduation ceremony in Everett, Wash., did not violate students' freedom of speech or religion, said the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
  • Faith-promoting music from fellow Christians

    09/04/2009 6:17:18 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 35 replies · 786+ views
    The Mormon Times ^ | Sept. 4. 2009 | Nicole Sheahan
    If you asked me who some of my favorite artists are right now, without hesitation I would say Natalie Grant, Nichole Nordeman and Britt Nicole. I know many of my friends haven't heard of them. I love to introduce people to these artists because they just might love their music too. Grant, Nordeman and Nicole are widely known in the mainstream Christian contemporary music world. There is so much talent in and outside of the church. This week, I wanted to share some artists with you who are not LDS but are fellow Christians with a faith-promoting message. In addition,...
  • Killer of Christian music producers laughed at victim's mom after sentencing

    08/21/2009 4:39:36 PM PDT · by slumber1 · 40 replies · 1,765+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 8-21-09 | Diane Jennings
    Minutes after he learned a jury had sentenced him to death, killer James Broadnax laughed at the mother of one of his murder victims as she told him how he had devastated her life................ Patterson said television interviews Broadnax gave after the crime, in which he boasted about killing the two men and expressed no remorse or sympathy for their families, influenced jurors more than the defendant’s impassive demeanor in the courtroom.
  • Christian Band MercyMe Involved in Fatal Car Accident

    08/08/2009 7:02:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies · 1,793+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 8/8/2009 | Josh Kimball
    Popular Christian rock band MercyMe was involved in an automobile accident Saturday that resulted in the deaths of two people and the hospitalization of a third. “Car just hit our tour bus,” tweeted MercyMe frontman Bart Millard from his iPhone around an hour after the early morning accident. “We are ok, but 2 of the 3 in the car did not make it. The one that did is pregnant. Please start praying.” According to The Associated Press, police in Fort Wayne, Ind., were told by witnesses that the tour bus was going through a green light about 1:15 a.m. Saturday...
  • Contemporary Christian Music Pie Chart

    08/04/2009 12:15:23 AM PDT · by dangus · 6 replies · 1,078+ views
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  • Church Musicians Tune Up for Changes in Liturgy

    07/24/2009 10:25:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies · 1,069+ views
    ncr ^ | July 24, 2009 | Amy Kiley
    CHICAGO — At a gathering of Church composers and musicians recently, Msgr. Anthony Sherman asked how many people had looked at the revised order of the Mass. Almost everyone raised a hand.Msgr. Sherman, the executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Divine Worship, might have predicted the reaction during his breakout session at the National Association of Pastoral Musicians Convention in Chicago. After all, new Mass texts require new music — and pastoral musicians are preparing to provide it. “Given that music is integral to the celebration of liturgy, composers will have an important role to...
  • Poll: In your church, what kinds of songs do you sing?

    06/27/2009 9:05:43 PM PDT · by tenger · 67 replies · 1,475+ views
    A Daily Poll ^ | June 28, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    Sunday Poll: In your church, what kinds of songs do you sing? A Daily Poll