Singing Faith All Day Long

Ingrid LadendorfUncategorized

I have a vivid memory of singing “God made the sea and God made me” in our Methodist worship when I was in first grade. There were many aspects of that experience that are memorable, but the words in my head have remained connected to that melody since I learned it. Years later, and miles away from that Methodist church, I remember what I sang. Together, words and music are powerful. We remember what we … Read More

A New Song: Secular Music in Ministry

Steve LindsleyUncategorized

As a grade-school kid, I have vivid memories of my father sitting at the foot of my bed at night, six-string guitar in hand, singing me to sleep with beautiful lullabies. They were not, however, typical bedtime fare. Leave it to my Dad to soothe me to sleep with The Doors’ “Light My Fire” and “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals!  Somehow it worked, and I loved it. Not only did my dad … Read More

Musical Leadership for the Non-Musical

Catherine BrownFrom the Archives

Enjoy this article from our print archives. You’ve agreed to lead an afterschool activity club at your church.  Then you realize that music is an expected component of the program.  You don’t play a musical instrument and singing has never been your strong point.  You panic and think about backing out of your commitment. Wait!  Before making that decision, please consider the following strategies and practical ideas that I have found useful in incorporating music … Read More

Let Everything that Breathes (or Drums or Jingles) Praise the Lord!

Martha Bettis GeeFrom the Archives

Enjoy this article from our print edition archives! Praise God with trumpet sounds; Praise God with lute and harp! Praise God with tambourine and dance; Praise God with strings and pipe! Praise God with clanging cymbals! Praise God with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord! (Ps. 150:3-6) From an upright piano to a full pipe organ; from guitars and a bass and a full drum set to hand … Read More

Music as a Bridge to Multicultural Ministries

Jorge Sayago-GonzalezUncategorized

Enjoy this article about music from our archives,  first posted in our print format. With diversity growing at rapid rates, churches are now facing new challenges of engaging the ever-changing needs of their surrounding communities. Church educators are always searching for new ways of creating space for awakening-the-soul experiences. Music can help mold the space in which this awakening process occurs. A particular song can move us to moments of connection, peace, healing, liberation and … Read More

Art as Prophecy

Steven TuellPop Culture

A former student told me this story about a conversation overheard at her seminary. A classmate said that she had always loved Roman Catholic cathedrals: dim and cool and beautiful, illumined with jewel-colored stained glass, they had always felt to her like holy places. Her professor replied, “I prefer the hard, clear light of reason.” In that exchange, I think, is everything that is wrong with Protestantism. We sometimes treat people as though they were … Read More