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The key to generosity…


…is to see yourself as materially poor, says Tim Keller. In an extended video interview with Desiring God Ministries discussing his book “Generous Justice; How God’s Grace Makes Us Just“, the New York City pastor, he explains how the Gospel necessarily leads to generosity. The Christian Post: Often people look at a poor person and ask, “Why didn’t you pull yourself up by your bootstraps?” But if God asks that same question to humans then everyone would be spiritually dead, said Keller in an interview with Desiring God ministry. And if Christians question whether the poor person will abuse their charity and grace, then they should remember that they have also “trampled” on God’s charity and grace by not living the life they should. Video below and  here.  Article here.


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Looking for worship songs that help prepare for an encounter with death


Mike Cosper of Sojourn Community Church in Louisville has a good post over at the Gospel Coalition on the importance of lament and mourning in worship. It includes this story: Kevin Twit, founder of Indelible Grace Music and a pastor with Reformed University Fellowship, once told me about a forum he attended. A collection of publishers from Christian contemporary music were on a panel, including Kevin, and each was asked to share what they looked for in a song. The answers were largely what you often hear in songwriting forums—“melodies that stick with you,” “good hooks,” and “catchy choruses.” But Kevin’s answer was different. “I look for songs that help my students prepare for their encounter with death.” He closes with this: The news streams with tragedy, and it will continue to do so. As our congregation gathers on Sunday, they come from tragedy. They hear a bad prognosis, or receive terrible late night phone calls. Places at the dinner table or bedroom are suddenly unoccupied, and the hardship of daily life is now a little colder, darker, and weightier. What are we asking them to sing? What words are we putting in their mouths? How do they pray in a dry and weary land, where there seems to be no water?


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R.C. Sproul on music, beauty and God


R. C. Sproul’s  must-see series on “Rediscovery the Beauty of the Arts” is currently streaming on the Ligonier website. Topics include: Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder? (are there objective standards of good & bad in music and art?) The Influence of Music (addresses the profound impact music has on people and how it can be used to influence or reflect moods) Music:  The Handmaiden of Theology (the critical difference between simplistic and simplicity in music) Well worth your time.  You’ll do some hard but necessary thinking on the role of music in worship and life. Not sure how long it will be posted, but you can always purchase audio or video here.


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Free downloads – Complete Bach organ works


According to the site: Free downloads of the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach, recorded by Dr. James Kibbie on original baroque organs in Germany, are offered on this site. Click Familiar Masterworks to begin with a selection of audience favorites. Click Catalog for a list of all works. Click Search to find a specific work, collection or venue. Click Download in Groups to download multiple works with a single click. HT:  Cal Beisner


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Songwriting, Music Licensing and the Gospel


Good post by Tim Smith @ Mars Hill Seattle which in part says: Do you really want to put your music out in a way that gives the church no legal way to record a demo for its band or even a rough recording to help the congregation learn your song? Do you really need someone to pay you off every time they display the lyrics of your song or play it at something besides an official worship service? Worth careful consideration of all church music leaders, especially as an introduction to Creative Commons Licensing.


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