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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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Winter Snow by Audrey Assad


A new Christmas song I really like: Could’ve come like a mighty storm with all the strength of a hurricane You could’ve come like a forrest fire with the power of heaven in your flame But you came like a winter snow quiet and soft and slow Falling from the sky in the night to the earth below Could’ve swept in like a tidal wave or an ocean to ravish our hearts You could have come through like a roaring flood to wipe away the things we’ve scarred No, your voice wasn’t in a bush burning No, your voice wasn’t in a rushing wind It was still, it was small, it was hidden Free chart download w/free membership sign-up with WorshipTogether.


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The Innocence Mission – God is Love


I stumbled across The Innocence Mission while listening to NPR sometime ago and was struck by how simple, tasteful, and tuneful their songs were (the name fits them well). They are led by Don and Karen Paris, a husband and wife team, and formed in Lancaster County Pennsylvania (Amish country) in the early 80s when the members met during a Catholic school production of Godspell. God is Love (below and here) is a good example of their sound.  I can see this being used by youth groups and small group gatherings to help ‘set the scene’ for worship or teaching. Stream it free from their site here, where you can also download free chord charts and lyric sheets. God Is Love by the innocence mission


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Joyful creativity


Below is a promo video from an upcoming release of old material by Bruce Springsteen. The compelling part of the clip for me was the sheer exhuberance displayed by Bruce and band member Steve Van Zandt playing an unfinished song together on the piano. This is a glimpse into a joyful, creative process that I wonder if worship leaders and musicians don’t long for on a regular basis.  It reminds me of the reason I loved music – it was fun! Bruce Springsteen – “The Promise: The Making of ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town'” Sneak Peek HT:  Mark Moring


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