January 24, 2016
It’s been a while since I wrote about Christian music, but something this morning really made me pause and think.
Horatio Spafford is known for a few things, principally as a chum of great evangelist Dwight Moody and the writer of “It is well with my Soul” – a hymn inspired by the tragic loss of his four daughters in a shipwreck when crossing the Atlantic to holiday in England. The hymn, published by Sankey to a tune by Philip Bliss, is a standard in traditional protestant Christian churches, an inspiring message that whatever the world throws at a person God’s love and grace are sufficient to meet the challenge. It’s a hymn strong on key Christian themes, and recognised and sung across the English-speaking world.
Which is why I’m rather disappointed that Matt Redman nicked the chorus to shore up one of his recent compositions. Read the rest of this entry »
July 21, 2013
I went to church tonight. Except it was in Starbucks. Although it was definitely church. But the drinks were definitely by Starbucks.
Oh boy, another long winded rambling post about church and music and stuff. You can have the tl:dr version here: “Church in a café still looks and smells like church, which confuses me a bit.”
Or read on to find out where I’m going with this. Read the rest of this entry »
June 3, 2013
It’s time to admit defeat on this one. The Worship Musicians Unconference planned for this coming weekend isn’t going to happen. Never mind. We live and learn… etc.
If you’d like to attend something similar in the future, but not right now, e-mail me.
April 16, 2013
Church on Sunday was great. There was a fantastic sermon and some good old time hymns mixed in with the modern songs. I’m not saying church is all about the music, but given I was playing the piano, it was a key factor in my thinking. Read the rest of this entry »
December 17, 2012
I wrote a song! It’s got Shepherds and Angels in it. So, it must by definition be a Christmas song. It’s astonishing when I think about it how much the shepherds feature in my Christmas thinking. Read the rest of this entry »
August 30, 2012
I spoke with a friend this evening at the pub. We meet regularly, over a pint (admittedly, mine usually a pint of water due to the new regime) and we talk about most things.
He told me that his church has approved thirty songs for use in worship on Sunday mornings, to use for a season in the church. Read the rest of this entry »