Constance M. Cherry. The Music Architect: Blueprints for Engaging Worshipers in Song. Grand Rapids: Baker Acaedmic, 2016. Constance Cherry’s volume would be a great primer for a young worship leader just beginning to lead congregational song. The vision of worship leadership she presents is a refreshing departure from the increasingly omnipresent performance-artist paradigm, and throughout she develops the… Read More Review: The Music Architect
In his novel, The Signal Flame, Andrew Krivák guides us through the year 1972 in the life of a Slovak family in rural Pennsylvania as they anxiously await news about Sam, a Vietnam marine reported MIA. The disciplined and quiet elder brother, Bo, is left to care for his widowed mother, Hannah, and his brother’s fiancé, Ruth, in the wake of their grandfather’s sudden… Read More Review: The Signal Flame
A sermon to Winnetka Bible Church on August 14, 2016. Text: Romans 7:13–20 Title: The Insanity of Sin & The Goodness of the Law Click here to listen. Introduction: Until this chapter, it almost seems like Paul has gone on a law-bashing spree. the law brings wrath (Ro 4:15) sin is not counted where there is no… Read More The Insanity of Sin
Adam Haslett is a master at voice. Imagine Me Gone narrates the devastating effects of mental illness through the testimony of five family members. Each chapter alternates scenes, and even the process of aging is sensory as you hear the characters narrate scenes in their family saga over a 30 year stretch. The early chapter told by Celia,… Read More Review: Imagine Me Gone
I love cooking. I hate meal planning. I despise grocery shopping. I’ve spent many Sunday afternoons going through recipe websites, typing up shopping lists, making little weekly meal grids in Evernote. It would take an entire afternoon, and I would be so sick of it by the end, I would just drive to Panda Express and… Read More Cooking for One
Has the gaping crater left by the ravages of European modernism, with all its caricatured secularism and crusading feminism, actually set the stage for a neo-medieval solution? Michel Houellebecq’s satirical novel, Submission, imagines the near-future rise of an Islamic government in France as a welcomed salve to the social deconstruction of post-enlightenment Europe. In a… Read More Review: Submission by Michel Houellebecq
The following list is my initial attempt at drafting a “triage” for how to evaluate a song for use in corporate worship. Behind the three-tiered system are the following two assumptions: (1) the tiers get progressively less critical, and (2) the tiers get progressively more subjective. This is a work-in project, and I’m working from scratch.… Read More Should We Sing This Song?