Tuesday, 13 May 2014

9Marks Journal (May-June 2014) on the Church Singing

The latest issue of the 9Marks Journal, available here as a pdf, is devoted to ‘The Church Singing’.
In the Editorial, Jonathan Leeman writes:

‘Think about what the New Testament emphasizes when it comes to the church’s corporate music. It doesn’t talk about crafting a highly charged worship “experience.” Interestingly, it doesn’t use the language of “worship” at all in this context (which is not to deny that corporate singing is worship). Instead, the Bible talks about the congregation singing to one another (Col. 3:16; Eph. 5:19), and doing everything for the sake of edifying one another (1 Cor. 14). That’s it: people singing together. When it comes to the topic of music, Christians might do well to talk about the church singing or the congregation singing because that’s what the Bible talks about.’

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