A Research Paper on the Effects of Rhythm

Growing up, I had often been told that one of the reasons CCM was harmful is that it often used "backbeat"; emphasizing beats 2 and 4 instead of 1 and 3. Much of the independent Baptist literature regarding music hinges on the assertion that backbeat is harmful. A little while back, while working on my … Continue reading A Research Paper on the Effects of Rhythm

Thoughts for Singles

Coming into my last semester of Bible College, I faced every student’s two worst fears: I had nowhere to go after graduation, and I was single. God soon gave me an opportunity to serve at the church I am still at today, but it took a few more years to find a wife! I had … Continue reading Thoughts for Singles

Why You Should Sing Psalms (And How to Do It!)

As we’ve examined the book of Psalms, and the development of the Psalter, I hope that you’re interest has been piqued. My desire is for you to look at the Psalms with a newfound appreciation. However, we don’t live 2,000 years ago; we live today! Are Psalms really worth singing today? Absolutely! First of all, … Continue reading Why You Should Sing Psalms (And How to Do It!)

Psalm-Singing: In the Church

This is my third post on the art of Psalm-singing; you can see the other two here: Psalm Singing: An Introduction The Composition of the Book of Psalms Psalm-singing has a wonderfully storied history; from its roots in the Old Testament temple worship, it’s compilation by Ezra into its present form, to its continued use … Continue reading Psalm-Singing: In the Church

Psalm-Singing: The Composition of the Book of Psalms

I’ve lately become very passionate about the art of Psalm-singing. I am convinced that is not only very helpful in our spiritual lives, but a biblical command as well. In this series on Psalm-singing, my goal is to argue for greater emphasis on singing Psalms both in private and church life. In my previous piece … Continue reading Psalm-Singing: The Composition of the Book of Psalms

Psalm Singing: An Introduction

I’ve recently become very interested in Psalm-singing. I can’t say that there was anything in particular that sparked this interest, other than really taking a look at this verse: Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, … Continue reading Psalm Singing: An Introduction

Guest Post: Kevin Higginbotham – Worthy of Worship: A Call to Lively Congregational Singing

There has been and will be many sermons preached, articles written, and cases made for enthusiastic congregational singing.  It is such a vital part of the worship service – as a pastor I know often points out, the music portion of a church service is the part of the service directed to God, whereas the … Continue reading Guest Post: Kevin Higginbotham – Worthy of Worship: A Call to Lively Congregational Singing

Guest Post: Micah Bosworth – Expressive Praise and Worship: Is it Biblical?

When I was a kid, and even in my teenage years, I would often make fun of, and mockingly mimic people who were expressive during congregational songs of praise and worship. It seemed to always get a laugh with my friends in the youth group since I grew up in a pretty conservative church. Whenever … Continue reading Guest Post: Micah Bosworth – Expressive Praise and Worship: Is it Biblical?

Graduating Bible College? Consider Helping a Church Planter

I was facing most Bible college students’ two worst nightmares coming into my last semester: I had no idea where I was going after graduation, and I was single. Thankfully, God soon opened a door for me to go to Foundation Baptist Church in Sammamish, WA; getting married took a little longer, but that’s happening … Continue reading Graduating Bible College? Consider Helping a Church Planter

Guest Post: Kevin Higginbotham – No-No’s, Scissors, and Meat: A Lesson on Spiritual Maturity

I am the proud father of an 18-month old ball of energy, drool, and curiosity named Parker. Parker is at the stage where he is beginning to explore his surroundings and, in his own way, ask questions about them. He is also at the stage where whenever he decides he wants to do something, he … Continue reading Guest Post: Kevin Higginbotham – No-No’s, Scissors, and Meat: A Lesson on Spiritual Maturity