Critical reviews (by Lutheran pastors and church musicians) of books and other resources for Christian worship, preaching, and church music from a perspective rooted in Holy Scripture, the Lutheran Confessions and good common sense. LHP Quarterly Book Review asks, "Is it worth the money to buy, the time to read, the shelf space to store, and the effort to teach?"
Feed: internetmonk.com Posted on: Sunday, September 30, 2012 11:00 AM Author: Chaplain Mike Subject: Church Music Month on Internet Monk
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October will be "Church Music Month" on Internet Monk.
Throughout the month we will feature posts about the ministry of music, with particular emphasis on its role in worship in the local congregation.
Articles that express various perspectives about church music.
Interviews with people who are working in congregations in the ministry of worship and music.
Pieces that explore congregational music in church history.
Reviews and recommendations regarding recordings and resources for church music.
Classic Michael Spencer articles about the state of Christian music.
Other posts to be developed based on your suggestions and our conversations.
Feel free to write me or drop Jeff a line (use the links at the upper right hand corner) with ideas of topics you'd like to see covered or any other suggestions.
To turn our thoughts toward music, let us start with our good friend Martin Luther, for whom music represented one of God's greatest gifts:
We can only mention one point (which experience confirms), namely, that next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise.
…For whether you wish to comfort the sad, to terrify the happy, to encourage the despairing, to humble the proud, to calm the passionate, or to appease those full of hate — and who could number all these masters of the human heart, namely, the emotions, inclinations, and affections that impel men to evil or good? — what more effective means than music could you find?