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Unique, Powerful Way All Believers Can Experience Breakthrough In the Bible, Moses sang. Miriam sang. So did Deborah, David, Mary, Paul, the angels, and so many more. The Israelites went to war singing; they sang over victories, over happy moments and hard moments. They knew something we've lost sight of: When we learn to sing God's words back to Him, we align the deepest spaces of our hearts with the deepest places of His--and we experience breakthrough. So why do we relegate singing the Word to just worship teams? Julie Meyer, a Dove-nominated artist and worship leader, has been teaching all believers how to do just this. She shows that you don't need to know how to read music or even sing in tune. All you need is Scripture and a willingness to engage God in song. As you do, you will see heartache turn into hope, despair into destiny, fear into fearlessness. You stand on the Word, pray it, and even memorize it. Now it's time to sing it.
2015 Readers' Choice Awards Honorable MentionIn these pages renowned Christian musician John Michael Talbot calls the church to greater unity and service under God's authority. Using the metaphors of music, this spiritual meditation draws us into closer union with Jesus and each other by opening our hearts and minds to God's grace. As God the Master Musician crafts us into fine musical instruments, we can "join in the symphony orchestra of the church and make a beautiful music bigger than any one musician for all the people of the world."
Rock and roll is more than just music. Rock is a culture and an ideology, which carries its own ethos. It is forcefully countercultural and exists as a bane in the sight of dominant Western culture. As rock engages and critiques culture, it invariably encounters issues of meaning that are existential and theological. A transformational theology of rock begins with those existential and theological issues raised by and within rock music. With God On Our Side attempts to respond to these queries in a way that is faithful to the work of the kingdom of God on earth by mining our long theological tradition and seeing what cohesive responses can be made to the issues raised by rock music. At its best, rock acknowledges there is something wrong with the world, raises awareness of marginalized voices, and offers an alternative mode of existence within our present reality. By teasing out the theological issues found in rock music, this book synthesizes the findings to create a distinctive cultural theology that is sensitive to the plight of the marginalized in the West. In this way, the book offers a way forward towards a transformational theology of rock and roll.
In The Art of God, pastor and musician Jimi Calhoun suggests that the master artist, God, programmed diversity into every aspect of the natural order. Today more of us than ever live in closer proximity to people once viewed as different. The multicultural conversation of the recent past has proven to be inadequate to address the present intercultural reality in which we live. The question then becomes, how will we live together? Quite often the presence of difference results in the avoidance of the other. Many accept this as simply a natural occurrence, but in the world of art, difference does not always trigger division. Art encompasses multiple disciplines and forms. Art welcomes diversity within its borders. This book traces the evolution of art and music, then extracts principles from a musical motif to encourage the development of an artistic worldview that recognizes the beauty residing in everything and everybody.
What if sounds everywhere lavish divine generosity? Merging insights from Jean-Luc Marion with musical ingenuity from Pierre Boulez and John Cage's 4'33", Gerald C. Liu blends the phenomenological, theological, and musical to formulate a hypothesis that in all places, soundscapes instantiate divine giving without boundary. He aims to widen apprehension of holiness in the world, and privileges the ubiquity of sound as a limitless and easily accessible portal for discovering the inexhaustible magnitude of divine giving.
Music, by its indeterminate levels of meaning, poses a necessary challenge to a theology bound up in words. Its distinctive nature as temporal and embodied allows a unique point of access to theological understanding. Yet music does not exist in a cultural vacuum, conveying universal truths, but is a part of the complex nature of human lives. This understanding of music as theology stems from a conviction that music is a theological means of knowing: knowing something indeterminate, yet meaningful. This is an exploration of the means by which music might say something otherwise unsayable, and in doing so, allow for an encounter with the mystery of God.
The Gospel According to the Blues' dares us to read Jesus's Sermon on the Mount in conversation with Robert Johnson, Son House, and Muddy Waters. It suggests that thinking about the blues--the history, the artists, the song--provides good stimulation for thinking about the Christian gospel. Both are about a world gone wrong, about injustice, about the human condition, and about hope for a better world. In this book, Gary Burnett probes both the gospel and the history of the blues, to help us understand better the nature of the good news that Jesus preached, and its relevance and challenge to us.
As we listen to Psy's music are we laughing at him or with him? This book responds to this question from historical and theological perspectives and tackles the pressing issues concerning racial stereotypes, imposed masculinity, and imitating another in order to ridicule him/her.
Begbie argues music's engagement with time gives theologian invaluable resources understanding that God enables us to live 'peaceably' with time as a dimension of the created world. He explores a wide range of musical phenomena - rhythm, metre, etc - and through them opens up some of the central themes of the Christian faith.
Resounding Truth shows Christians how to uncover Gospel messages found in many melodies that surround us. Theologian and musician Jeremy Begbie believes divinely-inspired imagination reveals opportunity for praise.
Resonant Witness gathers together a chorus of voices from across musical and theological spectrum to show music and theology can learn much from the other. With essays touching on J. S. Bach, Hildegard of Bingen, Martin Luther, Karl Barth, and more, this volume encourages musicians and theologians to pursue more fruitful and sustained engagement with each other.
Michael Morgan explores "the sacramental nature" of the Psalter, its "ability to mold and transform the believer." Mark Hill, Mary Louise Bringle, and Kyle Matthews contribute new songs and demystify the art of hymn writing.
Explores the theological significance of ways pop music is listened and used today.Authors show popular music is used by religious and nonreligious people to make meaning, enabling listeners to explore human concerns about embodiment, create communities, and tap into transcendence.
Saliers sketches nature and the significance the history of reflection, the current lines of inquiry, and his contribution to the discussion. Horizons in Theology serve as supplements and secondary required texts in colleges and seminaries.
In A New Song for an Old World Stapert draws parallels between the pagan cultures of early Christian eras and our own multicultural realities, enabling readers to comprehend musical ideas of early Christian thinkers.
Celebrating the spirit of songIn A Song to Sing, a Life to Live, Don and Emily Saliers help readers see the connections between Saturday night music and Sunday morning music by exploring the spiritual dimensions of music itself. They tell the stories of their own lives in music, and they share what they have learned and observed about the power of music in human life. They help us appreciate the joy of music and also how music carries us into places of sorrow, where we must go if we are to live with honesty about ourselves and compassion for others.This book is for churchgoers and spiritual seekers alike. Music is described in terms of spiritual practice; it has the power to embrace those who are deeply immersed in the life of Christian faith and speak to those who are spiritual but may question formal religion.The book explores a wide variety of musical traditions and offers an invitation to embrace a broader and deeper vision of the power of music and the spiritual dimensions of attentive listening. This is a beautiful expression of music as many things--healer, gift, symbol of freedom and community, and agent of change (Mary Chapin Carpenter).
Co-sponsored by Christian College Coalition, this study of music-as-worship leads students and musicians to better understanding connections between music making and Christian faith. Explores new concepts of musical quality and excellence, musical unity, and incorporation of music from other cultures into today's music.