Music Monday: Martin Luther, Music, and A Mighty Fortress

Last week I was reading through some of Martin Luther's hymns. It's a devotional activity even to read through his hymns! Below is the excellent preface to Luther's first collection of hymns. I believe it is from the year 1524. After Luther's preface I'll put the words to an original version of what we now …

Music Monday, Depression, and Faith in the Valley

Although not every Monday is "Music Monday" here, I do like to post good lyrics from time to time on Monday in order to encourage or challenge our readers in a Christian way. Today's songs come from an album by Bethany Barnard called "All My Questions." Bethany wrote these songs during a period of deep …

These Tyrant Lusts Subdue (Toplady)

Today for Music Monday I'd like to share Augustus Toplady's hymn which is a prayer for spiritual renewal and sanctification. This is a prayer all disciples of Jesus can pray! Astonished and distressed,I turn mine eyes within;My heart with loads of guilt oppressed,The seat of every sin.What crowds of evil thoughts,What vile affections there!Distrust, presumption, …

Music Monday: Fathers (Baraka)

I haven't done a "Music Monday" post for a few weeks so I figured it's time again. Today I'd like to highlight the song "Fathers, 2004" by Sho Baraka. I've listened to this song a ton; it's been a blessing and help to me as a father. Here are some lines from it: First, the …

I’ll Keep On by NF (Music Monday)

  I realize that rap or hip-hop is not everyone's favorite music genre or style. And, of course, some rap and hip-hop songs are explicit, downright filthy, and not for Christian ears.  But I really enjoy this style of music when it steers clear of the filth and explicit themes.  Unlike some other music, rap/hip-hop can say …

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